Re: DMR at Ozarkcon
Gary E. Kohtala
FT8 does not work like that. Whoever told you that does not know what he is talking about.
I use FT8 almost daily. In all cases an operator must be at the computer to initiate contacts
and to respond according to what the other station sends. There is nothing automatic about it.
There are programmable scripts similar to macros that make the job a lot easier but the op
must still be there throughout the contact. If you would like to really become knowledgeable about
FT8 (and other JT modes), please peruse this link: http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx-doc/wsjtx-main-2.0.1.html.
Whoever gave you that explanation of FT8 is apparently afraid of something that he does not understand it, so FT8 gets
attacked. That is sad, indeed.