[CQ-Contest] My FT8 totals: Not what I thought it would be.

DXer hfdxmonitor at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 21:08:30 EST 2018

Here is the scenario:

1) FT8 user since day 1;
2) No FT8 robots ever used;
3) Maximum power used is 75 Watts, on 80M only;
4) Antenna is a Hustler 6BTV at ground level, no radials;
5) Time spent on the radio is only what a normal, responsible family 
man, following a healthy/balanced lifestyle would spend.

Total entities confirmed: 68...yes, sixty eight. I thought I had a lot 

I'm sure a number of entities would not have been worked/confirmed using 
other modes. This is still far from the end of the hobby as we know it, 
or the banalization of DXCC.

It does not appear, based on this sample of only one user, that FT8 is 
responsible for any undue advantage in favor of the little pistol, to 
the detriment of the more accomplished DXer/Contester.

It would be great if others could post their FT8 totals for comparison.

73 de Vince, VA3VF

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