WSJT-X version 2.1.0-rc7 has been released.
To: Users of WSJT-X — especially those interested in radio contesting
From: WSJT Development Group
We apologize for the confusion created by release yesterday of WSJT-X
2.1.0-rc6. That program version had a bug that prevented it from
running for some users. This bug has been fixed in Release Candidate 7,
which is now available for download. We have also corrected a problem
seen by some users of Omni-Rig.
The remainder of this message is mostly a repeat of things in
yesterday’s announcement, with “rc7” replacing “rc6”.
As you know, we have been developing a protocol called FT4 for use in
radio contesting. A new version of FT4 is now available for testing in
PLEASE NOTE THAT FT4 IN RELEASE CANDIDATE 7 IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THAT
IN RELEASES RC5 and EARLIER.
Therefore: Please stop using WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 and WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc6. If
you wish to use FT4 after today or to take advantage of other recent
program corrections or enhancements, you should use WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7.
MOCK CONTEST SESSION
A special session for testing the contesting features of FT4 is
scheduled for six hours from June 4, 1900 UTC through June 5, 0100 UTC:
Tuesday afternoon/evening, North American time, starting about 24 hours
from now. Get on the air whenever you can during this mock contest
session, using dial frequency 7.090 or 14.080 MHz, as appropriate to the
time of day. As in previous tests, be sure to check “RTTY Roundup
messages” on the Settings | Advanced tab.
Here’s a list of changes, improvements, and bug fixes that have been
made since WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5:
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE FT4 PROTOCOL *** NOT BACKWARD COMPATIBLE ***
– T/R sequence length increased from 6.0 to 7.5 seconds
– Symbol rate decreased from 23.4375 to 20.8333 baud
– Signal bandwidth decreased from 90 Hz to 80 Hz
OTHER FT4 IMPROVEMENTS
– Allowable time offsets -1.0 < DT < +1.0 s
– Tx4 message with RRR now allowed, except in contest messages
– Audio frequency is now sent to PSK Reporter
– Add a third decoding pass
– Add ordered statistics decoding
– Improved sensitivity: threshold S/N is now -17.5 dB
– Improved S/N calculation
– In FT4 mode, Shift+F11/F12 moves Tx freq by ± 100 Hz
– Improvements to accessibility
– Updates to the User Guide (not yet complete, however)
– New user option: “Calling CQ forces Call 1st”
– N1MM Logger+ now uses the standard WSJT-X UDP messages
– OK/Cancel buttons on Log QSO window maintain fixed positions
– Put EU VHF contest serial numbers into the ADIF SRX and STX fields
– Fix generation of Tx5 message when one callsign is nonstandard
– Fix a bug that prevented use on macOS
– Fix a bug that caused mode switch from FT4 to FT8
– Fix a bug that caused FT4 to do WSPR-style band hopping
– Fix a bug that caused a Fortran bounds error
Release candidate WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7 will be available for beta-testing
through July 21, 2019. It will be inoperable during the ARRL June VHF
QSO Party (June 8-10) or ARRL Field Day (June 22-23). It will
permanently cease to function after July 21, 2019. If all goes
according to plan, by that time we will have made a General Availability
(GA) release of WSJT-X 2.1.0.
Downloadable installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7 under Windows,
Linux, and macOS are available on the WSJT-X web page:
— 73 from Joe, K1JT; Steve, K9AN; and Bill, G4WJS
You can download WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7 from https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html.