PMRC Digital Education Net
Every Tuesday evening at 1900 (7:00 PM)
I'm looking forward to the Kimberton Hamfest coming up this Saturday at Kimberton (near Phoenixville) on Rt 113
Look for me indoors at the Chester County ARES/RACES table.
Likely doing a demo of NBEMS or FT8 on 20m.
If you have not yet played with FT4 it will be out of the testing phase soon, and made available on the WSJT-X page at Princeton.
FT4 is really fast, FT8 on steroids, with 6 second xmission intervals, and almost as sensitive as FT8.
Too bad it was not quite ready for Field Day 2019.
When is a band really "dead" ?
I just tuned up my Icom HF rig on 10m around noon and did not hear any CW or PHONE.... dead band?
I then tuned to 28.074 MHz usb and listened and BAM, there were plenty of FT8 stations... so started up WSJT-X to FT8 mode.
I gave a fellow in Oklahoma (KI45BYN) a call (I was 20W to a simple vertical) with FT8 and he came right back to me.
Then I listened for a while and heard stations from all over the USA.
Some bands like 10m sound "dead" if you listen in the CW or the PHONE portion, but just tune to the FT8 frequencies and WOW..
Here is a screen shot around 12:40 pm
Tonight let's examine the variety of digital sound-card modes that folks have used and compare.
I still love to listen to CW, THOR or Olivia and dislike MT63 and THROB
I still enjoy PSK31 on HF for nice casual chats with no pressure to type fast.
Moved radio dial to 20m and was hoping to hear LOTS of different digi modes....
Sent a CQ with Olivia, then MFSK, and then RTTY today on 20m (14,080 usb) and got no replies to any CQ on any mode!
All I heard were a few faint CW QSO's, two PSK31 QSO's at 14.070, and tons of FT8 on 20m around 14.074
Let's share our HF digi mode experiences tonight during the voice portion of the net: 8 - 9 pm (and hope for no thunderstorm)
Digi net (no microphones) at 7 pm with THOR or MFSK for traffic, 1500 Hz on the waterfall.