Friday, February 2, 2018
FT8 - 600 QSO's per hour!
Joe Taylor explains the details and procedures for this upcoming release here in an 8-page pdf file.
To CW/SSB DXers who measure their accomplishments by comparing them to others, this will no doubt raise blood pressure, increase the consumption of alcohol and further exacerbate erectile dysfunction.
For the rest of us, it offers yet another way to marvel at the continuing integration of radio and computer.
The Baker Island DXpedition (KH1/KH7Z) due to air this June will likely be the first DXpedition to make use of the new features offered.
From Joe K1JT:
"We have tested the new program features on the air several times, and found them to work well. Another test run will probably be scheduled in a month or so. There will be plenty of advance publicity inviting others to upgrade to a “Release Candidate” called WSJT-X v1.9.0-rc1, and to join in trying to work one or more specific “pseudo-DXpedition” stations at a certain time and frequency. In this way, we hope to continue shaking bugs out of the program and generally to improve its usability — both for the DX operator and those seeking to work him."
Joe also mentions that the DXpedition mode is to be used only by legitimate DXpeditions and those trying to work them.