This event is getting closer, so I decided to comment on it to bring it up the list and to everyones attention.
I am seriously considering putting back together all the cables and adapters so that I can run FT-8 from the summit using the FT-817.
We have had discussion previously on how to get the /P transferred and the SOTA Reference (or at least the 6 char Maidenhead grid that can be converted to the SOTA-Ref), I believe with v 2.00 this is now possible (I need to look at the details again) - in any case these features are ONLY possible when both ends are running v2.00 of WSJT-x with the features enabled by having the 77-bit messages enabled and so as not to cause confusion with those still using v 1.9x on the normal FT8 frequencies Joe Taylor has asked that the JT7 frequencies on 20m & 40m (7.078 & 14.078MHz) be used. As these are effectively “mini-bands”, I propose that anyone taking part in this VK-EU event use these frequencies as well and make sure you are on WSJT-x v2.00rc2 as a minimum level (RC3 if it comes out before the event).
So is anyone else planning to run FT-8 v 2 from a summit on October 20th? If not there’s no point me struggling with all the extra equipment.
Perhaps we can get some shack-to-shack tests in, in the next couple of weeks? Then we can check out the message format capabilities.