Just made my first Sporadic-E contact on 10m FT8. It was wild. I'm told this time of year around 1700 is the time to sit on 10m FT8 and sure enough a bunch of Texas stations come blasting in! Cool! #hamradio
@M0YNG for me, FT8 is thrilling. The contacts you can make with a modest setup are mind blowing. Nothing I've done in the hobby has compared so far
@Hawk1291 the interface itself isn't great. The real value is PKI-confirmed contacts and thus verifiable awards
@M0YNG it is slightly more complex for non-US amateurs I believe but the good news is you only have to do it once per callsign and you get the benefits of easily applying for DXCC and Worked All States
Lockdown = bands are jumping! Just nabbed Switzerland, Germany, and Poland in quick succession! All on 17m FT8 #hamradio
@sir only used it for very basic personal backups but it's been awesome. If you email, you immediately talk to an actual engineer who is empowered to solve issues.
The MUF actually got high enough that I made a contact on 15 meters - to South America even! Idk if all hams know about this site but it tells you the highest frequency likely to produce ionospheric propagation at 3000km. Very helpful for seeing which bands are "open"
TBH I don't even know what she meant by that and she didn't explain
My 7 year old niece upon seeing the HTs and various receive equipment on my desk: "are you a YouTuber?" LOL #amateurradio
code, music, sports, #hamradio
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