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Call Sign : 26-CT-1074 / 29-CT-031 Posts : 33 Times Thanked : 5 Join date : 2019-06-28 QTH or Location : East Sussex Equipment Used : Icom IC-7300, Lincoln II (V4), Xiegu X6100 Age : 44
Subject: Re: Who's active on FT8? Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:16 pm
I'm active most days on 20/17m during the day, 17m has been very decent for me lately. In fact an absolute fluke happened last week on there, where I worked a small pile up of JA stations on as little as 6 watts. As some of you will know that there's always one or two stations that just pick up every call on the gridtracker map, and that is what happened the day I got to JA. Two stations in the south of the country, just kept picking up the signal and I turned the radio power down to as little as 6 watts and both still got me. Although 5 watts was pushing it - it didn't work.
Worked majority of the JA stations 10w and under.
I also witnessed two other local foundation license holders also working JA on QRP - one of the chaps was using an FT-817 out portable on the South Downs!
During the evening I've been active on 30 & 40m until the early hours and in fact, 30m has been very good for me. Even got into VK on 10 watts.
But yes, most days I'm on FT8 on 17m during the day and 30m at night mostly.