Useful Frequencies

Voice

Data

Three inter-connected packet nodes were installed in our repeater hut by VARPA some decades ago. They were handed over to SSARS in early 2015. We gladly took over ownership because we didn't want to see them disappear. They are valuable part of the communications infrastructure for the whole Vancouver / Nanaimo / Victoria area. With that said, VE7SPR-6 failed in 2018, followed by VE7SPR-7 in early January of 2019, and finally VE7SPR-8 went down in March of 2019. All failures were caused by the TNCs. VE7SPR-8 and VE7SPR-7 were put back in service on April 17 2019, but they were not interconnected. As of that date, VE7SPR-8 was still using the original PK-80 TNC, but VE7SPR-7 was using a KPC-3+. Because of this, you will have to modify scripts that use VE7SPR-7 to include "!WAITFOR Help ?" after the "CONN"... e.g.

C VE7SPR-8
CONN
!WAITFOR Help ?
C VE7RAS
CONN

As of Dec 5 2019, the RMS VE7SPR-10 is running on 144.970 MHz on Bruce Peak. If you could previously connect directly to VE7SPR-8, you should be able to connect directly to VE7SPR-10 now.

VE7SPR-8 is still operational, but with new hardware. There is no need to go through VE7SPR-8 to get to VE7SPR-10. To get to other RMS gateways or to P2P stations, you will now need to insert a port number in your scripts... e.g.

C VE7SPR-8
CONN
C 2 VE7SKR-10
CONN

Messages in Winlink format can be sent to VE7GDH as well as to our "club" station VE7RAS. VE7GDH for years ran P2P on 144.970 MHz, but since July of 2019, has been using ARDOP and VARA on HF with good success, mostly with an 80M NVIS dipole, but sometimes with a 204 ft G5RV on 40M and 30M. This has been with just 5W from an FT-817. The same 5W station has made a number of contacts with JS8 to Australia and New Zealand on 40M. While the FT-817 is still available, VE7GDH has been using an FT-991A with good success since August of 2019, mostly with VARA and running 25W. The FT-991A has CAT control and access to the built-in sound card on a single USB cable.

Winlink Express can be downloaded from winlink.org. It can be used at 1200 bps and 9600 bps on VHF/UHF and can also use WINMOR, ARDOP or VARA with a sound card type of interface such as the SignaLink USB (or a radio with a built-in sound card) on HF. It can also use a PACTOR modem, but they are quite pricey.