A third public test of the nascent FT8 “DXpedition Mode” is set for Saturday, May 5, the WSJT Development Group has announced. A fourth “release candidate” now is available, and participants in the May 5 public test should install WSJT-X version 1.9.0-rc4, beforehand.
“Once again, the goal is to simulate a rare-DXpedition pileup by having many stations (‘Hounds’) calling and trying to work a designated pseudo-DXpedition station (‘Fox’),” Joe Taylor, K1JT, said on behalf of the WSJT Development Team. “Everyone participating in the test must use WSJT-X v1.9.0-rc4.” Taylor urged participants to “read, understand, and carefully follow” the FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide, which contains some operating procedure details that differ from earlier versions of the beta mode software.
“If you have legitimate access to more than one call sign (spouse, a club call, or whatever), please feel free to call and work each Fox more than once,” Taylor said. “The more Hounds, the better; we want the test pileup to be as deep as possible.”
The third public test will include three 1-hour sessions.