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What is your favorite mode?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by KK4NSF, Mar 10, 2021.


What is your favorite mode in ham radio? (you can pick as many as you like!)

  1. Continuous Wave Morse Cose (CW) traditional, old school and still way cool!

  2. Single Side Band (SSB) great for HF nets and conversation

  3. Frequency Modulated (FM) - perfect for our HTs, repeaters and vehicles!

  4. Amplitude Modulated (AM)- aaahh the warm glow of TUBES, and a lot of fun talking!

  5. FT-8- lots of QSOs and DX with just a little power required!

  6. DMR or D-Star- the fusion of the World Wide Web with Radio.... seems like fun to me!

  7. PSK-31- sort of like RTTY, with a small but great bunch of afficianados!

  8. RTTY- that great old mode, that used to send the news all over the world!

  9. Slow Scan TV- Yes indeed... sending pics over the radio!

  10. OTHER- There are a lot of others to list.... so which one appeals to YOU?

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    My order, fave to least but only modes I actually use:

    1. CW far and away tops
    2. SSB
    3. FT8
    4. RTTY
    5. FM

  2. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dave, no «State of the Hobby» results for 2020 and due survey for 2021?
    If only we could get a detailed scan of South America, to handle it to Authorities «Look, results of what you've been doing for decades to our great hobby»

  3. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    OK.... the survey is getting more interesting! CW is still the King, with SSB (voice) now strongly in second place. FT-8 is now tied with FM for third place.... and DSTAR / DMR is now on the board with 4.3% ! OTHER is also on the move, now with 8.7%.

    As the sample grows, so does the accuracy. Of course I'm not a statistician or a poll taker, so I have no idea how big the sample must be before we call it "valid". Even so, some of the results are clear even to the untrained brain. :D
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  4. KD4ZFS

    KD4ZFS Ham Member QRZ Page

    1. CW (HF)
    2. FM (local 2m)
    3. SSB (HF)

    Have fun. Do whatever modes make YOU happy! :)
  5. K8BZ

    K8BZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    CW may not be the most used mode on any given day, unless it's a contest weekend. But even though it would be hard to quantify, I believe CW is the most beloved mode by hams who are long time users of multiple modes. I know it is for me. Without being critical of those who don't, I wish every CW op would encourage every ham to make the effort and become a CW op. I know there are many who unenthusiastically began learning to use CW on a whim and found it to be a much more enjoyable activity than they anticipated.
    W5ESE, KD4ZFS and PU2OZT like this.
  6. N4NSG

    N4NSG Ham Member QRZ Page

    CW Forever
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  7. KC5NYO

    KC5NYO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Before going qrt, I was a rtty nut! Also played with wspr a bit.
  8. W9FL

    W9FL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Better pull the plug on your computer when you go to bed.

    There's no telling what it might do completely on it's own during the night. Sleep with one eye open.
    PU2OZT likes this.
  9. W9FL

    W9FL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Are you sure about that?
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  10. W9FL

    W9FL Ham Member QRZ Page

    My favorites in order.


    Never have done AM, but it sounds interesting.

    Also I have done receiving with SSTV, but so far haven't transmitted anything but I intend to.

    Also need to try some of the other digital modes, like Hellscriber.

    And some day, maybe satellites.

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