Is FT8 Killing Ham Radio?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K0LWC, Sep 6, 2018.

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  1. K0LWC

    K0LWC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I know this is a recent hot topic of debate. Is FT8 and FT8Call killing ham radio, or is it simply a repeat of how AM and SSB was supposedly going to kill ham radio back in the day?

     
  2. KB4QAA

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    This was decided here on the Zed, months ago. The conclusion was "Yes!".

    Please excuse me while I return to my FT8 operating. ;)
     
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  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    No

    Dave
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  4. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe.

    There, all possible responses are in. :D
     
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  5. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think ft 8 is faddish and some other next great thing will come along. I really don't think you can pin any of this stuff killing ham radio. Sometimes these modes generates a lot of interest and may even help in the grand scheme of things.

    I remember packet and the mulit mode tnc mfj sold in the late 80s. I bet they sold a ton. That was really big and was about the time computers were finding their way into many homes.

    The only mode other than cw and ssb i care for is RTTY. Not currently using it but did in the early 90s with a robot terminal. I have fond memories of going to my elmer when I was a kid and he had military rrtty equipment and a heck of a station.
     
  6. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nyet. Nada. Nein. Nope.

    This too shall pass.
     
  7. WZ7U

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    The internet is killing ham radio. FT8 is helping to keep it alive during the low sunspot numbers.

    Of course I'm full of crap.
     
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  8. KY5U

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  9. KP4SX

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    Yup.
     
  10. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

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