jim.thom at telus.net
Wed Dec 20 12:30:35 EST 2017
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:19:45 -0500
From: Nick Maslon - K1NZ <k1nz at arrl.net>
To: topband at contesting.com
Subject: Topband: Niceties
<I recently saw a post come across the reflector that referred to FT8 as
<junk. If I were to call CW a junk mode or insinuate that it's bad in any
<way, shape, or form, I would have a mob of OM with pitchforks and torches
<at my house in a heartbeat. Can we please just play nice and accept that
<the many hams in this hobby have differing interests and try to be
<supportive of them regardless of which modes, bands, or parts of the hobby
<they choose to enjoy?
## For us folks plagued with extreme high RX noise from ALL directions, rendering
RX ants all but semi useless, postage stamp city lots, compromise TX + RX ants, and
some with limited power on 160M, with their 80-10m amplifier.
I would say that FT-8 is tailor made for 160M. FT-8 offers far better SN capabilities
than CW ever did, or will, just whats required for a noisy 160M band.
## Then factor in the opposite seasons south of the equator. It may well
be winter in North America + EU, but its summer time in VK + ZL, SA, etc.
Whats your noise level like on 160m..... in May, June, July, August ?
## FT8 a junk mode, I dont think so. Its just what the Dr ordered.
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