[VHFcontesting] How to order

Mark Spencer mark at alignedsolutions.com
Mon Jan 22 17:19:38 EST 2018

My observations during the recent September and January VHF contests leave me with the impression that a number of operators in my region are shifting at least some of their focus on 50 MHz to FT8.   Given the performance I have seen from FT8 and my experience running that mode from my home station with a self imposed 25 watt power limit and a temporally installed 3 element yagi during the January contest I can see why it is quite popular for many operators.

I did try to keep an eye on the band scope while running FT8 on 50.313 but didn't see much activity on 50.125


Mark S

mark at alignedsolutions.com
604 762 4099

> On Jan 22, 2018, at 12:03 PM, George Sintchak <wa2vnv at optonline.net> wrote:
> I know there is a lot of people thinking that FT8 will dominate activity. I don't see that happening during a contest when you are running SSB or CW during an Es opening. FT8 takes too long to complete a contact compared to a normal fast paced SSB/CW run. Same for RTTY in HF contests - a RTTY fast contact takes maybe 10 seconds to complete when using a computer run station with you at the keyboard - not typing on an old model 15 or 28 TTY machine. (Anyone still use one? I've used both.)
> In my experience with FT8 & MSK144, when conditions are normal(?) and activity is nil, FT8 contacts can be made where you normally can't make it with conventional modes.  The ~20+ dB advantage receiving into the noise (at both ends) is just better than the human ear. All that aside, it's just some more of the fun and technology now available to us. (Flame suit on).
> 73, George WA2VNV (FN30 & EL96)
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Herb Krumich via VHFcontesting" <vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
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> Sent: Monday, January 22, 2018 10:20 AM
> Subject: [VHFcontesting] How to order
>> Does anyone know of a company that is manufacturing a six meter tranceiverthat is rock bound on 50.313Looks like in the future, there is no need to tune the six meter band ?ThanksHerb K2LNSat WA2FGK FN21
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