Re: New WSJTX release available
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I haven't tried downloading it yet but just curious, does FT4 default to contest mode?
On Monday, July 15, 2019, 02:48:53 PM MDT, Mike WB2FKO <mph@...> wrote:
The WSJTX operating guide suggests a default FT4 frequency on 6m of 50.318:
Looks like a panadapter and a lot of patience will be needed this weekend. Mike WB2FKO
On 7/15/19 2:04 PM, Ed wrote:
I see that people using FT4 have been on 50,324. The big problem that most are afraid of is that FT4 will become a replacement for FT8 and not just used for Contest as it was indended.
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So, it seems the brain surgeons responsible for WSJTX have released the new version of the program that includes FT4, less then one week before the CQWW-VHF contest. This happened once before, with a major release right before one of the ARRL VHF tests which caused a widespread chaos of incompatibly. FT4 is widely seen as a replacement for FT8 during contest conditions.
Since FT4 has been in beta before this, many have not used it. I typically don't "do" beta software, so I don't even know what FT4 sounds like or what frequency to use it on. Frankly, I think it's a tad irresponsible to do this. Up until now, FT4 was 'locked out' over contest weekends. I guess the people at CQ just don't have the following and I suspect this untimely release is going to mess up their contest. You would have thought the WSJTX powers would have simply waited a week, released after CQWW-VHF and allowed people the time (7 weeks) to work out FT4 vs FT8 before the ARRL September VHF test.
Guess not - let the confusion begin !