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Author Topic: FT8 and QSO locator information  (Read 1051 times)
WO7R
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« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2019, 01:32:33 AM »

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Stations really should transmit their current grid square because some may not be operating from their home grid square.

Most stations do manage to transmit it once in a while -- just not every Q.
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G0OQX
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« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2019, 10:17:56 AM »

Grids aren't a big problem.




Let's think, what's more important? Knowing where the person on the other end of the qso is located, or being able to appreciate his or her eleven digit vanity call, because FT8 cannot deliver both?
I'll stick with the locator, thanks. The fact that some qsl cards and some awards do not feature locators is their shortfall, not my problem.
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VA3VF
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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2019, 10:34:40 AM »

It depends on individual interests. I'm happy just knowing the general area (entity). Grin
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K0UA
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« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2019, 11:16:33 AM »

It depends on individual interests. I'm happy just knowing the general area (entity). Grin

Since I have no interest in collecting grid squares, I am good with knowing where generally they are.
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73  James K0UA
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« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2019, 11:55:00 AM »

On 6M, if a station sends his grid square with his CQ then I have a general idea what direction to point the beam (unless he's in my own grid square). As soon as I double-click on his call, the heading and distance shows up on WSJT-x. I enter the heading into the rotor control and press auto. If the beam needs to rotate through a null on its way to the proper heading and signals are adequate then I may leave it where it is rather than risk loosing the contact during the null. The point is, if the station doesn't include his grid square with his CQ or his first response to my CQ then I have no idea where to point the beam. Why move the beam if I can hear him where it is? Because often times QSB or QRM can prevent you from completing the contact and the extra gain can help.
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Bob  AA4PB
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« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2019, 12:02:48 PM »

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On 6M...
I'm not on 6M currently, hopefully soon, but even then, except for VUCC purposes, the grid is secondary to me. I don't have a beam, rotor, linear, I'm 'shooting' in all directions. Grin

So, to complement what I wrote earlier, individual interests and the equipment on hand. Wink
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« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2019, 12:25:10 PM »

One of the problems with "shooting in all directions" is that it usually means that you are receiving noise from all directions. On some days I'll get an S9 noise level when pointed towards the power lines and an S0 noise level when pointed in other directions.
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Bob  AA4PB
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« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2019, 01:26:34 PM »

One of the problems with "shooting in all directions" is that it usually means that you are receiving noise from all directions. On some days I'll get an S9 noise level when pointed towards the power lines and an S0 noise level when pointed in other directions.
Certainly...but that's the price your 'poor cousin' ham pays. Grin

I should/will get a taste of 6M operation this summer. If it's an interesting one, I'll think about a better antenna.
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