Radio experiments from the south coast of Ireland...
I wonder if the future trend will see a return to 'heritage' modes? I've definitely turned a corner due to FT8, going back to more SSB. FT8 has its uses, notably in encouraging 2m band use, but it is ultimately just points-gathering. An SSB, or even CW QSO can make your day a lot better, infused as they are with the human element. FT8 just can't do that.
I suspect that SSB won't make a resurgence. New digital modes will probably come along in time and replace FT8.
I think there will be a resurgence of SSB. Some people will get tired of "mechanized" QSOs.Don't get me wrong. I think FT8 or similar modes are here to stay, but they will be a part of the options we have.Also, at the moment many people think of FT8 s a panacea for all kinds of propagation, but like I discovered with JT65 on 6m, FT8 has a similar problem with sporadic E propagation on 2m: Too long TRX sequences. There will be openings far too short, but with strong enough signals" for a quick SSB/CW QSO, and some people will recognize that.Also, the HF propagation is likely to improve, making it easier to use non-weak-signal modes again.I am cautiously optimistic.Vy 73 de Jan, OZ9QV.
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