WSJT-X 1.8 failure on Mac OSX

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WSJT-X 1.8 failure on Mac OSX

Problems with WSJT-X on OSX have been reported before, eg: google search

My experience says user beware!

Been running WSJT-X on Windows 10 and Linux for many months with no problems, using variations on RX only, part TX/RX, band hopping etc. mostly via FT-857D and SignalLink.

Three days ago I moved to a spare MacMini using the same 1.8 WSPR-X software.

Each morning I saw the WSJT-X software had locked up overnight and investigation revealed that it's serial communications had locked up but it was still receiving. Because it was only locking up on whatever band it happened to be on when hopping, I just restarted it each time while looking for a better long term solution.

I was therefore horror stricken to see this morning that the WSJT-X was incorrectly reporting the band as 0.0015MHz with the FT-857 receiving on 40 meters.

I have never used the 0.0015MHz frequency and it was not in the band-hopping schedule so the fault appears to lie entirely within the WSJT-X software.

There is no issue with the MacMini, (have many years of industry experience both software and hardware on all platforms), it is clean and up to date and being run headerless for the sole purpose of WSPR.

tl;dr
Beware of using WSJT-X 1.8 on OSX.
Apologies to all for the flood of incorrect band reports :-(

73 Phil VK7JJ