Why not try 10 meters

Every so often over the years I give 10 meters a try an usually it’s a big fat goose egg. Today was a different story. I was on FT8 and thought let’s see if anyone is on the waterfall.

To my surprise there were a couple on so why not I sent out a couple of CQ’s to see what would happen. Low and behold first CQ I scored a contact in the lower 48. Well that was a nice treat. Before I could throw out a second CQ Brazil was calling, after that QSO it was followed up by 4 more Brazilian stations either calling me or answering my CQ. Had one more US call before I headed for lunch.

I checked PSK Reporter just to see and I was reported solidly through North, South and Central America. Hopefully this is an upward trend for the band as over the years I have enjoyed 10 meters.

First FT8 Roundup is a huge hit


The first FT8 Roundup over the December 1 – 2 weekend attracted some 1,300 logs from those taking advantage of the ever-more-popular digital protocol. This, despite its having been announced on fairly short notice and with other contests such as the ARRL 160-Meter Contest under way on the same weekend. More than 400 logs were from US radio amateurs in the 48 contiguous states, plus the District of Columbia. Overall, some 131,200 contacts were recorded. Participants from 91 countries submitted logs, testifying to the fact that FT8 is not just an US phenomenon. Continue reading

New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes


As promised, the WSJT-X Development Group has announced a new “candidate release,” WSJT-X 2.0 rc1. This beta version of the popular digital mode suite incorporates many new FT8 and MSK144 features that will be of particular interest to the Amateur Radio contesting community. It incorporates all FT8 DXpedition Mode changes already developed in WSJT-X 1.9.1. Continue reading