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    Ken StillwellKen Stillwell

    Grady K6IXA has installed the new VARA FM mode using Winlink. (3 to 7 times faster than packet)

    Method of use is 2 meter radio and a Signalink sound-card interface and using the Winlink Express software running VARA FM software.

    Grady has installed 3 VARA-FM Radio Message Servers at mountain top repeater sites. VARA-FM Sites at Mt. Oso, Mt. Bullion and Bear Mt. This will give VARA-FM coverage from Stockton to Fresno. Also one low level VARA-FM in the city of Atwater.

    K6IXA-10 Atwater
    K6IXA-11 Bear
    K6IXA-12 Bullion
    K6IXA-13 Oso

    VARA and Winlink information can be found at the links below.

    EA5HVK Weak Signal Software

    Winlink Express, radio email client

    Reminder: The VARA-FM mode is still new with Winlink. Please take time to read VARA documentation and guides.

    VARA HF & VARA FM is a free software package… But Kbs speed is throttled. Paid license can be purchased for maximum speeds.

    Please spread this information out to your volunteers.


    Ken Stillwell KF6IDK
    ARES of Merced County (EC)

    Guy MalleryGuy Mallery

    Thanks, Ken!

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