Listened for the entire first hour, and despite phasing, multiple antennas, and every trick I know—not a beep of audio tonight.
Set up for the 2nd hour, ready to decode FT8. Within the first two minutes, I had a successful decode! This at 886 miles without a trace of audio in the headphones. By the 20 minute mark, I had three successful decodes. USB seemed to work better here, but I got successful decodes in AM mode at 5 kHz bandwidth as well.
Rig was my Icom IC-7300 with an end fed wire, up about 40 feet.
FT-8 is amazing. Duke—I gotta get a QSL for this one! History in the making.
Les Rayburn, N1LF
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