Tag Archives: Digital

Self-Driving Cars … Now Self-Hamming Radio!

It was just a matter of time … 2018 will go down in history as the Year Human Beings were eliminated from the ancient craft of Amateur Radio!   — posted by Layne AE1N

I don’t know which statistic is more impressive, so I will list them:

In 5 Months: 13,500 QSOs

One 40-watt transceiver

153 DXCC countries


Stathis Malikis, SV5DKL, has pertinent comments about the state of the FT8 mode debate.  He also provides these details in his blog along with information on how to set up your own FT8 BOT!



Technology marches on! Maybe the Nashua Area Radio Society can use QSO bots for Field Day and the 13 Colonies special event! — Layne AE1N

FT8 DXpedition mode

You have probably heard something about recent efforts to develop a special “FT8 DXpedition Mode” in WSJT-X. This message aims to bring you up-to-date on our  progress, and generally to make our plans more widely known.

Source: FT8 – DX Pedition mode

It looks like some of the major DXpeditions are beginning to embrace FT8. This will certainly create a need to handle “pileups” in FT8 mode and to make it possible to make many contacts in the shortest period of time possible. It appears that Joe Taylor, K1JT is working on an update to WSJT-X to create a variation of FT8 tailored for DXpedition use. Also, we will also need to update our copies of WXJT-X to take advantage of the new FT8 DXpedition mode. The link above is an article by Joe which gives more information about his new FT8 DXpedition mode and the software which will support it.

Fred, AB1OC