Welcome to Dr Sheldon Coopers Fun with FT8. So i fired up FT8 last night for some receiving fun to see whats doing and certainly heard a lot of places. It looks like FT8 is the new black with many people using it. 51 countries heard and many more stations especially out of Japan. All in all, it was a bit of fun to see what I can here on my dipole. Flicked over to 15m now to see if there is anyone about.
Bottom of the cycle, bands will be dead they say. Well, perhaps not as dead as one expects. Little openings are there all throughout the day and in my case, VK2 was open most of the day. Bands are dead of course, not because there is no propagation, but because there is no one home to work. It is what it is and this WSPR thing is pretty cool. I did not learn anything i did not already know, USA in the mornings and Asia in the evenings. And a few other bits and bobs along the way.
I did have one interesting thing happen, a broken decode where I got no call sign but did get a grid square, I am not confident this is actually accurate, but if it is, then the station i was copying was in Egypt, someways south of Cairo. It would be cool if this was actually the case, but I won’t be holding my breath LOL.