If all this looks complicated, there is a nice homely message at the bottom...
Just as I have been working on a review of data modes, everything gets thrown into chaos.
Lots of progress has been made bringing together WSJT modes into an integrated suite. Gradually WSJT-X has morphed from being a JT65 and JT9 HF type chat mode into a multi-mode platform. It isn't finished yet. WSJT-Suite brings together the development stages here. In there you find trial versions of WSPR4.0, WSJT-X 1.6.1 and WSJT10. In the one package by KI7MT, you have the latest HF data modes, meteor scatter, low power beacon modes and so forth, but beware --- this approach is still in development.
But that same time, Joe Taylor himself has packaged up a slightly different version of WSJT-X with WSPR and some new variants of the JT9 HF mode and offered it for trial on his Princeton University site. The version of WSJT-X he is offering is version 1.6.1 "development version" (1.6.1devel) and you can find it here. There are some words of explanation from Joe here.
Of interest to me is a fast mode called JT9H. Joe has always made the distinction between his slow modes (WSPR, JT65) and his fast ones (FSK441 and JT6M). The slow ones are for HF, and the fast ones for VHF. Basically that holds except for moon bounce, which is more like HF as there is not so much fluctuation as you get on terrestrial VHF - the moon stays pretty well in the same place over the duration of a QSO, and it moves gradually. Meteorites move pretty quickly from our perspective, by comparison.
So he has taken JT9, a very good low power HF mode, and adapted it for uses like meteor scatter. There are a lot of variants, but I decided to try JT9H. Immediate result:-
There are a few issues with JT9H and WSJT-X 1.6.1 devel. As its name suggests it is still under development and there will be bugs and issues. For instance it lacks the "hot" beam angle calculator in the other meteor scatter programs, and it needs some way of adding a working frequency to the CQ call. But no doubt these things will come in due course.
I really like JT9 as an HF mode, and now I have JT9H for VHF meteor scatter. At first acquaintance it looks terrific. Better than JT6M I bet.
And now for the homely bit of reassurance. If all this looks too complicated, please do not give up on data modes. Just try Ham Radio Deluxe. Have a go at PSK and have a few QSOs. Even RTTY, not a mode I love, but reliable. Or WSPR: the nice simple WSPR 2.21 version is a good place to start. Just connect your computer to the rig and have a play.
After that, all ths meteor scatter or moon bounce stuff can come later (or not, if you don't need it).
I make it sound complicated, when it isn't really.
Just like I do with everything else.