M1AVV via rec.radio.amateur.moderated Admin
2018-03-16 17:57:32 UTC
FT8 - 4 Weeks On
Posted: 15 Mar 2018 02:48 PM PDT
I've been using 144MHz FT8 for about a month now, and it's getting more
popular. I've been leaving the radio on 144.174 all day while I've been
out, and operating remotely using TeamViewer on my phone.
There must be quite a few people doing the same as if I call CQ at any time
of day, someone will have received me and there's a spot on PSK Reporter.
Because of the extra range of FT8, there's more activity on there now than
on 2m FM. Some days I'll put a CQ call out and not get a reply, but it's
not a waste of time as I could have been received by someone new.
At the moment conditions on the HF bands aren't very good above 10MHz so
it's good that there's something else to do with an SSB radio.
I put a CPC order in today for a few bits and pieces, and ordered some coax
adaptors on AliExpress. AliExpress is usually pretty slow (a month or more)
but that means it's a nice surprise when something turns up after you've
forgotten all about it. One of the things in the CPC order was a dishwasher
cutlery basket, but all the others were more electronics related. Ordered 2
optical audio cables as I'd used one for connecting up a sound bar then
realised I didn't have any more to connect my PC up to the amplifier.
With CPC, I tend not to use the website to search or browse through the
products because the cheapest of anything is usually in the paper catalogue
updates I get through my door, or in the PDFs on the website. Most popular
things are in the catalogue update, and I like catalogues, it's sometimes
better to have a look through pages with pictures and things ordered
nicely, rather than a list of search results.