Just for giggles, I reinstalled WSJT-X over the weekend and gave FT8 another try. I'll probably play with it when the bands are really dead, but I don't see the attraction really; it's certainly not the ham radio I learned.
As for the ARRL... now that they've found themselves in a hole, they should quit digging.
On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 2:18 PM, Jerry n9avy@...  wrote:
My predictions are seldom accurate, but maybe this one will come to pass.
I suspect that FT-8 will self-destruct in a year or two because many will tire of contacts with little information. People get into ham radio to meet other people and have some meaningful conversations. FT-8 QSOs are just plain old "599 QSL 73" ones and people will tire of that. Choices of operating frequencies were ill conceived and there will be a backlash because of it.
I also predict that ARRL may see a loss in membership as a result of just another year long stupid contest which probably won't generate the revenue they had hoped. I plan on being one of the statistics in loss of revenue.
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2017 11:58 AM
Subject:  2018 ARRL Grid Chase
Anyone else read the specifications on this? FT8 is going to be
absolutely dominating every band when this mess starts. It will be a
year long FT8 contest.
I admit I like and use FT8 but I prefer to actually have a conversation
with other operators. That is why I like PSK31, the problem is most of
the contacts are about as interesting lately as FT8. Hello, my name is,
his/her name is the grid signal report and 73. Sometimes you actually
get rig information and a little chat but that is getting rare even on
73 de Chris NO7E