FT8 Operating Guidelines

FT8 Operating Guidelines

FT-8 Guidance for working ZK3A
WSJT-X Fox / Hound


We are asking everyone to follow these guidelines for calling ZK3A on FT-8. You will get through faster by using these simple guidelines:

To avoid confusion please use WSJT-X Version v2.1 


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 ZK3A 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 ZK3A responding to other Hounds or if you decode a CQ from ZK3A. You may initiate a calling sequence by double clicking on any ZK3A response.
  5. Examples of ZK3A responses:
    1. CQ ZK3A
    2. VK3FT ZK3A R-03
    3. K1ABC RR73; K5GS <ZK3A> R-17; VK3GK <ZK3A> -01
    4. VK3AA RR73; G4AAA <ZK3A> 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. ZK3A will be transmitting BELOW 1,000 Hertz. You MUST select an open calling frequency  between 1,000 – 4000 Hertz.
  8. Once ZK3A 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.