The most prominent update…the ADIF group has approved the JS8 mode to be added to the ADIF specification as a submode under MFSK. This means that soon logging programs and verification services (LoTW, eQSL, etc) will accept your JS8Call QSOs. Version 0.10 of the app will log all new QSOs under the new spec. If you’re looking to verify old QSOs, you’ll likely have to modify your log file. Ask the email list if you need help with that.
We have some nice new features in this version:
You can now mark your station as active/idle manually. This controls what your station sends as a result of “STATUS?” direct messages.
When you are heartbeating, your station will send either “HB ACTIVE” or “HB IDLE” based on that toggle. This should help with determining station status without having to send “STATUS?” command all the time.
The heartbeat button has moved next to the CQ button. It includes an inline countdown to the next heartbeat. Right click (or use the Control->Heartbeat) menu for heartbeat options.
The CQ button now also has that same menu…meaning you can automatically repeat CQ messages on an interval.
The best part? When you receive a message (as well as transmit) the HB timer is reset, and CQ repeat is stopped. This should help avoid heartbeats in the middle of a QSO.
You also have to be actively heartbeating and have auto enabled to respond to heartbeats with ACKs. So, keep that in mind!
You can now add or remove a group callsign directly from the heard list.
There’s now a full-screen toggle (with a keyboard shortcut of F11) to make it easier to use JS8Call on small monitors.
Overall, I’m really pleased with how the application is maturing. We’re getting closer to where I’d like to be with a 1.0 general release. In the meantime, if you run into any issues or have any ideas for future enhancements, please feel free to reach out!
Best, Jordan / KN4CRD
Here’s the full changelog:
Fix SELCALL and HB menu items toggle vs click
Removed clear menu item icons
Added add/remove group from callsign list and it propagate to the settings
Removed printing of ALLCALL messages that were not freetext in the RX window
Added deselect callsign after logging as an option instead of forced
Reordering varicode commands to make it easier to spot which numbers are available
Added fullscreen toggle
Added active/inactive flag and restructuring heartbeat
Proper active/inactive flags for HB
HB and CQ repeat logic
Hide configuration for heartbeat.
Hide heartbeat and acks if we have HB turned off
Rename do not repeat
Fixed padding of configuration behavior panel
Countdown for HB and CQ. Escape key stops CQ and resets HB timer
SELCALL checked should disable repeat transmissions
Keep configuration option for heartbeat channelization
Added option for displaying/hiding heartbeats and acks
Added heartbeat and CQ to control menu
Bump version and EOL
Added a compatiblity display for old heartbeat acks
Don’t turn off the repeat buttons on stop button clicked, just reset them
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