The reported death of Amateur Radio due to FT8 is an exaggeration

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Jan 18, 2019.

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  1. KB2HSH

    KB2HSH Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's fun.
    It's ONLY a hobby.
    I remember hearing the same old tired story when PSK-31 was all the rage.
    Use it, don't use it.
    Use WSJTx, JTDX, MSHV.
    But please...relax, people.

    John KB2HSH
     
  2. KD8TNF

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    The premise I read here in many posts incorrectly assumes the popularity of FT-8 will continue, undiminished forever and ever, my viewpoint based on operating observations of activity. This isn't a opinion based so much on internet chat room discussions as much as in the trenches radio assessments. I operate, A LOT.

    From my center-of-the-universe perspective, FT-8 is already deflating. Nothing will approach those first weeks of JT-65 followed by FT-8 for operational levels not approached perhaps ever in the history of hamming, even compared to the novice portion cw days of chaos, which I missed. Ops are getting bored, shrugging their shoulders and returning to the sidelines. New ops will not balance those becoming at the very least more casual instead of binge operating like I and everyone else in my circle young and old, did at the start of these modes. This has no correlation to the idea of FT-8 allocation spreading out on the bands, even though it may not ever be necessary technically. Even the recent 2.0 run-up was nothing like the genesis of the mode, when everyone was on essentially one freq per band 24hrs for weeks. The fox and hound 2.0 thing for DX sort of pushed me the wrong way. I never previously had any trouble working any of those within station capabilities using regular FT-8. Necessary rig control only by the desire to use a mode is where in hindsight I found the line in the sand.

    Returning to legacy modes seems like a let down for many, not for me. They can pry my key knob from my cold dead arthritic fist.

    I agree this isn't news as much as click bait.
     
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  3. K5FZ

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    FT8 is just another tool in the toolbox. CW is my favorite mode, but I'm guilty of using SSB, RTTY, PSK31, FT8 and a few others.

    FT8 has aided a bit in building my county count on 160 meters and it has really been fun on 6 meters and 60 meters.

    To each, his own...but trying out something new once in a while keeps the old brain cells active.
     
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  4. KI7WL

    KI7WL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would argue that FT-8 has helped keep the hobby alive during these horrendous sunspot lows. It can get really quiet out there and not everyone is blessed with large antennas. You are either on the air or not, and FT-8 counts as on the air. Better than waiting a few years for the bands to improve...

    Billie Marie KI7WL
     
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  5. WA3YAY

    WA3YAY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Lots of Hams moving into antenna-restricted new digs can barely get an end-fed wire up without the HOA losing their s**t. FT8 is something that they commit radio with because it's quiet. While one can wear headphones, with FT8 there is no chance of SSB or CW sounds escaping to make the neighbor's suspicious.
     
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  6. K8OF

    K8OF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't use FT8 and never will. But it doesn't bother me that other people do. I just think that it is an easy way to make a contact. Not a QSO . I never quite liked CW ether, but it did require you to work at it and there was some personal connection to the person you were in contact with. The main things in Ham radio that I pursue is building and operating what I build and talking to people on the things I build. There is nothing personal about FT8. It's nothing more than a paper generator of contacts. So be it. At my age I love doing it the hard way. I learned radio through talking to people and the Arrl hand books. I have almost every handbook sense 1947. I just feel it's wrong to have any contest or anything else where our calls are used as a quantity count for recognition and a certificate and the operators never have to do anything but type and exchange your call. It is surely going to take away from the guys that spend hours,days, years county hunting, working all states or island hunters. I think it could change all the ways we do contesting. But I'm thinking it is a short timer on popularity just like all the other digital modes of the past . If I want digital modes I will use my cell phone. 73 K8OF
     
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  7. N4SL

    N4SL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I’ve done PSK31, etc but am setting up for FT8 for one reason only: folks are making QSOs on 6m when it is ‘closed’ and I loves me some 6m.
     
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  8. N8IL

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    The thing that I like most about it was something I didn't realize until I had used FT8 for a few months. In looking at QRZ pages of many that are regularly active on that mode, many of them are in large metropolitan areas using short wires and magnetic loops, and using low power. It seems ideal as a way to either maintain a connection with the hobby or enter the hobby when you're living in such conditions with only a window or maybe, if you're lucky enough to have a balcony.
     
  9. K0WJ

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    The reported death of Amateur Radio due to FT8 is an exaggeration
    This could have been a headline from the 50s. Just replace "FT8" with "SSB."

    Get over it already!
     
  10. N2SUB

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