Sunday, May 10, 2020

Very very busy day on FT8

This is 20m FT8 on Saturday it sure is very hard to belly up to the bar and find a spot for your signal cursor! I would chance to say that FT8 is seeming to have caught on. I did manage to contact many U.S stations are well as Russia, France and the Netherlands. 

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  1. Hi Mike,
    Nice work on those DX QSOs. I've been finding 20m. too crowded these days and am spending more time on 17m. I was happy to work St. Helena Island yesterday and New Zealand the day before with the magloop on the balcony. Something to consider.
    73,
    Paul VA3ZC

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    1. Good evening Paul very nice to hear from you, that is great work with a mag loop on the balcony! I had the same setup when I was in Toronto I never did hit New Zealand BUT I was spotted there this morning on 20m. I will give 17m a go as I was on 20m again today and it is still very busy there.
      73,
      Mike
      VE9KK

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  2. Hey Mike, I worked a special callsign GB0VED this weekend and was assigned 30M FT8 by the club. I was originally disappointed that I didn't get 20M but it turned out that 30M did me a favour. There weren't too many people on, but I got a steady stream over two days and managed 150 unique contacts and 33 different countries, so I was quite pleased at the end.

    73, Tom, M7MCQ.
    www.m7mcq.com

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    1. Good evening Tom, I was looking on the waterfall for the call but could not see it. I did see the Netherlands operating PE75FREE and I know Bas was one of the op's for this event. I did contact them but not sure if it was Bas or not. I will email him later this week to find out. Seems you had a blast doing the special event!
      73 and you and your better half stay well Tom.
      Mike
      VE9KK

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    2. Hello Mike, I'm PE75FREE but can't find you in my log. Didn't you work PF75FREE may be? I hate operating 20m FT8 as it is too crowded. You should see it here in Europe....you really can't find an empty spot in the waterfall from 0-3000Hz all the time. Multiple layers of signals are on. I have been active on 20m with the SES call but not much. 73, Bas

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    3. Good evening Bas sorry for taking so long to get back to you but I have been very busy with reno's around the house. I looked up the contact on my PC logger and the details I have are as follows:
      The contact was on May 10th at 18:06 UTC
      20m FT8
      Report was RST sent -01 RST received -11
      Frequency was 14.07436
      Time of completion was 18:08
      I do remember your contacts were hard and fast and then I did get the call from you and I returned my report a few times, and I was not getting a confirmation. I then moved my transmit icon away from your receive frequency as I thought you may have lots of signals trying to contact you and wiping me out. Once I moved my transmit to an open spot on the waterfall the confirmation came.
      These are the details at this end let me know and if you don't have me I can delete the contact......and to think I was hoping we finally made an on air contact.
      73 Bas and have a great week
      Mike
      VE9KK

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