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Winlink VARA FM and Winlink packet FM

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Since a number of us have gotten VARA FM working for local winlink on our stations, I thought I’d describe how I have my radios configured to do both VARA FM and packet FM (which is what all of you were using before VARA FM came along).

There are several software TNC programs that will do packet stuff through soundcards.  I spent some time evaluating options before settling on UZ5HO Soundmodem.  And I spent some time struggling through the various setup issues, and in the end I had a computer, DRA-36 or DRA-50 sound card, and a radio where if I started a packet session in Winlink Express, it would all work and connect using FM packet radio, and if I started a VARA FM packet session in Winlink Express, it would instead make the connection using VARA FM, and everything was just fine.

Naturally immediately AFTER I did all that work I found an excellent article that describes exactly how to do the setup.  It is at

Note especially that one of the authors, Scott Currie, NS7C, is a very FB guy, and has been very helpful to me with Winlink and packet radio questions in the past.  I suspect anything you find online that has his name associated with it is trustworthy and worth reading.




-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!


Re: Recording: TOWER FALL SAFETY - Presented by Jim Idelson K1IR of Zero Falls Alliance October 1, 2020

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Yes. Jim gave us permission to share

On Oct 2, 2020, at 12:20 PM, Paul Zoba <pezoba@...> wrote:

Do we have the permission to share this presentation with others?


On Oct 2, 2020, at 8:55 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <snovarc+owner@snovarc.groups.io> wrote:



TOWER FALL SAFETY - There have been too many avoidable amateur radio tower climbing accidents and deaths.

If you missed this fantastic and compelling presentation about tower safety you can watch it here.

Watch it at this link:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/kt5g70ndVlHcKj0vf6QRA2KWB6beWLPHdLDZJxzMaWx_5uSO4mf_QakRlUgQjalO.5saUJRSGzSOjQoMG

Passcode: tV+sWYm1 

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(425) 864-5104
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Re: Recording: TOWER FALL SAFETY - Presented by Jim Idelson K1IR of Zero Falls Alliance October 1, 2020

Paul Zoba
 

Do we have the permission to share this presentation with others?


On Oct 2, 2020, at 8:55 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <snovarc+owner@snovarc.groups.io> wrote:



TOWER FALL SAFETY - There have been too many avoidable amateur radio tower climbing accidents and deaths.

If you missed this fantastic and compelling presentation about tower safety you can watch it here.

Watch it at this link:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/kt5g70ndVlHcKj0vf6QRA2KWB6beWLPHdLDZJxzMaWx_5uSO4mf_QakRlUgQjalO.5saUJRSGzSOjQoMG

Passcode: tV+sWYm1 

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Recording: TOWER FALL SAFETY - Presented by Jim Idelson K1IR of Zero Falls Alliance October 1, 2020

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

TOWER FALL SAFETY - There have been too many avoidable amateur radio tower climbing accidents and deaths.

If you missed this fantastic and compelling presentation about tower safety you can watch it here.

Watch it at this link:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/kt5g70ndVlHcKj0vf6QRA2KWB6beWLPHdLDZJxzMaWx_5uSO4mf_QakRlUgQjalO.5saUJRSGzSOjQoMG

Passcode: tV+sWYm1 

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Re: Next club meeting is October 1. Business 6:15. Elmer 7 p.m.

Robin WA7CPA
 

From our presenter last night:
"What a great group. Enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks for the invitation.

73 Jim K1IR"

https://zerofalls.org/our-inspiration/
Watch his tower safety interview on Hamnation:
https://twit.tv/shows/ham-nation/episodes/432
Scroll to 40':30"

Also search YouTube for many K1IR video presentations



Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session - Thu, 10/01/2020 #cal-notice

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Snovarc Business Meeting and Elmer Session - Thu, 10/01/2020 6:15pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

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Do you have VARA FM? #poll-notice

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 
Edited

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More Information On Saturday CDCCC Drill

Rowland
 

Please read the following information for more details on this Saturday's Carnation Duvall Citizen Corps Drill on 9/26. It is an online drill using a program called Zoom.  If you are not familiar with Zoom there is information in the attachment that may help you.



This is the last call to register for participating in the 2020 Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Annual Exercise. Please reply to info@... today to reserve your spot. Attached is some additional information about how this virtual drill will work.

This year we are focusing on a failure of the Tolt Dam and the surrounding responses, which as you all know is very timely!

The Exercise will run from 10AM - Noon on Saturday, September 26th. Being that this is a virtual exercise we are limiting the number of CDCCC Volunteers that can participate to 50.

The exercise is open to our CERTs, MRC and SnoVARC volunteers.


Thanks,

Rowland


Re: Next club meeting is October 1. Business 6:15. Elmer 7 p.m.

Rowland
 

https://zoom.us/j/9319641698?pwd=czVPNHdjenY1MXRTVGtXaVp2VHcwQT09

Meeting ID: 931 964 1698

Password: 3UJNed

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Thanks,

Rowland



On Tue, Sep 22, 2020 at 7:49 AM Ken Kosters <kenkosters@...> wrote:
Link to zoom meeting please.

Thanks

Ken

On Sep 21, 2020, at 5:51 PM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Hi All,
As our club is oriented toward disaster preparedness, our October 1 Elmer session will be how to prevent ham radio tower climbing disasters, of which there are too many, mostly preventable. Our presenter K1IR will be presenting from the East Coast, so it will be 10 p.m. for him. It would be awesome if we could get 20+ in our Zoom audience to make this worthwhile for Jim's time. I recently saw his presentation on another Zoom meeting and it was jaw-dropping for everyone. It stoked an additional hour of conversation after Jim left the meeting. That good. PLEASE reserve this time on your calendar. Invite anyone you know outside the club who might be taking down a tower or putting up a tower or who is an observer on the ground. Jim is on a mission for no more amateur radio tower climbing fatalities.

ELMER SESSION for October 1st Meeting:

Even if you never climb a tower, some time a ham friend may. Jim Idelson, K1IR, will empower you with the information you need as an on-the-ground observer/helper to say STOP when something does not look right. There have been too many avoidable amateur radio tower climbing accidents and deaths. Jim did extensive research on the matter, subsequently founding Zero Falls Alliance, https://zerofalls.org/. He discovered underlying causes and actionable preventive measures to amateur radio tower climbing accidents and fatalities. His deftly delivered presentations are shocking, riveting, and potentially life-saving. That is the point.. 


Thank you and 73,
Robin Amundson, WA7CPA


Time to Get On Board

Rowland
 

Hi SnoVARC Members,

This coming Saturday (September 26th) is the Annual Carnation Duvall Citizen Corps Council Volunteers Drill. We need participation from SnoVARC members.  Always remember we are part of the CDCCC and it is one of our served agencies. It is very important for us to work with the other groups within CDCCC so we are familiar with how the organization operates as a whole so when something does arise and they need our help we have a better understanding of what might be required of us.

The exercise will run from 10AM-Noon and is open to our Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Sno Valley Amateur Radio Club members (SnoVARC).   

So please mark your calendars for this Saturday to participate. It will be a virtual exercise so you can participate from the comfort of your home.

To sign up send an email to info@.... For questions call Kathy Brasch @425-941-9295 or email info@...


Thanks,

Rowland


Annual CERT, SNOVARC, Medical reserve Corp Exercise

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello all,
Just wanted to remind you the annual September exercise for the groups shown in the subject line is this Saturday. Please join us for this 2 hour on-line experience. Please sign up per the instructions shown below. Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday.
73,
Tom, WA7TBP
 
Saturday, September 26, from 10 AM – 12 PM. On-line event.
It's time for our Annual CDCCC Training Exercise!! This year we are focusing on a failure of the Tolt Dam and the surrounding responses, which as you all know is very timely! The Exercise will run from 10 AM - Noon on Saturday, September 26th. Being that this is a virtual exercise we are limiting the number of volunteers that can participate to 50, so SIGN UP EARLY!
The exercise is open to our Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Sno Valley Amateur Radio Club Ham operator (SnoVARC) volunteers.
To sign up send an email to info@.... For questions call Kathy Brasch @425-941-9295 or email info@.... 



Re: Next club meeting is October 1. Business 6:15. Elmer 7 p.m.

Robin WA7CPA
 

Link is on SnoVarc website. Howard usually does reminder post here.


On Tue, Sep 22, 2020, 7:49 AM Ken Kosters <kenkosters@...> wrote:
Link to zoom meeting please.

Thanks

Ken

On Sep 21, 2020, at 5:51 PM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Hi All,
As our club is oriented toward disaster preparedness, our October 1 Elmer session will be how to prevent ham radio tower climbing disasters, of which there are too many, mostly preventable. Our presenter K1IR will be presenting from the East Coast, so it will be 10 p.m. for him. It would be awesome if we could get 20+ in our Zoom audience to make this worthwhile for Jim's time. I recently saw his presentation on another Zoom meeting and it was jaw-dropping for everyone. It stoked an additional hour of conversation after Jim left the meeting. That good. PLEASE reserve this time on your calendar. Invite anyone you know outside the club who might be taking down a tower or putting up a tower or who is an observer on the ground. Jim is on a mission for no more amateur radio tower climbing fatalities.

ELMER SESSION for October 1st Meeting:

Even if you never climb a tower, some time a ham friend may. Jim Idelson, K1IR, will empower you with the information you need as an on-the-ground observer/helper to say STOP when something does not look right. There have been too many avoidable amateur radio tower climbing accidents and deaths. Jim did extensive research on the matter, subsequently founding Zero Falls Alliance, https://zerofalls.org/. He discovered underlying causes and actionable preventive measures to amateur radio tower climbing accidents and fatalities. His deftly delivered presentations are shocking, riveting, and potentially life-saving. That is the point.. 


Thank you and 73,
Robin Amundson, WA7CPA


Re: Next club meeting is October 1. Business 6:15. Elmer 7 p.m.

 

Link to zoom meeting please.

Thanks

Ken

On Sep 21, 2020, at 5:51 PM, Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Hi All,
As our club is oriented toward disaster preparedness, our October 1 Elmer session will be how to prevent ham radio tower climbing disasters, of which there are too many, mostly preventable. Our presenter K1IR will be presenting from the East Coast, so it will be 10 p.m. for him. It would be awesome if we could get 20+ in our Zoom audience to make this worthwhile for Jim's time. I recently saw his presentation on another Zoom meeting and it was jaw-dropping for everyone. It stoked an additional hour of conversation after Jim left the meeting. That good. PLEASE reserve this time on your calendar. Invite anyone you know outside the club who might be taking down a tower or putting up a tower or who is an observer on the ground. Jim is on a mission for no more amateur radio tower climbing fatalities.

ELMER SESSION for October 1st Meeting:

Even if you never climb a tower, some time a ham friend may. Jim Idelson, K1IR, will empower you with the information you need as an on-the-ground observer/helper to say STOP when something does not look right. There have been too many avoidable amateur radio tower climbing accidents and deaths. Jim did extensive research on the matter, subsequently founding Zero Falls Alliance, https://zerofalls.org/. He discovered underlying causes and actionable preventive measures to amateur radio tower climbing accidents and fatalities. His deftly delivered presentations are shocking, riveting, and potentially life-saving. That is the point.. 


Thank you and 73,
Robin Amundson, WA7CPA


Next club meeting is October 1. Business 6:15. Elmer 7 p.m.

Robin WA7CPA
 

Hi All,
As our club is oriented toward disaster preparedness, our October 1 Elmer session will be how to prevent ham radio tower climbing disasters, of which there are too many, mostly preventable. Our presenter K1IR will be presenting from the East Coast, so it will be 10 p.m. for him. It would be awesome if we could get 20+ in our Zoom audience to make this worthwhile for Jim's time. I recently saw his presentation on another Zoom meeting and it was jaw-dropping for everyone. It stoked an additional hour of conversation after Jim left the meeting. That good. PLEASE reserve this time on your calendar. Invite anyone you know outside the club who might be taking down a tower or putting up a tower or who is an observer on the ground. Jim is on a mission for no more amateur radio tower climbing fatalities.

ELMER SESSION for October 1st Meeting:

Even if you never climb a tower, some time a ham friend may. Jim Idelson, K1IR, will empower you with the information you need as an on-the-ground observer/helper to say STOP when something does not look right. There have been too many avoidable amateur radio tower climbing accidents and deaths. Jim did extensive research on the matter, subsequently founding Zero Falls Alliance, https://zerofalls.org/. He discovered underlying causes and actionable preventive measures to amateur radio tower climbing accidents and fatalities. His deftly delivered presentations are shocking, riveting, and potentially life-saving. That is the point.. 


Thank you and 73,
Robin Amundson, WA7CPA


Re: Jim, W7ABD

Rowland
 

Thanks Ralph and Tom.

On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 7:35 PM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:




Hello everyone:



It was good to hear all the positive remembrances about Jim last night at net. Ralph, thank you for doing the last call for him. It was very moving.


 


This afternoon, Jim's wife, Jo-Anne, called me. She appreciated the flowers sent to her from SNOVARC. (Lindy prepared and coordinated the order and delivery of the flowers.) Jo-Anne has family with her now, and they are helping her through this difficult time. Jim will be cremated and there will be a private family gathering after the cremation. At this point, the funeral home doing the cremation and service can only hold 15 people. Jo-Anne is originally from the Philippines. They have a tradition to honor a person 1 year after their passing. She hopes to have a larger memorial one year from now. 


 


I described the Thursday night net and the remembrances expressed by those participating in the net. She was very moved by the final call. She went on to describe how important SNOVARC was to Jim, and how he loved the interactions with all the members of the club. She described how much he enjoyed doing projects for the club. She thanked everyone for the friendship shared with Jim.


 


If any other information comes along, I will be sure to pas it on.


 


73,


 


Tom


 


 


 














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Hot Spot options: Zoom meeting invitation 1800 today

Robin WA7CPA
 

I wanted to invite everyone to join an educational series provided by Puget Sound DMR Coalition surrounding hot spots. Tonight, September 19th at 18:00 PST is the second session of four with a topic of:

What are my options for a hot spot.” Presented by Rob (N7QT) of the Western Washington DX Club and DXexpeditioner.

 

This session is being held on Zoom. The presentation will last about an hour and we will leave the session up with plenty of time to ask questions.

 

The series schedule will be as follows:

September 12th, 18:00 PST  (1 Hour)– What is a Hot Spot, and why do I want or need one? Presenter: Michael Ricky AF6FB

September 19th, 18:00 PST (1-2 Hours) – What are my options for a Hot Spot(s)? Presenter: Rob Fanfant N7QT

 

To be announced: The following are tentative.

September 26th, 18:00 PST (1-3 Hours) – Now that I own one, how do I build and configure it? Presenter: Jamie Hughes WA7JH and Team

October 3rd, 18:00 (1-2 Hours) – What are some of the advanced features and how do I configure those? Presenter: Michael Ricky AF6FB and Team

 

We even have a prize from C4Labs of Tacoma Washington as a giveaway.

 

 

73,

 

Jamie Hughes

WA7JH

Founder

Email: wa7jh@...

Phone: (360) 362-4575

Puget Sound Digital Mobile Radio Coalition

 

 


Jim, W7ABD

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:

It was good to hear all the positive remembrances about Jim last night at net. Ralph, thank you for doing the last call for him. It was very moving.
 
This afternoon, Jim's wife, Jo-Anne, called me. She appreciated the flowers sent to her from SNOVARC. (Lindy prepared and coordinated the order and delivery of the flowers.) Jo-Anne has family with her now, and they are helping her through this difficult time. Jim will be cremated and there will be a private family gathering after the cremation. At this point, the funeral home doing the cremation and service can only hold 15 people. Jo-Anne is originally from the Philippines. They have a tradition to honor a person 1 year after their passing. She hopes to have a larger memorial one year from now. 
 
I described the Thursday night net and the remembrances expressed by those participating in the net. She was very moved by the final call. She went on to describe how important SNOVARC was to Jim, and how he loved the interactions with all the members of the club. She described how much he enjoyed doing projects for the club. She thanked everyone for the friendship shared with Jim.
 
If any other information comes along, I will be sure to pas it on.
 
73,
 
Tom
 
 
 


Re: Radio club radios

Dale Smith <dale_smith@...>
 

Well, I’m going to be at hunting camp and wanted to do something other than VHF.  I will probably wait until I pass my general late this year or early the next.

 

I was unaware 6M was best during June. Are the other bands affected by seasons?

 

Regards,

Dale Smith

425-686-9304

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU

 

"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice."

- American author, historian and philosopher Will Durant

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Robin Amundson
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2020 6:36 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] Radio club radios

 

Dale,
As far as I know the Board has not set a specific policy about borrowing club equipment except that currently it is not inventoried and is to be used at the shack for now...

As for 6m, I'm not sure that sounds like a lot of fun this month. June is a much better 6m month, unless maybe you are talking FM for an activation and let people know??

Surprised no responses yet...?

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Please get on the repeater at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Robin WA7CPA
 

Even if you have never participated in the Rookie Roundtable at 7 p.m., please at least check in to honor our Jim, W7ABD (sk). 441.825.

Also, please drive somewhere if you have to to get propagation into the check-in at 8 p.m. for a Last Call for Jim. 

Thank you.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

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