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Re: VARA and Winlink

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Yes, the busy detection is sensitive to audio level settings, so get that straightened out.

You want whatever sound card you’re using for the radio selected for both input and output.  The Realtek speaker is almost surely the built in speakers in your computer, so don’t pick that.    You can figure out which device is the sound card for the radio by watching the list of audio devices change when you plug in the cable to the sound card for the radio.

I’m guessing you’re using the sound card built in to your K3?

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

On Feb 6, 2022, at 9:18 AM, Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Paul, I got a tip to check the VARA VU meter levels. Apparently when Windows audio settings are too high a false busy channel when no signals are heard on the frequency is often the problem.  I looked at the VU meter while initiating START and there was no reading. So...my sound card settings are CODEC for input and Realtek speaker for output. In other digital modes the output setting would also be CODEC. What is wrong with this picture? (I only have 40-10m here in Port Townsend).

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

On Sun, Feb 6, 2022 at 8:59 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb=butzi.net@groups.io> wrote:
If you’re getting a constant indication that every channel you try is busy but you don’t actually hear any signal on that frequency, there’s some setup problem.

If you’re actually hearing signals on the frequency you’ve picked, the trick is to be patient.  I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait for more than a few minute for a non-busy channel.  On rare occasions the HF channel I picked has been in use for a very long email, but moving on to a different channel choice got me a clear channel.

Which RMS stations are you looking to connect to?  on 80m I’ve found N7LOB to generally be not busy and a reliable connection.  Very little power should be needed; I once connected to N7LOB and successfully sent an email but it took quite a bit longer than usual.  It turned out I had the power on my IC-7300 dialed down to 0%, so I’m guessing I was successful even though I was running less than 1 watt.


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

On Feb 6, 2022, at 12:40 AM, Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Duh, write the message the same way, then try to find a free channel. Still no free channels.

Robin





Re: VARA and Winlink

Robin WA7CPA
 

Paul, I got a tip to check the VARA VU meter levels. Apparently when Windows audio settings are too high a false busy channel when no signals are heard on the frequency is often the problem.  I looked at the VU meter while initiating START and there was no reading. So...my sound card settings are CODEC for input and Realtek speaker for output. In other digital modes the output setting would also be CODEC. What is wrong with this picture? (I only have 40-10m here in Port Townsend).

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

On Sun, Feb 6, 2022 at 8:59 AM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb=butzi.net@groups.io> wrote:
If you’re getting a constant indication that every channel you try is busy but you don’t actually hear any signal on that frequency, there’s some setup problem.

If you’re actually hearing signals on the frequency you’ve picked, the trick is to be patient.  I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait for more than a few minute for a non-busy channel.  On rare occasions the HF channel I picked has been in use for a very long email, but moving on to a different channel choice got me a clear channel.

Which RMS stations are you looking to connect to?  on 80m I’ve found N7LOB to generally be not busy and a reliable connection.  Very little power should be needed; I once connected to N7LOB and successfully sent an email but it took quite a bit longer than usual.  It turned out I had the power on my IC-7300 dialed down to 0%, so I’m guessing I was successful even though I was running less than 1 watt.


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

On Feb 6, 2022, at 12:40 AM, Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Duh, write the message the same way, then try to find a free channel. Still no free channels.

Robin


Re: VARA and Winlink

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

If you’re getting a constant indication that every channel you try is busy but you don’t actually hear any signal on that frequency, there’s some setup problem.

If you’re actually hearing signals on the frequency you’ve picked, the trick is to be patient.  I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait for more than a few minute for a non-busy channel.  On rare occasions the HF channel I picked has been in use for a very long email, but moving on to a different channel choice got me a clear channel.

Which RMS stations are you looking to connect to?  on 80m I’ve found N7LOB to generally be not busy and a reliable connection.  Very little power should be needed; I once connected to N7LOB and successfully sent an email but it took quite a bit longer than usual.  It turned out I had the power on my IC-7300 dialed down to 0%, so I’m guessing I was successful even though I was running less than 1 watt.


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

On Feb 6, 2022, at 12:40 AM, Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Duh, write the message the same way, then try to find a free channel. Still no free channels.

Robin


Re: VARA and Winlink

Robin WA7CPA
 

Duh, write the message the same way, then try to find a free channel. Still no free channels.

Robin


Re: VARA and Winlink

Robin WA7CPA
 

Thanks Paul. Well, cool. I seem to have achieved radio control of the K3 through VARA. I have not yet found a non-busy channel. Probably good, though, as I am unsure when/how to type a message. I did it with telnet, but not seeing my way on the HF yet.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Re: VARA and Winlink

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

https://rosmodem.wordpress.com/

That’s the website of the VARA developer. 
-p

On Feb 5, 2022, at 8:46 PM, Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Please recommend a safe free VARA HF download. And FM VARA too. I figure I could accidentally download a virus or worse not knowing the reputable sites/downloads. Thanks.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Re: VARA and Winlink

Robin WA7CPA
 

Please recommend a safe free VARA HF download. And FM VARA too. I figure I could accidentally download a virus or worse not knowing the reputable sites/downloads. Thanks.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA


KBARA Link issues

 

Hi all,

 

Just to let everyone know that the issues with morning link to KBARA is known and message has been sent to system operators on that side of the mountains. The issue is not with our system but can turn off the link if needed until the issues are corrected.

 

I sent message today and they seemed unaware of any problems but my understanding is they have many issues as one repeater link is down, tiger Bears is also down and now IRLP sounds as if welding is taking place next to AM radio. I expect a ground loop as not 60 cycle hum but cannot be sure over connection. One thing is our repeater has been the only link to the system and many have mentioned but on the other hand we have no obligation to this system.

 

Ken W7ECK


Morserino

Robin WA7CPA
 

Here is a picture of a Morserino that can be built and used for learning Morse Code. And link to website. It seems to be all the rage among CW fans.

Home - Morserino-32 - the multifunctional Morse machine


Groups.io email preference clarification

Kirt White / K7KDW
 

Hello SnoVARC group,

Due to some recent confusion regarding emails sent out by Groups.io, I would like to make some clarifications.

Normally, all group posts/replies are sent via email. If you would like to change the way emails are sent to you from Groups.io, or, for some reason, would like to not receive them at all, you can change your notification preferences on your subscription page (https://snovarc.groups.io/g/snovarc/editsub).

Moderators will, by default, receive additional notifications through email and we realize that can sometimes be a lot. If some of these become an annoyance, most notification types are customizable from the subscription page.

Please do not mark Groups.io messages as spam via your email client.

If a Groups.io message is marked as spam via your email client, Groups.io will automatically remove you from the group. If this happens, you should then receive another email explaining this and including a link to allow you to add yourself back to the group.
There have been occasions where a users email service automatically marks a Groups.io message as spam. Most email services have a "trusted sender" list that you can use to help alleviate this possibility.

If you have any questions regarding this, please reach out and we will help as best we can.

Thanks
Kirt (K7KDW)


Event: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session - 02/03/2022 #cal-reminder

snovarc@snovarc.groups.io Calendar <noreply@...>
 

Reminder: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session

When:
02/03/2022
6:15pm to 8:00pm
(UTC-08:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Zoom Meeting

View Event

Description:

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
Passcode: 3UJNed
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+13462487799,,9319641698#,,,,,,0#,,070760# US (Houston)
 
Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
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Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
Passcode: 070760


Tonight's Elmer Session

Rowland
 

If you have any interest in taking part in Summits on the Air make sure and take part in tonight's Elmer session at 7pm on Zoom. 

Bruce Prior N7RR, Amateur Extra, will present “Summits on the Air doesn’t require technical climbing techniques”.  Bruce, an ARRL Technical Advisor, operated in Turkey, Tajikistan and Jamaica while serving in the US State Department. He created the initial SOTA database for the state of Washington. Outdoors is his favorite place to do ham radio. Warning: SOTA is an incurable disease!



Thanks,

Rowland


Event: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session - 02/03/2022 #cal-reminder

snovarc@snovarc.groups.io Calendar <noreply@...>
 

Reminder: SnoVARC Business Meeting and Elmer Session

When:
02/03/2022
6:15pm to 8:00pm
(UTC-08:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Zoom Meeting

View Event

Description:

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
Passcode: 3UJNed
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,9319641698#,,,,,,0#,,070760# US (Tacoma)
+13462487799,,9319641698#,,,,,,0#,,070760# US (Houston)
 
Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
Meeting ID: 931 964 1698
Passcode: 070760


60 speakers, Buildathons, Prizes at March 2022 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

Rowland
 




QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Coming March 12-13, 2022


Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-13, 2022.   It’s an amazing experience for anybody that wants to improve their amateur radio knowledge and get exposed to new ideas, cutting edge ham radio technology, and practical operating and building techniques.  And there is no need to travel - anyone can participate from their home or office!  Information and tickets can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com


Here are some Expo highlights that we want to share with you:


Watch the Keynote Presentation.  We are excited to announce that Courtney Duncan, N5BF, will be our keynote.  Courtney will talk about the importance of amateur radio and technical hobbies to advance global technology and mankind's ''big projects''.  Courtney just retired from JPL, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he supported numerous missions with digital and radio frequency hardware and software, most recently as telecommunications lead for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. 


Listen and engage with 60 ham radio luminaries on some 20 different topic areas - there is something for everyone.  Here are a few of the presentations, from general to expert levels:    

3Y0J: The Bouvet DXpedition

 APRS Picoballoon Flight by a Rank Amateur

Core HF Communication Concepts: Fundamentals of Shortwave Propagation

Deep dive of an FPGA implementation of DVB-S2


A complete list of speakers can be found at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/speakers1.html


Watch as many presentations as you want!  A big limitation of in-person events is that you can’t watch many of the presentations (you can only be in one room at a time).  At the Expo, return anytime within 30 days to view any presentations you missed as well as explore exhibitor offerings.  Our presentation videos with Q&A from previous Expos are still enjoyed by amateurs on our Vimeo channel.  


ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio® in the United States, is a QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Partner.  FlexRadio is the Expo’s Platinum Sponsor, Elecraft is our Gold Expo.


Early Bird Tickets are just $10 (through March 6) and then $13.50 to the end of the on-demand period.  Tickets include entry for the Live 2 day period and the 30 day on-demand period.  Save on gas, lodging, and travel to attend the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on March 12-13.  For more information, go to https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.  


73,

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Team

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Rowland


Re: Winter Field Day

Robin WA7CPA
 

I played a little around more compelling baby support chores, mostly CW running, a little SSB. Most people were 1H running from home stations on commercial power, a few from 1I from home on emergency power. The most impressive were the groups of O running multiple stations outdoors. One station was outdoors in Alaska. They are hardy souls!

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


Re: Myers Repeater Move

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

I have posted the photos I took before it was removed here: https://snovarc.groups.io/g/snovarc/album?id=272104


Winter Field Day

Rowland
 

Interesting.....

Winter Field Day Is Coming
For those who operate HF, note that Winter Field Day is 
coming up on the weekend of January 29-30, 2022. This is
a great opportunity for hams around the country to
exercise their skills and equipment under conditions that are "less ideal" than late June. You are encouraged to set up a simple field
station, or to make contacts with stations from home.
Remember to send us pictures of Winter Field Day and make sure that you stay warm - and most of all, have fun.

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Thanks,
Rowland


Re: ARRL news podcast

 

AS of now it is programmed to run on Sundays at 6:00 PM and Fridays at 7:00 PM.

Now that it works we can add and or change times if we desire based on interest.

 

Ken W7ECK

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io [mailto:snovarc@snovarc.groups.io] On Behalf Of Rowland
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2022 6:06 PM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] ARRL news podcast

 

This is pretty cool....listening now.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

 

 

On Sun, Jan 23, 2022 at 5:34 PM Ken Kosters <kenkosters@...> wrote:

I'm going to let the program run tonight just checking if everything is correct. 6:00 pm listen in.

Ken



On Jan 23, 2022, at 1:48 PM, Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW) via groups.io <louis.giliberto=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

I, too, welcome this addition. Nice idea

-Lou


Sent from ProtonMail mobile



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On Jan 22, 2022, 5:31 PM, Rowland < rowland.brasch@...> wrote:

 

Sounds good to me Ken!

 

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

 

 

On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 6:15 PM Ken Kosters <kenkosters@...> wrote:

Good afternoon,

 

I would like to discuss adding the ARRL news letter to the repeater once a week when others might be able to listen to it. Perhaps a friday afternoon around 6 or 7 PM with a 15 minute link up time as news is less than 15 minutes with breaks every 90 seconds so repeater does not time out.

 

This is possible on the node now as it can  link to experimental nodes due to mod in irlp/environment those that know the node it is clearly labeled in the file. I have already added a script that works also. The only thing needed is agreement if we want this and add cron to link and disconnect at agreed times.  

 

Those that like we can have a linkup to listen to what this cast has for information and content.

 

All that is needed to disconnect is #73 DTMF to the repeater for priority use, but also see information on Groups on how to use IRLP and EchoLink on the repeater. Let me know if updates are needed to this and will do.

 

This is a link to the newsletter for more info and listen online. 

 

 

Looking for feedback.

 

Ken W7ECK

 

 

 

On Tue, Jan 18, 2022 at 7:54 PM Ken Kosters <kenkosters@...> wrote:

Hi all,

 

I have been messing around with my node after some discussions on IRLP groups.

 

I found a way to modify the custom environment to allow experimental nodes. You might ask , long story short the pob cast that is online can be accessed over the repeater with some changes in the IRLP node. The broadcast is about 10-15 minutes long and drops every 90 seconds to not lock up the repeater and can be stopped via DTMF #73 at any time.

 

The only other repeater that seems to do the information is in Vancouver WA.

 

From what I have tried on my node this is possible on the Cougar repeater with slight mod of Environment file and some cron changes for auto access we could have this come up perhaps in the afternoon after 2pm or latest 6 pm so some could get this information? I think this could gather some interest of what is going on in the ARRL news.

 

Thoughts or suggestions as this is club repeater and node. Times can also be multiple per day for more audience but not disturb nets.

 

Ken W7ECK 


Re: ARRL news podcast

Rowland
 

This is pretty cool....listening now.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Sun, Jan 23, 2022 at 5:34 PM Ken Kosters <kenkosters@...> wrote:
I'm going to let the program run tonight just checking if everything is correct. 6:00 pm listen in.

Ken

On Jan 23, 2022, at 1:48 PM, Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW) via groups.io <louis.giliberto=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

I, too, welcome this addition. Nice idea

-Lou


Sent from ProtonMail mobile



-------- Original Message --------
On Jan 22, 2022, 5:31 PM, Rowland < rowland.brasch@...> wrote:

Sounds good to me Ken!


Thanks,

Rowland



On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 6:15 PM Ken Kosters <kenkosters@...> wrote:
Good afternoon,

I would like to discuss adding the ARRL news letter to the repeater once a week when others might be able to listen to it. Perhaps a friday afternoon around 6 or 7 PM with a 15 minute link up time as news is less than 15 minutes with breaks every 90 seconds so repeater does not time out.

This is possible on the node now as it can  link to experimental nodes due to mod in irlp/environment those that know the node it is clearly labeled in the file. I have already added a script that works also. The only thing needed is agreement if we want this and add cron to link and disconnect at agreed times.  

Those that like we can have a linkup to listen to what this cast has for information and content.

All that is needed to disconnect is #73 DTMF to the repeater for priority use, but also see information on Groups on how to use IRLP and EchoLink on the repeater. Let me know if updates are needed to this and will do.

This is a link to the newsletter for more info and listen online. 


Looking for feedback.

Ken W7ECK



On Tue, Jan 18, 2022 at 7:54 PM Ken Kosters <kenkosters@...> wrote:
Hi all,

I have been messing around with my node after some discussions on IRLP groups.

I found a way to modify the custom environment to allow experimental nodes. You might ask , long story short the pob cast that is online can be accessed over the repeater with some changes in the IRLP node. The broadcast is about 10-15 minutes long and drops every 90 seconds to not lock up the repeater and can be stopped via DTMF #73 at any time.

The only other repeater that seems to do the information is in Vancouver WA.

From what I have tried on my node this is possible on the Cougar repeater with slight mod of Environment file and some cron changes for auto access we could have this come up perhaps in the afternoon after 2pm or latest 6 pm so some could get this information? I think this could gather some interest of what is going on in the ARRL news.

Thoughts or suggestions as this is club repeater and node. Times can also be multiple per day for more audience but not disturb nets.

Ken W7ECK 


Re: Myers Repeater Move

 

Fun times and nice seeing people in person

Ken W7ECK 

On Jan 23, 2022, at 4:09 PM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) via groups.io <w7pfb@...> wrote:

Many thanks to everyone involved!

-p

On Jan 23, 2022, at 6:42 PM, Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:


Here we are moving the Myers repeater to Rowlands house for testing. 


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Thanks,
Rowland
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