Many of its advantages appeal to me:
- QRP friendly
- poor propagation friendly
- ability to listen to music while operating
and there are others.
What I don't like about it - and this is particularly true in the Fox/Hound mode - is the knowledge, that with a rare DX entity, I'm not working DX. I'm waiting in line to be worked by the DX.
|Waiting their turn to be selected|
Working rare DX on FT8 requires a DXer to substitute skill for patience. You are waiting in line - nothing more.
Some beginning CW DXers may view CW in the same way - that one is simply waiting to be worked and can do nothing to increase his chances of being called next.
This, of course, is patently false as there are a great many things an experienced CW DXer can do to increase (greatly!) his chances of being called quite soon after entering a pile-up.
But on FT8 - take a number and wait your turn. An operator will be with you shortly.
Muzak in the background; or some old Dylan if you prefer - which I do, most of the time: