[CQ-Contest] 6M CW

David Gilbert ab7echo at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 14:14:18 EDT 2022

I'm not a fan of FT8 for various reasons (mostly its constricted 
interface), but you realize that FT8 has encouraged more activity on the 
bands than just about anything else, right?  Many CWers moved to FT8 for 
its S/N advantages, but others moved to FT8 simply because it has far 
more activity (HF or VHF) than CW does.  And LOTS of the folks on FT8 
would not be on CW if FT8 went away.

Calling FT8 an "existential threat to ham radio" is ludicrous no matter 
how much you or I may dislike it.  Anything that encourages lots of 
activity like FT8 does is exactly the opposite.

Dave   AB7E

On 10/25/2022 6:10 AM, James Cain wrote:
> When FT-8 crawled out from under a rock a few years ago, I submitted a post
> to cq-contest. The  reflector "monitor" rejected it. I called FT-8 an
> "existential threat to amateur radio." Now, as the N6RO band/mode totals
> bear witness, FTx is more than an existential threat, it is *reality*.
> cain K1TN
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