Tag: FT-8

Foxes and Hounds — FT8 DXpedition Mode is in the Works for WSJT-X

Speaking on behalf of the WSJT-X Development Team, Joe Taylor, K1JT, has issued a progress report on the team’s efforts to develop FT8 DXpedition Mode. The new digital mode will include new and innovative features, which are detailed in a draft FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide, released on February 2. Taylor said the basic goal of FT8 DXpedition Mode is to enable DXpeditions to make FT8 QSOs at t…


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FT8 digital mode has big uptake

Until now there has been only anecdotal evidence that FT8, introduced in 2017, had been adopted by many on our bands. The weak signal text mode has certainly taken over from the previous JT65, which had been favoured

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Wisconsin FT8 Enthusiast Completes DXCC on New Mode

Denny Berg, WB9MSM, of Watertown, Wisconsin, reports that he achieved his goal of completing DXCC on December 31, 2017, using the new FT8 digital mode. It took him just 4 months.

“I can tell all of you that this mode is spreading like wildfire throughout all the HF bands,” Berg told The Daily DX. “I have also noticed that most of these FT8ers use Logbook of The World (LoTW) for their confirmatio…

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FT8 Party: a great success!

For the last EURAO Party, the one in Autumn 2017, devoted to ‘FT8, a brand new mode’, we have received more logs than ever: 24, including 1614 QSOs in 10 bands, from 12 countries in 3 continents

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FT-8, what is a “good contact”

My general rule of thumb is a “good contact” in regards to non-contest contacts is one where we have exchanged at least some piece of information.

With FT-8 the full exchange is usually the grid square and a report followed by acknowledgement that the information was received and then a sign off with a “73”. I have had a few contacts where I do not get the “73” back from the other station after I get the acknowledgement that they got my report. For me I would consider these still good…

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The Skinny on FT-8 Signal Reports

The signal reports don’t make any sense, right? They are negative numbers (unless you are running QRO…but let’s not go there), yet the signals are clearly audible. The number represents the strength or your FSK signal (6.25 Hz) as it compares to the signals in an entire 2.5 kHz SSB bandwidth. I was curious about the math, and I combed the internet looking for an explanation. Here’s the actual math behind the report: http://www.arrl.org/forum/topics/view/1957

Keep in mind…

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First Ducie Island DXpedition in a Decade Set for Late 2018

The Perseverance DX Group (PDXG) has announced plans to activate Ducie Island — a marine protected area — in October and November of 2018. The last Ducie Island DXpedition was VP6DX in 2008. Ducie is currently the 29th most-wanted DXCC entity according to ClubLog. The 2018 DXpedition would operate as VP6D.

“Landing permission, visas and radio license have been issued,” PDXG said in a December 1 news release. “A team of 14 operators will be on the island for up to 14 days. The team will depart from Mangareva, French Polynesia aboard the expedition ship Braveheart. Seven operating positions are planned for 160-10 meters, SSB/CW/Digital, including FT8.”

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FT8 Power, how much ????

How much power do you use on FT8? Are there unspoken rules in place I’m not aware of? Is FT8 a weak signal/low power mode? Who establishes these ethical mode rules? This past week I emailed a couple of acquaintances who I saw work a rare DXpedition and they said they were running 500w or more. Interesting, I have only been using 5 to 40 w on all my Q’s.

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Goodbye FT8, Hello Olivia, The MAGIC Digital Mode For HF!

Previously, I made a couple videos introducing FT8 mode, and most recently how crammed packed it is on the bands with FT8 signals. Well, guys and gals, there are many other options if you are not aware (or maybe you are).

Ft8 is referred to as “the zombie mode”, not by me, but most all the people viewing this on the ZED. Sure, it gets you a distant contact, but there is no real “interaction” with the hams on both sides. The computer is doing it all for you..
Picture the efficiency similar…

Goodbye FT8, Hello Olivia, The MAGIC Digital Mode For HF! For the full article, https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/goodbye-ft8-hello-olivia-the-magic-digital-mode-for-hf.585617/

WSJT-X Version 1.8.0-rc3

K1JT announce the latest release candidate version of the popular WSJT-X program that improve FT8 user interface to facilitate split and simplex operations procedures along to fixing some minor bugs and updates to the user guide.

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PSK31 What’s going on

So I got on 14070 MHz using FLDigi, Op Mode BPSK31. There were several conversations going on. I checked into one. It was a station in Caracas looking for DX. Well, I’m DX, so I returned. He didn’t call back but set up doing CQ DX again. I checked PSK reporter, and yes my signal was heard in Venezuela. Oh well. Then there was a guy in 0 land calling CQ. Again I answered His Call, My Call. Nothing. In several months now, I have yet to make a contact on PSK31. PSKreporter indicated…

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Burundi DXpedition FT8

Great news especially for the lovers of digital modes. The international Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC) team is working to build the new DXpedition from Burundi with the callsign 9U4M, and will be on air also with the new FT8 digital mode

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New “Release Candidate” Version of WSJT-X Includes FT8 Changes

A new “pre-release” version of WSJT-X now is available. This is the Amateur Radio digital software suite developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT, that includes the new FT8 mode, which has been catching on like wildfire. The September 2 release, WSJT-X version 1.8.0-rc2, fixes a number of issues, provides better performance, and offers some new features.

“Implementation of FT8 and its auto-sequencing featu…

For the full article, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/new-pre-release-version-of-wsjt-x-includes-ft8-changes

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LotW Now Accepting FT8.

Time to get TQSL running and get the Configuration Data updated to 11.1 so that you can upload those FT8 contacts.

The LotW is open for FT8!

Radio Arcala to Leverage FT8 Digital Mode in Market Reef Activation

Radio Arcala (OH8X), the consortium of serious Finnish contesters, has heaped more praise on Nobel Laureate and software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, for the recent beta release of FT8 mode. OJ0BH/OJ0JR will be active August 12-19 from Market Reef and expects to make use of FT8 and other modes that are part of Taylor’s WSJT-X suite of Amateur Radio digital software.

“Tuning the poor 20-meter band…

For the full article, http://www.arrl.org/news/view/radio-arcala-to-leverage-ft8-digital-mode-in-market-reef-activation

New FT8 Group

We’ve just created a FT8 group for the new and very popular digimode in our community area.

To join, register and then join the group.

It’s early days for the mode and the group, so please QSP.

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