Tag: FT8

Finding New States With PSK Reporter

Silent Listener

I’m a big fan of FT8. It’s allowed me to work far more stations recently near the solar minimum with a very modest home station than would otherwise have been possible. I’ve worked all US states and received the ARRL’s WAS award on a couple of different bands using this mode. Sometimes getting that last […]

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Worked Mexican Stations Award (WMSA)

WMSA

The FT8 Digital Mode Club (FT8DMC) sponsors an award for working a certain number of Amateur Radio stations in Mexico. You can obtain the Worked Mexican Stations Award (WMSA) in three classes, depending up the number of different stations worked. Award Class Contacts I 50 II 25 III 10 The WMSA award is presented in […]

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Worked Alaskan Stations Award (WALSA)

WALSA

Alaska is a big US state and a separate DXCC country. The FT8 Digital Mode Club (FT8DMC) sponsors an award for working a certain number of KL7 stations called the Worked Alaskan Stations Award (WALSA). The club awards certificates for working 5, 10 and 15 different stations. The WALSA award is presented in digital form […]

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Worked All New Caledonia Award (WANKA)

WANKA award

Here’s another FT8 Digital Mode Club (FT8DMC) award that does not require too many contacts to acquire. The Worked All New Caledonia Award (WANKA) requires only two FT8 contacts with Amateur Radio operators on the island territory of New Caledonia. There is only one class of the award. The WANKA award is presented in digital […]

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Worked Canadian Stations Award (WCASA)

WCASA award

The Worked Canadian Stations Award (WCASA) is a fairly easy to get started award which requires a minimum of 10 FT8 contacts with stations in Canada. The award comes in three classes, differing by the number of stations required: Award Class Contacts I 50 II 25 III 10 Conveniently, if you apply for the class […]

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PSK Reporter

PSK Reporter Map

After calling a station on Nauru using FT8 for some time with no response I was left with a question. Is my signal getting out at all? Is the target station deaf? How would I know? Navigating to the PSK Reporter website I was able to quickly determine that no station anywhere was receiving my […]

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Keep An Eye On Your DT

The old saying that timing is everything applies to many facets of life. Sports, comedy, etc. But it also plays a critical role in Amateur Radio. We all know about the use of UTC to avoid issues of time zones for Hams spread around the world. But precise timing is critical for some of the […]

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FT8 and RHR using Loopback

WSJTX

I’ve been using Remote Ham Radio for my serious DX’ing for some time now. Until recently this was limited to SSB and using the built in microphone on a Macbook Pro. I wanted to give FT8 a try since that would open up additional DXing opportunities. I came across some good documentation from RHR on […]

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