Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sporadic E on 6 meter

I have to admit: to work DX or any station nowadays, you have to use FT8. There are no other modes active on 6 meter. So I let run FT8 om my computer. Search and pound is the best method for me. No calling CQ, it’s a waste of time. I did work on 6 meter E76C, E73DN, S59SV, E77W, SV3ICL, LZ2FP, EA7DJN, EA4GA, EA7AH and EA7HG. On 10m tonight ER1OO and S55X.

Friday, May 18, 2018

CW FOC

It was pretty busy with CW at 40 meters tonight. That’s a good thing. It was nice to work TM8ØFOC, nice QSL card too.

What will happen to all that unused space on the amateur bands?

Sad but true. There are 22 stations with FT8, and only 2 stations with CW at 20 meters at 11 hours UTC. If this continues, then governments will eventually take away frequencies from the amateur bands. PSK31 has been declared completely dead. And that is also for JT9 and JT65A.

It is a strange development. Who would have thought 3 years ago that this will happen? Transceivers are still provided with PSK31. Ridiculously, of course. And if they build FT8 in new transceivers then there is probably another new digi mode on the market.

If you still want to contact a radio amateur nowadays, FT8 is almost the only solution. By using the narrow bandwidth with FT8 a magnetic loop antenna is very obvious.

An advantage is that it is not busy with other modes so little QRM.

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