**CORRECTED** Atlanta Radio Club FT8 Presentation - August 5
The name of the speaker was wrong in the previous email. John Kludt presented to the ARC in June.
The Atlanta Radio Club is pleased to announce that our August speaker is Frank O’Donnell, K6FOD. The title of his talk is “Adventures in FT8 and FT4”. Unlike voice, you need a computer hooked up to your radio to use the digital modes, including FT8. But it’s a fairly straightforward USB connection that the ARC’s July speaker, Bob Wilson, N6TV, talked about last month.
The presentation is geared to hams who are unfamiliar with FT8 as well as hams who have used it before. Frank will tell us what FT8 and FT4 are, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of FT8 and FT4, the software and hardware needed to use them and the operating procedures and protocols used on the air. A Q&A will follow the presentation.
There’s a popular misconception in the ham community that FT8 can only be used by Generals and Extras because it’s primarily an HF mode. The operative word here is “primarily”. Technicians can use FT8 and FT4 on VHF and UHF and its use there is on the rise.
This talk promises to be informative for hams with all license levels and degrees of experience. ARC membership is not a requirement for attendance. Everyone is invited to join our Zoom.
The meeting starts at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 5. We’re going to have our yearly club election at that meeting and the presentation will follow. There is only one slate of officers running, as of today, so the vote should be quick.
To access the Zoom, click here: https://zoom.us/j/4263755765?pwd=Vzdva1NaODZxUDByQmplcjN4WG5zUT09
If that doesn’t work, please go to http://zoom.us and click on JOIN at the top of the page. When prompted, uses these credentials:
Meeting ID: 426 375 5765
If you cannot attend the zoom Thursday night, you’ll be able to watch a recording of the Zoom on YouTube. Just search for “Atlanta Radio Club” on YouTube. Videos take about 2-3 days to be posted to YouTube after each meeting.
Details are on our webpage: www.AtlantaRadioClub.org
See you Thursday.
Rob Osattin, KI4UTY
Program Director | Atlanta Radio Club
p.s. Here’s a blurb on the talk from when Frank spoke to the Pasadena, California Radio Club.
In recent years the FT8 digital mode has been taking the ham world by storm, becoming the most popular mode on the air according to statistics from the ClubLog.org website. If you’ve been thinking of giving FT8 a try but are wondering where to start, ARC’s August 5 online presentation by Frank O’Donnell K6FOD is one you won’t want to miss.
After earning his ham license just three years ago, within nine months Frank earned the ARRL's DXCC award for verifying contacts with 100 countries — all on FT8. In 2019, he received the Southern California DX Club’s Clipperton Award for newcomer of the year. As of now he has logged 147 countries on FT8.
Topics Frank will cover in his talk include an overview of how FT8 works, setup for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, a basic FT8 QSO, “fox and hound” mode for DXpeditions, and the new FT4 variant for contesting.
We will take Q&A after the presentation.
Frank took up ham radio after retiring from a 32-year career in public affairs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While at JPL he led the press office for more than a decade, directing newsrooms for missions including Galileo to Jupiter, Cassini to Saturn, the Mars Pathfinder lander and Sojourner rover, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and numerous Earth science missions. In addition to HF DXing, this past winter he operated using digital modes on the new 630-meter band. He also participates in the ARRL’s twice-yearly Frequency Measurement Tests, determining frequencies of signals received from thousands of miles away to within as little as a couple of hundredths of a Hertz. He and his family have lived in South Pasadena, California for more than 20 years..