Friday at 8:00pm  

FT4 & FT8 Advanced



This Week on the Southwest Florida Tech Net, Ian KO4EFS & Joseph KM4OVZ Hosts and We will Deep Dive FT4 and FT8.  We will discuss advanced operation, Contesting, and we will demonstrate techniques to help you get more contacts,  

Then, as always, we will have Friday Night Open Lines, where we take Your Topics and Discuss Them.  We Also Will Work Through Issues You May Be Having With Your Equipment.   Let the assembled group of specialists get you going...   or get you in contact with someone that can... and... We will of course, have all the latest Ham Radio News, Contest Updates, Space Weather Updates and Local and Regional Ham Radio Events!     

Rag Chew Starts at 7:30 on the Zoom and the Main Topic Kicks off at 8pm.   Join Early,  Join Late, and Rejoin at Will...   Everyone is Welcome!     No Waiting Rooms, Lock Outs, or Sign Ins.  We will never punish you for being Tardy or require a hall pass and We Will Not Censor Your Speech!!     We go LIVE on Youtube at 8pm and we usually end around 11pm with a Tech Talk After Party for the Zoom Folks until about Midnight!      It is a total of 4 and a half hours of Ham Radio Fellowship!  Great Company, Great Conversation, Great Information, and lots of help and encouragement for Newer Hams!   Join Us Every Friday for a Virtual Ham Party!!    BYOB Of Course! 

To Participate click the   DIRECT ZOOM LINK   button in the Upper Right Corner.   You can leave your camera and mic off if you want.   You can also watch on your TV, Computer, Tablet, or Phone via Youtube HERE.  When we are LIVE it will predominantly show at the top of the Youtube Page  

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KO4EFS - ANNOUNCEMENT -  If You Want to Be The Guest Tech Specialist on an Upcoming Net, Please Email me with your specialty and we will schedule it.   I need folks to take a topic and bring it as our main topic one night on the net!   I know there's a lot of interest in Satellites, Digital Modes on HF, and D-Star vs Fusion vs DMR just to name a few!   I would love to hear your ideas and get you signed up to be our Tech Specialist one Friday Night!  If Interested, please send me an Email.    Thank You!

The Zoom Platform offers amazing opportunities that radio can't:

1) Screen Share

2) Cameras over the work bench for Live Demonstrations.

3) We can CQ LIVE with a Screen Capture of the Radio and audio.  

4) We can have in specialists and instructors from anywhere in the world. 

5) Video Share - With Permission short videos from other sources can be used. 

6) Pre-Produced Segments - we can show video from earlier tests, club events, and equipment demonstrations. 

7) Demonstrate Digital Modes with Screen Capture and Audio. 

Consumer Alert - HRD Software 

AKA - Ham Radio Deluxe

I Strongly Recommend Against Using HRD Software.    I Personally purchased the Software Package and paid $100.00.  IT NEVER WORKED.   They Do NOT Guarantee that it Will Work With Your System!   Tech Support is Rude and will give up on you quickly!    They Refused to Refund my money!  I have spoke personally to three others who have had the same issue and experience.   Once you send your money, regardless of the outcome, you DO NOT Get Your Money Back.   It is rare to find an experience this bad in Ham Radio, but you can certainly find it here.    Much Better, Cheaper Software is out there that does everything that HRD will do and much more.   HRD Also has an antiquated look and feel and has lots of issues integrating with Logbook of the World.   I would stay away, plenty of better choices!  

                           Ian Hickin - KO4EFS