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The FT8 digital mode used by many

Date : 21 / 01 / 2018
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The FT8 keyboard-to-keyboard text mode has taken over from the weak signal JT65, which had been previously favored.

The WIA Statistician Marc Hillman VK3OHM in analysing the award system data says about 20 per cent of all QSOs in 2017 were in the FT8 mode. The WIA does not issue DXCC on the basis of FT8 mode alone. QSO using FT8 mode would contribute to the "Digital" mode section. However, Marc VK3OHM finds there are 7 people who have achieved 100+ DXCC entities using the FT8 mode only.

Michael Wells G7VJR has also done an analysis of the uploads to the online Amateur Radio contacts to Club Log in 2017. He says it was the year when digital modes changed forever with the advent of FT8. It has breathed life and enthusiasm into DXing for a whole new audience.

It is safe to say that the adoption of FT8 has been phenomenally fast.


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