Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K0LWC, Sep 6, 2018.
Knock it off you two. This is serious.
Posting about it just makes it worse.
I got on FT8 fairly near the beginning. One reason? PSK31 contacts were becoming fewer and farther between before anybody much knew what an "FT8" was...
You think making the test so easy a small child can pass is a factor?
The top band guys are drooling over those numbers... when the K drops back into the green here in a few days, they'll be all over it.
SFI of 70?!?! Holy crap it went up!
Seems that Ham Radio was doing a good enough job of dying long before FT8 came along. Instead of bemoaning the mode, maybe it's time to embrace it. Ham Radio is now very active and that's never a bad thing. So you have the latest Quad/Yagi/LPDA up 150 feet? Good for you. Most people do not. And that means becoming active on digital modes, especially when the bands are dead.
Can CW can cut it? Yep but not like FT8.
So is FT8 killing Ham Radio? No, it isn't. If it works, don't ﬁx it in my humble opinion. And it seems to be working very well.
No doubt! Instead of complaining how amateur radio ain't what it used to be, take the opportunity to evolve with the hobby.
You can always use your mode and method of choice. But fish with the right bait and you'll have a lot more contacts, and perhaps even some fun.
At the moment, there are over 1900 active FT8 monitors. I doubt there's that many for any other mode of recent.
I've heard over 300 unique stations in the past 24 hours. And 40+ countries.
I've never met a mode I wasn't willing to work. And certainly can't complain about one that I might have limited experience with. Such as many of the FT8 nay-sayers do.