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The upside to "CQ FF K4IZ FM18" is that it's a standard CQ message, not a free message. It doesn't mess with the automation. My only concern is whether "FF" is too ambiguous ... but if we were to all standardize on it it would gain recognition.
The one time I've used FT8 in a park so far I did notice some ops working me split, and it did work out quite well.
The suggestions to throw some free text out between CQs (maybe when things are slow) is a great one; even if someone can't respond, they may see it and keep watching for a minute. And starting with TX2 instead of TX1 is a great idea, one which I think more experienced ops may pick up on naturally.
Thanks for the feedback on this, I think it's greatly helpful -- at least for me.
On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 12:18 AM, Jim Shorney <jshorney@...> wrote: