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2 weeks 23 hours ago #725 by G0CBO
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Hello, after years of saying I would never work FT8 I have finally taken the plunge and having a play. On average I run about 30 watts only on this mode and have had some success on 70cms along with the other bands.

Only thing I dont really understand is how the signal reporting works. For example what is the equivalent in comparison to RST. I note that most stations exchange minus figures in reports. Without getting complicated what does this all mean, is there a scale , say a minus 12 report is the same as a 529 or similar.

Would be interesting to know so I can judge how well my signals are getting out, but upon saying that have been amazed at who is hearing me via PSK Reporter.

Any comments or feedback

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Rodney G0CBO

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1 week 6 days ago #728 by M0ZAH
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Hi Rod,

Not sure if this helps but there is a QRZ forum thread discussing this. forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/the-ski...gnal-reports.591508/

Also, I wonder what ariel you use for 70cm ft8?

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1 week 5 days ago #731 by G0CBO
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Many Thanks for the link James, explains it well, a useful chart that gives the scale. Antenna for 70cms is a 7 ele ZLspecial, fixed towards SE up at about 15 feet. If band is open pulls in FT8 quite well
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1 week 5 days ago #733 by M0ZAH
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Hi Rob,

I'm glad that helped.

Thanks for the info, will be very interesting to see how far you work on 70cm.

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