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No Dead HF Bands Here – Update

Since mid-July  through Oct 31 I have worked 156 countries on FT8 mode on all HF bands. Some of the outstanding DX has included India (multiple times), Sri Lanka, Seychelles, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica, Palestine, New Caledonia, West Malaysia, Samoa and Fiji — all on supposedly “dead” HF bands. It seems signal processing gain is […]

No Dead HF Bands Here!!!

Just worked RI1ANO (South Shetland Islands) and A54XR (Oman) on 17M for countries #100 and #101 worked using the new FT8 mode by Joe Taylor, K1JT.   My first FT8 contact was July 14, so this was DXCC in approximately 45 days!!!!

New Digital Mode – FT8

Made my first contact Joe Taylor’s new digital mode, FT8. QSO with SM5EPO (Sweden) on 20M. Looks like this mode will be a hit. Much faster that either JT65 or JT9. Good amount of activity even with poor propagation. I was using Joe’s newest software version; WSJT-X ver 1.8.0-rc1  Works well with my Flex 6500.

QSL card from 3A/DF8DX

QSL card from 3A/DF8DX

Nice to receive a card from Bodo, 3A/DF8DX for his trip to Monaco. I was one of only 88 NA stations he worked on his trip in February. This is my last European DXCC country.

Good Week for my 80M DX

Good Week for my 80M DX

This was a good week for my 80M DX. I was able to work 5U5R (Niger) and TU7C (Cote d’Ivoire) on 80M CW. I also got TU7C on 80M PSK63 for a new digital country, though this was a busted call with WB5NH vs WB5NHL. I’m looking forward to these 2 QSLs. Currently, I’m waiting […]