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Summerside Amateur Radio Club

Fri Sep 19, 2014

Plan for Beta Release of WSJT-X v1.4....

A public beta release of the weak signal datamodes software WSJT-X, version 1.4, is now planned for October 1

Download links will be posted at that time on the WSJT home page.

Important changes in version 1.4 relative to v1.3, r3673 include the following:

1. CAT control for most radios is much improved, including expanded support for Commander, Ham Radio Deluxe, and OmniRig. One-way CAT control is no longer supported. Users may choose no CAT control, or may have working two-way communication so that WSJT-X can verify that commands sent to the rig have been executed. "Split" mode operation is supported via HRD for radios where HRD provides the necessary control functions. WSJT-X can now simulate Split mode for rigs that do not provide it.

2. Many options previously found on the Setup menu now appear on a far more flexible "Settings" screen. You can define multiple spot operating frequencies per band. All recognized amateur bands are supported, and frequency offsets can be configured for transverters.

3. There has been considerable polishing and extension of the user interface, including optional user-defined palettes for the waterfall and user-defined fonts for the main screen, decoded text areas, and Astronomical Data screen.

4. The JT65 decoder now accepts negative values of DT down to -3.2 s, eliminating most of the occasional "garbage decodes".

5. Better (glitch-free) behavior of audio streams.

6. Better handling of messages that include compound callsigns.

7. Support for standard "localization" conventions.

8. Writable files now appear in platform-dependent standard locations. This allows for more efficient installation on all supported platforms and allows settings to be seamlessly carried forward during program upgrades.

9. A new WSJT-X User Guide is available. Additions and changes will continue to be made, but most sections are now in good shape.
Click on: to read the manual.

In addition, there are many internal changes to the project aimed at cleaning up the code, establishing a standard set of compile-and-build tools, and making the whole package more readily maintained by an active development group.

Known Problems

WSJT-X v1.4 cooperates with Ham Radio Deluxe much more reliably than v1.3. However, the good behavior can break down when HRD Logbook or DM780 are also running in parallel. You may see delays up to 20 seconds or so in frequency changes or other radio commands, due to a bug in HRD. HRD folks are aware of the problem, and are working to resolve it.

It has not been possible to initially provide support for all radios via HRD. We have built-in diagnostics that allow quick identification of the extra support needed to support untested rigs via HRD. We urge HRD users to try this new version and report back results. We will then add any missing support based on feedback from users as soon as possible.

About 25 amateurs, including all of the most active members of the Development Team, have been regular users of WSJT-X built from recent code revisions. We find version 1.4 to be a pleasure to use, and we think you will, too.

We look forward to user feedback on the latest version following its formal announcement in about two weeks.

Joe, K1JT
(for the WSJT Development Team)

WSJT Homepage

WSJT Yahoo Group

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 19-09-14 | [0] comments (18 views) | 

This Week On The Air....

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
I3VJW, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Sei, JA7LU and Hiro, JA2VWG will be QRV as 4W6LU
and 4W6DD, respectively, from Dili, IOTA OC-148, from September 22
to 29. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL
direct to home calls.

CROATIA, 9A. Ede, HA5BWW, Pista, HA5AUC and Karl, HA7PC will be QRV
as 9A/home calls from Rab Island, IOTA EU-136, from September 22 to
29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home
calls. In addition, a group of operators are QRV as 9A/IQ3VO from
the Lighthouse Porer-Pula Croatia, ARLHS CRO-014, until September
21. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters with two stations using CW, SSB,
RTTY, PSK31, JT65A and EME. QSL direct to IQ3VO.

KUWAIT, 9K. To celebrate the naming by the UN of Amir Sheikh Sabah
Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as a Global Humanitarian Leader, special
event station 9K9GHL is QRV until October 6. QSL via 9K2QA.

FRANCE, F. Special event station TM89IARU will be QRV from
September 20 to 29 to celebrate the IARU's 89th anniversary. QSL
via F6KMF.

ITALY, I. Bob, OK2BOB will be QRV as IA5/OK2BOB from Giglio Island,
IOTA EU-028, from September 21 to 28. Activity will be holiday
style mostly on the newer bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ14IARU will be QRV from
September 20 to 27 during the IARU Region 1 conference in Albena.
QSL via bureau.

BELGIUM, ON. Special event station OT703CCF will be QRV on
September 21 and 22 to celebrate the 70th anniversary for the
freedom of the Farciennes City. Activity will be on the HF bands
using CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL via ON4CPN.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. David, OK6DJ, Petr, OK1FCJ and Pavel,
OK1FPS will be QRV as PJ5/home calls from Sint Eustatius, IOTA
NA-145, from September 21 to October 3. Activity will be on 160 to
10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and other digital modes with up to
three stations active. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ
World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via operators' instructions.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Ed, WA1ZAM will be QRV as PJ7PL from the Royal
Palm Beach Resort in Cole Bay, IOTA NA-105, from September 21 to
October 15. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB
and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World
Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL direct to home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Chris, HB9LCA will be QRV as S79LCA from La Digue
from September 22 to 27. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using
mostly CW. QSL to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5. Fred, PA1FJ is QRV as SV5/PA1FJ/p from Karpathos
Island, IOTA EU-001, until September 27. Activity is on the HF
bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

GABON, TR. Alain, F6CTL is QRV as TR8CA. His length of stay is
unknown. QSL via F6CBC.

BENIN, TY. A group of operators are QRV as TY1AA until September
26. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL direct via I2YSB.

CHRISTMAS ISLANDS, VK9X. Rob, N7QT and Melanie, AB1UH are QRV as
VK9AN until October 2. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB
and various digital modes. QSL via N7QT.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Bob, G4DBW will be QRV as ZD8RH from
Georgetown, IOTA AF-003, from September 22 to 30. Activity will be
mainly on the HF bands using CW. This includes being an entry in
the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL to home call.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/1 in
Connecticut and W1AW/4 in North Carolina are QRV until 2359z on
September 23. In addition, W1AW/5 in New Mexico and W1AW/7 in Idaho
will be QRV starting at 0000z on September 24. They will be active
until 2359z on September 30.


ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder,
NCCC Sprint,
Pirate QSO Party,
Scandinavian Activity CW Contest,
Feld Hell Sprint,
QRP Afield,
Washington State Salmon Run,
BARTG Sprint 75
The 144 MHz Fall Sprint and Run for the Bacon QRP CW
Contest are scheduled for September 22.
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for September 24.

All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC.
See the ARRL Contest Branch page:
The ARRL Contest Update:
and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar:
for more information. Looking for a Special Event station be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Stations Web page:

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 19-09-14 | [0] comments (1 views) | 

Thu Sep 18, 2014

PA175RR - Celebrating 175 Years of Railroad in the Netherlands....

We will be active with at least 2 HF stations and 1 V/UHF station from the RailRoad Station itself.

And V/UHF on the train....we try to be also active on HF from the Train !!!

The first passenger railway in the Netherlands opened 20 september 1839. Now, 175 years later, there are celebrations at several places in our country.

One of these events will be on 20 and 21 september 2014 in Stadskanaal called "Stadskanaal Onder Stoom" organised by S.T.A.R, a steam railway in the northeast of our country.

The "Kanaalstreek" radioclub will be active with special callsign PA175RR from 15 september until 12 october 2014. During the special steamweekend we will be active from a buffetcar standing at platform 12.

A special QSL card is available.

For more information on PA175RR contact first op. PC7A

For more information on the steamweekend (tickets, timetable etc.) contact S.T.A.R. at

We are registered for the Raiways On The Air (ROTA) weekend see:

QSL via LoTW , eQSL and buro (via PI4KST)

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Wed Sep 17, 2014

Amateur Radio World Castles Award....

World Castle Expedition in Poland

Eddie/ES2TT participates in a castle festival from the 19th to the
22nd, visiting the following castles during that time (operating as
Sept. 19: Berzniki (Sejny) (WCA SP-00872, ZWP OSE01),
Beilsk Podlaski (WCA SP-00859, ZWP OBL01),
Lukow (WCA SP-00726, ZWP LLW02),
Zabikow (WCA SP-01323, ZWP LRP02).
Sept. 20 and 21: More Polish castles in SP8 and SP4 together with local
QSL via homecall (d/B).

Westphalian Castle Day

The following castles will be activated during the Westphalian
Castle Day on Sept. 20:

WCA DL-02854: Fuerstbischhoefliches Schloss in Muenster (COTA-DL
WNB-018) by Diego/DG6YY between 10z and 00z on 40m in SSB.

WCA DL-03923: Burg Huelshoff (COTA-DL WNB-065) by DL0WCA (operator Ersin/DF6QE) between 09z and 14z on 40m in SSB.


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