Introduction to WSJT-X FT8

FT8 is a new mode included in WSJT-X versions 1.8 and later.

This weak signal mode is intended—and optimised—for making efficient barebones contacts; a definite plus during this time of poor propagation. Although FT8 does not support rag-chewing or contesting exchanges it is, none the less, well worth trying out in the Amateur Radio spirit of learning and experimentation.

A Thought for World Amateur Radio Day

Amateur radio is the means of communication with others on equal terms, of finding friendship, adventure and prestige while seated at one’s own fireside. In picking his human contacts out of the air the amateur is not seen by them. He is not known by the clothes he wears but by the signals he emits. He enters a new world whose qualifications for success are within his reach. There are no century-old class prejudices to impede his progress. He enters a thoroughly democratic world where he rises or falls by his own efforts. When he is W9XYZ, a beginner, the radio elders help him willingly, and when he becomes W9XYZ the record-breaker and efficient traffic-handler, he willingly helps the younger generation. Without a pedigree, a chauffeur, or an old master decorating his living room he can become a prince—of the air. At the close of the day, filed with the monotonous routine of the machine age, he can find adventure, vicarious travel, prestige and friendship by throwing in the switch and pounding his signals into the air.

Dr. Raymond V. Bowers, Yale University 1

ND Section Manager's Website

The North Dakota Section Manager, , has a ND Section News website featuring the following information:

  • Section News
  • ND Nets
  • ND QSO Party
  • ND Operators List
  • ND Ham Clubs
  • Contact information

FT8 Presentation at April Club Meeting

All Hams interested in FT8 are encouraged to attend KA0LDG’s presentation about this mode at the April RRRA Club Meeting

KA0LDG is planning to present a Power Point briefing about FT8 followed by a live demonstration of the mode using his portable station.

Please direct all questions about this upcoming presentation to .