Re: FT8 for Field Day
Do your FT8 QSOs in the N1MM+ log include the received exchange in the correct columns in the log window? If not, they will be assigned zero points.. . .
The standard FT8 QSO does not include the Field Day exchange. The only way to send the FD exchange to another station in FT8 is to put it in a free-text (13-character) message, most likely at the end of the QSO. It would not be at all surprising if received free-text messages were not passed on to N1MM+ at all. Even if they were passed on in a comment field, N1MM+ would not recognize them as contest exchanges - there is no standard format for comments that could be used to reliably extract exchange information.
I believe you will probably have to enter the received exchange into N1MM+ by hand after the contact is logged. Following that, in order to get the program to assign points to the contact and to record the dupe/non-dupe status correctly, you will have to do a Tools > Rescore Current Contest. You are going to have to rely on N1MM+'s worked/not worked (dupe/non-dupe) status to tell you whether you can safely work another station or not, because WSJT-X does not distinguish between bands when notifying you of "worked before" status.
It all seems very clumsy - you could probably complete two or three RTTY or PSK63 contacts in the time it takes to make an FT8 QSO, take note of the received exchange, edit the N1MM+ log to include the received exchange data in the correct places, and rescore the contest in order to update the worked/not worked status of that call sign in the N1MM+ log.
FT8 will probably work well enough in a VHF contest where the only exchange data is grid square information that is already included in the FT8 protocol, but trying to adapt FT8 for other contests seems a bit like a courier service trying to adapt a race car to deliver small packages - no doubt it can be done with enough ingenuity, but why?
On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 03:59 pm, Anita Kemmerer wrote: