Wow, can't wait for this version....
But if the station you sync to is not on the correct time will you then not be off the true UTC for the other stations that are on time? I hope I was able to express that clearly. ;-)
Personally I have no problem syncing to UTC on the internet using a stand alone program as I have to do this for other software anyway.
Thanks Jordan. That will be nice to have. 73, de tom w7sua
Very Cool indeed.
Russ:- you are assuming an internet connection is available :) what if you are off-line? also, it doen't actually matter if the time is not "common" as long as you are in sync with the one you need to talk too ( and not calling CQ etc.) There are good "off line" reasons to do that, as you may set up a sked on some random frequency with a person who has no access to a time sync ( not that even WWV and it's ilk are going away this year :( )
I am really looking forward to this feature. I often work offline (SOTA) and this will be very convenient. I know there are other ways to set the time while offline (I.e. gps) but it's not that easy to set up and I love having backup options.
I bought a very inexpensive GPS puck on-line and use free ware for clock cync. It works marvelously. Should GPS and Glonass both go dark, it would be extreme circumstances, such as WW III. It's good to have a manual back-up. However, the big selling point og FT8call it works when there is no human detectable signal. This being the case, how to sync to an known signal? If I AM able to see/hear the other station, I'd likey use a faster FEC mode like CONTESTIA.
However, FT8call is really superb and this from a die-hard CW fanatic. TI's JUST THAT GOOD!
73 de Ray / W7ASA ..._ ._
You don't have to use the waterfall and see the signal. You could synchronize (in the app) to WWV, or to your wristwatch, or to the flutter of doves' wings. Doesn't matter as long as the other station is doing the same.
So the next logical step would be to include a sync character at the beginning of each transmission. The sync character should have enough redundancy so that IF it is detected, then you are 99% confident that it really is the sync character. Then FT8Call could have an "Auto Sync" button where it would try to sync on a transmission with an offset equal to your transmit offset, or (option) on the strongest signal. Sometimes Internet sync does not work correctly on my PC. In those cases, and for totally off grid situations, it would be nice to invoke ''Auto Sync". Rob - K0XL