[CQ-Contest] Contesting and the FT8 Revolution

David Gilbert ab7echo at gmail.com
Sun Jun 20 15:37:33 EDT 2021

You are correct, Paul.  WSJT-X requires operator involvement to initiate 
every contact, but as you say there are ways around that. There are 
derivatives of WSJT-X out there that don't have that requirement and can 
be fully automated, and it is even possible to write a script that 
automates the "operator" initiation in WSJT-X.

Of course, that doesn't mean that both sides of the contact are fully 
automated.  I've worked that notorious FT8 bot on the west coast of 
Africa and while he was fully automated, I was not.

Dave   AB7E

On 6/20/2021 9:25 AM, Paul O'Kane wrote:
> On 20/06/2021 13:45, Stan Zawrotny wrote:
>> You still don't understand FT8. Even if their computer is running 24 
>> hrs a
>> day, WSJT-X will complete only one contact before requiring the 
>> operator to
>> reset  TX.
> Please try a search for Automated FT8 on YouTube - you will soon see 
> that, after starting a single QSO, the operator is not required to do 
> anything.
> 73,
> Paul EI5DI
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