Took part in 1st test - after 30 odd mins Fox found me, would rather the 2 min 
timeout was a little longer (4 mins or so - at least long enough to double 
check docs or look at Ping thingy on another screen) - Fox moved me to below 
1000 as expected - back and forward, Red Watchdog timeout kicked in - restarted 
- then some W1xx   :-)   started calling below 1000 - then all went to pot - 
lost the Fox, another TX Watchdog timeout - had to give up.

On the 2nd test - could not hear the fox at all.

Lot of time spent making sure was TX’ing  :-(

de Tom

On 5 Apr 2018, at 15:49, Joe Taylor <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I write to remind you of the second public test of *FT8 DXpedition Mode* 
> scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 1400-1600 UTC.  You are cordially invited to 
> participate -- the more participants, the better!
> Our main goal is to simulate pileups in which many "Hounds" call and attempt 
> to work a desirable rare DX station, the "Fox".  The test will help us to 
> improve our software so as to maximize the practical QSO rate in such 
> situations.  We hope you can be there and try to work both Foxes.
> Here's the detailed schedule:
> Date      UTC   Frequency    Fox Callsign  Operator
> ---------------------------------------------------
> April 7  1400   14.105 MHz    W1/KH7Z       N1DG
> April 7  1500   14.105        W7/KH7Z       AA7A
> All participating stations must use program version WSJT-X v1.9.0-rc3. If you 
> don't yet have it, download links are available near the bottom of the page 
> here:
> [If you are compiling the program for yourself, be sure to use code revision 
> r8576 or later, taken from the repository's WSJT-X development branch.  All 
> revisions since r8576 will perform identically in FT8 DXpedition Mode.]
> Detailed instructions for both Fox and Hound are posted here:
> Some details in these instructions have changed, so be sure to read and 
> follow the latest instructions carefully!  Don't just try to wing it.
> As you will know after reading the instructions, Fox can conduct up to 5 QSOs 
> simultaneously, using frequency slots spaced by 60 Hz.  Fox transmissions 
> always occur in the frequency range 300-900 Hz above dial frequency.
> If you (as a Hound) can legitimately use more than one callsign -- your 
> spouse's call, club call, etc. -- feel free to work each Fox multiple times.  
> No dupe QSOs with the same call, though.
> Real-time liaison will be available on the "Ping Jockey Relief" chat page 
> (PJB), .  Everyone should 
> monitor this page for possible last-minute announcements of a frequency 
> change, etc.  To ensure that announcements from Fox stations are easily 
> visible, Hounds should monitor PJB but not post messages there during the 
> test.
> The deepest pileups will help us tune the final-release software version for 
> optimum performance on both Fox and Hound sides.  After the test, please post 
> any comments you feel will be helpful to one of our two email forums, 
> or .  You will 
> need to be subscribed to the list in order to post there.
> We sincerely hope you can join us for this test, and that you will work both 
> Foxes!
>       -- 73, Joe, K1JT (for the WSJT Development Group)
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