Today, let's delve into the realm of images. As a former SSTV enthusiast, I have come to realize that it's high time we add some excitement to VarAC image transfer.
Many of you have experienced the arduous process of sending a 100K image, only to find out that it takes an eternity. Moreover, compressing an image can be a daunting task, especially if you are not well-versed in graphics editing software.
But fear not, for those days are now behind us.
📢 Introducing: Image compression
VarAC now offers a convenient image compression tool with a unique twist. Taking inspiration from SSTV (Slow Scan Television), you have the option to incorporate your own callsign and SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) reports directly into the image. This distinctive feature sets it apart, ensuring a personalized touch to your compressed images.
Let's shift the focus from images and turn our attention to Alerts. Alerts have become the cornerstone of VarAC EmComm operations, serving as a vital tool for monitoring critical messages and stations on a daily basis. However, the challenge lies in keeping track of alerts originating from various sources such as Beacons, Broadcasts, and CQs.
📢 Introducing: Alert Center
The latest update, V7.3, brings forth a new feature—an ALERT indicator that will promptly turn RED upon receiving a new alert. By clicking on the indicator, users can access the "Alert Center" to effectively manage and organize all incoming alerts.
V7.3 has much more to offer! Here is a comprehensive list of all the exciting features and enhancements:
In addition, we have dedicated efforts to address various bug fixes. For a detailed list of the bugs that have been resolved, please refer to the latter part of this email.
Alert center - one screen with all alerts. Great for daily use as well as Emcomm operations.
Logging QSOs to Winlog32 logger.
Custom Slot size - to establish your own slot-system gaps. (new ini parmeter "SlotStepHz="
Loading QSO Partner log history to QSO log upon connection.
Image compression (for file send) including adding your/partner callsign and SNR reports.
Adding 4 more canned messages
Adding "Connect" and "Ping" to the right-click menu of the data-stream section.
When replying on Vmail, include vmail content preview in the reply.
VaraFM minimum beacon interval time is 5 minutes.
Added Telegram chat group shortcut at the Resources menu.