Tag: FT8

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 […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1037 / 1038 Combined Edition

This Week in Amateur Radio Edition #1037 / #1038 Combined Edition Release Date: January 19, 2019 Here is a summary of the news trending this week. This weeks edition is anchored by George W2XBS, and Will Rogers, K5WLR, and Jessica Bowen, KC2VWX. Produced and edited by W2XBS. Running Time: 1:31:34 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR1038 Trending stories […]

via the ARRL: US Radio Amateurs Help to Make YOTA Month Happen in Ethiopia

Two US radio amateurs helped to make Youngsters on the Air Month (YOTA Month) a success in Ethiopia. YOTA month takes place each December, and several participating stations obtain permission to use YOTA suffix call signs for the occasion. Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, and Bob Johnson, W9XY, traveled to Addis Ababa to assist the young members […]

WSJT-X 2.0 Full Release Now Available; FT8 Enthusiasts Urged to Upgrade Now

The WSJT-X 2.0 software suite has been released, and developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, is urging FT8 and MSK144 users to upgrade to what will become the new standard, because the FT8 and MSK144 protocols have been enhanced in a way that is not backward compatible with older versions of the program. That includes any version 1.9 releases. “The new […]

PODCAST: This Week in Amateur Radio #1030/1031

This Week in Amateur Radio Combined Editions #1030/1031Release Date: December 01, 2018 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: 1:03:27 Download here: http://bit.ly/TWIAR1031 Trending […]

via the ARRL: New Beta Version of WSJT-X is Now Available, Mock FT8 Contest Set

A new WSJT-X “release candidate,” version 2.0.0-rc4, now is available, and the version 2.0 Quick Start Guide has been revised and extended. The developers urge anyone upgrading to the new version to read the release notes thoroughly, since the upgrade requires users to change operator settings, so the software may not work “out of the box” when upgrading from […]

via the ARRL: FT8 to be Permitted in 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup

The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that participants in the 2019 ARRL RTTY Roundup will be permitted to use the new FT8 protocol, which is part of the WSJT-X software suite. The RTTY Roundup takes place January 5 – 6, 2019. A “Practice Contest” has been set for Wednesday, October 24, in North American time zones. Details are below. […]