Summer The 5 MHz Newsletter Edition

The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter (No 21 – Summer 2018) is now available for free.

This edition includes 5 MHz news from 8 countries, features the World of 5 MHz, the Wikipedia 60 Meter Band page, CEPT, Do you monitor the UK 5 MHz Beacons, Useful propagation sites for 5 MHz and Reader’s Feedback from G4DWV.

Download from Wikipedia 60m Band page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/60-meter_band#External_links

Ham Radio Deluxe 6.4.0.886 Released

An updated version of Ham Radio Deluxe has been released, and along with bug fixes has added direct integration with WSJT-X.

The “QSO Forwarding” feature has been improved to where it’s extremely easy to setup Ham Radio Deluxe Logbook to receive QSOs directly from WSJT-X as-if they originated in DM-780.

Download the latest version of Ham Radio Deluxe - https://www.hamradiodeluxe.com/

FT8CALL v0.6 Released

An updated version of FT8Call have been released. Version 0.6 includes the following updated and changes. Note, Version 0.6 is not backwards compatible with 0.5 so you should upgrade ASAP.

  • FT8Call has a new icon!

  • Retransmit (|) and Alert Dialog (!) commands have been removed for a combined Reply Dialog message (>)

  • You can use the Reply Dialog message to relay between stations (and automatically configure the relay path back for a return message):

  • KN4CRD>J1Y>10-4 GUD BUDDY!

  • But, you don’t have to…you can communicate directly with a dialog using the same command: J1Y>HOWDY!

  • There’s a new “Relay via” menu item to make configuration of relays easier.

  • You will no longer automatically change to a new audio frequency offset when clicking on callsigns or responding to ALLCALLs. This is now a specific action you have to take in a right click menu. The only time FT8Call should change your audio offset is to BEACON to avoid QRM.

  • With that…beacons now are _forced_ to transmit between 500Hz and 1000Hz. This should further help with the QRM and busted QSOs.

  • Your station will no longer reply to ALLCALL? when you have a directed callsign selected. This should help prevent those automatic replies from busting your QSO.

  • You can now customize the transmit and receive text fonts and colors and the textbox background colors.

  • You can also configure a sound to be played on receipt of any directed message or alert message.

  • You can now customize your CQ message (default CQCQCQ). You can also send CQ QRP, CQ DX, and CQ TEST with your grid locator and compound callsign in one transmission frame.

  • You can copy and paste from the text boxes!

  • There’s a new QSY function on the waterfall to center your passband at a specific signal (and you can configure your rig’s center frequency, defaults to 1500Hz).

  • Sending of raw APRS packets now requires an APRS-IS passcode tied to your Amateur Radio Callsign. If you don’t have one of these, email me and I’ll generate one for you.

  • APRS packets now maintain a more throttled delivery into the APRS-IS network, so you should get fewer timeouts.

FT8Call Download - https://groups.io/g/ft8call/wiki/FT8Call-Latest-Release-Download-Links