VARA HF Winlink Express E-mail Over HF

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

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Richard Boley
2 years ago

Aside from the 2 monthly costs there seems to be no others. I remember WINLINK modems being way overpriced and beyond practical justification. Other than the 2 subscription costs are there any additional other than the an existing “normal” ham station assembly? N3HKN

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Don Frayer
1 year ago

How can I purchase VARA on an air gapped computer? ie: no connection to the Internet. I already have it installed.

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Cleve Wheeler
1 year ago

Is Vara supposed to instantly install into winlink on download? All I still see in drop down is VARA winlink. v4.3.0 IS WHAT I DOWNLOADED TO REPLACE THE OLD VERSION. Cant drag it into the box either. ??? suggestions for filling in all settings?

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Paul
10 months ago

Rich,

I followed your settings above I am able to connect to a node but nothing in my outbox is being sent.
I have the ALC at about a third on the meter.
Any changes needed in the IC-7610 settings that I might be missing or other ideas to get me going?
Thanks for your help.
Paul
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Bill Fults
7 months ago

I have been using Winlink with Ardop with the 7300 and decided to go over to Vara. Software is downloaded and settings set to what was on the video only I don’t have rig control. When I select a channel the rig does ‘t change like it does in Ardop nor does it key the rig. My TNC and radio settings are the same as I have with Ardop. Any suggestions on which setting I missed or messed p on? 73 N7RI

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Robert Krueger
7 days ago

I have never used VARA or the newer VarAC, but I have two questions:

  1. Is there a PDF file or webpage that gives a ham a full explanation on VARA, and what’s required, it’s capabilities, etc? Something like a “Getting started with VARA”, or “Introduction to VARA and it’s capabilities”.
  2. Nobody has mentioned how well VARA can perform over long distances or it’s ability to dig through the noise to maintain the conversation with good error-checking. (Like JS8Call). A comparison piece with older conversational modes like Olivia, PSK, Contestia, etc.
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