Amateur Radio Digital Communication Mode FT8


Madison Wisconsin Section - Life Member Affinity Group & Student Chapter Joint Event

Released less than two years ago, the FT8 digital communication mode has taken the ham radio community by storm. By the end of 2017, FT8 accounted for over half of all logged amateur radio contacts in the world.  FT8 allows multiple concurrent conversations in a small bandwidth, requires lower power, can be completed in about a minute, and there are new features enabling rare DX stations to log multiple contacts simultaneously, resulting in rates comparable to other modes.  Particularly for HF (160m thru 10m) frequencies, the popularity of the mode is enhanced by the low signal/noise ratio requirement and that DX contacts can be made during the current low period in the sunspot cycle.  A transceiver, sound card interface, computer, and free software are all that is needed for any ham to get started.  An overview of the practical use of FT8, along with some insight into the mechanics of the mode will be discussed.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 12 Mar 2019
  • Time: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
  • All times are US/Central
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  • 1415 Engineering Dr
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • United States 53706
  • Building: Engineering Hall
  • Room Number: 2309

  • Co-sponsored by UW Student Chapter
  • Starts 01 March 2019 02:04 PM
  • Ends 12 March 2019 03:00 PM
  • All times are US/Central
  • No Admission Charge


Dale Burmester, Manager - Economic Planning at American Transmission Company

Dale Burmester, Manager - Economic Planning at American Transmission Company


Dale Burmester, KA9SWE, is an Amateur Extra licensed ham radio operator.  He has logged 10,000 contacts over the past ten years.  Mr. Burmester holds a BSEE from UW-Madison and is a registered Professional Engineer (WI), an IEEE member, and a Badger Amateur Radio Society (W9YT) alumnus.


Address: Madison, Wisconsin, United States


6:00 Sign In, Social Time, Announcements, Introductions

Soft drinks and cookies will be provided

6:15 Presentation, Q & A, Discussion

7:30 Adjourn