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Video: Can FT8 Be Used in the Field?

Attention hilltoppers and chasers!

In this video installment of Radio Adventures with SOTABeams’ Richard, G3CWI, he chats with amateur operator Tom, M1EYP, who shows how FT8 could be used with a lightweight portable setup on a Summits On The Air (SOTA) activation. Armed with a Windows 10 tablet, 30 meter antenna, portable mast, Yaesu all-mode portable transceiver, soundcard interface and cables, Tom, M1EYP, answers questions on taking this digital mode into the great outdoors. Click on the link below for plenty of insights on FT8 operating in the field, including what you’ll need, clock synchronization, and the challenges (here’s a hint: It ain’t easy!) of making it all work.

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