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Old 16th May 2019, 6:49 am   #12
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Default Re: Short Wave listening

Amateur radio has certainly changed. The biggest change recently has been the growth of FT8 and other digital modes. Like you I am not interested in those. But what it means is that the traditional modes, SSB and CW, have been largely deserted for anything like the traditional chats we used to enjoy. Tune the bands outside contest weekends and you will hear nothing at all on those modes, but as soon as you tune to the FT8 channels they are full of strong wobbly carriers. Not helped of course by the current state of the sun and lack of sunspots, but the main issue there is simply nobody on there to work.

73 Dave G3YMC
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