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

Dennis Moore dennis at mail4life.net
Mon Dec 17 19:10:50 EST 2018

Look up KH6JF/MM. It was an FT8 system floating on a raft, no operator 
in control. Apparently made thousands of QSOs, including me on 20m.

73, Dennis NJ6G

On 12/17/2018 06:20, Hank Greeb wrote:
> 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. 

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