JTDX-Helper-2.6.1 for JTDX-v2.2.160 is available now on www.github.com/dg5lp

FT8-Helper-2.5.0 for WSJT-X-v2.6.0 is also available on  www.github.com/dg5lp

Download the latest versions!
Do not forget to download and install the additional dxcc-qra.txt file!
Read the github help, how to download txt files.


JTDX-Helper-2.6.1., released on 12.01.2023: supporting JTDX-2.2.160

FT8-Helper-2.5.0 released on 08.01.2023:  supporting WSJT-X 2.6.0.

JTDX-Helper-2.5.2, released on 29.06.2022: supporting JTDX-2.2.159 64-bit-version

JTDX-Helper-2.5.1, relesed on 29.06.2022: supporting JTDX-2.2.159 32-bit version

FT8-Helper-2.4.4.b, released on 04.02.2022:  supporting WSJT-X 2.5.3 and 2.5.4.

FT8-Helper-2.4.3, released on 15.11.2021 and JTDX-Helper-2.4.3 released on 22.11.2021.

New feature:
- Rep-Diff field:
shows the average difference of received and transmitted reports. A positive number indicates that you receive better reports as you send.

Stations calling CQ-DX were ignored in SP-mode.

FT8-Helper-2.4.2.exe for WSJT-X released in 07.11.2021.  This version is not available for JTDX.

New feature:
Strategy selection and the status of all checkboxes are saved and restored when starting the Helper again.

Supporting now WSJT-X 2.5.1 and 2.5.2 too
- Minor fixes for non-standard callsigns

FT8-Helper-2.4.1.exe for WSJT-X and JTDX-Helper-2.4.1.exe for JTDX released on 02.11.2021

New features in 2.4.1 :
- WSJTX-2.5.1 and JTDX-2.2.156 are supported
- WSJT-X/JTDX can be started with -rig=RIG-NAME extension (multiple instances are not supported)
- New CQ-strategy "CQ+SP". If no answer for CQ received, the Helper calls CQ-calling stations
- Optional repetition of RR73 if no 73 received at the end of the QSO.
- JTDX can call stations sending 73 and RR73 (73=CQ). This feature not available for WSJT-X
- All "Auto Strategy" settings are working for incoming calls too.
- Filter are available to exclude and prefer specific continents.
- Counts successful and broken QSOs.
- Automatic setting of the width of the Band-Activity and RX-frequency windows
- New log entry indicating missing 73 at the end of the QSOs

- Works with Windows-10, with some limitations with Windows-7 too.

The latest version for WSJT-X is FT8-Helper-2.3.exe working with WSJT-X v2.3 and v2.4
The latest version for JTDX is the JTDX-Helper-2.3.exe working with JTDX-2.2.155 and -156
Download the current or older software versions from www.github.com/dg5lp/

Some virus checker indicate virus/malware alarm when downloading the exe-file. This is false alarms caused by the macro commands used by the FT8-Helper software. Macros are used often for virus attacks. Unfortunately it is not easy the distinguish between malicious and harmless viruses. The FT8-Helper is free of viruses.

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Release notes:

FT8-Helper-2.3.exe and JTDX-Helper-2.3, released on 21.07.2021

New feature: Opens the QRZ.com page
- If selected, the Helper opens the QRZ.com page of the station in the default browser.

JTDX-Helper-2.2. c.exe, released on 20.06.2021

- Blocking issue when opening the Wide-Graph window is fixed.

FT8-Helper-2.2.b.exe and JTDX-Helper-2.2.b.exe, released on 07.06.2021

New feature: "Keep-Even/Odd"
If selected, the Helper calls CQ according to the selected even/odd cycle. The previous version 2.2.a was deleted as the "Keep-Even/Odd" feature was not working as required for 6m DX-ing.

FT8-Helper-2.1.g.exe and JTDX-Helper-2.1.e.exe released on 09.04.2021

When calling CQ and two station answers, the second station will be called back at the end of the QSO.
- Stations calling during a QSO will be called back at the end of the QSO.

FT8-Helper-2.1.f.exe  released on 18.02.2021

Bugfix of the follwing issue:
- In CQ-mode, if a station called at the end of a QSO, the TX-frequency was jumped to the frequency of the calling station.
  It should not happen, as in CQ-mode "Hold Tx Freq" is always selected.

FT8-Helper-2.1.e  and JTDX-Helper-2.1.d released on 12.02.2021

New feature in the JTDX version: During a QSO the "Filter" function of JTDX is activated.

- WSJT-X works with "default" configuration. (No FT-mode mismatch issue)
- Bug in "Wanted list" was fixed
FT8-Helper-2.1.d released on 08.02.2021
This version works wiht WSJT-X 2.2 and 2.3 too.  32 and 64 bit versions were tested woht low- and high resolution monitors.

- Incoming and outgoing RRR procedures were fixed
- Calling stations after successfull QSOs was fixed

FT8-Helper-2.1.c released  on 31.01.2021
- Incorrect Band-Hopping list when starting B/H was fixed
- In S/P mode: unsolicited calls are returned on the frequency of the calling station
- In S/P mode: unsolicited calls on the frequency of the previous QSO are rejected
- DX distance works correctly in Km or Miles too.
- New feature: QSO counter, counts QSOs of the current session and total. e.g. 5/20

FT8-Helper-2.1.b released  on 24.01.2021

This new version was generated from the same source-code for WSJT-X and JTDX. Therefore they have the same functionality, but different settings are required in WSJT-X and JTDX. Read and follow the settings in the corresponding manual.

The version 2.1 has the functionality of the FT8-Helper-2.0 with some bugfixes:
- Unsolicited calls are accepted now, even if they received during a running QSO.
- Some othe minor bugs were fixled-

Version FT8-Helper-2.0,  released on 02.01.2021

- Configuration session instead of editing with "notepad".  No need of ownloc.txt. The configuration is stored in "config.txt".
- New parameter, e.g. number of repetitions during call, QSO and QSO-end can be configured.
- Band-Hopping: re-designed, now it allows selecting FT8 and FT4, even for the same band.
- Enhanced Filter in S/P-Mode: Best-S/N, DX-Only, Prefer-DX, Most distance, Prefer-Wanted, Only-Wanted.
- Lists for Exclude DXCC, Exclude Calls, Wanted Grids, Wanted DXCC, wanted Calls can be specified
- Seamless change between CQ (RUN) and S/P without stopping the running mode.
- Graceful stop of CQ (earlier RUN) and S/P-Mode is available, it waits completing the running QSO.
- Distances will be calculated from the QRA-grids.  The minimum DX-distance can be selected in the configuration
- Skip Tx-1 selectable. To speed up the QSOs In S/P-Mode, stations can be called with report instead of QRA-grid.
- Decoding time (lag-time) is measured and shown. It should kept under 500ms, changing the decoding depth or AP.
- Comparing to older versions, the new version does not use the auto-sequencing of WSJT-X.
- On this reason the WSJT-X configuration must be changed. Set up WSJT-X according to the manual.

Version 1.7.2c released on 09.08.2020
To decreas the risk of false virus alarms, the executable was created using an updated version of the macro engine generator (Quick Macros).