The raw scores for the first FT8 Roundup have been published on the rttycontestng.com website. Here’s my numbers …
As I said before, mine was a sort of slapdash effort, but still fun. As a reference, the top RAW score for single-op was WV4P 706/97/68482. The lowest score was 1 QSO/1 Mult/RAW score 1. Just looking at physical position in the listing, I’m somewhere near the middle, I think. Of course, these scores will be refined … this is before checking for dupes, busted calls, etc. I didn’t count through the listing, but I read somewhere that there were over 1000 logs received, and almost 600 instances where operators were mentioned in those submitted logs but didn’t send in a log themselves. All in all, a resounding success for a first contest!
BTW, in case you haven’t heard, the new version of WSJT-X is out … ver. 2.0.0. You can get it HERE. UPGRADE!!
I got on the air with WSJT-X when I got home from work this afternoon, and everything worked the way it’s supposed to. I made 25 contacts on 80 through 17 meters, using version 2.0 … except for 60 meters … Everybody on 60 was still using ver. 1.9.1.
This is a good sign. Looks like lots of people upgraded. There is a decided increase in the number of stations running the latest version. I even worked a new one on 17 meters … ZD7JC, St. Helena Island in the South Atlantic. This is where the British imprisoned Napoleon after his defeat.
Today is the day! The final version of WSJT-X ver. 2.0 has been released. This newest version is not backwards compatible with earlier versions, and contains significant enhancements over older versions, so it’s to your advantage to upgrade.
F5IGF was up and down with QSB, but look at the screen capture … he was right at -24, the lower limit of decoding in WSJT-X. His preceding transmission was at -23dB. This is using version 2.0 rc5. I seem to be completing more of these marginal QSOs with this latest version. Thanks, development team!
Checked out FT8 last night … started by using WSJT-X 2.0 rc5 … crickets! Where’d everybody go after the contest? Lots of activity on the spectrum display. So I reverted to ver 1.9.1 and voila! … tons of stations!
I think it’s going to be an uphill battle to move everybody to the newer version. Still, when the non-beta version 2.0 is released on December 10th, I may be surprised. I hope so … this newer iteration of WSJT-X really has some good features and Joe and his crew seem to have fine-tuned the decoding algorithm for optimum performance.