Remembering my V4 chat efforts back in 2010 experimental chat mode software I tested with Kees PE2KM? Well, ZL2AFP made another experimental chat mode software called FSQ or Fast Simple QSO in 2014. It is available as standalone program and you will find it implemented in FLDigi. I installed the software half a year ago but was never able to test it on air as I simply did not receive anyone to test and experiment with. Now, I came across a message on OH8STN Julian's blog that he organized a experimental weekend for FSQ mode this weekend and so I was eager to participate in this event. Unfortenately I had only some time at Sunday and kept the radio on 10.144 MHz FSQ to monitor and to send so called "sounding" beacons every 10 minutes. I was actually happy to see that I received OH8STN and OH5KUY. The chat with Julian went very difficult but I actually had a nice chat with Ari OH5KUY (see screenshot above).
I received a image from Julian in which you can see the logo from his weblog Survival Tech North. I send out 2 images personally but don't know if anyone received them...Anyway, the first experimental FSQ digimode contacts have been made and overall I liked it a lot more as V4 chat back in 2010. The advantage is that it is implemented in FLDigi and that program can be installed on alternative operating systems as well.
Link to FSQ software and documentation: http://www.qsl.net/zl1bpu/MFSK/FSQweb.htm
Thanks Julian OH8STN for letting us know that this event was on. I know for many it was the first time on FSQ and a lot of first were made. FSQ seems to be very interesting especially when you have a couple of friends on the air.