With the new WSJT-X version 2.2.0-rc2, now available for downloading from the WSJT-X website the WSJT-X development team has also published additional FT8 “overflow” frequencies:
Increasing FT8 usage on the popular bands 40, 30, and 20m means that the default 3 kHz sub-bands are often wall-to-wall with signals. Overcrowding encourages some to turn on their amplifiers, which only makes things worse. We are trying to coordinate the suggested frequencies in WSJT-X with updated band plans being considered by IARU, ARRL, and other amateur radio societies. On a trial basis, and in response to numerous suggestions from around the world, we have added a second set of suggested dial frequencies for FT8 on three HF bands and also on 6 meters. The new suggested dial frequencies are 7.071, 10.133, 14.071, and 50.310 MHz. These frequencies will appear in your drop-down band-selector list after you go to the "Settings | Frequencies" tab, right-click on the frequency table, and select "Reset". Alternatively, you can add the new FT8 frequencies manually. When the conventional FT8 sub-band on 6, 20, 30, or 40 m seems too full, please try moving your dial frequency down 3 kHz! Be aware that as currently implemented, WSJT-X will set your dial to the lowest frequency for the selected mode and band, when you switch bands.
We’ve updated our list of FT8 Frequencies page accordingly.
On 6 metres when the band is open to Europe/Africa/South America from North America the QRM is horrendous on both sides on 50.313. The alternate DX ONLY frequency of 50.323 has been sitting out there for 2 years now and people seem to be slowly “getting” the idea but really, we need some massive changes to allow people to work DX without interference from those on their continent working single hope local stuff…. adoption of FT4 is very slow on 50 Mhz as well… but on the plus side many new DXCC and some very long haul DX has been worked with FT8, thanks to the WSJT-X team. Solving the user issues is another problem…
Please see my article regarding the Frequency Grab being attempted by the FT8 / FT4 developers and leadership:
73 de NW7US