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

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Thu Aug 15 13:16:51 EDT 2019

I'm not fan of ARRL for just about anything, but it seems twisted logic 
to accuse them of "greed" for not making FT/JT a separate DXCC award 
when they would clearly make more money if they had made it a separate one.

As I've posted before, I have a very difficult time making a distinction 
between a typical RTTY contact in a contest or DXpedition (both of which 
feed DXCC) versus an FT8 contact.  Both are essentially push button 
QSOs.  If you disagree, please point out the pertinent differences.  
I'll bet I can point out twice as many significant similarities as you 
can point out significant differences.

I'd rather be making CW contacts myself, but I'm just trying to be 
objective here ... versus you calling FT and JT "artificial modes".

Dave   AB7E

On 8/14/2019 11:30 PM, Mats Strandberg wrote:
> The new FT8 euphoria has forever changed the perception of DX-big, thanks to ARRL’s greed for
> award revenue ;(
> And, what we now see is the result of the wrong decision to equalize FTx,
> JT and other artificial modes, with RTTY, SSB and CW, and accept them for
> DXCC Mixed.
> The correct way would have been to create FT/JT DXCC separate from Classic
> DXCC...
> DXCC as we all knew it, has been hurt tremendously by ARRL unthoughtful
> decision to accept FT/JT in Mixed!
> 73 de RM2D (Mats)

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