The reported death of Amateur Radio due to FT8 is an exaggeration

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Jan 18, 2019.

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  1. AF4RK

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    I have a friend who is on the DXCC honor roll. He wants to get 5 Band DXCC digital using FT8. He runs a kilowatt! he says its a weak signal mode doesn't mean you have to have a weak signal! I find that hilarious for some reason. I use FT 8 so I can say I use FT 8. I don't want to be accused of being an old guy who can't use modern technology but seriously it is a bit boring and doesn't take much skill. If you like it use it. Even with cell phones and the internet, ham radio won't die. My computer just made a qso while i was typing! :)
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  2. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Have him forward the award wallpaper and plaques to Joe Taylor and Alpha.
  3. VE3GZB

    VE3GZB Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT8 is ok. But I found I missed the traditional phone method via SSB. Using a computer to do the "talking" may have some advantage but it can also feel rather isolating.

    I type this while listening to my resurrected KW2000B, which is sitting next to a KWM-2 and an HRO.
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  4. N5EQY

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    How do hams fit into todays world wide RF spectrum? answer= they wont. What?..... Who gets to use the natural frequencies that are shared by the ham communities? According to 'truthful' information....'they with the mostest ($) gets the bestest. Face it fellow hams.... study the motivations of politicians ->$$$$$$$. How much will large corporations and special interest groups with unlimited $ budgets be willing to expend to gain profits from appropriated freqs as dictated by govt edicts? Historically is has become the norm to buy politicians and then get the desired item by thier edicts. $$$$. Sound like doom and gloom? Look around you who gets what freqs and why. Ham radio IS a hobby and serves the public interest occasionally in far away and remote areas where technology is lacking. The worldwide internet generates $$$$$ just like is has over the last 30 years. Ham radio probably (sadly) slowly disappear into the footnotes of history. look at the massive cellphone usage that we take forgranted, it has even blended into ham radio and is more or less immune from solar cycles and allows just about anyone anywhere to have instant voice, digital and video info with a finger slide on a screen.
    Pls dont shoot the messenger. ;)
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  5. VA3VF

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    Who wrote the above then? We want to 'shoot' him. :D:D:D:D:D:D
  6. SE3X

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    Shooting him? I think he deserves a medal for speaking out about where we in this hobby (yes, face it, it is a hobby) and THE hobby it self are heading. Let's enjoy as long as we can .. it will not happen over night though. As turning 62 later this year I might not be around when we go QRT permanetly, but can't be 100% sure :D Everything happens so fast today! So who knows where we are just 5 years from today?
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  7. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Clairvoyants know.
  8. SE3X

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    Well that's one thing I'm not! There are same people that might think so based on the facts that I live up in the mountains, sorrunded by more of animals than humans, and been growing my winterbeard for some 3 months now :D But NO! will have to leave that clairvoyant stuff to others .. lol

    Many such people here on the Zed though .. Pretty sure we soon will have an answer :rolleyes:
  9. KG3L

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    People are confused. It isn't that FT8 is killing amateur radio. The story is an amateur radio operator was dead and his computer was making FT8 contacts for years after he died....
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  10. KE0EYJ

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    This FT8 business will become a lot less interesting when we get a lot of sunspots.

    Right now, it's what's allowing people with compromised antennas to get a signal somewhere. What happens when bands open up enough to let everything else work around the globe on a whip?

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