Digital Lazy Mans Ham Radio

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What I’m seeing is Digital destroying HF SSB and CW
What fun is it looking at text type messages ?
I guess it just easier than SSB and CW no noise too??

Welcome to 2019
Hell kids don’t even go outside or ride bikes together they have iPhones
Sorry just how I feel about Digital Ham Radio if you want call it Ham Radio
Yukon -Joe
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Joe Conover

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Neal Pollack, N6YFM

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Somewhat surprised that the original poster can't notice the reason for FT-8 right now, vs. SSB.

 N O   S U N S P O T S     !!!!

Propagation is in the toilet, unless, that is, you really find it fun talking locally with SSB, which
makes it about as entertaining as CB Radio.   For those of us that don't own 100 foot towers,
live on a modest city lot with a wire antenna, and don't have access to a 50 KiloWatt linear,
I'm afraid we have to play with FT-8 until the solar cycle starts upward.   That, or retire to the
television set, bar, BBQ, fishing, casino, or whatever.

I suspect that when the sun spots return, so will SSB.   Just wait.  It will not be long now...

Cheers,

Neal
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Roger, W6VZV

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My thoughts exactly.  I love SSB and CW as well as keyboard digital modes such as MFSK and PSK31.  But right now band conditions are absolutely hideous, making these modes highly problematic for those of us not blessed with 70 foot towers and six element beams.  FT8 is keeping ham radio alive through the worst solar minimum I've seen in 50 years of hamming.  When band conditions return, I will return to SSB and the other modes.  Meanwhile, I am having a lot of fun with FT8 and FT4.