WSJT-X v1.6 Release Candidate 1 released

The developers of the popular WSJT-X software have released the latest release candidate for WSJT-X, v1.6 RC 1.

WSJT-X v1.6 RC 1 continues the development of WSJT-X with several new features for users of the software. Among the biggest new feature is the inclusion of WSPR, JT4 (submodes A-G), JT65B and JT65C, and Echo modes in addition to the existing JT65A and JT9 modes.

If you install WSJT-X, make sure to also install the optional KVASD module which provides enhanced decoding for weaker signals. The install file is included in the WSJT-X download, but can’t be packaged in the *WSJT-X application due to licensing constraints.

John (G4KLA) has written an excellent ReadMe file with complete instructions on how to install and setup WSJT-X on OS X. The ReadMe file is included in the WSJT-X dmg file.

With the Release Candidate for v1.6 on the web, development is continuing with v1.7 already in the works. Version 1.7 of WSJT-X will include not only JTMSK and other meteor and ionospheric scatter modes, but it will also include a new enhanced JT65 decoder that is “especially advantageous when used in crowded HF bands.” Furthermore, starting with v1.7, WSJT-X will no longer use the closed-source KVASM algorithm decode module; instead replacing it with an improved open source module.

As with previous version, WSTJ-X v1.6 RC 1 is a free download and is available from the WSJT-X website here.

If you’re a fan of WSJT-X, be sure to check out JT-Bridge as well for an indespensible tool for use with WSJT-X and your favorite OS X logbook programs.