Baker Island KH1/KH7Z: Should be on 6m at their sunset and sunrise the next two
days. They told me they would operate FT8 FOX & Hound mode.
Some operators have been having trouble with the WSJT-X fox and hound mode.
So please read below.
By Lee, KY7M
1. Make sure your computer clock is accurate – this is critical for success on FT8 and other digital modes.
If you don’t already have one, install a time program like Dimension4 or Meinberg to constantly update
your computer clock.
2. Download and install WSJT-X v1.9.1 for your operating system
3. Make a regular FT8 QSO on the standard FT8 frequencies shown in the WSJT-X “Frequencies” tab
under File>Settings>Frequencies to be sure you have the program working correctly with your equipment.
4. Add the KH1 DXpedition FT8 frequencies from http://www.baker2018.net/pages/plan.html to WSJT-X
under the File>Settings>Frequencies tab as follows:
a. Right click on the “Frequency” window and in the box that appears, click on “Insert”
b. Leave “All” for IARU Region, pick FT8 for mode (it is at the bottom of the mode list), then insert the first
frequency “3.567” and click “OK” or just Enter
c. Right click again and add the next frequency on the list by highlighting over the last frequency you
entered, and repeat until all have been entered
5. Activate the “Hound” setting on the “Advanced” tab of File>Settings in WSJT-X
6. Type in the full call of the DXpedition in the “DX Call” field – KH1/KH7Z
7. Click on “Generate Std Messages” on the bottom right of the main WSJT-X screen which will only show
the truncated “KH7Z” in the messages generated – do not edit it!
8. Make sure you are consistently copying KH1/KH7Z by seeing if you are decoding their transmissions
on the even second sequences of 00 and 30
9. Pick a transmit frequency either by typing in a number in the Tx XXXX Hz box or by holding the Shift
key while you click with your mouse above a spot on the WSJT-X waterfall (look for a clear spot) – in
either case the frequency MUST BE ABOVE 1000 Hz!!!
10. In the “Band Activity” window, double Click on “KH7Z” at the end of a CQ or a signal report with a time
ending in 00 or 30 (even) to activate your transmission cycle which should show a time ending in 15 or 45
11. Your first transmission should look like this: 180315 Tx 2450 ~ KH7Z KY7M DM33 (showing your
callsign and grid) with the time in the left column ending in 15 or 45
12. If your transmissions time out after a certain number of minutes and the “Enable Tx” button is no
longer red, click on it to restart transmissions.
13. Once the “Fox” at KH1/KH7Z gets your call into one of his QSO streams, you will see your transmit
frequency move below 1000 Hz about the same time you will see your call and a signal report from the
Fox in red.
14. Your next transmission will automatically be the responding signal report “R-xx”.
15. Then watch for either an RR73 from KH1 with your callsign in red, or you sending a repeat of your
signal report in yellow.
16. Once you receive the RR73 with your callsign, you can log the QSO because you are in the KH1 FT8
If you cannot complete the QSO (no “RR73” received), read the following (thanks Mark, W2OR):
If you reach a point in the QSO exchange where the expected Fox “RR73” message has not been
received, you should continue to send the Hound “R-xx” message up to four more times, and watch to
receive Fox’s “RR73”. After this, if the “RR73” message has still not been received, you can abort the
attempt and assume that a new QSO exchange will be necessary.
To initiate a new QSO, you may (or may not) find that your Hound computer program is locked into the
previous QSO attempt – – that is, locked in frequency, locked on the old callsign, and locked in the old
message sequence. Here is one of several work-arounds:
17. Manually clear the “DX Call” box info
18. Manually clear the Message board of callsign information
19. Move your Hound Tx frequency back to 1000 to 4000 Hz
20. Move Rx frequency for Fox back to below 500 Hz
21. Ensure the full DX callsign is entered into the “DX Call” box, i.e. “KH1/KH7Z”
22. Click on the “Generate Std Msgs” button
23. Go back to Step #10 above and try again
Finally, don’t forget to uncheck the “Hound” box when you go back to do normal FT8 operating!
If you have basic problems with getting the WSJT-X program to work, get on the reflector
at email@example.com and ask your question or talk to your local club FT8 expert. There are
plenty of experienced folks who can help.
YJ & 5W – Vanuatu and Samoa:
LZ1GC Stan is planning a two man operation from Vanuatu, but first a single
op DXpedition from Samoa. It all starts September 28, as 5W0GC from
Apia, Upolu Island (OC-097) by Stan. He plans to be on CW, SSB and RTTY on 60
Next it’s on to Vanuatu where he will team up with OM5ZW, Lubo, where they will
operate as YJ0GC from October 15 to November 4. As for their antennas it will be
verticals for 160, 80, 60. Again CW,SSB and RTTY.
Past operations, include his 2016 and 2017 DXpeditions to H44 and H40.
Grenada: Nobby G0VJG will be on from June 14 to 28 on SSB only. QSL to
MARKET REEF: Col, MM0NDX of DX-World.net, plans to be active as
OJ0/MM0NDX from Market Reef (weather permitting) during June 27-29.
Baker Island: KH1/HK7Z: June 27 to July 7.
Samoa: 5W0GC: Sept. 28 to about Oct 14.
Vanuatu YJ0GC: Oct. 15 to Nov. 4.
The 60m website is: www.60metersonline.com
Please send your station picture with you in it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to post it with the others.
It’s nice to put a face with a call. On the website. We have a 60m DXCC country
count. It has nothing to do with the ARRL DXCC award. Go to Achievements, DX
Awards and you’ll see who is on our country leader board. Feel free to send your
totals to the webmaster for posting. As you work a new one, advise our
webmaster to update your listing email@example.com
If you know of a friend going on a Dxpedition, please encourage them to operate
the 60m band and keep me posted so I may pass the word.
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