FT8 Operating Guide

Many thanks go out to Gary Hinson, ZL2iFB for creating this comprehensive guide to operating FT8 mode, the very popular digital mode for making ham contacts.

FT8 mode is an increasingly popular digital dialogue mode for radio amateurs. It is a part of the WSJT-X suite of communication technologies and protocols developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT using concepts from weak signal communication. It’s great to have a best-practices document with all its tips and tricks.

Download the FT8 Operating Guide here

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FT8 mode provides an exciting opportunity for radio amateurs around the world to communicate despite current levels of noise interference caused by modern conveniences.

Communication in this format is primarily intended for weak signal communications over long distances, with the objective to make reliable contact under challenging atmospheric and noise interference conditions. Unlike other modes, very little time on the air is necessary; contacts are made within 2 minutes or less. FT8 also features one of the most robust error correction schemes among digital voice modes, allowing messages to be received through noisy environments conveniently and accurately.

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