Re: 2018 ARRL Grid Chase
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Okay ... so what speed is FT-8... most CW ops are send at 30-40 wpm. Is FT-8 that fast ??? Also, what is band- width of FT-8 signal as compared to a CW signal ???
Just curious ...
From: "n7we1980@... " <070@...>
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2017 2:03 PM
Subject: Re:  2018 ARRL Grid Chase
Here is my prediction.
Given the level of automation in the current FT-8 version, its superior performance on very weak signals, and the minimalist exchange, I think FT-8 or its future evolution's will replace CW as the preferred contest mode. In fact, I think I remember reading somewhere that part of its development was in response to other JT modes being too slow for contesting and requests for a high speed contest capable format that used the technology. As soon as N1MM logger+ is fully interfaced (if it hasn't already happened) I think it will be off to the races. CW contesting is already mostly keyboard and automated. Imagine CQ WW-CW with FT-8 as an allowed mode and a full legal limit amp! Coming soon to your favorite HF band. I hope not.
Time will tell.
Rick - N7WE
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