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

Scott Stembaugh radio.n9ljx at gmail.com
Fri Dec 21 19:37:38 EST 2018

FT8 user since day 1 and a pretty busy non-radio life.  But we do have a
pretty active group of locals that use Slack to notify/push each other.

Rig: ft900 running 25-75W
Ant - low hanging 80mOCF
Total FT8 QSOs - 1022
Total entities confirmed - 106

Thanks for poking me to look at this - didn't realize I had DXCC on FT8!

--scott N9LJX

Scott Stembaugh - N9LJX
radio.n9ljx at gmail.com

On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 2:26 PM DXer <hfdxmonitor at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> more.
> 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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