[VHFcontesting] Beta Release: WSJT-X Version 1.8.0-rc1

K7XC Tim Marek k7xcnv1 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 11 10:30:40 EDT 2017

Good Morning Everyone...

I used FT8 the day it was released. Its was clearly not done and needing to
evolve but that early version was very impressive! It has only got better

The latest version was just released today at;

It should REPLACE ALL 6M Terrestrial JT65 operations as it is 4 times
faster, narrower, and a HUGE increase in efficiency! More QSOs per Minute
along with more operators per KHz! That's a WIN-WIN in anyone's book!

I have personally seen many EU Es openings last less than 2 minutes which
makes completing on JT65 impossible but using FT8 during that same event, 3
or 4 completions could have been completed in the same time period!
Something I used to do when everyone was on CW.

JT65A was fun when it first came out as it was a new way to work DX
terrestrially on 6M, but... IT WAS DESIGNED FOR EME, NOT Es! Its too slow
and often defeated by the short openings typical on 6M.

FT8 is fact, narrow, and OPTIMIZED for the realm of long haul 6M DXing.
Anyone who can grasp the possibilities should drop JT65 right now and make
the switch.

73s de Tim - K7XC - DM09jh...sk

Welcome to the FT8 Revolution... Resistance Is Futile!

On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 1:29 PM, Bob K0NR - email list <list at k0nr.com>

> Anyone planning to use the beta-released FT8 mode during CQ WW VHF Contest?
> I have no experience with it and no opinion on whether its ready for prime
> time, just asking.
> 73, Bob K0NR
> On 11-Jul-17 6:32 AM, Joe Taylor joe at Princeton.EDU [wsjtgroup] wrote:
>> The WSJT Development Group is pleased to announce a candidate release of
>> WSJT-X Version 1.8.0.  This is a beta release, already tested in the
>> field by around 160 alpha-test users.  A short list of new features and
>> capabilities (including the new FT8 and FreqCal modes) can be found in
>> the Release Notes:
>> http://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/Release_Notes_1.8.0.txt
>> After any reported problems with this beta release have been addressed,
>> Version 1.8.0 will become the standard "General Availability" release of
>> WSJT-X.
>> Installation packages for Windows, Linux, OS X, and Raspbian Jessie can
>> be downloaded from the WSJT web site:
>> http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html
>> A detailed log of program changes since v1.7.0 is available here:
>> http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx-1.8.0.log
>> Upgrading from version 1.4 or later will be seamless.  There is no need
>> to uninstall a previous version or to move any files.
>> Please report any problems you find with this beta release to one of
>> these email lists: wsjt-devel at lists.sourceforge.net
>> wsjtgroup at yahoogroups.com .  For both lists you will need to be a
>> subscriber in order to post there.
>>       -- 73 from Joe, K1JT, for the WSJT Development Group
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