Wednesday, May 1, 2019
WSJT-X or JTDX?
Since its availability, I've been periodically operating with FT4 on 15-80 meters using (of course) WSJT-X.
By now everyone else who's using the latest test version of WSJT-X knows that the "OK" to log button moves in position from one contact to the next. The reason for this is to thwart the making of a "QSO machine" that will automatically work and log stations without operator intervention. There are a number of 3rd party programs that can be configured to virtually click the "OK" button based on its X-Y coordinates on the computer monitor.
Moving the "OK" button around prevents this.
But FT4 was designed to be comparable to RTTY (in terms of speed) in contests. Part of being efficient in a contest is the development and use of "memory muscle" - in other words, performing necessary tasks automatically, without having to think about (and look for) them.
I'm not (so far) much of a contester and, although I understand the reason for it, I find this practice annoying - so much so that, if the "feature" is still present in the final version of WSJT-X to be released in July, I plan to be a JTDX convert. JTDX does not support FT4 yet, but it will.
In the meantime I'm reading comparative reports of the two programs and am unable to find anything negative about JTDX. Like WSJT-X, it has good support, perhaps even better when you consider that the developer is directly involved in answering questions from users.
Much respect to K1JT for developing WSJT-X and the modes therein - but I hope he'll see fit to stay out of the policing business.