Tag: FT8

Via the ARRL: WSJT-X Development Group Announces Second Bug-Fix Release, WSJT-X Version 2.1.2

The WSJT Development Group, which just this week announced the release of WSJT-X version 2.1.1, has now issued a second bug-fix release, version 2.1.2. WSJT-X is the free software suite that includes the FT4 and FT8 protocols. According to the developers, an error in the code broke the WSJT-X rig control features for certain Icom […]

Via the ARRL: More than 1 Million Contacts Logged during ARRL Field Day 2019

ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, reports that nearly 1.1 million contacts were made during the 2019 ARRL Field Day — the most popular operating event in North America. Bourque reported the 2019 ARRL Field Day results, which are available starting on page 64 of the digital edition of the December 2019 issue of QST. Bourque says in […]

via the ARRL: Australian Radio Amateur Reports First FT8 Contact on 122 GHz

In Australia, Roland Lang, VK4FB, and Stefan Durtschi, VK4CSD, completed what is being claimed as the world’s first FT8 contact on 122 GHz. The distance spanned during the August 11 contact was 92.08 kilometers (approximately 57.1 miles). Signals were –17 dB on one end, and –20 dB on the other. Earlier this summer, VK4FB and […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1064

This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1064 Release Date: July 20, 2019 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, George W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:07:30 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR1064 Trending […]

via the ARRL: Major WSJT-X Upgrade Boosts FT4 into “a Finished Protocol for HF Contesting”

The WSJT Development Group has announced the “general availability” release of WSJT-X version 2.1.0. This major upgrade formally introduces FT4 as a finished protocol for HF contesting. WSJT-X version 2.1.0 supplants any “release candidate” (beta) versions, and users should discontinue using any beta versions of the software. The latest edition of the popular digital software suite also includes improvements and bug […]

via the ARRL: World Wide Radio Operators Foundation Announces Global Digital DX Contest

The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF), in collaboration with the Slovenia Contest Club (SCC), has announced the World Wide Digi DX Contest (WW Digi), which it hopes will become an annual event. The inaugural running of the 24-hour contest will take place on August 31 – September 1. The new contest aims to tap […]

Kuwait arrives on 60m

The Kuwaiti telecom regulator, CITRA, has released the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz to Kuwaiti 9K2 licensees: https://citra.gov.kw/sites/En/Documents/National%20Frequency%20Plan.pdf Under ITU Footnote 5.133B, which in the case of Kuwait means a maximum power of 15W EIRP. The first Kuwaiti ham on the new band was Muhammad, 9K2NO, operating FT8, who is […]

via the ARRL: Faster, More Contest-Friendly FT4 Digital Protocol to Debut in a Week

A new, speedier, more contest-friendly digital mode is just days away in beta version. WSJT-X Developers say serious work on the new FT4 protocol began shortly after the FT8 Roundup held last December 1 – 2. The goal was a mode that could compete with RTTY contesting in terms of contact rates, while preserving many of the […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1046

This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1046 Release Date: March 16, 2019 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by Chris Perrine, KB2FAF,Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Fred Fittee, NF2F, George W2XBS, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:09:09 Download here: […]

via the ARRL: RTTY and FT8 Successfully Coexist in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup

Based on informal polling and log-submission trends, it appears that RTTY and FT8 successfully shared spectrum during the ARRL RTTY Roundup over the January 5 – 6 weekend. The event is seeing a dramatic uptick from last year in the number of logs submitted, with more than 2,400 and counting received by midweek, as opposed […]