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Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by W0XX, Apr 5, 2019.

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  1. W0XX

    W0XX Ham Member QRZ Page

    What is required to operate FT8? Not sure I ever want to but just curious....
  2. W7UUU

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

    A Windows, Linux, or Mac computer running WSJT-X software, a clock syncronizing program on your computer such as Dimension4 (FT8 depends on very precise clock timing), an audio interface to your transceiver (SignaLink, RigBlaster, homebrew, etc.), and a transceiver capable of USB (same mode on all bands) preferably with CAT control from the computer.

    It's not too hard to set it all up

    You get the free software here:

    ZILLIONS of web sites explain it all

  3. K1LKP

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    73 - K1LKP
  4. KP4SX

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    If you just want to dabble and test the water you can skip the interface and CAT control.
  5. K4MJA

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    some radios with on-board sound card do not require external interface between PC and the radio; I connect mine with the only USB cable.
  6. G0VKT

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  7. KZ4KX

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    Do you still have to go to the group every week to get a new download link? I got tired of that and have not been back for a while.
  8. AA5CT

    AA5CT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Might want to "hold off" KZ4KZ. There are future enhancements that could be 'worked up'. It'll be really painful updating, say, once every couple years ...
  9. KZ4KX

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    I'll check back in a couple years then.
  10. K5RCD

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    No longer necessary. Release 1.0 is good to go and can be updated as necessary without going to that page. It's up and working quite well now. No need to wait. If you have used FT8, JT9, or any of the other WSJT modes JS8Call will be rather intuitive. You will figure it out quickly. More info available here.

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