FT8

You might have read about a new digital mode in QST this month.  Apparently it was part of a pre-release version of WSJT-X, but it is already in wide use.  If you saw our program on JT65 last fall, or have used JT65, this is very similar.  In JT65 each exchange is 1 minute, and a full QSO takes 5 minutes.  In FT8, an exchange is 15 seconds, and a QSO takes about 1 minute and 15 seconds or 1 1/2 minutes.

JT65 obviously allows contacts with weaker stations, but FT8 is substantially quicker to complete a QSO.

Because of the minimal time allowed between decoding a transmission a the start of the next one (2 seconds), FT8 usually requires auto-sequencing of the standard exchanges.  This makes the QSO almost automated (except for choosing the station to contact or calling CQ).

This might make FT8 more fun, or less fun, depending on your point-of-view.

If JT65 was boring for you because of the length of each transmission, FT8 is a mode you might want to try.

Search WSJT-X, and download the latest version (currently a version 1.8 Release candidate.  The released version doesn’t have FT8)

October General Meeting Agenda

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, October 12 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

Agenda

Past Minutes
Treasurer’s Report
Membership Report
2M/440MHz Repeaters Status
Call for Nominees – Upcoming Elections
Rochester Mini-Maker Faire – XARC is Entered
Fall Fox Hunt Planning – for Oct. 28
6M Halo Antenna – Final Plans
Hamfests, Contents, other Events Review
Other Business
Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month?
Presentation/Project – YouTube Video

~ Rich, K2RAH