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New FT8 Mode Included in WSJT-X Beta Release:

from The ARRL Letter on July 13, 2017
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New FT8 Mode Included in WSJT-X Beta Release:

A beta release of WSJT-X https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html, version 1.8.0-rc1, includes a new FT8 mode, featuring a faster turnaround, and it's already showing up on the bands. According to the notes https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Release_Notes_1.8.0.txt for the candidate release, FT8 offers "sensitivity down to -20 dB on the AWGN channel," and contacts four times faster than JT65 or JT9. An auto-sequencing feature offers the option to respond automatically to the first decoded reply to your CQ.

The beta WSJT-X also offers a new mode for accurate frequency calibration of your radio, improved CAT radio control, and enhanced JT65, QRA64, and MSK144 decoder performance.

According to The Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com/, on July 11, Frank Donovan, W3LPL, reported what he called "lots of semi-rare DX activity" using the new FT8 mode. He mentioned A92AA, OY1DZ, VR2XMT, and YE2IJ on 40 meters, and TR8CA and YI3WHR on 20 meters. -- Thanks to The ARRL Contest Update http://www.arrl.org/the-arrl-contest-update and The Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com/

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