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The main reason you can earn WAS on FT-8 quickly is because that
is where everyone is at! If same amount of people were on RTTY,
CW, or whatever, the difficulty would be greatly diminished just
as much as FT-8. So it's not the mode, it's the activity. I
don't see a problem with earning WAS in a week or one day.. I
can earn WAS in one or 2 days in almost any mode by simply
operating in a popular contest, so what's the big deal about
FT-8. Be glad there is a mode that stimulates so much activity,
especially during this period of bad condx.
73 have fun,
On 11/15/2018 03:18 PM, Ray Clements
I have no idea where you got the idea that you could
complete WAS in a week using FT8. I have confirmed 49 states
using FT8, but it took several month. I have not even seen a
signal from Hawaii, much less confirmed the contact.
I have confirmed 38 DX entities on FT8, but that is nowhere
close to what I confirmed back when propagation was much
Making contacts using FT8 when sunspots are hovering around
zero may well be more difficult that completing awards on RTTY
when sunspots were averaging 250 back in the latter half of
the 20th century and 10 meters was wide open much of the time.
Should all the contacts you made back then be considered
invalid because propagation is no longer that good and perhaps
won't be for many years, if ever? Of course not.
Furthermore, when some people are working with QRP rigs and
others are working full legal power. Are the awards issued to
the full-power hams somehow less relevant than the QRP
operators? Should awards issued to hams with antenna farms
be invalidated because other hams cannot afford them. That
would be absurd.
Hams use what ever equipment, antennas, modes and
frequencies available to them to make contacts within the
constraints of propagation. When people complete awards that
gives them the opportunity to paying money to get a
certificate or plaque from ARRL. That plaque may be meaningful
to you because you know the effort you expended to earn it. It
has zero value to anyone else.