[CQ-Contest] Impact of FT* Modes on DXpeditions

John Crovelli w2gd at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 14 10:44:47 EDT 2019

I want to take a moment to dispel the notion suggested by Yuri that DXpedition operating strategy is all about financial considerations.  It simply isn't for well planned operations.

It is the intent of virtually every DXpedition to provide an opportunity for those running 100 watts or more to work an ATNO.  DXpeditions teams are constantly considering ways to reach the broadest possible audience while on site.

The implication that operating strategy and mode selection is all about post operation donations (to cover costs) is just not true.  Well organized teams have these issues resolved well in advance.

I've been on some large DXpeditions (KP5 and KP1 - both were top ten world).  Our operating teams NEVER set goals based upon donations, and in fact, this issue was never even discussed since no one felt it to be important.  Again, financing issues were resolved well before we ever departed for the islands.

We did however (on a daily basis) take stock of propagation, probably of openings, and how we were providing global coverage ... to prevent missing opportunities to those regions traditionally most difficult.  As a tool, FT8 can be useful.

FT8 modes are providing options not previously available and for the most part now replaces RTTY activity.   It is my expectation CW and SSB will always be the main modes for DXpeditions.

John, W2GD aka P40W/P44W

From: CQ-Contest <cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com> on behalf of Yuri <ve3dz at rigexpert.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 4:57 PM
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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] WW-Digi Contest -- Rule Clarification

>>> Seems like the last two big Dxpeditions (CY9 and 3D2) are putting FT8 first before the traditional CW/SSB modes. I sure hope this isn't the future of ham radio.

I might not be politically correct, but why not to mention that one of the all of the DXpeditions' goals is to try to maximize the overall QSO count in order to get more donation? That's what hiding behind "best kept secret" (that everybody knows) of F/H mode in FT8 in my opinion.
I'm not saying it's bad or good, but it's a fact.
Multi-channel streams need to be prohibited, otherwise it looks like hypocrisy.
I still remember how the rules for M/S in the ARRL Contests were changed under the pressure after PJ4G(?) team managed to have 2 stations on the same band (even not at the same time).

Yuri VE3DZ

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From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Jeff Clarke
Sent: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 10:51 AM
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Didn't someone create a FT8 contest reflector? It would be nice to take all these comments over there. Seems like FT8 is monopolizing the contest reflector just like it is on the air.

Seems like the last two big Dxpeditions (CY9 and 3D2) are putting FT8 first before the traditional CW/SSB modes. I sure hope this isn't the future of ham radio.

BTW I do operate some FT8 because I'm working on a the digital DXCC.
(because there is hardly any RTTY activity outside of contests) Now that I've reached 100 countries I'm starting to get bored with it.


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