Topband: Top Band and JT65

Mike va3mw va3mw at
Sun May 14 09:17:31 EDT 2017

Yes, and while that works for you, not everyone sees it that way. 

I've worked 20 new countries on 160m this winter alone on bands that are closed are so polluted with RF noise, that it would not be possible with the human ear. 

It also allows those that are space limited to get on and be rewarded with making a contact with a limited station. 

Regardless, we have choices and we can all do it any which way we choose. If you don't like it, there is no requirement to participate. That is the beauty of the hobby!

Many 73, Mike va3mw

> On May 14, 2017, at 8:25 AM, Mark K3MSB <mark.k3msb at> wrote:
> Well said Victor.
> I'm going to offend with this email no matter how nice I try to make it,
> but I am trying to not be inflammatory. Here goes....
> A human ear can not compete with a computer that extracts signals below the
> noise level.
> Being a software engineer my friends are somewhat amazed I have no interest
> in RTTY or the JT modes. A few years ago they got me to do some RTTY
> contests. Talk about boring. You set the computer up, spin the VFO to align
> vertical cursor and push the correct buttons. Ditto with PSK31 only using a
> waterfall display. Download the software, spin the VFO, and push the
> buttons. As I told my friend “Even a caveman can do this”.
> The JT modes certainly have their place as an advancement in communications
> technology and capability. But from a competition perspective, machine and
> human detected modes need to be strictly segregated.
> My hat's off to those that get DXCC on 160 via CW and SSB. Sorry, but the
> hat stays on for using digital to get “the last few”. Not crying over spilt
> milk here; I have my TB DXCC and none of it is the JT modes.
> The ARRL needs to address this, but I doubt they're going to. We've gotten
> to the point where single band awards need to be split between human and
> machine detected modes.
> As posters in other threads have noted, the JT modes on TB will enable
> those with limited real estate to work 160M DX easily. This is both a
> blessing and a curse (as the saying goes). Yes, they may be able to use the
> JT modes to “easily” work DX on 160, but compare them to the guys in the
> same situation that work TB DX on CW / SSB and take years to do it.
> 73 Mark K3MSB
> On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 4:39 AM, Victor Goncharsky via Topband <
> topband at> wrote:
>> Wrong.
>> Both in SSB and AM cases the operator's skills and abilities are involved.
>> Even more of those are needed on CW.
>> On those JT modes an operator is just a computer accessory.
>>> Воскресенье, 14 мая 2017, 5:41 +03:00 от Mike va3mw <
>> va3mw at >:
>>> JT9 vs JT65 over CW
>>> The same conversation happened when SSB started to gain strength over AM.
>>> 73
>>> Mike va3mw
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>> 73, Victor Goncharsky US5WE/K1WE (UW5W in VHF contests, ex UB5WE), P.E.
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