Statement of Purpose: Establish standardized practices for the use of JS8Call
software by AmRRON radio operators.

Intent: To guide the AmRRON operator with additional JS8Call settings and
configurations in accordance with current AmRRON HF radio operations, after
downloading and basic setup steps.

STRONGLY recommended first — Basic setup and advanced features are outlined
in the JS8Call Training Resources posting, linked below:
https://amrron.com/2019/10/23/js8call-training-resources/

Note: These settings applicable as of the publishing date of this white paper.
At this writing, the current version of JS8call is Version 2.0

General Guidance:
1. Settings for waterfall location:
AmRRON JS8 operations should only take place between 1900 and 2300 on the waterfall.
This is done to avoid interfering with traffic using other modes at 1000 and 1500
on the waterfall.
You can set your preferred waterfall location in JS8call by editing the ‘Center’
field (see Figure 1)

 

 

 

 

Figure 1

See the white paper covering AmRRON waterfall designations for various modes at:
https://amrron.com/2019/05/08/digital-mode-waterfall-designation-white-paper/

2. Adding Callsign Group:
a)Sharing information between AmRRON members over the air. You can create groups
to which you can direct messages or make queries for information, to and from that
group only.
To be part of the AmRRON group, simply add @AMRRON to the
‘Callsign Groups (comma separated)’

b)Go to File > Settings > General > Station and add @AMRRON
You must include the @ symbol.
(See Figure 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 2

3. Adding and updating your abbreviated STATREP to Station Info field:
a)Maintaining an abbreviated STATREP allows other stations to query your station to
ascertain your status (power, water, communications, etc). It is simply a snapshot
of your situation at your location. What we refer to as a ‘pulse check’.

Refer to the white paper covering AmRRON Abbreviated STATREPs at:

WHITE PAPER – Abbreviated Status Report – STATREP


You may also learn more by typing ‘Abbreviated STATREP’ in the search
box at amrron.com

b)Add your STATREP to the Station Info field by going to:

Go to File > Settings > General > Station

4. Add AmRRON digital mode frequencies to JS8Call frequency page:
a)Go to File > Settings > Frequency
Hover over each band and ‘Right’ click (See Figure 3)
b)Select ‘Insert…’ from the drop down menu, and add:
a)14.110 (20m band)
b) 7.110 (40m band)
c) 3.588 (80m band)

Select ‘OK’ when finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 3

NOTE: Your activity is logged in JS8Call by band, so even if you are not using rig
control, it is still helpful to switch the displayed frequency on the main JS8Call
window. This helps separate on-air activity by band in your logs, for later review
when you are trying to determine band path quality and activity between yourself
and other stations.
In your JS8Call program, see Log –> ALL.txt

5. Tips and guidance for AmRRON operators using JS8Call
a)Be sure to turn HB+ACK and AUTO features OFF prior to scheduled nets or exchanging
traffic with other stations using modes other than JS8Call
b)We strongly recommend turning the SPOT feature off. It is the button toward the
upper right-hand corner of your main JS8Call window. If SPOT is turned on your
station activity is logged at the PSKReporter website for all who wish to see.
c)Some AmRRON stations add a slant b or n after their call sign.
This indicates [call]/b a Backbone station, or a [call/n] Net Control station.
They do this to help recognize each other more easily on the air, as they are tasked
with specific roles for passing traffic across the network. If you are not a Backbone
or NCS station, do not place a /letter after your call sign.

d)Under most circumstances, you should set any automatic Heartbeat (beacon) intervals
at no more than once per hour.
Set your waterfall transmit location (between 1900 and 2300) so you can come back to it
each time you use JS8Call.

To do this, type in the offset (in Hz) value in the window labeled‘Offset’, located in
the lower left-hand portion of your JS8Call main screen. After that, you simply click
on the QSY button and it will automatically place your waterfall position at the value
you chose (between 1900 and 2300).

 

Print or download this white paper in PDF HERE