JS8Call is a good mode for SOTA I think, Frequency for the mode is usually above FT8 and not as busy. You can type ahead with JS8 now plus it has different speeds of transmission. I am interested in a Data SOTA day but I could only chase this time of year during our summer, too hot on summits in vk5 during summer for me.
Apologies if I am highjacking the thread, but, given that Sotawatch lumps all data modes as “Data”, has anyone ever laid out in spreadsheet form “Frequency||Mode”? For example, I saw BU2EQ spotted today on “21.074 DATA”. Not very helpful to a newbie digit-head. Actually, not really - I was around for RTTY, 1200 baud packet & PSK31, but these days, I don’t feel loved if I am not advised at least once per week of a new data mode being launched.
To get back on topic - if I can install one piece of software that will allow me to work all of this week’s de rigueur modes, I will almost certainly be there as a chaser for you. Highly unlikely that I will be packing serious CPU to a summit, however.
Sounds a great idea and I’d definitely want to take part. I don’t think we need to develop a new protocol for the exchanges; Roger @F5LKW and I have established an effective procedure which can be found elsewhere on this reflector.
I’d be up for it - it’d give me the incentive to get my “field” gear together and work out how to do the free text stuff (still very much an FT8 newbie…)
On a separate but related note, I see Tom has put on his spot the offset frequency and transmit slot for his activation - excellent idea, though I wouldn’t expect to copy him on 15m I know where to look, I can just about make out some speckling on the waterfall.
In good conditions, I often see two pages or more of hits for each period, being able to set the “receive” cursor to the right frequency for an activator so their call came up in the “Rx Frequency” pane would make it much easier to pick them out of the general melee!
73 de Paul G4MD
(For a bit of context, when I wrote this Tom was activating Arthur’s Seat, GM/SS-272 on 21MHz!)
So a date then for the official FT8 SOTA day. Shall we say Sunday 5th January 2020? Shall we have two sessions say 0700-1000 and 1400-1700 to best cater for VK/JA etc and W/VE/PY etc - or shall we just run it all day and see what happens?
I reckon 30m is still the optimum band to use with current propagation, with the added bonus that the FT8 frequency on that band doesn’t get quite so congested, and therefore it’s easier for a QRP portable station to be received.