Earlier today I saw the moderator’s announcement on the FT8 sarcasm.
I have to confess that I did most of my QSOs with FT8 when activating. I actually use FT8 to secure 4 QSOs first, so that the activation would be eligible for counting points, before switching to SSB for phone.
Some of the SOTA people or “hard core” hams might consider this is cheating to so degree, but please allow me to share some of my perspectives.
Some of my fellow hams in Taiwan still has misconception that FT8 communication is carried out via internet, but it’s not. Internet is for time synchronization, the signal is transmitted “in the air” entirely. In fact, I use GPS to sync my Raspberry Pi’s clock instead of internet, since I don’t always get cellphone reception when activating. That being said, I think we should still recognize FT8 as legitimate QSO method. FT8 allows contacts to be made with even weaker signal than CW does.
I know and respect that CW is kind of “Jedi Art” in amateur radio. I am a patient of Parkinson ‘s disease, so for me it is more difficult to master CW, but I am working on it, hopefully I will be able to do CW QSO before the end this summer.
Anyway, I hope I will see you on the air on CW, FT8 and SSB soon!