FT8 TEST on air "DXpedition Mode" on 6 and 7 March !

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  1. IW2BSF

    IW2BSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    On-the-Air Test of New FT8 “DXpedition Mode” Set for Early March

    A second beta version of WSJT-X version 1.9.0 has been released, the WSJT development group announced this week.

    The “release candidate,” as it’s called, is designated as version 1.9.0-rc2.

    An initial beta release has already been field-tested by a small group of users. The WSJT development group said a primary purpose of the second beta release is to allow further field testing of the new FT8 “DXpedition Mode,” designed to enable DXpeditions to make FT8 contacts at very high rates, and it is inviting the Amateur Radio community to participate in a public test run of FT8 DXpedition Mode on the evening of March 6 (North American time).

    “The goal is to 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.

    Test times and frequencies are:

    - March 6, 23:00 UTC on 14.080 MHz;
    - March 7, 00:00 UTC on 10.141 MHz;
    - March 7, 01:00 UTC on 7.080 MHz,
    - March 7, 02:00 UTC on 3.585 MHz.

    Frequencies are not the conventional FT8 operating frequencies and are subject to change, subject to conditions. Last-minute changes will be posted.

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    73 de IW2BSF - Rudy

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  2. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    "... Foxes can transmit up to five signals simultaneously, thereby allowing QSO rates up to about 500 per hour in ideal conditions.

    :eek: WHOA !!!

    The end of the insurmountable DX "pile-up". Anticipating use in the first competition (FD?) :cool:

    73, John, WØPV
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2018
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  3. MW1CFN

    MW1CFN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great mode. Not sure, though, about how much of the band FT8 threatens to eat up. There is more to ham life than logbook-filling.

    I always think it might be a good idea for new mode coders to properly consult the community over an extended period before launching these things on the bands.
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  4. KA1VT

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    I'd like to see a bit more interaction then just hello, report exchange, RRR and 73 though I might participate those days.
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  5. K4AGO

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    I understand how you feel. But, that is what FT8 is all about. Brief exchanges to fill log books. There are other modes for more personal interaction. I was extremely excited with the mode when it was first released. My wife (also an Amateur Extra) liked it because it was a mode that was NOT personal in nature. Now after a few short months and thousands of contacts, we are both pretty much bored with FT8. Especially since we are approaching solar minimum and a vast majority of the "brief log book filling contacts" are never completed. We assume that propagation is the cause of not completing contacts, but I am not sure that is always the reason. I think that many of the Grid Chase operators are just sending the minimal information so they can hurry on to the next contact. If that's the way they want to operate, that's fine, but, we do not log those contacts. If they cannot take the time to complete all the steps, we cannot take the time to log the QSO. I know that there will be denigrators on the ZED who will post hate messages because we choose to not log those hot to trot pseudo log filling contacts. But, so be it. We are not on the air to fulfill anyone's contest desires. We are here to have fun with ham radio. Contesting is not fun for us. As far as we are concerned, it serves no useful purpose. So, we don't participate. That's not to say that we think no one should participate in contests. If that's your thing, great. We enjoy seeing how far we can cary on a qao with as little power as possible. That is what FT8 was initially designed for.
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  6. WD8ED

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    I regularly see 30-40 contacts in about the same bandwidth as a signal SSB contact. That should be a problem?

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  7. WD8ED

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    You do realize there are modes to ham radio right?

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  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    IMO, we are moving into what is just a world of automation to fill log books. I love to contest - don't get me wrong. But having two computers slam at each other in almost full automation for hours on end until the log book fills is just not amateur radio - it's logbook automation.

    I'll stick to CW/SSB/RTTY - modes that actually take a modicum of skill to achieve a contact.

    Flame on. I just got the suit back from the cleaners.

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  9. KY5U

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    That's what paragraphs were initially designed for.
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  10. K7KHC

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    I couldn't say it any better!
    Thanks Dave
    Kevin K7KHC
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