Please educate me on Modes

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by AC1LC, Nov 28, 2021.

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  1. AC1LC

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    My bad....attention to detail was lacking. I read it too quickly!
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  2. WA1YHO

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    Congratulations! Welcome to HF! The three bands will give you the opportunity to make contacts both local and DX.

    I think you have your answer on modes. Find a clear frequency and call CQ. With the sunspots coming back 10M should start being more active.

    I will mention that voice activity has declined on the HF bands over the years as the digital modes, especially FT8, have grown. I confess that I spend much of my limited radio time on FT8. It is a good mode for my 100W plus simple antennas. That said, I made a quick pass through my shack the other day and heard a station calling CQ on 17M. As I called him back the propagation started to fade but we had a short QSO. Voice contacts are out there.

    Your call sounds familiar, perhaps I have heard it on DMR on the NEDECN network? I listen to NH State, perhaps we will make contact there.

    Have fun on HF!
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  3. AC1LC

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    You have probably heard me quite a bit on DMR - VHF/NEDECN. I'm in the CNHARC and a member of the Central NH ARES unit so up until now all my experience has been solely on VHF.

    I've had a couple people mention FT8 to me so I thought that would be something that would interest me.... until I checked further and it looks like it's almost like texting your callsign, location and responding with signal strength. I'm not a contest participant so I really have no interest in trying to rack up a number of contacts score. I prefer the old fashioned sound of a human voice coming through the speaker. Is there something that I'm missing about FT8? Does it have voice capability or is it just short data packets? I understand it's great for low power and less than perfect antenna use but I still like the human touch.
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  4. WA1YHO

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    You have pretty much summed up FT8. It's just like texting. Just the exchange of short text strings, all automated by the program. Very point and click. You see a call, click on it, and the program completes the QSO. For most folks who have a logging program one click will log the contact when it's done.

    It uses a very narrow bandwidth which makes it much more sensitive, thus the advantage for low power/poor antennas.

    But don't give up, there are still folks out there who like to chat.

    OK... unless things get too busy I listen to both time slots so I am sure I'll hear you again soon. I make noise on NH State from time to time.
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  5. K8JD

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    Last edited: Dec 3, 2021
  6. K8JD

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    160M is also LSB, BUT 60M (5.3 mHz) fone is all USB, not because of gentlemens agreement but BY LAW. since is is shared with Govt users who always use USB regardless of freq.
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  7. WS9K

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    Yeah, I forgot about 60m, but it's newer and I've never tried it
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  8. KS2G

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    The Considerate Operator’s Frequency Guide
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  9. AC1LC

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    Thank you, I recall seeing that before but didn't know where. It's now printed out and on my desk in front of the least until I get more airtime experience and know it by heart.
  10. KS2G

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    I will be including that --and much more-- in my Basics of HF Operating presentation at the upcoming Ham Radio University on-line educational forum on January 8th.
    Check it out at:

    It's FREE!

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