GE, Rick -
I guess all I can say is that the proof is in the the pudding and my
comments are based on experience, which after should be the ultimate
test. Incidentally, I would add that we do re-review programs that
had been looked at previously.
What has to be remembered is that MARS stations are not concerned
with going around the world point-to-point. Our nets generally
involve distances of 200 to 300 miles, give or take, although there
are nets that do cover a much larger area and can require the use of
relays to get some stations checked in. Additionally, we are
essentially using clear channels and formal net procedures, hence we
are generally not bogged down with QRM, deliberate or otherwise.
Additionally, we have a number of channels available such that for
part of the year we will use one frequency for a given net, and move
2 or 3 or 4 MHz for the rest of the year, recognizing the seasonal
changes in propagation.
I have no particular quarrel with your comments about PACTOR.
However, because it is an ARQ mode, when conditions go south, the
ACKing and NAKing can really stretch out the time to send a message.
Taking 20 minutes or more to send one message, even though it will be
complete, seems to me not to make much sense and certainly ties up a
I can sympathize, and agree, with your plaint about so many modes and
finding someone to talk with. Fortunately, for me. if a new mode
comes along we will take the opportunity to look at it on one of our
digital nets, and then whatever happens will happen as far as what we
do with it. If some of us want to look at it further, we will simply
set up a sked and do so at a time of our convenience.
With respect to FNpsk, I only know was is found on the referenced web
site. I personally am not aware of any dedicated reflectors at this
point in time, although that is not to say one doesn't exist.
Finally, with respect to "lab" testing, it is essential for the
development of software. However, as long as one does not disregard
new advances, the old axiom about "not fixing something that works"
is still valid.
Stewart NNN0STE W1UVE
--- In Q15X25@yahoogroups.com, "Rick Williams" <mrfarm@m...> wrote:
> Stewart wrote:
> >>>>> To encapsulate our thoughts on MT63, based on consistant use
> years, there is nothing that has touched it when conditions have
> deteriorated to the point that other modes have dropped out of
> It is not unusual to be receiving solid copy on the screen and not
> see anything on the waterfall or hear anything from the speaker. P-
> III, let alone any other mode, as good as it is, does not appear to
> match MT63 down in the trenches.
> I wonder why your experiences are so different from the actual
> with measuring how deep into the noise MFSK16 and other modes are
able to do
> compared with MT63?
> Of all the modes MT63 is about the worst in terms of weak signals!
> Pactor is really very good and my understanding is that it works
> what some have claimed at only -5 db S/N.
> But I think the largest factor for MARS is that MT63 is able to TX
> faster data rates due to the huge BW. Many times larger than most
> other digital modes. This works OK on a voice channel but not so
> spectrum conservation.
> One thing that MT63 does extremely well is handle multipath and if
> often using NVIS, you will encounter this phenomenon to a greater
> than longer distance TX. Is it possible that this may be another
> the apparent success of MT63?
> >>>> Incidentally, if you are interested, there is an excellent
> implementation of an ARQ application of QPSK63 to be found at:
> http://www.w1fn.org FNpsk, a freeware program, effectively
> automates the conduct of a digital net to a very high degree.
> This is completely new to me and have not seen this before. Any
> finding this to work well?
> Is there a list or group that discusses this mode?
> What is happening though is that there are so many modes, and so
> operators of these modes, that you rarely find anyone else to
> For example, I have tried MT63 on 30 and 40 meters with no luck
> anyone else. With a more commonly used mode, such as PSK31, it is
> easier to find someone.
> Rick, KV9U