FT8 used for Australian 3.4 GHz record

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK7HH, Sep 16, 2019.

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  1. KC4YLV

    KC4YLV Ham Member QRZ Page

    tabasco sauce is aged for 3 years, but you don't lose your certification as a pro chef by buying a bottle instead of fermenting your own in oak barrels in the basement.

    The allergy that so many hams have to technological advances is simply stunning.
    Do it with CW if it was 'no big deal'. I'll wait.
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  2. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I still find it quite amazing that some hams still haven’t caught up with the times and embraced digital modes as a additional
    way to enjoy amateur radio. For those that aren’t educated enough to view the video - you’ll notice that I didn’t get a chance to film the “boring” bits of using FT8 to break a 8 year old digital record - hardly record chasing. Also of note - we made a SSB contact, although this was not any sort of record, it has been done before. The MAIN goal was to encourage ANY sort of activity on the underutilized 3.4 GHz band.

    We succeeded as many other amateurs are now building their systems up to make contacts and engage in field days using the band.

    So... it’s much much more than just a couple of PC’s talking to one another.
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  3. W3ATT

    W3ATT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats are in order even though I'm not much of an HF digital op.. And keep on mind, more records will be made by modes that haven't even been thought of yet!
  4. W1PJE

    W1PJE Ham Member QRZ Page

    As a radio scientist and a HamSCI member (www.hamsci.org), this is excellent - congratulations! Weak signal propagation is at the frontier of understanding of our upper atmosphere and its effects on transiting signals, and we have a great deal to learn yet. Experiments such as this one help push the envelope that much further - an excellent example of citizen science.

    And to those of you who are dumping on the achievement as "computers talking to one another" and "boring", I am sad, and furthermore I am forced to assume that you have lost the spirit of curiosity and discovery that you once had as a student. This is really regrettable. I seriously suggest that you reconsider that attitude - and engage your interest, rather than disparaging those who are investigating new things.
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  5. NN2X

    NN2X Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats....! I was Aussie Land, met with VK3MO as well (5/5/5/5/5) 20 Meter Mono Bander

    I hope you make the record of 400K in the summer

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  6. K0PIR

    K0PIR XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Congratulations! That’s very impressive and I like the video.
  7. NY4I

    NY4I XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    The ridiculous responses about congratulating the computers are doing us all a service. Now we easily know which users to press the Ignore link in the QRZ Forums. Problem solved!
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  8. VK3FNG

    VK3FNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    So many grumpy old men complaining about digimodes in this thread. It smacks of jealousy if I'm going to be honest. The irony of people complaining about computers on the Internet is delicious.

    This is a great achievement, and I'm waiting for your detractors figure out a way to get their walkers up a mountain with their tube rigs to try and beat you for themselves.
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  9. VK6HIL

    VK6HIL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Outstanding reply !!!

    I think the appropriate Australian phrase to the haters is "Miserable old Bas..."
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  10. W1PJE

    W1PJE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Many of the problems in the world today of course come from a quick dismissal of people rather than listening and engaging them. The internet is a fluid medium that encourages it. So my reply was intended to encourage engagement. It's easy to sit behind a keyboard and throw cold water on achievements (and yes, they _are_ achievements).

    But here are the facts:

    FT8, JT65, JT9, etc. uses tools from the most advanced, optimal signal coding for low SNR (LDPC, etc.) that is available anywhere, period, end of sentence. They are revealing things we simply do not understand about ionospheric propagation. I say this as a person with a career in ionospheric physics.

    Human understanding of our environment demands more, not less, participation in efforts which get us to a better understanding of the whole atmosphere. If you've paid attention at all to the terrestrial weather lately, this is important and cannot be overemphasized.

    Statements such as those disparaging ones in this thread have the effect of discouraging participation. This is totally counter to the statements I made above. So I will be direct: put down the keyboard, find what is interesting, and engage in it. If you are limited enough that you can't find anything interesting, go away please so those of us who are in fact interested in increasing knowledge can just get on with it.

    One way or the other, we will make these advances happen and benefit the science and human community. To be direct: you can choose to be part of it, or you can get run over.

    What's your reply?

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