First a disclaimer – as I type this post my station is running a single instance of WSJX FT8 on the other monitor. I’ve made 6 QSOs on 160m and 3 QSOs on 80m for the day so far. Missed some opportunities as I was reading which cost me the possible pounce-for-QSO opportunities while focused elsewhere.
Is FT8 really better than No Radio at All?
Had a long phone call with a ham who is setting up a new station with his brand new Flex-6400 yesterday, where we touched on the types of QSOs. Neither of us are focused on CW and while I have done a significant amount of digital HF my buddy has not. He has been voice all the way, though on the UHF/VHF end he has an interest in digitized voice.
For this post’s purposes I’ll discuss HF.
The modes of HF operation range from Transactional-QSO to Conversational-QSO as the main axis of differentiation.
Digital as a technique divides into Transactional-QSO to Conversational-QSO in the same way as Voice (Phone) or CW.