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FT8 / Technical Articles

FT8 vs. FT4: Ham Radio Operating in Digital Modes

FT4 and FT8 are weak-signal-condition digital protocols designed for rapid, accurate communication between amateur radio stations. Information exchanged in a contact typically consists of call signs, four-character Maidenhead locators, signal […]

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FT8 / Technical Articles

FT8: Low Signal or Low Power?

It is always interesting to speak on controversial topics, and FT8 sure has had its fair share of controversy. There is one complaint in particular that keeps reappearing: How much […]

FT8 / Technical Articles

FT8: Polite Operating Procedures for Ham Radio Operators

This is going to be a blog that not everyone will agree with. There are plenty of opinions  on the “correct” or “polite” way to operate, and that is perfectly […]

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FT8 / Technical Articles

FT8 Mode Basics—What is it and How Do I Get Started?

Joe Taylor, K1JT, announced the availability of a new mode in the WSJT-X software suite, FT8, on June 29, 2017. Created by K1JT and Steve Franke, K9AN, FT8 stands for […]

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FT8 / Technical Articles

Using the FT8 DXpedition Mode (a.k.a. Fox and Hound)

In an earlier article, “Top 10 Tips for Succeeding in FT8 Mode,” I explained how understanding special operating modes is one of the keys to using FT8. In this article, […]

FT8 / Technical Articles

A Look at Maintaining Proper Etiquette in FT8 Mode

Compared to the classic amateur modes of CW, SSB, and RTTY, WSJT-X modes such as FT8 are very structured with constrained message protocol. They are not suited for rag-chewing, and […]

coverage map from FT8 ham radio software
FT8 / Technical Articles

Top 10 Tips for Succeeding in FT8 Mode

I give many presentations and help a lot of Hams get started with FT8 and FT4. I often get asked, “Why am I having trouble making contacts?” and “What can […]

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FT8 / Technical Articles

FT8—What Is It and How Can I Get Started?

I am guessing that most of you reading this have either heard about FT8 from fellow Hams or heard it on air as that strange repetitive buzzing sound between the […]