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60m with WSJT-X / FT-8

Today I tried to use FT-8 on 60m. I successfully added the frequency to WSJT-X and tried both Region 2 and All. In both cases, if I click on it in WSJT-X, WSJT-X shows a frequency in black of 5.357.0 OK but the Flex 6500 goes to 10.713 MHz. If I move the frequency in the Flex, I get a long string of numbers and commas in WSJT-X. If I set the Flex to 5.357.0, the frequency field in WSJT-X goes to all zeroes in red.  WSJT-X and the Flex work fine on all other frequencies.  I am using the latest version of WSJT-X and SmartSDR. Confused.

Answers

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    @JohnK2CIB

    Hi John

    That is very strange and I would suggest that you do a 100% review of your WSJT setup as it is not communicating correctly to the radio.

    You may find that using SliceMaster may help you out.

    73

  • JohnK2CIB
    JohnK2CIB Member ✭✭

    It is strange because WSJT works perfectly on every other band. I have SliceMaster, but am not familiar with it. Last I changed the checkmark in the setup menu for Use TCP but it didn't make any difference.

    There is a possibility that there is some RF problem at the remote site, but the problem is perfectly repeatable. I will use my RF sniffer and play with some toroids, etc. next time I get out there.

  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    This is not an RF issue, but more likely that WSJTx is sending a command for the radio to change frequency.

    Make sure that 'fake it is off' in WSJTx settings.

    It would help if you post a screen shot of WSJTx while on 60M as that would allow for a more detailed review. Also, if you have any other programs connected to the radio, like FRStack, you may want to shut those down.

  • JohnK2CIB
    JohnK2CIB Member ✭✭

    Here are my screen shots:


  • Bill NE1B
    Bill NE1B Member ✭✭

    Hi John,

    Looks like your TX and RX frequencies are above the Bandwidth of your carrier (2700).

    Also, have you seen the other Forum comments on this?

    73,

    Bill, NE1B

  • JohnK2CIB
    JohnK2CIB Member ✭✭

    Hi Bill -

    No that is not the problem. There is a communication failure between the Flex and WSJT-X but only on 60m for some reason. Today I fired up SliceMaster, which, I think, intercepts that communications, and 60m worked fine! Not sure I will leave SliceMaster in there, but it does have some benefits.

    I am off to Northern Vermont for a couple of weeks at the end of the month. Wouldn't it be nice to have lunch together? Guess it would be too long a drive for that, though. Next time.

    73 and best to you and yours, John

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