Following in the footsteps of WHISPER and OPERA I like the idea of the new mode SHOUT.
SHOUT removes overcrowding on the HF bands and the obliterating of QRP stations by the High Power guys, it even brings order to Contesting and rare DXpeditions.
A 20KHz wide window 10 x 2KHz channels is used on each HF Band in accordance with the RSGB Bandplan. The Mode is not suitable for LF / MF.
Like most modern modes SHOUT needs a computer and internet connection.
The first step is to log in on your band in use with you Callsign, Name, Locator, Power and Antenna details, Standard Greeting and 73 using the Active Stations Window.
You are then assigned one of the 10 one minute Time slots for your transmission and allocated a Frequency slot to use in the next screen.
At the current stage of development some of the data is misaligned this will no doubt be corrected.
At the allocated time (accurate internet time syncing is needed) the Green TX button lights and and you can announce your call (SHOUT) using a Microphone as many times as you wish during this period. This is where SHOUT differs from other modern modes,its digi and its voice, most rigs are offered with a matching microphone so there is nothing extra to buy.
Only Callsign is allowed which can be using the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.
There is no need for any other exchange all information including the Report (see later) is via the Internet, just like OPERA.
Outlawed totally are:
During your TX time 90% of the active stations will be listening, those hearing you type in your report, the Software automatically sorts those stations to appear alongside yours in the list so making QSO's easier. During your listening period, (90% of the time) you listen for stations and type in their reports.
For Contest use the procedure is expedited, the 5 x 9 report is automatically filled in so saving time and allowing bigger scores.
Completing the QSO
Once the software receives reports from both stations the QSO is complete, both stations have all the station information and the salutations are added from each station, if the e-qsl box is checked QSL's will be sent.
Additionally the World map is updated with all contacts made.
As can be seen already worldwide contacts are being made using SHOUT.
To download and install this interesting development visit the Yahoo Shout Radio Group.