I’m on FT8

One of the things I had promised myself in 2023 was getting onto the digital mode FT8.

I had previously done digital work using the PSK31 and 63 modes, but that was 7 years ago. Back then I was using my Yaesu FT450 and the SignaLink USB interface device. With FT8 I decided to use the Yaesu FT450 exclusively for the digital modes.

I downloaded WSJTX and JTDX and with both programs I was able to monitor the incoming FT8 signals but I could not get the radio to talk. John VK5BJE kindly came over on Thursday but we still could not get the radio to operate. I then reached out to Peter VK3ZPF who gave me the settings for the FT450, and BANG IT WORKED.

Thanks John and thanks Peter.


On Friday night (13th January 2023) I worked a total of 27 stations on 20m and 40m FT8.

Countries worked on 40m FT8:

  • Antarctica
  • China
  • European Russia
  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • Sri Lanka
  • Venezuela

My first ever FT8 contact was with Gildas F4HRG.

Above:- screen showing my contact with F4HRG

Above:- Gildas F4HRG

Countries worked on 20m FT8:

  • European Russia
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • West Malaysia

It was a nice taste of FT8.


Yesterday (Saturday 14th January 2023) I worked a total of 172 stations on FT8 on 15m, 20m, & 40m.

  • 15m – 98 QSOs

Countries worked on 15m FT8:-

  • Asiatic Russia
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • 20m- 44 QSOs

Countries worked on 20m FT8.-

  • Argentina
  • Asiatic Russia
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canary Island
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Israel
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Poland
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • USA
  • 40m FT8 – 30 QSOs

Countries worked on 40m FT8-

  • Asiatic Russia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • New Caledonia
  • Panama
  • USA

USA states worked on 40m FT8

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

FT8 has opened up another exciting aspect of amateur radio for me.

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