Happy to announce 0.8 of JS8Call. This is a backwards incompatible release (which is the primary reason for it being released right when 0.7 expired). So, head over to the Download Page to snag your copy: https://groups.io/g/js8call/wiki/Download-Links to enjoy the new features!
Plenty of big changes included in 0.8, so make sure you check out the documentation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/159S4wqMUVdMA7qBgaSWmU-iDI4C9wd4CuWnetN68O9U/edit?pli=1# Most importantly, there’s a new “Getting started” section in the documentation that is very helpful for knowing the important things you should pay attention to when setting up your station.
So, what’s new in 0.8?
- First, I fixed a big decode issue, so 0.8 should be much better for decodes where time has drifted between stations. But, because of this and some message format changes, 0.8 is backwards incompatible with 0.7.
- A few directed commands are a little more verbose so they are easier to remember and easier to read. No more “?” vs “@” vs “&” vs “^” vs “*”. Those still work for now, but the preferred method is the long-form “SNR?” “QTH?” “QTC?” “GRID?” “STATUS?” because they also correspond to the result ala: KN4CRD: K0OG SNR -05″
- BEACONs are gone. They are called HEARTBEAT now. The functionality is the same, they are just renamed. But, this helps illustrate the intent of them…to signal that your station is alive and on the air.
- The idle watchdog timer now only applies to HEARTBEAT transmissions, so it should help to encourage folks to heartbeat while they are near the station control point and can make a QSO. Plus, the idle timer function bugs are fixed, so it works correctly and correctly reports whether or not the station is active.
- There’s a new Group Callsign feature. It allows you to direct a message to a pre-arranged group name. These callsigns start with an “@” symbol and operate similarly to “@ALLCALL” (notice it also has an “@” sign in front). So, say you want to start or join a group. Head to your settings and add the group name to the group callsigns box. Bingo. You can now direct messages to that group and anybody else who has done the same will receive your messages as if it were an @ALLCALL.
- The time drift for each station is displayed in the band/call activity lists.
- The “worked before” status is displayed in the call activity list (with a little checkmark next to the callsign).
- Saved messages now have macro-like functionality where you can replace values in the message. Like: “TU UR <SNR> into <MYGRID4> HW CPY?” and it’ll automatically put in their SNR and your grid. Awesome.
- adly… I removed the stations heard command. It was never incredibly useful since it takes many many transmissions to respond with a list that is relevant. I’ll be exploring this again in the future with a better approach.
- Plus a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks to make the program run smoother.
I hope you continue to enjoy JS8. I encourage everybody to keep an open mind, but to also send me useful feedback. I’m happy to help any way that I can.
Jordan / KN4CRD”
TYT DM-UVF10 ,a dualdisplay, dual standby two-way radio,adopts high-technology and novel designDM-UVF10 adopts humanism design,making it smart... Read more
Radioddity GD-55 Plus UHF 400-480MHz Waterproof DMR Digital Radio,10W with 2800mAh Battery Mototrbo Dual Time Slot (Tier I&II)
Brief introduction for Radioddity GD-55 Plus, A Practical DMR GD-55 Plus Differentiating Factors 10W High Power IP-67 Waterproofed Mototrbo Tie... Read more
Description Functional overview of the application DR functions You can use some transceiver’s DR functions. Share pictures Send and receive vo... Read more
Automatically input GPS location data from an Android™ device to the transceiver. Compatible with IC-7100, IC-9100, IC-9700, ID-4100A/E, and ID-5100A/... Read more
In this video we run through setting up a bluetooth CAT control for the Yaesu FT-817, using an Android Tablet, bluetooth interface, and Yaesus... Read more
Strips Cable Type Belden 8213 RG11/U Belden 8214 RG-8 Foam Belden 8237 RG-8/U Belden 8267 RG-213 Belden 9258 RG-8X Belden 9913F7 Davis RF BURY-FLEX DX... Read more
Introducing the Icom IC-7850 50th Anniversary Edition Read more