On this episode, Christian visits with Jason, W3AAX. Jason is the North American Coordinator of the Worldwide Flora and Fauna program. We also get and introduction to the JT65 mode, and we learn what it was like to learn the code in the military.
Tips for FT8 DXers Gary Hinson, ZL2IFB 1. The digital modes are being actively developed and the protocols/operating conventions are still evolving. Use the latest available software: currently for FT8 that means the RC2 beta release or later development versions of WSJT-X. 2. With the program running, press F1 and read the help file/manual. It’s […] Read more
“Finally got my antenna back up today, decided to take a browse through the bands. There is a ton of FT-8 to be had on all the HF bands. Don’t let the title fool you, there is plenty of SSB/CW on the bands too. I like FT-8, and all the other digital modes on HF. […] Read more
The second public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode has shown that the mock DXpedition stations (“Foxes”) were able to work the pileups of callers (“Hounds”) at a fairly good clip. Logged data showed that 390 unique stations were copied by one or more of the three Foxes. FT8 is part of the WSJT-X digital software suite. Ned […] Read more
Rick Peterson, WA6NUT, in Colorado, is promoting FreeDV plus Video, a digital voice-plus-video application for HF. According to Peterson’s QRZ.com profile,FreeDV plus Video is a soundcard-based scheme to add a 1 frame/second, 36-line video image on the receiving station’s PC display. The signal bandwidth is 3.5 kHz, so it may not be compatible with all […] Read more
This is a view from NASA of the sun today, October 9, 2018, and I am making 10m DX contacts one after another. Zero sunspots but working DX on FT8! Is FT8 creating a “tipping point” for amateur radio at the very bottom of the solar cycle? Several years ago I was captivated by a book written […] Read more