Observations on Field Day FT8

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WA6MHZ, Jun 23, 2019.

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    Just put in about 12 hours on FT-8 at WA6BGS. Hope I worked U . 20M 14080

    I never checked 14074, as 080 was the suggested FD Freq. I rarely was able to call anyone, I just called CQ the whole time and each time had stations answer. Many times several stations would answer. FT8 would choose the first answering, so many stations were left hanging. I tried to go back to the stations that also called, but they were long gone by then. Calling the stations calling CQ didn't seem to work as they had already a QSO by the time I could call.

    So I would just call CQ and see who came back.
    One time 5W1SA called me, another time, YN1somethng called me. They were both easily worked.

    Even though my beam was at a miserable 40ft, I still worked all over the East Coast and midwest.

    The main problem I had was that I'd call a CQ, a station would answer and then I would reply automatically for many many times. Sometimes almost a dozen times!
    So later in the day, I decide to just move on after 4 or 5 calls if they didn't answer. It wasn't a case of poor ops on their end. I guess they were drowned out by QRM.

    20 Stayed busy all day until around 5 PM when it started to taper off. Now there were holes in the watefall and I could find a place to park and call CQ. the QSO rate jumped dramatically. Maybe the East Coast stations, now in the night, went to 40M. Around 6PM I threw in the towel. I will be back tomorrow morning around 6AM. I am just TOO OLD for this ALL NIGHTER stuff, but AF6LJ decided to do it. Think she will be pretty worn out by tomorrow morning.

    So FT8 was very productive, but I could only log about 20 stations an hour. The rate jumped up when I decided to call CQ again after about 5 tries. One N3 worked me about 6 times. No way to tell him DUPE so I just waited till he worked me and moved on. I guess I am in his log!

    So we will see how it goes tomorrow morning. I will probably work alotta FAR EAST Before 20M opens to the midwest and East Coast. Field Day ends at 11AM, so I might run out of time, but the band was SMOKING at 11AM this morning! Think I work more on 20SSB, but FT8 was nice, cuz I could call a CQ, and go get a cold drink and come back and see who I worked!
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2019
  2. WA6MHZ

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    Ok who is N3SRC and i am in your log10 times!
  3. WA6MHZ

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    14080 is much more relaxed than 14074! 074 is a complete MADHOUSE!!! NOTTA HZ available anywhere on the waterfall!
  4. NN4RH

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    They must like you.
  5. WA6MHZ

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    Guess they want a qsl!
  6. KA0HCP

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    Logarithmic contesting? ;)
    WU8Y and N0TZU like this.
  7. NN4RH

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    Actually, Pat, that is the callsign of the Susquehanna County ARC.

    The fellow that was killed in a tower accident last week, Lee Parsons, N3LPJ, was the President of that club.
  8. KK5JY

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    I have been very disappointed by the buggy FD auto-sequence functionality in WSJT-X.

    Had I known it would misbehave so badly when auto-sequencing, I would have written my own sequencing software to drive it a few weeks ago.

    I notice others struggling with the same problem(s).
  9. WA6MHZ

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    So sorry to hear about Lee! Maybe new members in theclub want topractice makingFT8 contacts and i amthe easiest station to work!
  10. WA6MHZ

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    They just worked me for theTwelveth time!!!!!

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