The WSJT Development Group will conduct a field test of the new FT8 “DXpedition Mode” this evening, March 6 (in North American time zones). FT8 DXpedition mode is a feature included in the second beta version of WSJT-X 1.9.0 (v 1.9.0-rc2). It’s designed to enable DXpeditions to make FT8 contacts at very high rates. The public test run of FT8 DXpedition Mode will simulate a rare DXpedition pileup by having many stations (“Hounds”) calling and trying to work a designated pseudo-DXpedition station (“Fox”), the announcement said.
All test participants must use WSJT-X version 1.9.0-rc2. Installation packages for Windows, Linux, macOS, and Raspbian Jessie are posted on the WSJT website.
Test frequencies are not the conventional FT8 operating frequencies and are subject to change. More details (and any last-minute changes) have been posted. The FT8 DXpedition Mode User Guide includes operational details. Operation will use split mode. Each hour of the test has a designated frequency and Fox call sign — “Fox A” — in this table:
|March 6||2300||14.080 MHz||K1JT||W7/KH7Z||3|
|March 7||0000||10.141 MHz||W1/KH7Z||K9AN||5|
|March 7||0100||7.080 MHz||W7/KH7Z||K1JT||4|
|March 7||0200||3.585 MHz||K9AN||W1/KH7Z||3|
“It’s important to read and follow these instructions carefully! Don’t just try to wing it,” the test announcement said. “Fox can conduct up to ‘NSlots’ QSOs simultaneously.” W7/KH7Z will be operated by AA7A, and W1/KH7Z by N1DG. If the QSO rate for Fox A approaches zero at the half-hour mark, Fox A will stop transmitting, and Fox B will call CQ.
Real-time liaison will be available via the Ping Jockey Relief chat page (PJB). Monitor this page for possible announcements of frequency changes or switchovers from Fox A to Fox B. Hounds should monitor PJB but not post messages there during the test.
How to Extend Radio Range Without Adding a Repeater? When there’s a need to extend the coverage of handheld two-way radios, the first option is usuall... Read more
SainSonic releases its debut radios – SainSonic RST599 two-way radios. This revolutionary design marks the start of an exciting new produ... Read more
TYT UV8000E Dave Casler, KEØOG, reviews the new TYT UV8000E, a great radio for all hams including new Techs. Click “see more” for a Table... Read more
Mary Cousins, ex-W1GSC, who was the first woman in Maine to obtain an Amateur Radio license, celebrated her 108th birthday on September 20. Now a resi... Read more
The Rebel 506 utilizes a chipKIT Uno32 prototyping board which give users access to an Arduino based programming environment. With its 32 bit computin... Read more
“This is the Bird43 that everyone knows, ON STEROIDS! LOL… I had no idea Bird came to this, so I wanted to share it with you. Something th... Read more
General Features: Output Power 1.8 – 30 MHz 2K+, 6m 1K+ Device: 2x BLF189XR Auto Band Selection ICOM®; YAESU® Band data Interface CAT Connectivity LAN... Read more
VERTICAL ANTENNA Highly efficient end loading 1/2 Wave vertical covers bands: 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, 6 and 2 Meters. Requires no radials,... Read more
MFJ VNA Antenna Analyzer covers 1 to 230 MHz, 1Hz resolution. •Frequency sweep plots: SWR, Impedance, Resistance, Reactance,Phase Angle, Comple... 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
FlexRadio Systems and Marcus Roskosch, DL8MRE announced today a partnership to develop, market and sell a client interface application for both iPad®... Read more