[CQ-Contest] RBN Announcement on FT8 Spotting
n3bb at mindspring.com
Wed Jun 13 17:38:41 EDT 2018
I guess it's time I admitted the hobby is taking important steps and
leaving me behind. I "get it" that really serious DXers can't let any new
band country, regardless of mode, get away from them. I worked 'em all on
phone or CW and just don't have the drive any longer. For me, it's CW and
rag chewing and certain contests. So enjoy the new mode. I get it, sort of,
but it's not for me. To have my computer talk to your computer with me in,
at best, a side position, just leaves me flat, even though there is no
doubt that the S/N technology is superior and quite advanced.
73, Jim N3BB
At 03:02 PM 6/13/2018 -0400, Yuri wrote:
>It's hard to disagree with you, Peter.
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>Let it rip.
>Who cares any more as FT8 is about computers talking to computers while
>the operator is doing
>- or has his mind - on other things. Ham Heaven is here according to the
>masses and apparently statistics. RBN is all about computers anyway.
>And we must make decisions based on statistics - right?
>To be able to make use of the FT8 "Deep"
>functionality the computer needs the info to decode unknown callsigns that
>are "22 dB below the noise level".
>So why not feed the computers with as much info as possible to speed up
>the journey up the DXCC ladder. Then, when the barn is full, some
>operators might even return to real ham radio again without concerns over
>what is fed to the RBN network.
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