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wd4kav
Nov 29, 2022
In Feature requests
How about the ability to send a broadcast for a specific type of alert? For example, weather alerts for a specific state would be something like WXAL or WXWA (meaning "weather alert for Alabama", or "Weather Alert for Washington"? These type of alerts could optionally print in a different color, and perhaps have a unique sound. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Nov 22, 2022
In VarAC discussion forum
If you have done everything else recommended by Irad to get broadcasts working, and still out of luck, you may find that installing a monitor copy of Vara-HF, and pointing VarAC to it in configuration, will solve the problem.
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wd4kav
Nov 12, 2022
In Bug reports
I know this is probably a VARA-HF error, not VarAC, but wanted to post it here, since I know Irad is in frequent communication with Jose 19:07:17 - Connecting K1DOW 19:07:33 - Connected to K1DOW 19:08:15 - LOCATOR Received: EL97BE 19:08:15 - PSKReporter: Logged successfully (K1DOW) 19:08:15 - PSKReporter: Sending accumulated records 19:09:45 - Changing frequency: per user QSY request 19:09:47 - Report Received: -17 19:17:59 - Report Received: -7 19:28:32 - Report Received: -10 19:31:32 - Error: refreshing message queue box: Collection was modified after the enumerator was instantiated. at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowInvalidOperationException(ExceptionResource resource) at System.Collections.Generic.Queue`1.Enumerator.MoveNext() at VarAC.VarAC.refresh_message_queue_textbox() 19:38:14 - Report Received: -20 19:47:49 - Report Received: -17 19:49:46 - Failed to send file. 19:54:16 - Disconnected from K1DOW 19:54:22 - Connecting K1DOW 19:54:38 - Connected to K1DOW 19:56:15 - Report Received: -11
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wd4kav
Nov 02, 2022
In VarAC discussion forum
I've looked at the manual on how to set up the software on the Raspberry PI, but it's not clear to me that these instructions would work in Ubuntu, or even if the "portable" version of VarAC would run in Ubuntu. All the info I've seen on VARA-HF under WINE is a year or more old, and the instructions on how to get it to work are (to me) quite complex, and indicate that there were still bugs trying to get VARA-HF running. If you have been successful, I'd appreciate any help you can give (the more detailed, the better). Thanks!
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wd4kav
Nov 01, 2022
In Bug reports
I'm running the latest VarAC, and over the past couple of days, at some point, I moved either the "leave a message" popup window, or the window that pops up when selecting a slot to CQ, and now, every time either of these windows open, they are down low on the right hand side of the screen, where I must have moved them. I can re-position them after opening them, but the next time either of these windows is activated, they are back in their new position (the re-positioning does not "stick"). I've tried re-positioning, then exiting VarAC, with the window in it's new position (i.e. not closing it before exiting), and that did not fix the problem.
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wd4kav
Oct 22, 2022
In VarAC discussion forum
I read a comment somewhere in the Forum, that Irad is considering shortening the amount of text to be entered in a VMAIL. While I can understand the need to do so on the calling QRG, I wonder if there might be a different way to reduce the load on the QRG. How about compressing the message, and sending it that way (just like when a picture or file is sent)? How about limiting VMAIL size JUST on the calling QRG, but allowing the current 500 character messages on other frequencies? 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Oct 22, 2022
In Feature requests
I'm disappointed to see that the name, QTH, and loc tags are now forbidden in the welcome message. I think there is a real benefit for having this short amount of info sent automatically when a station connects, so the log is automatically populated. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Oct 14, 2022
In Feature requests - Released
As it is now, clicking one of these arrows will change the transceiver frequency, but the "slot" that results from the click, is not displayed. It would be nice if this was indicated
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wd4kav
Oct 01, 2022
In Bug reports
If you look at the QSO log below, you'll see that my station received mail, but despite the fact that my VarAC send <SMR> the message was not saved. 01/10/2022 01:16:51 - INCOMING CONNECTION REQUEST.. Hold tight! 01/10/2022 01:17:07 - CONNECTED TO WD9DUI 01/10/2022 01:17:38 - WD4KAV> <AWAY> Sorry I missed you. Please leave me mail 73 de WD4KAV 01/10/2022 01:17:48 - WD9DUI> de WD9DUI <R-11> 01/10/2022 01:18:00 - WD4KAV> <R-12> 01/10/2022 01:18:29 - WD9DUI> <SM><TO:wd4kav><FRM:WD9DUI><SBJ:Fldigi><MSG:Still not working , have some kind of a bug as other programs work. This was working at one point , have not used it in months. Will let you know, will dig deeper! HA!> 01/10/2022 01:18:57 - WD4KAV> <SMR> 01/10/2022 01:19:20 - WD9DUI> 73's =EOT= Disconnecting...<DISC> 01/10/2022 01:19:31 - DISCONNECTED FROM WD9DUI 01/10/2022 01:28:19 - <SENDING BEACON> DE WD4KAV 01/10/2022 01:43:20 - <SENDING BEACON> DE WD4KAV
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wd4kav
Oct 01, 2022
In Bug reports
Attached is the portion of the QSO log showing the message sent, and the <SMR> prompt sent by my station, indicating that it was received but no message was found in the VMAIL Inbox. 01/10/2022 01:16:51 - INCOMING CONNECTION REQUEST.. Hold tight! 01/10/2022 01:17:07 - CONNECTED TO WD9DUI 01/10/2022 01:17:38 - WD4KAV> <AWAY> Sorry I missed you. Please leave me mail 73 de WD4KAV 01/10/2022 01:17:48 - WD9DUI> de WD9DUI <R-11> 01/10/2022 01:18:00 - WD4KAV> <R-12> 01/10/2022 01:18:29 - WD9DUI> <SM><TO:wd4kav><FRM:WD9DUI><SBJ:Fldigi><MSG:Still not working , have some kind of a bug as other programs work. This was working at one point , have not used it in months. Will let you know, will dig deeper! HA!> 01/10/2022 01:18:57 - WD4KAV> <SMR> 01/10/2022 01:19:20 - WD9DUI> 73's =EOT= Disconnecting...<DISC> 01/10/2022 01:19:31 - DISCONNECTED FROM WD9DUI 01/10/2022 01:28:19 - <SENDING BEACON> DE WD4KAV 01/10/2022 01:43:20 - <SENDING BEACON> DE WD4KAV 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Sep 23, 2022
In Bugs - Archive
I finally happened to be paying close attention while typing away, during a QSO, and saw what I had just typed go into the CALLSIGN field in the log bar. I verified this by pressing the TAB key while not being connected to another station, and the callsign in the (not saved) log bar had a blue background after pressing that key, showing it was selected. Sure enough, what I typed went into that field. I know there must be another pesky key that is putting the cursor over where the "titles" for the canned messages are displayed, as I've had keyboard input show up there too. If I stumble across that key, I'll let you know. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Sep 19, 2022
In Bugs - Fixed
I've had a few instances of two copies of a VMAIL message being received, one right after the other. The only difference was the SNR shown in the message. While I don't really know what might have caused the reception of the duplicate, I observed a duplicate SEND from my station, which might explain it. I had a VMAIL send fail due to QSB. Awhile later, I connected again, and saw that the previously unsent VMAIL text appeared in the VARA-HF buffer (ready to be sent) and ALSO appeared in the "pending" buffer, where it would have been sent again. I aborted (via a DISCONNECT) . 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Sep 18, 2022
In Feature requests - Archive
It would be nice if a "mediator" or remote station could be specified when composing a message. I.E. I want to send a VMAIL to WD4XYZ and have it sent to WD4XXX when WD4XXX connects, or I connect to WD4XXX.. This would speed up the whole process immensely. As things are now, VMAIL for a third party must be entered "live" at a remote station, which means spending more time on the QRG while composing the message. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Sep 17, 2022
In Bug reports
Sometimes, when I start to type text into the data entry buffer, I find that no text was put in the entry buffer, and instead have some field in the log bar is replaced by a word, or find the word I just typed put in canned message list (lower right side). This usually happens after receiving data, when I start to type a reply. I'm not sure if this is caused by an errant key stroke, or has something to do with Mouse pointer position while receiving data. Wish I could be more specific on what causes this. It has been a long standing problem. Thanks, Joe
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wd4kav
Sep 17, 2022
In Bug reports
Hi Irad. GREAT work again, as usual. About the only glitch I noticed was that if the call is not entered in upper case when composing a email, then that email will not get sent when the station connects. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Sep 04, 2022
In Feature requests - Archive
Once a QSO has begun, it would be great if the user could switch to a very simple "terminal style" window (like the one you see in VARA CHAT) which is free of all the other features. After all, all you want to do is chat, or possibly exchange files). Such a simple display would also allow for increasing the text size too, so it could be read more easily. The user would be returned to the standard VarAC UI once the QSO ended, and would be given the usual options (logging, QRG, etc). 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Sep 02, 2022
In Bug reports
VarAC has been working flawlessly for me since last December, UNTIL a couple of days ago. To my knowledge, there have been no Windows 10 updates recently. Before I fully understood what was going on, I changed every setting I could think of that would cause audio to go out to the sound card on the radio, as opposed to the PC built-in sound system. I set Windows to "mute all sounds" when communications were detected. I set System Sounds to "0", and also changed several other parameters I can't remember right now. It FINALLY dawned on me today, that what is happening is that VarAC is sending it's sounds ("doorbell", etc) out the USB connection to the 7300. I am running the latest version of VarAC and VARA-HF. Has anyone else run into this, and if so, can you hopefully suggest a fix? 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Jul 23, 2022
In Feature requests - Archive
I realize that this may be less important, as the bands improve with this solar cycle, but I have seen times when a CQ packet or two will not get decoded . (My audio level into VarAC is about 1/3rd of the way "up" from the left, and I usually have a S2 noise floor on 20, my band of choice, so I don't THINK the decoding issue is something on my end.) Thanks! ... Joe WD4KAV
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wd4kav
Jul 22, 2022
In Feature requests - Released
After completing a QSO, if I accept the offer to return to the main QRG, THAT frequency is recorded in the log, and not the frequency the QSO was actually on. How about delaying the popup to revert to the calling QRG until after the log is saved? 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Jul 22, 2022
In Feature requests - Released
How about adding a "slot peek" button to the screen, so slots can be checked for activity? I've been pressing the CQ button and looking at slots that way, but a button to allow this while monitoring, would be great! 73, Joe
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