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Re: W7PFB-10 Winlink RMS

Rowland
 

Is it a simple upgrade?  Both for packet and FM?


Thanks,

Rowland



On Tue, Dec 1, 2020 at 1:01 PM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
Down for a short while while I move the antenna.  I thought it was going to be quick to move but the coax is tangled in the blackberry canes so it’s turning into an all out hand to hand battle.

Once I get the antenna sorted, I will be upgrading the station to VARA 4.0.1, which will not be backward compatible with the 3.x version.  So folks will need to update the VARA installation on their computers as well if they want to connect via VARA FM.  Packet should be unaffected.

The good news here is that when it’s all done the antenna will have moved from a stub mast that held it about 5 feet above ground to a overhead suspension that will hold it up at about 65 feet at the base.  So coverage should improve quite a bit.


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







W7PFB-10 Winlink RMS

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Ok, W7PFB-10 is now up and operating on the relocated antenna up at 75ft at the top, 65ft at the bottom. The antenna analyzer is happy with the antenna and feedline but the feedline might be up for replacement, it was looking sort of dodgy.

It is now running the 4.0.1 version of VARA FM. I have verified that it is working with a VARA FM 4.0.1 client and also with 1200 baud AX.25 packet.

I’d be interested in signal reports, and also of course if you have any problems let me know.

Reminder, you will need to download and install version 4.0.1 of VARA FM to connect using VARA. If you start VARA FM it will give you a button to download the new version. Download, unzip the archive, and run the setup program. I needed to reassure Windows that it was not infected with viruses. I had not problems upgrading and the only snag I had to deal with was closing the running VARA FM so it could update the executable. All my settings and everything else were preserved.

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

On Dec 1, 2020, at 1:00 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@butzi.net> wrote:

Down for a short while while I move the antenna. I thought it was going to be quick to move but the coax is tangled in the blackberry canes so it’s turning into an all out hand to hand battle.

Once I get the antenna sorted, I will be upgrading the station to VARA 4.0.1, which will not be backward compatible with the 3.x version. So folks will need to update the VARA installation on their computers as well if they want to connect via VARA FM. Packet should be unaffected.

The good news here is that when it’s all done the antenna will have moved from a stub mast that held it about 5 feet above ground to a overhead suspension that will hold it up at about 65 feet at the base. So coverage should improve quite a bit.


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






Re: W7PFB-10 Winlink RMS

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Sounds like a prickly situation :-) Looking forward to testing out the improved vara version in combo with your higher antenna install.

On Dec 1, 2020, at 1:00 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:

Down for a short while while I move the antenna.  I thought it was going to be quick to move but the coax is tangled in the blackberry canes so it’s turning into an all out hand to hand battle.

Once I get the antenna sorted, I will be upgrading the station to VARA 4.0.1, which will not be backward compatible with the 3.x version.  So folks will need to update the VARA installation on their computers as well if they want to connect via VARA FM.  Packet should be unaffected.

The good news here is that when it’s all done the antenna will have moved from a stub mast that held it about 5 feet above ground to a overhead suspension that will hold it up at about 65 feet at the base.  So coverage should improve quite a bit.


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








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W7PFB-10 Winlink RMS

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Down for a short while while I move the antenna. I thought it was going to be quick to move but the coax is tangled in the blackberry canes so it’s turning into an all out hand to hand battle.

Once I get the antenna sorted, I will be upgrading the station to VARA 4.0.1, which will not be backward compatible with the 3.x version. So folks will need to update the VARA installation on their computers as well if they want to connect via VARA FM. Packet should be unaffected.

The good news here is that when it’s all done the antenna will have moved from a stub mast that held it about 5 feet above ground to a overhead suspension that will hold it up at about 65 feet at the base. So coverage should improve quite a bit.


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


Thursday, December 3rd SNOVARC ZOOM meeting

Tom WA7TBP
 

Ladies and gentlemen:

Thursday's meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. The business meeting and social gathering (Elmer session), will be combined, that is why we will start at 7:00 PM.
 
See you then.
 
Tom


So what is the plan for the SnoVARC December 3rd?

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:
 
For the Zoom meeting on Dec 3, we will conduct a short business meeting, then the rest of the evening will be social time. We can visit and talk about anything we want.
 
Tom
 

In a message dated 11/27/2020 12:44:31 Pacific Standard Time, ljfriedfolk@... writes:
 

Robin, I recall that we discussed this, but without the minutes I didn’t recall if there was anything else mentioned.  Somehow I thought there was also discussion about some kind of dinner, but that may have been another meeting I had. 

 

Howard, did you have anything else in your notes for the minutes?

 

From: Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...>
Sent: Friday, November 27, 2020 11:04 AM
To: Lindy Friedlander <ljfriedfolk@...>
Subject: Re: So what is the plan for the SnoVARC December 3rd?

 

There was a suggestion of ham radio Jeopardy and social time. I haven't had time to design a ham radio Jeopardy game.  Has anyone else given it attention?

 

Another idea i heard was breakout rooms for smaller group socializing. 

 

In short December 3 is coming up too fast!

 

Robin 

 

From: Lindy Friedlander <ljfriedfolk@...>
Sent: Friday, November 27, 2020 11:00 AM
To: 'Tom Needham' <TOMWA7TBP@...>; Kirt White (kirtwhite@...) <kirtwhite@...>; Howard Mahran (WA1HEM@...) <WA1HEM@...>; Rowland Brasch (rowland.brasch@...) <rowland.brasch@...>; Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...>
Subject: So what is the plan for the SnoVARC December 3rd?

 

Although there will be no December 3rd meeting, will there be anything since we can’t have the usual holiday dinner at a restaurant?  I just want to know what I should be putting on the website.

 

Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving!

 

Lindy

 

P.S.  Howard, we still need to post the minutes of the November meeting.  😊


Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Dale Smith <dale_smith@...>
 

Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all ... ... A food coma night.

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE device

------ Original message------
From: Chuck
Date: Thu, Nov 26, 2020 5:48 PM
Cc:
Subject:Re: [SnoVARC] Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Chuck
KE7JWP 



On Nov 26, 2020, at 3:55 PM, Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW) via groups.io <louis.giliberto@...> wrote:

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all!

73
Lou


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-------- Original Message --------
On Nov 26, 2020, 10:45 AM, Ralph Lease < ralph.lease@...> wrote:

To all the Snovarckians out there, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay safe.

Ralph 
KC7QXD 


Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Chuck
 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Chuck
KE7JWP 



On Nov 26, 2020, at 3:55 PM, Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW) via groups.io <louis.giliberto@...> wrote:

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all!

73
Lou


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-------- Original Message --------
On Nov 26, 2020, 10:45 AM, Ralph Lease < ralph.lease@...> wrote:

To all the Snovarckians out there, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay safe.

Ralph 
KC7QXD 


Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and all!

73
Lou


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-------- Original Message --------
On Nov 26, 2020, 10:45 AM, Ralph Lease < ralph.lease@...> wrote:

To all the Snovarckians out there, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay safe.

Ralph 
KC7QXD 


Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Gerard Repko
 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well Ralph

73
KG7REV 
Gerard


On Nov 26, 2020, at 11:18 AM, Kirt White / K7KDW <kirtwhite@...> wrote:


Thanks Ralph. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

On Nov 26, 2020, at 10:59 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

 Thank you Ralph- hope you have a nice,safe, food-filled, Thanksgiving too. 

On Nov 26, 2020, at 10:45 AM, Ralph Lease <ralph.lease@...> wrote:


To all the Snovarckians out there, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay safe.

Ralph 
KC7QXD 

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WA1HEM
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

Thanks Ralph. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

On Nov 26, 2020, at 10:59 AM, Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM <wa1hem@...> wrote:

 Thank you Ralph- hope you have a nice,safe, food-filled, Thanksgiving too. 

On Nov 26, 2020, at 10:45 AM, Ralph Lease <ralph.lease@...> wrote:


To all the Snovarckians out there, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay safe.

Ralph 
KC7QXD 

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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Thank you Ralph- hope you have a nice,safe, food-filled, Thanksgiving too. 

On Nov 26, 2020, at 10:45 AM, Ralph Lease <ralph.lease@...> wrote:


To all the Snovarckians out there, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay safe.

Ralph 
KC7QXD 

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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Ralph Lease
 

To all the Snovarckians out there, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay safe.

Ralph 
KC7QXD 


Re: My repeater

Mark McClain <n6oby@...>
 

Hey buddy,

Are you looking to put this repeater at a site?  I have a 220 Mhz StationMaster antenna that I am taking out to Thom's this weekend when we move out there with our coach.  I have thought about listing it for sale because I will never use it, and its in great shape.

Mark



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Tom WA7TBP via groups.io" <tomwa7tbp@...>
Date: 11/25/20 11:40 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: snovarc@groups.io
Cc: laragila@..., hickey@..., we7x@..., w4mhi@..., rmot47@...
Subject: [SnoVARC] My repeater

Hello everyone. Happy Turkey Day in advance.

My 220 repeater is back on the air. To refresh your memories: Repeater is 223.960, minus 1.6 MHz, tone is 123.0 Hz. It is currently operating out of my garage here on Tolt Hill Road. If you have 220 base station capability, I would like you to try it out. If you only have a handheld, you need to be up very high to reach it.
 
Have a great week-end.
 
73, Tom, WA7TBP


My repeater

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone. Happy Turkey Day in advance.

My 220 repeater is back on the air. To refresh your memories: Repeater is 223.960, minus 1.6 MHz, tone is 123.0 Hz. It is currently operating out of my garage here on Tolt Hill Road. If you have 220 base station capability, I would like you to try it out. If you only have a handheld, you need to be up very high to reach it.
 
Have a great week-end.
 
73, Tom, WA7TBP


Re: Rookie Roundtable 11/26

Paul Zoba
 

Happy Thanksgiving, Kirt!


On Nov 24, 2020, at 11:27 AM, Kirt White / K7KDW <kirtwhite@...> wrote:

Hello All,

I just wanted to send out a reminder that this Thursday we will not be having a Rookie Roundtable net at 7pm for the holiday.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

Kirt (K7KDW)


Rookie Roundtable 11/26

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

Hello All,

I just wanted to send out a reminder that this Thursday we will not be having a Rookie Roundtable net at 7pm for the holiday.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

Kirt (K7KDW)


Re: Icom OPC-1529R pinout

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

For a moment I was thinking you were saying the GPS is not really NMEA compliant, which would surprise me greatly.

But what is happening is that the tty driver is set to squish CFLF into a newline, and then the opposite is not being done on the output side.

So you could also fix this by disentangling the tty driver’s treatment of CR and LF on input and output.

If you had asked me in 1977 I would have said that by now humanity would have this cr, lf, business fully sorted by 2020. But no. Apparently this is going to haunt us forever.

-p W7PFB

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

On Nov 23, 2020, at 10:06 PM, Ryan - KJ7GIE <rsm@reign.net> wrote:

Solved!
I exhausted all cable troubleshooting and I was really getting down on myself. But, I had also convinced myself that, yes indeed, the cable must be good. If it wasn't the cable it must be the GPS sentences. The silly radio must simply be throwing away what I was sending it. Why would it do that? Did it not not like the sentences... did it not like... hmmm... wait... is this thing _that_ finicky that any misalignment across a row would cause it to throw away the sentence? Yes, it's that finicky.

The PC looks for GPS sentences which start at "$GP" but that isn't good enough for the spec; or the radio. The NMEA spec is that the sentence must start at the beginning of the line and end with a CR/LF (carriage return / linefeed). And, after just literally staring at the output for almost an hour, I started to realize that this GPS / serial set-up wasn't entirely accurate with starting at the beginning of the line which meant the CR/LF was probably also not landing at the end of the line. PC happy. Radio no.

I'm now taking the GPS sentences off the serial, reformatting them, and pushing them out to the radio. Radio go happy now! Funny thing is that this is assisted by my old unix friend unix2dos:
cat /dev/serial0 | unix2dos -f > /dev/serial0

Now to clean-up the shack of all my little experiments and button this thin up.







Re: Icom OPC-1529R pinout

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

Solved!
I exhausted all cable troubleshooting and I was really getting down on myself. But, I had also convinced myself that, yes indeed, the cable must be good. If it wasn't the cable it must be the GPS sentences. The silly radio must simply be throwing away what I was sending it. Why would it do that? Did it not not like the sentences... did it not like... hmmm... wait... is this thing _that_ finicky that any misalignment across a row would cause it to throw away the sentence? Yes, it's that finicky.

The PC looks for GPS sentences which start at "$GP" but that isn't good enough for the spec; or the radio. The NMEA spec is that the sentence must start at the beginning of the line and end with a CR/LF (carriage return / linefeed). And, after just literally staring at the output for almost an hour, I started to realize that this GPS / serial set-up wasn't entirely accurate with starting at the beginning of the line which meant the CR/LF was probably also not landing at the end of the line. PC happy. Radio no.

I'm now taking the GPS sentences off the serial, reformatting them, and pushing them out to the radio. Radio go happy now! Funny thing is that this is assisted by my old unix friend unix2dos:
cat /dev/serial0 | unix2dos -f > /dev/serial0

Now to clean-up the shack of all my little experiments and button this thin up.


Re: Jim Myers wife

Robin WA7CPA
 

Tom,
Thank you for the update on Jo Anne.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

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