Sunday, February 10, 2019

FT8 on 20m this afternoon

I was able to find some spare time this afternoon and in true ham radio spirit I hauled out the MFJ mag loop set it up on the balcony and gave FT8 a go on 20m. Last week I finalized the setup of WSJT-X 2.0 and my rig the Icom 7610. Once all the settings are looked after running WSJT-X with the 7610 is a breeze. I was spotted all over the U.S. and Canada and even into Europe while on 20m. I did make 3 U.S contacts but only logged 2 as I at first did not have the setting in Reporting "Log Automatically" or "Prompt me to log QSO" Unfortunately my memory is not what I think it to be and  I lost the first contact by forgetting to log it. So it was then that I went to Settings-reporting and checked the box "Log automatically" I was excited to see my FT8 signal was heard in France, Spain and Portugal. Over all it was a very relaxing day on the radio!
I found this site that offers some great FT8 tips:

I did remove the tick from the "auto Seq" box as by doing this it did give me somewhat of a feeling of interaction with the QSO. This evening it's going to be a cup of Earl Grey tea and go over the WSJT-X 2.0 manual very closely and see what I can glean from it. Also search out some writeup's on the internet for more tips with this mode. 



6 comments:

  1. Well done Mike, FT8 is great for QRP and /P operation. Hope you enjoy. ANother piece of software you could try is JS8Call. I think you will like it as it needs more interaction. 73, Bas

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    1. Good morning Bas always nice to hear from you, this evening I will have a look at this program.
      73,
      Mike

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  2. Hi Mike,
    Glad to hear you are enjoying the new rig and FT8.
    I have a small tip for you. On pskreporter, under options, if you check "show snr" and then refresh the page you will see your signal report along with the received time. I also have "hide faint monitors" checked and "show connecting lines".
    That is a great site for seeing how well you are getting out.
    73,
    Paul VA3ZC

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    1. Good afternoon Paul, thanks very much for the advice and the adjustments have been made and the next time I am using PSK reporter I will check out the new settings.
      73,
      Mike
      VE3WDM

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  3. Greets! back up after 25yrs away, looking into low power operations. Just found your blog!

    73
    --ben VE6IU (VO1LQ 1972)

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    1. Good morning Ben welcome back to ham radio and enjoy the blog.
      73,
      Mike VE3WDM

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