VK9XGM                FT8 / FT4 frequencies .....

We intend to be active on FT8 (or FT4) for as many hours as possible during the DXpedition period. However, for much of the time our FT8 station will not be running high power, so to give you the best chance of working VK9XGM we will (usually) be on non-standard frequencies. This will hopefully make it easier for you to find and work us.

When on FT8 or FT4, if possible, we will self spot VK9XGM on the DX Cluster.

If this plan to use non-standard frequencies does not work, we will revert to the 'Normal' frequencies as shown in the table below.

Our software (MSHV) allows us to 'queue up' stations to work one at a time. This is better than attempting to run more than one audio channel, given that we don't have a third amplifier to use on FT8 for much of the time.  However, having studied the recent FT8 operations of W8S, T2C, E6AM and ZD9W, we might use WSJT Fox/Hounds mode.

We are confident that our GPS timing system (as used at VK9CZ) will ensure accurate timing of QSOs on FT8 and *might* be accurate enough for us to operate on FT4, when propagation conditions are good enough to make QSOs with the greater signals strengths needed for FT4.

Depending on what FT8 software you use (WSJT-X, WSJT-Z, MSHV, JTDX, etc) you may need to add some of these frequencies to the software list on your PC :

Band (m)  Normal FT4 frequency (kHz) Normal FT8 frequency (kHz)     VK9XGM
160 1840 1840 1836
80 3575 3573 3567
40 7047 7074 7070
30 10140 10136 10131
20 14080 14074 14084
17 18104 18100 18095
15 21140 21074 21085
12 24919 24915 24911
10 28180 28074 28091
6 50318 50313 50303

Info below pse ignore....

3567 or 3575


10131; 10133; 10143/144

14084/85/86/90 - avoid altogether if there is a RTTY test on

18095; 18107; 18112


 28083/84/85/86/87/90/91/92/93/94/95 all have been qrv