Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The ADIF format now includes the new 5m & 8m bands


Amateur Data Interchange Format (ADIF) is an open standard for the exchange of data between various amateur radio software packages from different vendors. For example, it allows for the import and export of data between various logbook programmes.

In the most recent edition updated on the 2nd of September 2020, the new 5-metre (60 MHz) and 8-metre (40 MHz) bands were added.

I.C. Changes from Previous Version
These changes from the previous version may necessitate application code or data changes:
Addition of the FST4 submode to the MFSK mode in the Mode and Submode Enumerations.
Addition of the 5m and 8m bands to the Band Enumeration.
Addition of ARRL-10-GHZ and WW-DIGI to the Contest-ID Enumeration.
(Released ADIF Version 3.1.1, updated 2020/09/02)

While this in itself is a small step, it is part of the process of having 5m & 8m accepted as new amateur radio bands.

(Thanks to Gintas, LY2YR for the heads up on this)



Photon said...

Interesting stuff, John. I have to admit to not knowing a thing about those two bands, regardless of whether they are available this side of the water or not.

Hope the bands are to your liking at the moment. 2m undergoing a bit of a hiatus at present, more's the pity!


mm said...

Does this mean that LOTW, eQSL etc will accept 8m QSO's?

Today - Saturday 31 Oct 2020 saw a short but strong 8m opening between EI and S5,
and I managed to work EI4GNB, finally, after having heard him several times.
We now made a good FT8 contact, with -20 received from Tim, while he was between +20 and -10.
Distance covered: almost 1800kms (IO63 to JN75)