FT8 – It’s Great

I finally got around to trying FT8 after getting some encouragement from my friend, Randy N0TG.

FT8 seemed natural for me, as I enjoy RTTY a lot and using my computer to point and click my way through QSOs is actually something I enjoy.

I had a Tigertronics Signalink that sat unused in it’s box for a few years.  I used that with my Alinco SR8T.  It’s not an ideal set up as the Alinco does not have a data port, instead I have to rely on using a patch cable via the microphone jack.  What does this mean?  I’ll need to plug and unplug the FT8 gear and that I don’t have computer-radio synchronization.  Either way – these things are not essential and I pressed on and downloaded the WSJT-X software I needed to drive the Signalink. Net net everything was pretty easy to set up.  There are some good videos on YouTube to help you get started.

Using Remote Desktop I can easily access my ham shack anywhere and FT8 is an easy mode to utilize in this set up.  It was a nice addition to my setup as I don’t always want to be down in the basement ham shack.

Day 1 QSOs.  Thanks to everyone that made it happen today:

2020-03-31,17:37:15,2020-03-31,17:38:53,K9DLI,EN42,14.074918,FT8,-09,-22,,,
2020-03-31,17:51:00,2020-03-31,17:52:19,K9QVB,EN62,14.075008,FT8,+05,+01,,,
2020-03-31,18:01:30,2020-03-31,18:02:23,W1KE,EL09,14.074757,FT8,-12,-16,,,
2020-03-31,18:08:30,2020-03-31,18:09:54,WB9VRQ,EN51,14.074757,FT8,-21,-16,,,
2020-03-31,19:49:45,2020-03-31,19:51:13,KD4AYU,EM86,14.075216,FT8,-15,-03,,,
2020-03-31,20:01:15,2020-03-31,20:02:08,KO4O,EM64,14.075244,FT8,-10,-15,,,
2020-03-31,20:06:15,2020-03-31,20:14:22,WZ4M,EM95,14.075244,FT8,-19,-10,,,
2020-03-31,20:16:15,2020-03-31,20:31:55,K6RAH,EM12,14.075244,FT8,-10,-15,,,
2020-03-31,22:01:30,2020-03-31,22:02:59,K3WVU,FM19,7.075154,FT8,-05,-20,,,
2020-03-31,22:50:00,2020-03-31,22:51:54,WB8BIL,EN66,7.074950,FT8,-07,-07,,,
2020-03-31,23:13:15,2020-03-31,23:14:08,AA3KC,FM09,3.573950,FT8,+00,-16,,,
2020-03-31,23:16:00,2020-03-31,23:22:48,KD2SPU,FN30,3.573950,FT8,-14,-09,,,
2020-03-31,23:29:15,2020-03-31,23:30:21,KM4KLB,FM18,3.574200,FT8,-10,-08,,,
2020-03-31,23:31:45,2020-03-31,23:44:59,AD2TM,FN22,3.574200,FT8,+07,-10,,,

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