locked Automated QSOs #QSO_practices
In FT4 mode WSJT-X has an option: "Best S+P"toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
From the WSJT-X manual:
Clicking Best S+P during an Rx cycle arms the program to examine all CQ messages decoded at the end of the Rx sequence. The program will select the best potential QSO partner (from a contesting perspective), and treat it as if you had double-clicked on that line of decoded text. Here "best potential QSO partner" means "New Multiplier" (1st priority) or "New Call on Band" (2nd priority). "New Multiplier" is currently interpreted to mean "New DXCC"; a more broadly defined multiplier category (for the ARRL RTTY Roundup rules) will be implemented in due course. We may provide additional priority rankings, for example “New Grid on Band” (useful for North American VHF contests), sorting by signal strength, etc.
The ARRL Digital contest rules say (in accordance with the general ARRL policy)
OPRG.4. Each contact must include contemporaneous direct initiation by both operators making a contact. Initiation of a contact may be by either local or remote control. Fully automated contacts are prohibited.
Although the operator has to keep ticking on "Best S+P" for each new QSO, "Best S+P" selects the station to call and initiates the QSOs. As such, it is prohibited under ARRL rules. This should probably be mentioned in the rules to avoid any misunderstanding.
From: Ria, N2RJ <rjairam@...>
Sent: Wed, May 11, 2022 9:43 pm
Subject: Re: [WSJTX] DX-pedition multi trace contacts #FoxAndHound
MSHV has multi answer and full automation as well, unfortunately.
On Wed, May 11, 2022 at 5:37 PM n4qwf . <N4QWF1@...> wrote:
Maybe the Best S+P candidate could be highlighted with a special color so the op could manually initiate each QSO?
This would be the same number of clicks but would comply with the rules, I believe.