[CQ-Contest] Robotic contest operating, why knot?

Hank Greeb n8xx at arrl.org
Mon Dec 17 09:20:18 EST 2018


Thanks for the compliment to my mental capacity.  It's is great to have 
it acknowledged publicly.

I've only seen FT8 working with an operator clicking and calling 
stations, or having others call his station after he calls CQ.

But, he, and several othres around SW Michigan say that the new version 
of FT8 has already been set up as a robot, and can operate with the 
control operator in another part of the shack doing other things.

Again, I've not used either the original version nor the new version of 
FT8, so my info is 2nd hand.

However, the day is approaching when all functions of a RTTY, CW, PSK31, 
FT8, etc. stations can and will be able to be controlled by robots.  At 
that point we'll have a "Zero Operator", or as another operator prefers 
"Sysop Control" category in contests.  Whether the people who set up the 
contest will recognize such an entry, or relegate it to the bit bucket 
or check log category is yet to be determined.

/s/ The Idiot LID (as several others have said, and of which I freely admit)
72/73 de n8xx Hg
QRP >99.44% of the time

On 12/17/2018 8:23 AM, cq-contest-request at contesting.com wrote:
> Message: 2 Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:59:33 -0800 From: Jim Brown 
> <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com> To: cq-contest at contesting.com Subject: 
> Re: [CQ-Contest] Using FT8 in RTTY Contests Message-ID: 
> <15aa3189-11ae-c5e2-fa9f-8b880768ff60 at audiosystemsgroup.com> 
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowed On 12/16/2018 
> 7:07 AM, Hank Greeb wrote:
>> One could always rig up several rigs to run FT-8 as a robot,
> Your ignorance of how FT8 works is showing.
> 73, Jim K9YC

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