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It did work in previous versions, was this a developement
decision to stop robot type calls? It did come as a shock when it
didn't work the 1st few times we tried it and it was queried at
the time, and we were led to believe it would return in a later
The problem is under varying conditions, like ES, you may be
using "RR73". If the other party comes back with "R-10" or
whatever, he hasn't seen the "RR73" and you would send it again.
Of course the program has moved on to a "CQ" call as the next
message and stopped. So you have to change the message and enable
the TX again, all in a few milliseconds to get the right response,
maybe missing the message being decoded at the other end.
Perhaps "3 strikes and you're out" is a better option. It would
allow a further 3 repeats and then stop. Should you need to carry
on, you know you will have to reset the message after 3 times, and
it avoids robotic calls.
On 05/05/2020 13:50, Frode Igland
Checking or unchecking the "Disable Tx after sending 73"
checkbox in Settings - General - Behavior has no effect in
FT8 and FT4, as disabling Tx is the hardcoded default
overriding the "Enable Tx" button in order to avoid unattended
robot operation by enabling automated CQs after completing a
However, in modes like MSK144, the TX is not disabled
after sending 73, for example because it can be expected that
repeating the 73 may be required to be able to complete the
QSO. The same applies to JT9 and JT65, where sending 73 does
not disable the TX (and the "Enable Tx" button remains red
until you log the QSO). For these modes the "Disable Tx after
sending 73" becomes effective. If for example the conditions
are so good that one 73 can be expected to be sufficient to
complete the QSO, this checkbox can be checked to avoid the
transmission of repeated 73. So if you want to keep the TX
enabled after sending 73 in MSK144, make sure that you have not checked the
"Disable Tx after sending 73". If you have checked this box,
the TX will be disabled, and you
may lose an opportunity to complete the QSO.
The "Disable Tx after sending 73" checkbox has created some
confusion when FT8/FT4 operators have wanted to avoid the
hardcoded default in FT8/FT4 of having to click "Enable Tx" to
start the next QSO. This issue regularly pops up here and in
various WSJT-X/FT8 Facebook groups, but as mentioned above,
this checkbox has no function in FT8/FT4.