Thursday, August 23, 2018

New keyboard chat digital mode FT8Call

The incredible popularity of FT8 has come at the cost of other digital modes. I like chatting keyboard to keyboard with PSK31 or RTTY but at the moment there is almost no activity. Thankfully a new mode that brings the weak signal properties of FT8 together with a more interesting QSO capability has been created by clever KN4CRD and friends. It's called FT8Call.

The software is based on the WSJT-X software, re-jigged for QSOs. There is a discussion group. A Facebook group.

Full documentation is here. Download links for Linux and Windows here. I'm on 20m and beaconing here in Sydney.

There's a little bit of activity visible. It will be interesting to see if this takes off.

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