It did take me a bit, even with help, to get everything set up and running like it should. But I have to say that 4 ATNO's in the last week on FT8 makes me a believer.
Now I need to get my hex beam fixed so I can get some of the really weak ones that can't hear me. I'd never heard Ceuta and Melilla until FT8.
Of course if bands are bad (which they are) this still doesn't give the full picture but it was pretty cool to see 25W working down into New Zealand very easily with good SNR.
Here is a post to a doc I did a while back on how to setup for WSJT-X. It might help some with setup:
I'll be able to reach out further once I get the hex beam repaired.
Dave W6OVP, check out the links that others have posted above. Don't get discouraged if things don't work at the start.
It took more than a week and several different website forums of people helping before Murphy left me alone. It wasn't working when I shut everything down for the night but did work fine the next morning when I started it all back up again.
There does seem to have been quite a drop off in CW activity since FT8 came along, especially on 6m. Perhaps the novelty of having the machine do all the work will wear off eventually!
Some quick reading, Ria's as-always excellent tutorial (and Mark's more in depth one), and a couple of quick installs.... and PRESTO!!! FT8 up and running, and within 1 hour I had 5 new DXCC locations worked.
Amazing! Especially given the generally poor band conditions lately, at least for me.
I had not played with WSJT-X at all, very nice software to use. Overall had a blast this weekend.
It sure is a treat to find something new (to me) with the hobby. :-)
Thanks to all the Elmers out there that make it easy to learn new things!