You can find it at: https://www.flexradio.com/ft8-tipping-point-for-ham-radio/
I tried CW to the point where I achieved a fairly sloppy 20wpm -yes, I benefitted from no code extra. I could never learn to like it. So back to SSB.
I tried FT8, read all I could find about, got it all set up, made a bunch of contacts, and was bored silly. So back to SSB. Propagation sucks so I have to work harder - two ATNOs this year - 303 and counting.
For me if there ain't two voices involved it just ain't radio. That's me. My ultimate goal is to reach honor role exclusively with SSB. I am also disinterested in a piece of paper. I know who I talked to and logged and that's all i need.
enough soap box.
If you haven't done it, try it. If you don't like it do something else. If nothing works for you try needle point - it's a lot cheaper and it wont piss of the neighbors.
However, I agree with your entire article. I think FT8 is a positive thing. We need all the help we can get to populate the bands and get new (and inactive older hams) excited. And many, if not most, hams are not rag chewers - or don' t have the time for long QSO's. So it definitely fits many active life styles.
...and I still keep FT8 on the system because it is like a beacon in as much that it tells me where the bands are open to. So everyone benefits.
I would like to comment on your statement “What will kill amateur radio is if we cease to innovate, become old and grumpy, and no longer bring new blood into the hobby.”
Being 75 years old and a ham for 53 years, I agree with you completely! My first question before becoming a ham was “What do hams do?” and I was told that hams are experimenters. I think SDR, computers, internet access, and digital modes have enriched the hobby. I think we should never stop learning and experimenting at any age!
Nick – N4CL
Like many I don't see FT8 being a threat to the future of Ham Radio, on the contrary I see it expanding the interest in what we do because I see FT8 and similar technologies present and future expanding the ability of more Amateurs being able to participate in our hobby.
FT8 and similar technologies, open the world to Hams who may not have the huge antenna arrays or big amps since it improves their propagation capability greatly. They too can now compete with modest antenna systems. An apartment dweller for example, can now work the world with a just a Mag Loop on his balcony using FT8.
It will even get better as technology improves!
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