A new version of WSJT-X, the software suite that includes FT8 and other digital protocols, has introduced a new mode, Q 65.
According to the release notes, it is designed to accommodate fast-fading signals and paths with Doppler shifts of more than a few Hertz.
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.
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