After a very successful fieldday -- some need >1 week to send a log to the UBA, so we don't know at this moment if we won the contest-- , it's time for new business.
I activated my FT817 QRP station on FT8, with only 1 Watt of outgoing power.
Goal is to make 1000 QSO with ON4CCP.
Everybody will receive a qsl, logs also available on Eqsl and LOTW.
It's almost incredible that such a small signals travel allover the world.
With my optibeam 1-30m dipole, I was even heard in VK.
Next time I hope to make a full 2 way contact with VK.
After only one weekend, I was able to make 105 QSO's, good for a total distance of 105.000 km.
I never used such a low power level.
Some QSO's were even made on 6 meter (using the 5th harmonic resonance point on my 10Mhz antenna).
Not everything runs like wanted.
This weekend a problem occured on my Acom1000.
I suspect a issue with the relay inside the ampli. A "hot switching error", even with 7W of drive appears on the display. To be investigated the next weeks.
I also read some comments on FT8 : link
Oh boy, what a high level of literature...
No changes , no evolution allowed; let's climb into our trees in the jungle, together with Adam & Eve. With such an attitude, Darwin should have been workless.
Strange that those pessimistic guys use internet to complain...