Sunday, October 25, 2020

FT8 as a tool

 

I've finally realized why I continue to use FT8 at times despite getting no real "Wow" factor from it.

FT8 is IMO nothing more than a method of pinging the ionosphere to see what paths exist and how strong they are.

QSO's can't be had; instead, they are merely contacts - a demotion similar to Pluto's fall from planetary status some years ago.

But that's not bad. It is, at times, useful or necessary to ping routers, hubs, switches and various paths to troubleshoot an internet connection. Or, with FT8, the ether.

Those who are disappointed with FT8 are probably expecting it to be communicative rather than utilitarian. I find FT8 to be more interesting when operating on a band that is only marginally open.

If you enjoy pinging various sites on the internet rather than exploring the actual content that resides on them, FT8 on crowded bands is for you.

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3 comments:

  1. Not shure about the first comment I posted, got a error message, so again: "I find FT8 to be more interesting when operating on a band that is only marginally open." That's what I like as well always trying to make contact on the highest HF bands. When a band is closed I will move one down to see if I can make contacts. And of course FT8 is a great tool to work DXpedition with minimal antennas and equipment. 73, Bas

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  2. I like leaving my rig on FT8 or WSPR and letting it log everything it sees on the web. It provides a service to those that are 'pinging' away...

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    1. I do the same thing, usually with my SDRduo.

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