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  • New FT8 Mode Included in WSJT-X Beta Release

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Wed Jul 12 17:15:51 2017

    A beta release of WSJT-X[1], version 1.8.0-rc1, includes a new FT8 mode, featuring a faster turnaround, and it's already showing up on the bands. According to the notes[2] for the candidate release, FT8 offers "sensitivity down to -20 dB on the AWGN channel," and contacts 4 times faster than JT65 or JT9. An auto-sequencing feature offers the option to respond automatically to the first decoded reply to your CQ. The beta WSJT-X also offers a new mode for accurate frequency calibration of your radio, improved CAT radio control, and enhanced JT65, QRA64, and MSK144 decoder performance. According to The Daily DX[3], on July 11, Frank Donovan, W3LPL, reported what he called "lots of semi-rare DX activity" using the new FT8 mode. He mentioned A92AA, OY1DZ, VR2XMT, and YE2IJ on 40 meters, and TR8CA and YI3WHR on 20. - Thanks to The ARRL Contest Update[4] and The Daily DX[5]


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