FT8 in UK and EU contests

| August 24, 2018

Recently, the RSGB Contest Committee has seen some FT8 QSOs being claimed within contest logs. At present it is difficult to complete a full contest exchange using FT8, although an EU contest compatible version is under development. A machine generated modes, or MGM-specific contest ran in April this year, with a set of rules structured to support all MGM modes with varying and limited exchanges. The initial reaction to this contest was positive and a second event will take place in December. At this time, FT8 and similar fast MGM modes will be kept inside a separate, more experimental contest framework. However, the Contest Committee proposes increasing the number of these MGM contests during 2019. Consequently, from the first of September onwards, the allowed modes for RSGB VHF contests, except for the dedicated MGM events, will be SSB, CW, FM, AM, JT6M, ISCAT and FSK441.


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