Category: Ham Radio

Kantronics 9V Battery Test

Its been a while since I’ve done this and needed the brain refresher. Set up the KPC-3 with power solely off of the internal 9V battery, I was able to achieve almost 24 hours of use with menu LEDS OFF set and automated connections to the RMS gateway every hour for message send/receive. Certainly not […]

HF RMS Gateway – VARA updated to 4.4.3 Stage 2

The Vara HF modem at NM5PB-11 has been updated to v4.4.3 Stage 2. The previous release version of VARA uses a 16-bit hash to resolve the callsign and this has a small but finite chance of getting the call wrong (One in 6553 error rate).  John Wiseman detected and reported a case he observed this […]

STL RMS Gateway Back Online!

The RMS gateway in Saint Louis is now back online. The UPS battery has been replaced and the coax feedline that was damaged by the landscapers has been repaired. Services are fully restored for VARA and ARDOP connections on 40m, 30m, and 20m. Please let me know if you have any issues.

STL Gateway Maintenance

The STL gateway has been down for a while and it has been determined that the UPS providing backup services failed and needs a battery replacement.  I’ll be back in Saint Louis between 3/18 and 3/22 to do hardware and software maintenance and hope to have the HF gateway back up and running before heading […]

Winmor has been removed from the HF gateway

Under the direction of the ARSFI Board of Directors and the Winlink Development Team, I’ve removed the option to connect to the HF gateway (NM5PB-11) using the Winmor mode. The gateway will continue to provide ARDOP and VARA HF modes. More information regarding this decision can be found here: https://winlink.org/content/winmor_deprecated

New Vanity calls for us!

So the vanity callsigns that Janelle and I requested have processed this morning. Our new callsigns are NM5PB and NM5JB. The digital nodes have all been migrated over to the new call NM5PB and just waiting on the folks at Winlink.org to enable the Sysop features and process the change on their end. Once that’s […]