Mike Besemer <mwbesemer@...>
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According to bandconditions.com, 30 meters is the only band that’s stable at the moment. Propagation is an odd thing.
From: 070Club@groups.io [mailto:070Club@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jerry N9AVY
Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 4:23 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] 10M
Years ago they used to lock people up for talking to people they can't see !
FT8 is a much better weak signal mode as well. I've had many contacts that didn't even show on the waterfall.
Perhaps some went to FT-8 thing there was more DX activity, but there are not as many DX stations as they may have thought. There was some talk I heard about running FT-8 on DXpeditions, but I think it may have been just that.
Although FT-8 does lend itself well for "599 QSL" contacts.
Still prefer PSK31 for general contacts and getting to know other hams. Haven't been on SSB for a long time and don't miss it. Read something the other day about phone bands being a big mess with all the idiots. Guess SSB was always like that from my 40 years experience.
Welcome to the "new and improved " ham radio - NOT !
I found that the prop isn't the only thing working against PSK31 contacts. I checked the statistics on PSK Reporter and found that in any given 2 hour period there averages about 1300 - 1500 PSK contacts being made as compared to an average of 838,000 FT8 contacts.
PSK31 seems to be a small percentage of the total activity. Guess many flew the coop. I know that I have seen lots of FT8 on both ends of 20m and also at the high end of 40m.
Here's hoping the prodigals return home in 2018.
GL & HNY.