Auto QSY recovery - in case one of the sides failed to QSY both sides will return the me main frequency. This is done by new QSY accept / reject tags. Both sides need to be on the latest version for this to work.
Alert tags now searched in all broadcasts elements (FROM/TO/MSG), CQs and Beacons. You can now get alert for specific prefixes calling CQ/Beacon, set a Broadcast alert group etc.
Enabling/Disabling alert tags per element (Beacon / CQ / Broadcast / DataStream)
Auto antenna tune upon frequency change. You can set to always or only during band skip. (works with CAT & FLrig with and only with supported rigs).
TCP based CAT control (For all those modern SDRs)
Frequency offset calibration - for all those rigs with a drifted VFO
VarAC Start CAT command. CAT file now has a new parameter you can customize "VarACStartCmd=". This CAT command will be executed upon VarAC startup incase you want to put your rig in a certain state prior to start using VarAC.
"In QSO with" now shows the name of your QSO partner if already had a QSO with him in the past.
For Developers - New SQLite tables (Find more info HERE)
- "qso" - all VarAC QSOs.
- "contact" - all callsigns you ever connected with.
New VarAC.ini parameters (Only available by manually editing the file)
- ShowNoCatQSYPopup: Suppress QSY popups when no CAT control is available
- FrequencyListCustomFilePath: Set a custom frequency list file using a new VarAC.ini parameter
- SafetyPTTOffEveryMinute: enable/disable the safety mechanism of PTT OFF every minutes while idle
- VarACLogFileRetentionDays: How many days to keep entries in the VarAC.log file (default 30 days)
- PTTDisableAfterFreqChangeSeconds: Temporarily disable PTT for X seconds after frequency
change (for those antennas that need a long tune cycle before TX)
QSY Back now also prompt for user confirmation with Auto selection with a countdown timer.
Incoming ping is narrated as "Ping from..." Instead of "Connected to..."
Detecting misconfiguration where VarAC VARA modem type is not the same as the actual connected VARA modem.
Changing "DISCO" gesture to "RING!" which will create a long phone ring to drag an op attention.
"DING" gesture is now "DING!"
Keeping Broadcast windows always on top while open.
Forcing the use of VARA V4.7.3 or higher.
"Callsign block list" feature not also applied to incoming broadcasts.
"Callsign block list" now perform upper-case to all callsigns.
Reducing the max time for QSO on CF to 4 minutes (now with auto-QSY there is no need for CF Long links)
Disabled manual typing into the QSO-Log dropdowns RST-S, RST-R, BAND
Disabling VARA monitor for VARA-FM.
Alert tag highlights of texts in the Data-Stream were mispositioned.
Closing "Leave a message" popup upon disconnection.
Rig clicking on a top row in mail box did not automatically selected that line for he drop down menu actions.
Rig clicking on vmail in parking/sent/inbox did not automatically selected that line for he drop down menu actions.
If leaving settings without a change (just closing it) VarAC stopped reading the frequency from the RIG.
Not populating Log data during incoming/outgoing pings.
Cleaning the queue in case of incoming/outgoing ping
Not queueing a report on an outgoing ping
If no "welcome message" is configured and you have incoming connection, your first SNR sent report is not recorded which may fail the logging of he entire QSO.
Blocking broadcast/re-broadcast if PTT is disabled
If incoming files directory is a network drive that starts with a \\ it failed the file transfer
Fresh install did not populate the default VARA monitor port number 8350
Narration - VarAC will read you incoming messages, broadcasts, CQ, Beacons, alerts and notification. Great for the visual impaired but also for those that want vocal alerts. Male & Female voices are available and callsigns phonetic readouts. Its all under "settings --> Appearance and sounds"
VARA-FM Broadcasts through digipeaters - up to 2 digipeaters
Customize your alerts (sound) preferences- Enable/Disable various sound alerts under "settings --> Appearance and sounds"
Using remote VARA modem (defining host/IP). Used primarily for VARA FM.
VarAC Exit Cat command: When using VarAC direct CAT control, you can put Rig in a desired state upon VarAC shutdown. Set the "VarACExitCmd=" in your VarAC_cat_commands.ini file. Multiple commands can be provided with comma separation.
Alert tags - Setting keywords that will trigger an Alarm sound and will show on screen with customized colors (Unser settings -> Alert tags configuration). Great for EmComm - to set alarm and visual alert using a broadcasts
Broadcasts are now saved to DB. Loading last 24 hours on screen upon VarAC startup. (enable/disable this under settings)
Saving last broadcast splitter position between startup (broadcast section height)
Showing all decoded broadcasts. Making sound only for those who are for me (including ALL)
Re-broadcasting - right clicking previously sent broadcasts and re-broadcast them.
Broadcast without closing the "broadcast message" window. Sending many broadcasts now made easy.
"Enter to broadcast" on the broadcast popup.
Translate a broadcast (using right-click)
Adaptive broadcast row height based on selected font size (avoid cutting y/g/q...)
Showing historical broadcasts of a user in the "Callsign history" panel.
Double click on a broadcast opens a broadcast reply window.
Relay notifications are now persistent. Not losing them after restarts as they are now kept in the SQLite DB.
Changing order of things upon startup to improve connectivity stability with the VARA modem
Clicking checkbox text on the main screen also changes the checkbox state
Connect & relay now - right click Vmail in your outbox/parking folder and initiate a connect & relay.
Create CAT macros: Add to the rig file your commands using commas, like after changing setting mode to put your RIG in your desired configuration. example: ModeUSB_D=FEFE94E02600010102FD,FEFE94E02600010103FD
Allow incoming Pings - now you can chose whether you allow incoming pings
Edit queued messages: Want to edit things you already queued? Hit the new "EDIT" button.
New <INFO> tag : get your partners' name/qth/locator/rig
Callsign history - See your spots, chats and QSO logs with a certain station.
Forcing main VARA modem on non-monitor upon startup up.
Adding indication for incoming PING upon connection
If one side reaches the idle time limit, the other side will be notified about the reason of disconnecting.
New limitations on Welcome/Away messages: not allowing <SNRR> & <LHR> tage + limit message size.
When leaving the ADIF file settings empty, the settings screen crashes.
IF PTT timeout occurs while in TUNE, reset the TUNE button.
Not cleaning previous a previous failing QSO log information and reporting it as part of the upcoming QSO.
if in "I'm away", send Away message even if it is a repetitive connection from the same callsign
Corruption with multibyte texts (3 bytes or more like Japanese, Chinese)
When getting the same image twice (file trasnfer) - it didn't show in the data stream.
When reconnecting the same station and there are DISCONNECT tags in queue, the station disconnected upon connecting.
One could type in characters the data stream directly.
I have created VarAC as I believe Digital HF Chat can be easy and fun. After working with almost every Digital mode out there, I have come to a conclusion that the VARA protocol is the perfect platform for a chatting application.
This version is the first version to be release for the public. This Beta version may experience some glitches so I kindly ask you to report any issue through the contact page.