OK , Gridtracker it is then !
Over the last year my interest in amateur radio has waxed
and waned . I sold a few HF radios , gave up running the
WSJTX group for Joe Taylor and crew, MOSTLY stopped using
FT8, did not chase DX seriously , and what activity I did do
was QRP CW and experimental digital modes . I think I had a
period of 2-3 months where Iistened only .
Within the last couple of months my interest has increased
and I bought a new radio , built an antenna or two. I have
been trying to decide where my focus should be , emcomm,
DXing , nets , POTA, CW only . While thinking about this, I
had a thought about my views last year that JTlerts and
Gridtracker were the bane of amateur radio . My thoughts
were that they have turned some people in to “ham snobs”,
making it easy for them to only conduct QSOs with people
they have never contacted before .
With my renewed interest over the last few weeks I decided I
was going to keep things simple and focus on awards like
DXCC . Casually operating . I decided to reinstall
Gridtracker . A couple of years ago I made comments about
the promise the software had , especially if grid-squares
were routinely shared as an exchange in modes like CW. After
installing it again, and actually reading the documentation
(shock !), I am back to my original conclusion that it
really does make operating more interesting . Filtering
options allow you to select stations likely to have a good
chance of working each other (setting minimum SNR for an
alert ). Of course , it heavily favors JT modes . Trawling
those is generally more productive than sifting through
other digital signals and SSB phone stations .
So , I finally have decided Gridtracker it is ! I’ll work
other modes when the mood hits , I’ll hop into a contest
every now and again , and experiment with any new digital
mode that is released . However , the way Gridtracker allows
me to organize the information on the screen is far superior
to other options . Especially at a time where my
multitasking skills are decreasing, slightly . Gridtracker ,
is NOT just a grid tracker ! In fact , tracking grids is of
very little interest to me . Gridtracker is a ham radio
operator's “office suite”. Like some logging software ,
Gridtracker integrates all aspects of your on-air activity .
You then decide what information you want to see , how you
want to view it , and present the information as a summary
of how well your station is performing . If I could somehow
add CW Skimmer to the mix ( I might try ) , I would have a
complete picture . So, no more spending two hours looking
for exotic digital modes and finding no stations worked ,
GridTracker ,and it’s supported
modes , it is !