Tag: FT8

via the ARRL: Baker Island Top Band Operator Offers Observations

Trying to work stations on 160 meters from Baker Island during the KH1/KH7Z DXpedition was fraught with challenges, and the WSJT-X FT8 digital protocol proved to be one answer to making contacts from the rare DXCC entity under tough, summertime conditions. DXpedition team member George Wallner, AA7JV, recently offered some observations about the experience that may be […]

via the ARRL: Significant Changes in Store for FT8 and MSK144 with WSJT-X Version 2.0

WSJT-X co-developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, has announced that major changes are coming to the FT8 and MSK144 digital protocols when WSJT-X version 2.0 arrives in a few months. Taylor said version 2.0 should be ready for prime time by January. “Much of the necessary programming is finished,” Taylor said in a post to the Packrats reflector. “Many of […]

via the ARRL: Ducie Island VP6D Team Awaiting its Turn at Baker Island KH1/KH7Z Radios

Operators on the upcoming VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition, set for October 20 – November 3, are looking forward to their turn at the Elecraft radio equipment used by the KH1/KH7Z Baker Island team. In a recent news release, the VP6D team reported that its plans to activate Ducie Island this fall are on schedule, and the Baker […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1013

This Week in Amateur Radio #1013 Here is a summary of the news trending this week, July 28, 2018. This week’s edition anchored by Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too the week) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:03:35 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR1013 […]

via the ARRL: Reverse Beacon Network Beta Testing Separate Spot Stream for FT8

As a beta test, the popular Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) has announced that it’s now offering a separate telnet feed for FT8 spots (telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7001), in addition to the current spot feed (telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7000), which will be repurposed to handle only CW and RTTY spots. In addition, a beta version of Aggregator Version 5 that can handle […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1007

This Week in Amateur Radio #1007 Here is a summary of the news trending this week, June 16, 2018 This week’s edition is anchored by Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Amy Jo Clark, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too the week) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:42.55 Download here: […]

via the ARRL: FT8 Activity Bumping Up at Some Expense to Other Modes

Despite largely dismal HF conditions, there is no doubt that the recent FT8 digital protocol has made hams more enthusiastic about getting on the air. The mode has caught on so quickly that co-developer Joe Taylor expressed surprise last fall at the rapid uptake of FT8 for making contacts on HF bands. Judging by Logbook […]

via the ARRL: Third Public Test of FT8 DXpediton Mode Deemed a Success

The third public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode on May 5 is being called a success. The goal of the exercise was to simulate a rare DXpedition pileup on FT8 by having many stations (“Hounds”) calling and trying to work a designated pseudo DXpedition station (“Fox”). “A number participants and would-be participants reported that propagation was spotty, […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1003

This Week in Amateur Radio #1003 Here is a summary of the news trending this week, May 19, 2018. This weeks edition, is anchored by Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Fred Fittee, NF2F, Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:37:55 Download […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1002

This Week in Amateur Radio #1002 Here is a summary of the news trending this week, May 12, 2018 This week’s edition is anchored by Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Will Rogers, K5WLR, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:35:59 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR1002 Trending […]

via the ARRL: Third Public Test of FT8 “DXpedition Mode” Set for May 5

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 […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1000

This Week in Amateur Radio #1000 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. April 28, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by Rich Lawrence, KB2MOB, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Will Rogers, K5WLR, Amy Jo Clark, Fred Fitte, NF2F, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running […]

This Week in Amateur Radio #998

This Week in Amateur Radio #998 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. April 14, 2018 This weeks edition, is anchored by Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Fred Fitte, NF2F, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:16:15 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR998 Trending […]

via the ARRL: Second Public Test of FT8 DXpedition Mode Demonstrates High Contact Rates Possible

The second public test of FT8 DXpedition Mode has shown that the mock DXpedition stations (“Foxes”) were able to work the pileups of callers (“Hounds”) at a fairly good clip. Logged data showed that 390 unique stations were copied by one or more of the three Foxes. FT8 is part of the WSJT-X digital software suite. Ned […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #997

This Week in Amateur Radio #997 Here is a summary of the news trending this week, April 7, 2018. This week’s edition is anchored by, Chris Perrine, KB2FAF, Don Hulick, K2ATJ, Amy Jo Clarke, and Jessica Bowen, KB2VWX. Produced and edited (and a little anchoring too) by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:23:25 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR997 Trending […]

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