I’ll admit, I tried compiling the new WSJT-X from source code initially before it was released, and was unable to get it working on my Windows 10 machine, even after following their instructions to a “T”. But lucky for me, it was released the very next day! First impressions…. WOW! Seriously, this new mode will take foot in the digital domain in no time. Perfect for weak signals, decoding in such short segments really allows for when the band is fading in and out, and even better for when propagation is good IMO!
First FT8 contacts (made 7 contacts on 6 meters! I never get that much 6 meter action):
I’m already contemplating how I can use this mode for SOTA & POTA activations. I was hesitant to try the JT modes because of the key down time (power consumption & heat). But with this new mode, it should work perfect. I would just need to figure out the exchange of info with such limited characters.
To download: WSJT-X