A first FT8 QSO

Charles Fricks (AF5FB) recently put his station back together and is now up on FT8. Our phone conversations and email exchanges provided me with a little insight into what further questions might arise after someone new to FT8 figures out rig control, audio levels and then proceeds to make an actual FT8 contact.

On the left side of WSJT-X, (sorry, due to limited resolution, you’ll see more clearly if you look at your own FT8 screen) you’ll see all decoded transmissions every ~13 seconds (followed by ~2 seconds of silence… except for those who do not have their computer clocks adjusted accurately). When you see a (example:) “CQ KE8KW FN44” and double click it, click “enable transmit” and ensure “Auto Seq” is checked; you’ll see the “Std Msgs” auto-populate and the attempt to answer this CQ begins.

Complete QSO:
004130 -11 -0.0 628 ~ CQ KE8KW FN44
004149 Tx ______628 ~ KE8KW AF5FB EM22
004200 -10 -0.0 628 ~ AF5FB KE8KW -15
004226 Tx______ 628 ~ KE8KW AF5FB R-10
004230 -10 -0.0 627 ~ AF5FB KE8KW RR73
004245 Tx______ 628 ~ KE8KW AF5FB 73

-The six numbers on the left is the time, in zulu.
-In the next column, “-11” or “-10” is how well you’re copying his signal, in signal to noise ratio, in dB.
-In the next column, “-0.0” is the time difference between your computer clock and his computer clock
-In the next column, “628” is the audio fequency you’re using

And the rest is a complete QSO:

Call signs acknowledged
Grids exchanged
Signal reports (in dB) exchanged
and then the optional: R(oger) R(oger) and 73

There’s also a log book incorporated into WSTJ-X.

And now there’s a growing number of hams racing to collect grids.

WARNING: This aspect of amateur radio can be addictive.

If you have any club related material which would benefit other club members, or help bring the team together, email it to me or Ross and we’ll post it as soon as possible. ***For club related activities, be sure the answer the 5 Ws. (Who, What, When, Where, Why)

LETARC Web page Subscriber Accounts

If you would like to become a subscriber to this web site (that means you’ll get an email for every new entry on the web site), send an email to me (“my call sign” ALPHA TANGO arrl (end of sentence) net) or to Ross (letarc ALPHA TANGO kilgorescreen (end of sentence) com) and one of us will manually create an account for you.  All we need to create your account is a first name, last name, call sign and email address.  Keep in mind, this web site is for LETARC MEMBERS.

Do not leave a “comment” under this post or any other post, send an actual *email* to one or both of us. 

Once your subscriber account is created, you’ll receive an email with a link to change your password.  Change your password and you’ll then begin to receive automatic emails each time a new entry is added to the web site.

Morse Code anyone?

UPDATE :  Results of the Morse Code class held from 26 Feb to 5 Apr 2018

(from left to right) Tom Turner (KG5BWP), Terry Johnson (KG5WO), Jim Quinn (AJ1MQ)

After successfully completing a grueling and rigorous 6-week training program, Tom, Terry and Jim demonstrated the proficiency required to join the historic and prestigious fraternity of Continuous Wave Operators and is hereby declared qualified to operate the Alfred Vail “Lever Correspondent” at no less than 5 Words Per Minute from this date forward!  Congratulations and good luck in your continued endevour to pursue the art of CW!

Guy, WB5UAA (the guy on the right holding the Alfred Vail “Lever Correspondent”)

New LETARC Website Build

Welcome to the home of the up-and-coming LETARC website.

The new website installation package went live a few minutes ago. For a short time, it’s loaded with the default package software, which appears to be some sort of cafe page. That’s going to change shortly.

The old website has been moved off to the side. Once all the bits and pieces of the new site are well-underway, we’ll remove  it.

Thanks very much,

Ross, the new website administrator