VARA HF (and VARA FM) Discount.


Below is a text from John Blome, Colorado ARES EC. It details the offer to obtain VARA HF and VARA FM at a discount. Jon says at this time there are approximately 35 ARES members signed up to get the discount. If there are 50 sign-up the price goes down to $50 each for the key that unlocks both VARA HF and Vara FM sound card modems. It may be a couple of weeks before the deal is completed.

For those that expressed an interest in Stan Joslin’s offer for the same discount I recommend you sign up using the link below. Stan has not received the needed 10 requests to get the $15 discount.

The second link in Jon’s email has information on the improved signals VARA HF and VARA FM have over older soundcard and packet modes.

Colorado ARES is in the planning stage for having a CO ARES Winlinnk net.

There is an issue with using older Singal Link USB interfaces with the higher bandwidth/speeds. New Signal Links have a better audio transformer. There is more information on the Tigertronics and Winllink.org websites.

VARA FM is a very promising mode for quickly sending a lot of data between stations in our area. It may be possible to use it on the repeater. Bill, KC0QXX has installed it and is looking for a playmate.

All this information will raise questions. Contact me at ki0ky@arrl.net and you might get some answers. Of course, the ultimate source for answers is YouTube!!

Steve Schroder KI0KY


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As you may already be aware, the WinLink Express Winmor soundcard modem has been deprecated. VARA HF and VARA FM are being recommended as replacements due to the higher speed and better error correction.

A free version of VARA is available. However, the paid version unlocks significant additional speed. A group discount VARA license is available for Colorado ARES and AuxComm members. The license cost is $69 if you purchase directly without the discount.

Our discount requires bulk purchase:
Minimum 10 licenses required for $55/license

Please cut-and-paste the following link into your browser to add your name and callsign to the list for the discount:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ZFtkrKAwwUG5Kde_sdV5MjNHxN1g7CdGsz4RZIIpS55UNDI4OEswTVU2WUFYTEVNUDM0RDdaRDNaMy4u

A simulation was performed and posted on WinLink.org testing VARA HF and VARA FM speeds against other WinLink compatible modes. Results can be found here:
https://winlink.org/content/new_study_compares_winlink_digital_modes_performance

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