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PostSubject: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Feb 17, 2021 4:53 pm

Is anyone running Digital modes on 11 meter freeband?

Curious if anyone has looked into running JS8Call or FT8?

...or any others

I have been looking around the internet, and it looks like 27.500 is the catch-all digi freq, and 27.700 for SSTV..

Anyone want to set a freq to try?

Upper or lower band...

I vote JS8Call, due to the ability to have "auto Answer" ability for Heartbeat calls, so I could leave my setup running while at work and see how it goes...

Thoughts, ideas, questions, statements of fact?
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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 12:09 am

Have made a few contacts with JS8, actual contacts not auto replies and HB. Its a mixed bag though a lot of EU stations don't use callsigns, i wont reply to these and often will reply before you've even finished Tx ing. 27.246 USB leave your rig on there but so far nada for 2 Div Had a couple of decodes on a Belize station last weekend but no return so no contact. Keep an eye on PSKreporter for activity.

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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 12:44 am

Ok...

Thanks for the frequency.

I have been running FT8 on the Ham bands, but I can leave the radio on 27.246 and JS8Call running when I'm at work tomorrow...

I'll have to make sure I have PSKReporter upload turned on... and make sure I change my Callsign... 

Anyone running FT8 on 11m?
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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 7:19 am

I was a CB operator and Freebander long before I picked up my Ham ticket 20 years ago... and I ha e more QSL cards from Freebanding...

I actually enjoy Freebanding more.

And the only reason I asked about digital modes is:
Propagation sucks
I have heard SSTV in the freeband when propagation was better, and thought it would still offer some experiments

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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 1:55 pm

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If it came across as like I was moaning, in a way I was but not nasty if you get my drift , the only reason is that its bad enough for us in UK on CB bands with really terrible interference we get on the bands without Amateurs coming over on them to do stuff in which they have been allocated for the use of and causing more interference to CB users ,it seems over past years that alot of Amateurs are doing this all over the world TBH and nothing can be done about it because as you know in the UK CB is a unlicensed and unmonitored band but if a CB is caught going on to Amateurs band illegally there's a big problem and someone get reported which is unfair , just a observation I thought  well infact I know its illegal for Amateurs to use there equipment on 11m for anything.

Haha you do make me laugh Martin. Yeah look ok Its not an amateur thing only its just radio. Im pretty sure Marconi wasn't a CB er from "back in the day good buddy" He just invented radio. Or did he ? Oh ffs don't go there. 

The very reason you speak of ref "terrible interference" is probably why digital modes are becoming more popular. You can make contacts of various questionability with them, below your noise floor even. Now the truth of JS8 i only use js8, is that it is such a narrow and low power mode that unless someone was parked up outside your house in Palmers Green you wouldn't likely even know they are there. Js8 is operated on 27.246 that's it for 11mtr.

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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 2:14 pm

Thanks Smudger...

That is how I view radio, something that should be used, experimented on, and played with.

I realize digital modes are not everyone's "thing", but I veiw it has making the best of poor propagation

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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 2:32 pm

I left my setup running on 27.246 JS8Call today. It should auto reply to any HB messages it recieves...

If you give it a shot, see if you can hit the Desert SW USA
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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 5:04 pm

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Well sorry I'm not as knowledgeable about it as you are ,I  just thought its more interference to contend with thats all it wasn't a to start a war or anything , so how's Basildon ,still boring . 😉

Lmao i wouldn't worry over it Martin, just made me laugh because for years you used to say the band was dead there was no one on even when there are nets still running with 50+ people weekly all over the country, well when were allowed out that i had to scratch my head when you mentioned its bad enough as if it was interfering with all those stations you cant hear. 

Is that Brasil Don the exotic part of Essex your referring too Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 6:54 pm

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Yeah sunny Brasil Don , where everyone seems to have the same surname as us lol
Been a long time since you've been on here

Oh by the way it is really is dead now on the radio down our way apart from one sort of network and that's  more like the Fred in the Shed Show its  on 305 USB 🙄

Haha yeah well that guys earing some good coin out of the others that call in. Don't get me started. Aint gonna bite lmao
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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeWed Mar 03, 2021 9:49 pm

Well, I haven't seem to heard anything on JS8Call... but I'll check it when I get home

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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeThu Mar 04, 2021 4:42 am

So it looks like I got a Couple hits today...

No idea on who's call that is, doesn't look like an 11 meter DX call...

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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeThu Mar 04, 2021 8:12 am

2TX240 wrote:
So it looks like I got a Couple hits today...

No idea on who's call that is, doesn't look like an 11 meter DX call...

No Maidenhead grid square in the messages to give a bit of a clue?

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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeThu Mar 04, 2021 5:14 pm

Nope, that was all that was on my screen... I left it running all day
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PostSubject: Re: Digital Modes   Digital Modes Icon_minitimeThu Mar 04, 2021 5:49 pm

2TX240 wrote:
Nope, that was all that was on my screen... I left it running all day

Its a low signal -20 but ive worked them as low as that before, but do you find with low signals you get corrupted decodes or just the proverbial .. ..... .... 

Or a mixture of both ?
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