Market Reef FT8 Activity

RADIO ARCALA SALUTES JOE TAYLOR, K1JT AND THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF FT8 MODE ON HF PLUS ACTIVATE 4M MS FSK441 AND 60M

MARKET REEF, OJ0BH/OJ0JR QRV: 12th–19th August 2017
Tuning the poor 20m band month after month represents a major frustration nowadays. Particularly on SSB, only the occasional DX signal breaks the sea of noise, consequently reducing activity levels even further. However, that very noise could be a new lease of life, if one were to copy signals below it. They are there every day. Indeed, with their huge antennas and state-of-the art receivers, DXers can dig even deeper into the noise and log plenty of good DX faster than one can think.
Martti, OH2BH/OJ0BH, and Henri, OH3JR/OJ0JR, will attempt to land on Market Reef this Saturday PM, weather permitting, and will immediately break the noise floor by getting FT8 QSOs underway. They will also hand out the OJ0 multiplier in the Worked All Europe DX Contest (WAEDC) and appear on a variety of traditional modes in the event of any available audible propagation. This is the week originally dedicated to a youth expedition to Market Reef, and to releasing options for selected 2018 DXpeditions, involving both youth and seasoned DX groups.
Demonstrating Amateur Radio to today’s youth thus sports a new booster shot, raising their potential interest to new heights.
A beta release of WSJT-X, version 1.8.0-rc1, included a new FT8 mode, featuring a faster turnaround, and it’s already a major breakthrough on the HF bands. FT8 offers “sensitivity down to –20 dB on the AWGN channel,” and contacts 4 times faster than JT65 or JT9. An auto-sequencing feature offers the option to respond automatically to the first decoded reply to your CQ.
https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Release_Notes_1.8.0.txt

Bouvet Island DXpedition-2018

On behalf of the Bouvet Island DXpedition-2018, thank you for your kind contribution of $551 USD on behalf of The European DX Foundation.

Please accept this small gift to recognize your important and generous contribution toward the Bouvet DXpedition-2018 expenses.  As you probably know, this is likely the most expensive DXpedition ever attempted.

It is dedicated and generous DXers like you and your club members that make DXpeditions such as this possible, and we are pleased that EUDXF is now one of our important supporters.

One of the goals of the Bouvet Island DXpedition-2018 is to provide at least one QSO to every DXer who needs this #2 ranked DXCC entity for an all-time new one (ATNO).   Also, we want to provide as many band/mode contacts needed by DXers as we possibly can.   We believe we have the plan, the team and the equipment to make this happen!

Your contribution will help make all this a reality for not only our team of DXpeditioners, but for DXers, worldwide…THANK YOU!

See you in the pileups!

For the team,

Ralph Fedor – KØIR

Bob Allphin – K4UEE

Erling Wiig – LA6VM