Re: 2018 ARRL Grid Chase


One thing going for FT8 is the terrible band conditions.

I suspect that as conditions start improving over the next 3 years (hopefully ) that it will lose its luster. Besides, by then everyone will have WAS and DXCC FT8.  Then what will they do? Haha


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On Nov 13, 2017, at 14:32, mwbesemer@... [070] <070@...> wrote:


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@... [070] 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.
Jerry  N9AVY


From: "Christopher J LaRue NO7E no7e@... [070]" <070@...>
To: 070 <070@...>
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2017 11:58 AM
Subject: [070] 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

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