Re: More FT8 creep
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Your information seems to be slightly out of date because there is no longer an Official Observer program. It was dropped over a year ago in favor of a newer monitoring program headed by Riley Hollingsworth which is supposed to be tied closer to the FCC. I was an Official Observer until the program was dropped almost without warning. There were about 750-800 OOs and I have no idea how the new program is functioning or with how many hams involved.
As far as complaining to ARRL, I believe complaints will fall on deaf ears because they see FT-8 as the wave of the future and have jumped on the band wagon. Many of my DX friends (also ARRL members) have jumped headlong into FT-8. Am sure many complaints were filed with ARRL when AM was replaced by SSB back in late 50s.
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 04:12:06 PM CDT, KB1NAL via groups.io <kb1nal@...> wrote:
I've been following this thread, because of my concern with these ignorant irresponsible disrespectful FT8 operators, who think they can operate anywhere in the digital hf bands. In my opinion, I would flood Dan and Steve 's email boxes with your concerns, since these guys are paid employees for the League. You can even call them direct to speak your concerns, so things do not get misinterpreted via email. Here is a copy off the League's website regarding the Regulatory Group. Tell them you want this researched thoroughly and you'd like to get some resolution within a week.
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Answers to most of your regulatory concerns can be found on these pages or you may contact us for additional information.
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Dan Henderson, N1ND
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Good Luck! Something has got to be done about these FT8 jackasses taking over HF digital frequencies.