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
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…
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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 (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…
Title says HF, but I meant “DIGITAL MODE” which can be used on 6 meters as well as HF.
At the time of this video, the solar index chart on QRZ shows poor band conditions across the board, high noise level, but I have very strong signals rolling in on FT-8 at 9:23pm in Florida.
Has FT-8 taken over the 6 meter band? Check out this short video.
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It’s still in beta testing, but FT8 — the latest digital bauble to capture the imagination of the Amateur Radio community — has been luring away many of those already using the popular JT65 “weak-signal” mode. FT8 is included in a beta release of WSJT-X, version 1.8.0-rc1. Among its biggest advantages is a shorter transmit-receive cycle, meaning quicker contacts. The notes for the “candidate” release say that FT8 offers “sensitivity down to –20 dB on the AWGN channel,” as opposed to –30 dB for JT65. Contacts are four times faster than with JT65 or JT9, however. An entire FT8 contact can take place in about 1 minute.
Word has it that the new digimode FT-8 will be switched on for Logbook of the World log uploads sometime this week.
A new mode I happened to learn about and practice. This is great for poor conditions, QRP or contests on digital. Not as sensitive as JT-65/9, but twice as fast. FT-8 can be done the same way you do PSK or RTTY or JT-65. A radio, an interface, and the software.
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