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You make some good points. I think it is going to get worse.
Like I've said before, if the ARRL gets its way, and probably
will, there will be 380,000 Techs getting on HF and FT-8. The
digital areas will be obliterated. We better figure out a way to
get a grip of this somehow.
73 Buddy WB4M
It was probably a foregone conclusion the fox and hound mode
would be abused by a certain percentage of hams.
On 4/21/2018 08:37 AM, Rick - N7WE
I think you should do it! I also think there are several points
that might be emphasized.
1) We are not "anti" FT-8, or any other form of amateur radio
communications and believe there is room in the spectrum for all
of us. We are not trying to put the Genie back in the bottle.
What we are asking is common ham courtesy and respect of the
commonly accepted band plans.
2) We understand that the rules governing operating frequency and
mode allow FT-8 operation at frequencies that had previously been
thought of as PSK, or RTTY, or CW, etc. frequencies.
Historically, the "gentlemen's agreement" of band plans has worked
well. Now it seems under attack. While FT-8 operators are legal,
"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!"
3) The 17m default FT-8 frequency has virtually eliminated the PSK
on 17m. It should be noted that 18.100 was not
Joe's original setting for the default. That was changed in later
releases, after a lot of back and forth on the WSTJ-X reflector.
4) The pre-release tests of the new "DX Fox and Hound" approach
has led to abuse by DX operators using it outside of test periods,
contrary to the WSTJ group's specific request. It has also led to
"spreading" the FT-8 activity into much broader frequency ranges
disrupting other modes that are on historical frequencies.
5) Many operators are running FT-8 at power levels beyond
"necessary to establish reliable communications." Doing so on
historical "other mode" frequencies, adds to the QRM of low power
modes like PSK, compounding the problem.
Just my 2 cents - your's to use, loose, or abuse as you see fit!
Good luck Steve, I think you will be a fine representative of the
Rick - N7WE
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