FT8 Operating Guidelines

18. 09. 26

FT-8 Guidance for working VP6D
WSJT-X Fox / Hound

Version 2.3

We are asking everyone to follow these guidelines for calling VP6D on FT-8. You will get through faster by using these simple guidelines:

To avoid confusion please use WSJT-X Version 1.9.1

We will use DX-pedition mode for all bands except 160m.

  1. Configure the software and radio per the WSJT-X and your radio’s installation instructions. Do not use VP6D as your first FT8 on the air experience.

  2. Your operating frequency control should be under CAT (rig) control from the program – NOT manually from your VFO. You must add to WSJT-X our frequencies shown at: https://www.vp6d.com/index.php/dxpedition/frequencies
  1. Your WSJT-X software must be configured as a Hound.
  1. Call us ONLY if you are able to decode VP6D responding to other Hounds or if you decode a CQ from VP6D. You may initiate a calling sequence by double clicking 1 on any VP6D response. Examples of VP6D responses 2 :
    1. CQ VP6D
    2. K1ABC VP6D R-03
    3. K1ABC RR73; K5GS <VP6D> R-17; N7QT <VP6D> -01
    4. W9XYZ RR73; G4AAA <VP6D> RR73
  1. You must configure your WSJT-X frequency table to match our planned FT8 frequencies.
    shown at: https://www.vp6d.com/index.php/dxpedition/frequencies or as announced via Social Media.
  • VP6D will be transmitting BELOW 1,000 Hertz. You MUST select an open calling frequency  between 1,000 – 4000 Hertz.
  1. Once VP6D replies to a Hound with RR73 the QSO is completed and logged.
  • The Hound does not need to send 73 to complete the QSO.

Note 1  This assumes you have WSJT-X configured for Double Click on call sets Tx enable

Note 2  If you don’t complete a QSO within five minutes after being called by VP6D that you should restart a new QSO .


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