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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 In development
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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wd4kav
Jun 26, 2022
In Feature requests
OK, I'll admit I'm borrowing an idea from JS8CALL here, but am tossing this out to see if that functionality might be applied to VarAC. I agree completely that we do NOT want "mail for" beacons being sent on the calling freq, but perhaps VarAC could function as follows: I want to see if another station is holding mail. VaraAC could be commanded to send something like "M?" after my call (example WD4KAV/M?) for ONE beacon, at the next beacon interval. ( believe VARA-HF would allow this.) If another station held mail for me, and copied my call with this added indicator, it would initiate a link to me, and once connected, send the mail. (A maximum size limit could be set, to only permit short mail to be sent this way.) A more efficient (less channel activity) way to do this would be to have a station holding mai, to connect and simply send a special short mail message, containing the word YES, followed by a disconnect. Just thinking out loud right now, trying to find the best way to check for, and receive mail, with the least impact on the QRG.
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wd4kav
Jun 25, 2022
In Feature requests - Released
The mail feature is a fantastic addition to VarAC, and it would be vastly improved if it could be at least double the current size, with the ability to select different font sizes. When reading or leaving a message, that should be the dominant feature on the screen, in my opinion. As it is now, it's terribly hard to see the text in the window. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Apr 27, 2022
In Bug reports
After upgrading to 3.6.5, I discovered that the LHR command does not work (no data is sent). In addition, any further text sent by the station I am in QSO with is not displayed, and no "WD4XXX is typing" box appears. Cold booting the Win 10 Pro system did not fix the issue. The VARA-HF modem seems to be working properly, as I can hear my side acknowledge received data (I was testing with a station 5 miles away). 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Apr 23, 2022
In Feature requests - Archive
I think it would be beneficial to have an indication when the data sent by a LHP was complete. Something as simple as "End of List" would be sufficient. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Apr 10, 2022
In Feature requests - Archive
The text displayed in these lists would be much easier to see if it could be made BOLD. It would also help if the background color could be chosen by the user. THANKS, Irad, and keep up the GREAT work. Joe
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wd4kav
Apr 09, 2022
In Bugs - Archive
When I start VarAC, 3.5, previous lists are not loaded. There is no option to enable or disable this in settings. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Apr 09, 2022
In Bugs - Fixed
I would like to make the these windows smaller (not so much wasted space on the right side) so the Beacon and CQ windows could be moved away from the extreme right side of the screen. I used to be able to do this when clicking on the top right side of the screen, to shrink the VarAC app window. Nothing happens when I do this now. I'm running Windows 10 Pro (latest release). Please see the screen shot attached. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Mar 02, 2022
In VarAC discussion forum
I've not been able to get the rig to key/unkey using CAT commands. The COM port, baud rate, and other settings are correct, and are those used by FLDIGI, JTDX, WSJTX and work fine with those programs. OmniRig works as it should too. I have USB KEYING (CW) turned on, as required by WINLINK. If you have been able to use CAT commands in VarAC to key/unkey the 7300, please look at your 7300 settings and tell me what your USB KEYING (CW) setting is, and also any other settings you feel might need to be changed. 73, Joe WD4KAV
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wd4kav
Feb 28, 2022
In Feature requests - Released
I'd like VarAC to NOT send a greeting when receiving a PING request. This would speed up the exchange and streamline the whole process (besides, the greeting isn't really necessary, since you just want a quick signal report). 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Feb 08, 2022
In Feature requests - Archive
I've been thinking about how the interface might be modified to help those of us who have a hard time seeing tiny print. Now that the software is getting more mature, I think many of us would be better served if those windows could be "hidden" by an option in setup, and replaced by one large window that would display the log information. The new "log window" could either replace ALL of the space used by the VarAC log and VARA commands windows or set so that the new "log" window, Beacon, and CQ windows could be equal and larger. This new setup would allow much larger fonts in all these windows. The existing "log bar" could be eliminated, and this would give more space for the bottom "new message" window to be enlarged to fill the screen up to the bottom of the "data" window 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Feb 01, 2022
In VarAC discussion forum
I've been experimenting with K1DOW and WD9DUI for awhile, trying to find settings that will drastically reduce the rapid polling of a active link. The default settings in OmniRig frequently result in timeouts and perhaps some lockups too (where Vara-HF just stops polling, and then disconnects after a period of inactivity). Recently, K1DOW and I have been using a poll of 500 and a timeout of 4000, and this seems to help alot, especially during less-than-ideal conditions. K1DOW and WD9DUI (and me) are all using Ic-7300's. Thoughts? 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Jan 25, 2022
In Feature requests
VarAC is not sending a station ID during a file transfer that lasts longer than 10 minutes. A ID is required by US amateurs every 10 minutes during a QSO. Hopefully this will be an easy fix that will not "break" the data flow during a file or picture transfer.
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wd4kav
Jan 17, 2022
In Bugs - Fixed
I'm wondering if anyone else has observed the following behavior (I know this does not concern VarAC specifically, just wondering if others have seen it). While in QSO with VarAC, at some point all communication stops. No polling of he other station (ACKS/NAKS or whaterer they are called in Vara)) and often, NO TIMEOUT and disconnect either. This seems to happen a bit more frequently after a QSY. The only fix is to exit both programs and start over. 73, Joe WD4KAV
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wd4kav
Jan 17, 2022
In Bugs - Fixed
Both myself and WD9DUI have had multiple instances of VarAC becoming "unresponsive" or simply crashing (and leaving Vara-HF running) over the past couple of weeks. This happens during a QSO, but not while the program is idle. We've had this happen while in QSO with different stations. We both are running the latest VarAC and VARA-HF (VarAC 3.0.2, Vara-HF 4.5.5). and have no (or in my case ONE other program running (Log4OM). We both are running robust computers, with plentiful RAM (in my case 16 GIG). We've both set VarAC to run in "real time" in Windows 10. 73, Joe WD4KAV
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wd4kav
Dec 18, 2021
In Bugs - Archive
This is one of those bug reports that I absolutely HATE to send, because it's so vague, and hard to define exactly what is going on. Here is what I have observed over the last 2 or 3 days (I've never seen this on earlier versions). After sending a line of text, everything stops. The callsign that I'm linked to is greyed out. No ACKS/NAKS are sent, and within a few seconds (10?) Vara-HF sends a DISCONNECT. Exiting and re-starting VarAC returns everything to normal. Nothing has changed on the PC, and the only other software that is running is Log4 OM. 73, Joe
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wd4kav
Dec 18, 2021
In Feature requests - Archive
It would be nice if it was possible to clear unsent data from the TRANSMIT buffer. This would come in handy if the path had degraded to the point where the data was being sent a word at a time, with lots of NAKS from the "other end". Not sure how Vara-HF would handle this. Perhaps when this was done, a ABORTED text could be sent before the buffer was cleared?
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wd4kav
Dec 13, 2021
In Feature requests - Archive
Hello Irad. If possible, please have only the actual text that are referenced in tags show up in the receive (or data) window. I have the tags in my "connect text" (for lack of a better word), and I feel it would be better just to have the text show instead of the complete tag itself. (Obviously, the tag itself would still be sent.) KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!! 73, Joe
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