Six Meter BBQ, September 21 & 22

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K8KSU, Aug 13, 2018.

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  1. K8KSU

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    An annual event for almost 30 years in Austin, Texas

    The SIX Meter BBQ. September 21 and 22, 2018

    Sign up now - hotel block available

    Great information

    Great speakers

    Awesome friends

    Hope to see you in Austin!

    Tim K3LR

  2. W1YW

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    What that speaker is saying....

    "All you folks who are NOT exclusively FT8--- raise your hand."

    KG5CJA, K0PV, KV4VO and 7 others like this.
  3. K1FBI

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    Amen, there is NO magic to FT8!
    K0PV, KB3RHR, W8LGZ and 4 others like this.
  4. W1YW

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    I hope everyone took my post as humor; in general the folks who go to this event are amongst the top ops on 6M, and will leverage any mode that works. But we do have to acknowledge the reality that 6M has , outside of VHF contests, become almost exclusively an FT8 band, with just a few KHz used, on 50313.

    There is a romance to watching Es bring in the QSO's ,which you immersively experience on CW or phone. FT8 reduces that to machines communicating on a dicey link.

    There is no denying the value of FT8. Its just more challenging to feel you are interacting with another person. 6M has shown this in extremum the last two seasons.

    Wishing everyone a great 'Q !
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  5. AA9G

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    Looks like some great presentations in the offing. I look forward to the video being posted.
  6. N7XCZ

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    I wonder if all the CW guys back in the day bagged on the new AM crowd?
    If all you do is CW and Voice I think your missing out on some great contacts, I listen to all the portions of the bands and lately it has been pretty slow
    but there is always some activity in the FT8 portion of the bands, No contacts versus an FT8 contact? I think I will make contacts using whatever mode's I am allowed by my license, Do the folks that dont like FT8 think SSTV is not a hams ham mode as well, I just send pics no voice just pics and signal report? The FT8 portion of the bands is really crowded these days so be my guest not to try this mode and leave all that great DX to the FT8 users!
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  7. K1FBI

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    My phone pings different towers every day and records the contact. I don't need FT8.
    AG7MF, NH7RO, KG5CJA and 2 others like this.
  8. KG5THG

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    Lots of good folks on pingjockey and meteor scatter is always fun and interesting. Throw some tropo and E's in on top of the scatter and it can get crazy.
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  9. N4QX

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    FT8 may be teaching us that Es is more common than we thought; it's just more easily exploited by silicon than by carbon.

    That's not a bad thing, nor does it devalue carbon-based efforts.
    N5OCO, KB4QAA, KB2VRT and 4 others like this.
  10. K0DD

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    All these computer modes, I hear that chatter with the EME guys too... Worked 30 of this or that. You mean your rig bounced and logged you a contact while you were at the office or asleep. It's like calling a super ham to win your station a DX contest or "PUT in the TIME" and do well for you. No skill involved.

    There's an unbelievable thrill making a sked, and keeping that sked off a rock in space or on its way down on either SSB or CW... and receiving that other station with your own ears. The only EME we've done was on 2 cw at moonrise back in the late 80's and even then the "colloquial opinion" was the BIG GUN on the other end carried ALL of the load in those QSO's...

    Meteors, EME and working Aurora's Buzz-Saw should only be a hands on experience. Get on there and really enjoy yourself.

    Erika DD
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