2018 ~ The Year of SSB Transceivers

Using the Digital Modes WSPR & FT8

9-11-2018

Some nice spots into Africa and South America. Am using a new site for displaying information. This site also has analytics about your spots. Thanks Phil, VK7JJ.

http://wspr.vk7jj.com/


73's
Pete N6QW



This is about 15 minutes this morning, 7 AM PDST, running 10 watts on 40 Meters and a droopy dipole. You can see the paths favor NE SW and are pretty consistent even running 5 watts. Some of those paths are in excess of 12000 KM.

The secret is the newly designed and scratch built digital interface that can turn any SSB, USB capable transceiver into a digital workhorse. Unless you modify the Bitx40 it will not work without modification to USB. Most of my rigs are homebrewed by me and thus are USB capable.



I modified a sound card interface board from KF5INZ (eBay) which used a Serial Port for communication with my computer so now the lash up works on USB. The computer is a small form factor Windows 10 Intel NUC that is about the size of a CD case and 1 inch high. The software is WSJT-X and I have loaded this onto a Raspberry PI3B --but it only seems tom work with an earlier version of WSJT-X -- more time needed to sort that out.

FT8 is interesting and likened to long distance remote quickie sex. I will leave the rest to your imagination.

73's
Pete N6QW

Comments

  1. FT8 is the best mode to operate while you're doing something else.

    I rarely sit in front of the screen and "work" FT8, but often will have it running while I'm doing other things in the shack or at the bench. Even with that casual attitude, I've confirmed all states and over 100 countries, all using homebrew gear running less than 20 watts and modest antennas.

    The mode gets some criticism due to its automation and impersonal nature, but there's nothing that says you can't operate FT8 and traditional modes like SSB/CW simultaneously - I do it all the time.

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    1. Hi Steve,

      I understand there is a new piece of software called FT8CALL that lets you interject other data into the exchange so it is more like a QSO.

      I have only worked about 6 states and one country -- the WSPR/FT8 is an adjunct to a project I am about to release for publication.
      73's
      Pete

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  2. FT8 is interesting and likened to long distance remote quickie sex. I will leave the rest to your imagination.

    HAHAHAHA, but much less enjoyable ;)

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    1. Hi Rob,

      Like I said I will leave the rest to the imagination -- and there is always a question of satisfaction.

      Thanks for your post.

      73's
      Pete

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