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gil

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I tried FT8 last night!
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:01:34 AM »
Sure won't do that again! :o

I knew it probably wasn't for me, but with all the hooplah, I had to give it a try, at least to know what I'm talking about if ever that conversation pops up in good company... I even made one contact. For me, it's like watching paint dry, utterly useless and uninteresting. I'm not bashing FT8 users or even FT8 here, but it just isn't for me, by a very long shot.

I used the same software however for WSPR, to see my antenna radiation pattern, very useful, got Venezuela on 40m 2W. Of course with WSPR you don't put anything in your log, but I couldn't care less about my log. I actually only input contacts maybe half the time, when I don't lose my notes, forget to write the date or call signs...

Radio for me is about human interaction if only to ask what antenna someone is using... A few words about the weather, even a simple FB, exchanged between two people, make my day.

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Re: I tried FT8 last night!
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 07:28:27 AM »
Sure won't do that again! :o

I knew it probably wasn't for me, but with all the hooplah, I had to give it a try, at least to know what I'm talking about if ever that conversation pops up in good company... I even made one contact. For me, it's like watching paint dry, utterly useless and uninteresting. I'm not bashing FT8 users or even FT8 here, but it just isn't for me, by a very long shot.

I used the same software however for WSPR, to see my antenna radiation pattern, very useful, got Venezuela on 40m 2W. Of course with WSPR you don't put anything in your log, but I couldn't care less about my log. I actually only input contacts maybe half the time, when I don't lose my notes, forget to write the date or call signs...

Radio for me is about human interaction if only to ask what antenna someone is using... A few words about the weather, even a simple FB, exchanged between two people, make my day.

Gil.
I am new to ham but my few contacts were just signal reports for the log :( as soon I try to start a conversation, the other hams block with 73. It's quite sad.

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Re: I tried FT8 last night!
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 07:54:15 AM »
I have had some luck on 80m and 2m USB... Otherwise it's 599-73, sad indeed.
Gil

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Re: I tried FT8 last night!
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 07:54:15 AM »