JS8Call release candidate 1.0 now available
JS8Call is an experiment to test the feasibility of a digital mode with the robustness of FT8, combined with a messaging and network protocol layer for weak signal communication on HF, using keyboard-to-keyboard style interface. JS8Call is heavily inspired by WSJT-X, Fldigi, and FSQCall and would not exist without the hard work and dedication of the many developers in the amateur radio community.
JS8Call is a derivative of the WSJT-X application, restructured and redesigned for keyboard-to-keyboard message passing. It is not supported by nor endorsed by the WSJT-X development group. While the WSJT-X group maintains copyright over the original work and code, JS8Call is a derivative work licensed under and in accordance with the terms of the GPLv3 license. Source code can be found in this public repository: https://bitbucket.org/widefido/wsjtx/
Please Note that JS8Call is currently pre-release software
As such each version will have a limited lifespan, you should also be aware that there may be bugs in the software and that links on the websites may become out of date at times. If you want a stable version of the software then we ask you to please wait for Version 1.0 to be released.
The reason for the limited lifespan is because older versions of the software may be incompatible with the current release, for this reason we encourage you to sign up to the JS8Call groups.io discussion to stay informed about latest releases.
About this release
- Tons of bugfixes and tweaks.
- The app now keeps track of which stations can hear which (through incoming HB and ACKs). This is displayed in a little tooltip if you hover over their name. More on this in the next version, but a cool start to graphing the “network” that is created with JS8.
- You can now hide the status bar…great for tiny RaspberryPi screens!
- You can now send relay messages “to” a group callsign. Perfect for nets!
- The HB and the STATUS command are now closer related. Meaning, when you HB, you’ll heartbeat the status flags like SPOT RELAY AUTO, etc.
- There’s a new whitelist setting that you can enable to restrict which callsigns your station will AUTO reply to.
- I’ve added the CQ FIELD and CQ CONTEST single frame CQ transmissions.
- A subset of commands can now be relayed to a station with an automatic relay response. These include SNR, QTH, QTC, GRID, etc.
- The frequency control is now both in a menu (for when you hide the top panel) and in a menu when you click the current frequency in the window. This makes it way less cluttered for frequency control and an obvious way to enter a custom frequency. There’s now also a dialog to change the audio offset if you click it too.
- And finally… you can now store a message at an intermediate station using “MSG TO:” and it can be retrieved with “QUERY MSGS”. A very cool way to use a third-party relay station to deliver a message to you at a later date. This is only the beginning, it will likely be refined in future versions.