Just as FT8 is an evolutionary mode considering the large amount of experience from JT9 and JT65, it looks that FT8 (for the purposes for of contesting) may be displaced a new mode.
Joe (K1JT), Steve (K9AN), and Bill (G4WJS) are moving their latest development to a larger group of testers, aiming for widespread testing by the end of April.
Though bits of information have come my way from a couple sources, I do not think the development team was making a general public announcement, so I’m going to apologize for a teaser post until they give a green light for wider PR efforts.
I am quite grateful that the FT8 continues to advance digital mode amateur radio with efforts on many fronts.
Check in at https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/index.html for any announcements.
— Update — just learned that the FT4 mode was made at least semi-public in recent presentations, and the mode is intended to challenge the QSO rate of RTTY contesting.
—- Update I added more in eth comments, but the pdf the development team released has a lot of information with the proposed test mock-contests! http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_Protocol.pdf