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50MHz Sunday 30 July

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2017  is the  breakthrough  of 50MHz JT65 FT8  causing  a huge 50MHz activity boost  this could happen on 4m 2m and UHF too 

50.276 MHz   in the Morning open to Japan  09:07  -- 10:49
just after I went in the garden since band was very very  quiet...
 rx left on  in JT65 mode   50.276:
    JF3MYA JA3EGE JH3VJV JQ3DUE JH0RNN JH4UYB JA7QVI JA8QNF
JM1SZY JE1BMJ JM1KNQ
evening short open to USA   fast mode FT8
12:17 K1TOL               latest   signal 12:43
WU1ITU     K7BV FM04   N1BUG

Guess next LOTW update allows mode FT8 QSO records upload.
The fast 15 seconds digi mode is an alternative to the 2 minutes slow cycle of JT65
Found that this FT8 mode is working great with VHF UHF fluttery tropo signals
FT8 need stronger signals to decode but it can use short strong openings.

 Although it is hard to find UHF HAMS  using digimodes at f.i. 23cm
most VHF / UHF  hams seem to use hand keys and paper logs ??


TQSL  accepts 51 modes but the latest FT8 is missing
In LOTW  mode  FT8 and others can…