Tuesday, April 30, 2019

FT4 a New Mode!

FT4 a new Digital Mode, similar to FT8 is here!
With even shorter transmissions (4.48 s, compared to 12.64 s for FT8), FT4 is designed for contesting.
Click here for details. Here is also a video of Joe Taylor announcing it- link
Download the software here (scroll down to Installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5)and get in on the inauguration of this new mode. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Using PSK Reporter Website as Propagation Tool

PSK Reporter, www.pskreporter.info/pskmap.html, is a powerful tool for monitoring your
FT8, JT65 or PSK signals around the world. But, even if you are not transmitting on any
of these modes it can still be a great propagation tool for determining which bands are
open and to where in the world signals from your area are being heard.


Here are some instructions with screenshots to get you started:
  1. Go to the PSK Reporter website- www.pskreporter.info/pskmap.html
  2. A map of the world will appear.

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  • K8ZT.com- connects all my sites & blogs, but focuses mainly on Amateur Radio, Cooking, Trains & Maps
  • ZTLearn.com- Resources for Students, Educators & anyone interested in learning something new.

If you are a new ham, just getting started on HF or looking to increase your country and state count this presentation is for you. Learn some Top Secret Techniques to WAS & DXCC. Includes tips for winning operating and contesting awards for the average ham.



Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Increase your Amateur Radio Fun by adding CW to your operating modes. I just put together a new presentation for a local licensing class and I am sharing it here for those that might be interested in getting started with CW. As usual, my presentation is more of a reference piece so it will stand on its own without me for you to read.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

FT8 a New Mode!

Here is a chance to get in on the ground floor as a new mode rapidly gains popularity.
FT8, the newest digital mode from Noble Laurite K1JT, Joe Taylor. FT8 has been added to free WSJT-X suite that already includes JT65, JT9, MSK144 and more. For those familiar with very sensitive, but very slow contacts FT8 will seem very fast! FT8 involves a 15-second transmission versus JT65's one-minute transmissions. So contacts are 4 times faster but you do give up a few dB of sensitivity. For more details visit WSJT-X for Dummies & Experts

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I have recently added a number of DXing & DX News Resources for Amateur Radio at k8zt.com under "Operating" section. The link is www.k8zt.com/dx