6 meter 50mhz FT-8 HF Digital Mode

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KJ4YZI, Aug 4, 2017.

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  1. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Title says HF, but I meant "DIGITAL MODE" which can be used on 6 meters as well as HF.
    At the time of this video, the solar index chart on QRZ shows poor band conditions across the board, high noise level, but I have very strong signals rolling in on FT-8 at 9:23pm in Florida.

    Has FT-8 taken over the 6 meter band? Check out this short video.


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  2. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Guys... MHZ.

    Not MILLIHERTZ (mHz)

    :)
     
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  3. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

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  4. KD4MOJ

    KD4MOJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Here is 6 a few minutes ago... mostly FT8!

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    ...DOUG
    KD4MOJ
     
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  5. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, unfortunately the digital modes have taken over six meters recently. 50.125 and the usual phone frequencies are fast becoming a ghost town of sorts.

    I hope that the novelty of easy dx with silent "computer-to-computer qsos" wears off sooner than later so us old diehards can enjoy more real ham-to-ham qsos again.

    No 73 to the digital crowd from me!

    ---Jeff

    Proudly deplorable phone op in EL18 (that's a fairly rare grid for 6m)
     
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  6. K5RCD

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    Nothing unfortunate about it.
    Digital modes are not effecting your phone QSOs at all.
    Just making use of otherwise dead bands.
     
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  7. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh, but they are affecting my phone QSOs as well as everyone else's non-digital QSOs---they harken many (especially new) operators further up and away from our trusty watering holes so that far fewer possible contacts are now being made. For a band that is already sparsely populated to begin with it narrows our possibilities tremendously. The small herd is thinning further every day.

    The propagation maps that spot QSOs have now become misleading since most of those digital spots would not be possible if all the qsos plotted had to be able to be copied by the human ear as well.

    This affects how I now operate and is discouraging to us that wish to actually converse with our fellow six meter enthusiasts.

    That, sir is very unfortunate in my book.
     
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  8. K5RCD

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    Those stinkin' horseless carriages scaring your horse & buggy ? :)

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  9. AK5B

    AK5B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, they are. Binary codes may break my band but words will never hurt me (or my ears).
     
  10. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Where and when did I say Millihertz? And what is a millihertz anyhow?
     

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