Although I have used FT8 a lot on HF, I would like to try it on 2m and 70cms. Trouble is that there has been some confusion about what frequency to use. In this month’s Practical Wireless there is a short article about FT8 on 144Mhz and shows the actual frequency used (144.174Mhz) I have given it a try, at first I heard nothing, then after an hour or so a couple of stations appeared and I worked them. Later it became even more active and I managed to work 15 stations, one in Scotland, a couple on the South coast and two French stations. This is a wonderful mode for working DX on VHF when the rest of the band is dead. In the olden days predicting openings and lifts became an art. Nowadays high pressure over Europe and all the tell tale signs of a lift leaves me dissapointed because there is not the activity that we had in the past. I think FT8 gives a bit of a boost towards working more distant stations.
Another thing that I have noticed over the last couple of days is the occasional ‘ping’ of Meteor Scatter reflecting FT8 signals from distant stations.
PSK Reporter showing the many spots picked up over the last 24 hours.