Tuesday 28 May 2019

Nice Es 2m FT-8 signals today

With a distance of 3134 km, the 144 MHz signals of EA8DBM reached my FT-480R transceiver today:

Monday 27 May 2019

First FT-8 2m RX on 144.175 MHz

In order to be able to use FT-8 (and digimodes in general) on 2m, one must be able to select the USB mode. On eBay I found a nice FT-480R, capable of operating in USB.

The Yaesu FT-480R is a mobile transceiver designed around 1980. Yesterday I made the first FM QSO with this device. PI4VHW (Location Fortress Numansdorp) respondend to my FM call on 145.550 MHz.

Today I connected the rig to my PC in order to decode the first FT-8 signals (144.175 MHz):