[W9RCA-News] WSJT-X 2.0.0-rc3 is now available

Jim Keeth AF9A at arrl.net
Wed Oct 17 16:36:49 EDT 2018

3 Candidate release WSJT-X 2.0.0-rc3  <https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/wsjtgroup/conversations/topics/33059;_ylc=X3oDMTJyY2Nudmg1BF9TAzk3MzU5NzE1BGdycElkAzU3NjQyNTQEZ3Jwc3BJZAMxNzA1MDYzMTA4BG1zZ0lkAzMzMDU5BHNlYwNkbXNnBHNsawN2bXNnBHN0aW1lAzE1Mzk4MDQ1NDc->
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:08 am (PDT) . Posted by: "Joe Taylor" k1jt  <mailto:joe at Princeton.EDU?subject=Re%3A%20Candidate%20release%20WSJT-X%202%2E0%2E0-rc3>
A third candidate release ("RC3") of WSJT-X 2.0 is now available for 
download and use by beta testers.

Changes in RC3 relative to RC2 include the following:

1 Improved SNR calculation for FT8
2 Test grid4 (not grid6) for matches in ADIF log
3 Auto-generate 77-bit messages for callsigns with /R or /P
4 Fix auto-sequencing for "CQ ABC ...", "CQ ABCD ...", etc.
5 Fix the "CQ RU RU ..." bug
6 Implement AP decoding for contest messages and for Hound
7 Check Field Day and RTTY Roundup exchanges for validity
8 Implement "Select next caller" and use of the "TU; ..." messages
9 Option to "Auto Log" in contests
10 Real-time display of contest log
11 Contest exchanges sent to the ADIF log and N1MM+
12 Function to export a Cabrillo log, ready for submission
13 Convert DXpedition mode to always use 77-bit messages
14 Fix bug associated with opening file "houndcallers.txt"
15 Remove end-of-line numbers from MSK144 decodes
16 Finish MSK144 encoding/decoding for Sh msgs and nonstandard calls
17 Halt Tx before resetting power after Tune
18 Auto update of LoTW info, and faster program startup

The "Quick-Start Guide to WSJT-X 2.0" has been updated and extended. If 
you plan to use the beta-test release candidate RC3, be sure to read 
this entire guide first:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Quick_Start_WSJT-X_2.0.pdf <http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Quick_Start_WSJT-X_2.0.pdf>

Changes in RC3 relative to RC2 are described in a new section starting 
on page 7.

Download links for RC3 on Windows, Linux, and macOS can be found on the 
WSJT-X web site
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html <http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html>

A one-hour "FT8 mock contest" will be held next week: Thursday, October 
25, 0200-0300 UTC (that's Wednesday evening, NA time). Watch for a 
separate announcement with more details.

We look forward to your feedback on WSJT-X 2.0-rc3. Please help us by 
testing all new features, including especially the contest-oriented 
messages and the new MSK144 protocol. Reports should be sent to the 
wsjt-devel email list, wsjt-devel at lists.sourceforge.net <mailto:wsjt-devel at lists.sourceforge.net>. You must 
subscribe to the list in order to post there.

-- 73, Joe, K1JT (for the WSJT Development Group)

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4a Mock "FT8 Roundup" Contest  <https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/wsjtgroup/conversations/topics/33060;_ylc=X3oDMTJyNTk5c2M1BF9TAzk3MzU5NzE1BGdycElkAzU3NjQyNTQEZ3Jwc3BJZAMxNzA1MDYzMTA4BG1zZ0lkAzMzMDYwBHNlYwNkbXNnBHNsawN2bXNnBHN0aW1lAzE1Mzk4MDQ1NDc->
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:13 am (PDT) . Posted by: "Joe Taylor" k1jt  <mailto:joe at Princeton.EDU?subject=Re%3A%20Mock%20%22FT8%20Roundup%22%20Contest>
A one-hour "practice contest" will be held next week using the FT8 mode 
and the ARRL RTTY Roundup rules.

Thursday, 25 October 0200-0300 UTC (Wednesday evening, NA time)

Dial frequency 7.078 (and higher, in 2 kHz increments, if too much QRM). 
Everyone works everyone.

To participate you must use WSJT-X 2.0.0-rc3. Installation packages for 
Windows, Linux, and macOS can be found near the bottom of this web page:
https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html <https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html>
Note that this Release Candidate 3 ("RC3") is a beta-test version.. A 
full release of WSJT-X 2.0 is targeted for release on December 10, 2018.

A revised Quick-Start Guide to WSJT-X 2.0 for RC3 is posted here:
https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Quick_Start_WSJT-X_2.0.pdf <https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Quick_Start_WSJT-X_2.0.pdf>
Be sure to read this entire document before using WSJT-X 2.0. Changes 
in RC3 relative to RC2 are described starting on page 7.


1. On the *Settings | Advanced* tab, be sure to check the boxes *Always 
generate 77-bit messages*, *Decode only 77-bit messages*, and *ARRL RTTY 
Roundup*. In the field labeled "Exch" enter the 2- or 3-letter 
abbreviation for your state or province (US/Canadian stations) or DX if 
you are not in the US or Canada.

2. Be sure that 7.078 appears in your drop-down frequency list for FT8 
mode. You might need to do a *Reset* on the *Settings | Frequencies* 
tab. If the sub-band starting at 7.078 becomes over-crowded we suggest 
moving to higher dial frequencies in 2 kHz increments: 7.080, 7.082, 
etc. Type Ctrl+Shift+F12 to move up by 2 kHz, Ctrl+Shift+F11 to move 
down by 2 kHz.

3. Do not use a compound or nonstandard callsign in this event.

Note that planning is underway for one or more dedicated FT8 contests to 
be held in the next few months. The ARRL RTTY Roundup, January 5-6 2018, 
encourages FT8 as well as RTTY participation.

Post results and comments here so we can all learn from an actual FT8 
contest-like experience.

If you are not already subscribed, you may wish to join the email list 
https://sourceforge.net/p/wsjt/mailman/?source=navbar <https://sourceforge.net/p/wsjt/mailman/?source=navbar>
That list is the best way to communicate directly with the WSJT 
Development Group.

-- 73, Joe, K1JT

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