FT8 Operating Guidelines

FT8 Operating Guidelines

FT-8 Guidance for working ZK3X
WSJT-X Fox / Hound


We are asking everyone to follow these guidelines for calling ZK3X on FT-8. You will get through faster by using these simple guidelines:

To avoid confusion please use WSJT-X Version v2.0. 


We will use DX-pedition mode for all bands except 160m.

  1. Configure the software and radio per the WSJT-X and your radio’s installation instructions. Do not use ZK3X as your first FT8 on the air experience.
  2. Your operating frequency control should be under CAT (rig) control from the program – NOT manually from your VFO. You must add to WSJT-X our frequencies shown at: https://tokelau2019.com/frequencies-1
  3. Your WSJT-X software must be configured as a Hound.
  4. Call us ONLY if you are able to decode ZK3X responding to other Hounds or if you decode a CQ from ZK3X. You may initiate a calling sequence by double clicking on any ZK3X response.
  5. Examples of ZK3X responses:
    1. CQ ZK3X
    2. VK3FT ZK3X R-03
    3. K1ABC RR73; K5GS <ZK3X> R-17; VK3GK <ZK3X> -01
    4. VK3AA RR73; G4AAA <ZK3X> RR73
  6. You must configure your WSJT-X frequency table to match our planned FT8 frequencies.
    shown at: https://tokelau2019.com/frequencies-1 or as announced via Social Media.
  7. ZK3X will be transmitting BELOW 1,000 Hertz. You MUST select an open calling frequency  between 1,000 – 4000 Hertz.
  8. Once ZK3X replies to a Hound with RR73 the QSO is completed and logged.
  9. The Hound does not need to send 73 to complete the QSO.