6846RE: [wsjtgroup] Working WSJT on HF
- Jan 27 11:44 AM
Thanks Chris, very timely for all of the newbies I’ve seen of late.
Just to reiterate a point and simplify the order of messages to send…
If you called CQ, then use the even numbered messages. i.e. TX6 – TX2 – TX4
If you are answering a CQ, use the odd numbered messages in order. i.e. TX1 – TX3 – TX5
Also, do NOT send a message unless you have received the previous numbered message. i.e. don’t send TX3 unless you have received TX2.
I have some very important items to add to what Chris mentioned:
Use the Auto button. Don’t transmit manually.
Chris mention setting TxDF the same as the station you are working. To do this, click on the signal and activate the TxDF= button. (it will turn red)
Try not to call CQ on TxDF=0. This isn’t a hard and fast rule to follow, but it helps everyone. Every new guy on the block doesn’t know how to set their TxDF for a while. So what happens is that the new JT65A operators send CQ, and it is not uncommon to see many signals within 20Hz of each other centered right around TxDF=0.
In working FSK441, I was once told not to use shorthand messages. For that reason, I do not, and at this moment refuse to use shorthand. I encourage others to follow suit.
And now for my pet peeve! The first 2 letters of WSJT (WS) stand for ‘Weak Signal’. You do NOT need to use 200 Watts and a 5 element yagi to work the world. I was introduced to terrestrial JT65 during the recent solar cycle low. In the first week that I was on the mode, I worked all continents using 5 watts and a quarter wave vertical without radials. Please examine your signal reports, and if you find you are getting signal reports of -10 or better for DX stations, lower your power! WSJT easily decodes signals to about -25. The rule of thumb is that if you cut your power in half, that is a 3 dB loss(-3 dB). Since I figured this out, I rarely use more than 20 Watts, and still work the world on a daily basis.
Hope to work you soon on JT65A
73 de WY5R – KD
I thought that this might help the new comers on WSJT HF with JT65A
It's great to see some new calls coming up on JT65A But When you operate JT65A on HF it's a little bit different than working JT65B and EME etc
One thing you have to remember is that Gen Std Messages are not used Simply Double Right Click on a Call and it will setup the Responses needed to make the contact on the right hand side of WSJT
Here is an Example. You see my Call N9JCA in the Decode Window
calling CQ When you Double Right Click on my call this will happen
It will Automatically start with TX1 Make sure you are the opposite of the other Operator; If he is TXing on Even Minute then you need to be on the ODD Minute and Visa Versa If you want to TX on the EVEN Minute then make sure the TX-First is Checked
N9JCA WXXXX EM67 TX1
N9JCA WXXXX -13 TX2 This what the other Operator is looking for in regards to a Signal Report
N9JCA WXXXX R-13 TX3
N9JCA WXXXX RRR TX4
N9JCA WXXXX 73 TX5
WXXXX CQ EM67 TX6
You then go down the line using TX1 TX2 TX4 If the other station started the QSO
If you started the QSO with a CQ then you will use
TX6 TX2 (if the other Party hasn't sent a report) or TX3 ( if the other party has sent a report R being you got his report and -13 is his Signal Strength) TX4 TX5
In TX5 you can change this as long as it is NO longer than 13 Spaces I.E TU CHRIS 10W
Make sure your TXDF is the same as the other Operator
May I also suggest that you go to the Logger Page and make an account for JT65A 2 things will happen
1) You will be able to chat with other Operators
2) You will be able to see who is hearing your Signal --- this Portion will be discontinued after February 10th
Feel free to contact me off page or via the Group
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