I agree with you, Kim. I am gneerally at least 100 mils from the closest
station I work. Many a lot farther.
By the way, in all ARRL contests and for DXCC, each station must manually
initiate the QSO at both ends on FT8 for it to be a valid QSO.
73, Zack W9SZ
On Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 1:58 PM Kim <email@example.com> wrote:
> For all the various opinions that have been offered, I'm going to offer
> Everyone's situation is different. There's not one answer for all.
> In my situation, there's not a high density of stations like there are in
> some areas. Contacts come by whatever means: SSB, FM, FT8, etc.
> I also contest with a VHF contest group. Our usual setups on nowhere near
> population centers. Contacts come by whatever means.
> My goal is not to win. My goal is to have fun, and do my best with what I
> If you think FT8 is automatic, or semi-automatic, you've got it wrong.
> Just as you have to develop skills for CW and SSB, the same is true for
> If you're running FT8, you should have a waterfall of some type to watch
> the band, especially on 6-meters. Conditions should having you moving
> among SSB, CW, FT8, FM, etc. Having said that, I'm lacking. My remote
> station is under development (always!), and that's coming up on my list to
> Let's be kinder about this. YOUR situation and YOUR efforts all depend on
> what you have in front of you and around you. Every situation is
> different. Let's enjoy what we have.
> 73, Kim - WG8S
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