Saturday, July 15, 2017

FT-8 a new digital mode freom K1JT and K9AN

There is a new mode from K1JT and K9AN  called FT-8.  The TX/RX windows are 15 seconds instead of the 1 minute toggle in JF-65 and JT-9 modes.  The downside FT-8 presently has a slightly worse S/N compared to JT-65.  Download v 1.8 rc1 from the K1JT site 

Setup with any 6xxx series Flex is simple.

Under General fill in the your particulars and make your choices 

For radio I use TS-2000 protocol and SmartCat port 4 to get band data, freq and PTT control 

Audio is on DAX 1 and DAX TX.  Make sure DAX 1 is turned on on the freq flag of the panadapter, and turn on RX1 and TX in DAX.  Set mic input to PC.  Set DAX RX1 level to give 50% on the FT-8 client and DAX TX gain to keep you just out of ALC, and use the power control on the radio to set the power level

Go make a contact

These modes require a pretty precise timing so I keep my computer clock trained to the correct time using this program 

73  W9OY