FT8 used for record-breaking 432 MHz contacts

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT8 used for record-breaking 432 MHz contacts

    On Saturday morning, Dec 28, there were at least two record-breaking 432 MHz contacts of 4163 km and then 4544 km using the popular digital mode FT8

    The Netherlands Ham News service reported that at 0900 GMT on Saturday, December 28 a troposcatter contact was made between D41CV on the Cape Verde islands and EI3KD in Carrigaline, County Cork, Eire over a distance of 4163 kilometers using FT8.

    This was followed by tweet from the @DC4_team that at 1108 GMT on December 28 GM3SEK successfully completed a 4544 km 432 MHz FT8 contact with D41CV
    https://twitter.com/D4C_team/status/1210885272214355969

    Read the Ham News story in Google English at
    https://tinyurl.com/NetherlandsHamNews

    http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2019/december/ft8-used-for-record-breaking-432-mhz-contacts.htm

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  2. K3LI

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    FT8 Isnt radio. Its computers, period. Nothing to see here
     
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  3. KB3VQL

    KB3VQL Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT-8 is radio. Yes a computer is utilized, but you can't make the contact without a radio and antenna.
     
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  4. KB7WG

    KB7WG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have no idea of what FT8 mode is, other than a few articles I've read. But it is something to see how digital tech has given new understandings in so many fields.

    I think it's only the beginning of a new era. It's in everything. Cheap, accurate, UN-attended control. Control without being there. This will be needed with social media lifestyles.

    All joking aside, It's letting us assess and add to our fundamental concepts. And allowing for what once was thought to be impossible.

    Cloned solid state devices for instance. Or the length restriction on emission nullified. Or cheap generators, variable sweep, from DC to X-ray.

    That's just a few examples on a ham site. It's in all fields.......we now know how the pyramids were built. And it was not magic. Or magic forces or magic machines. It was done with engineering. Solving real problems.

    Even us non using old timers benefit from it.
     
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  5. W3KIT

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    Oh, please. But you are correct, FT8 is not a radio, it is a MODE. Yaesu FTDX-3000D IS a radio, Kenwood TS-590SG IS a radio :D

    Operator with 135 feet rotatable Rohn 55 tower top with 3 elements 75 meter beam and backing it up with a 1.5 gallon of power often saying FT8 or "Insert mode here" is not Ham Radio.

    How many operators do you think are using Digital pre-recoreded CW keyer or or decoder during CQWW? A contest station came back to my CQ as "DE #1### 599 TU". Was that a "radio"?

    How many RTTY big contest stations were not using a computer during the RTTY Roundup nowadays? How many are still using RTTY equipment from the 70s today?

    Hey, I am poor, I can't afford Kobe Beef steak. I am hungry, in my kitchen only have a bowl of steam rice sprinkled with some salt. Well, sir that is food to me and I will eat it.

    Although some people may say steam rice with salt IS NOT food :D

    My choices are eat it or stay hungry. Your choice is?

    If a "mode" developed and legal - "I" will use it.

    73, Kit
     
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  6. ON6KE

    ON6KE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well put Kit.
    73, good DX
     
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  7. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would like to see digital records separated from traditional, manual skills records. Comparing my CW 1000 miles per watt with FT8 36,000,000 miles per watt is apples and oranges.
     
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  8. K4XJ

    K4XJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT-8?..2 computers saying they see each other lol.
     
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  9. W3KIT

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    Let me fix that for you :D

    FT-8?..2 computers saying they see each other using 2 radios and 2 antennas.

    2 computers are useless without radios and antennas regardless of what MODE. Some people are refusing to get it.

    Excuse me while I am making some "contacts" while some are staring at the S-Meter and listening to the noise floor waiting for Cycle 25th.

    License earned, equipment bought might as well use it for "something".

    73 and HNY, Kit :D
     
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  10. KE9OL

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    LET ME FIX THAT FOR YOU. :D

    WHAT SOME PEOPLE REFUSE TO GET IS THAT A NEW MODE, SIMPLY BECAUSE IT EXISTS, CANNOT JUST BE INCLUDED IN LONG STANDING AWARD STRUCTURES WHICH TAKE YEARS OF HARD WORK AND PATIENCE TO COMPLETE. EVERY AWARD ON THE PLANET IN WEEKS, DAYS, HOURS, AND AUTOMATICALLY? THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE DO NOT WANT. IT NEGATES PART OF THE HOBBY BY THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. (AND NO, CW MACROS ETC. ARE NOT AUTOMATIC)

    TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY WE ARE ACCUSED OF WANTING TO HALT PROGRESS ETC. THAT'S THE JOKE. (ONE OF MANY) WE WANT NOTHING OF THE SORT.

    HNY.
     
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