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 for now, they are not interconnected. VE7SPR-8 is still using the original PK-80 TNC, but VE7SPR-7 was using a KPC-3+.

VE7SPR-6... down temporarily

VE7SPR-7... now using a KPC3+

Because of this, you will have to modify scripts that use VE7SPR-7 to include "!WAITFOR Help ?" after the "CONN"... e.g.

C VE7SPR-7
CONN
!WAITFOR Help ?
C VE7SEP-10
CONN

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

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. If you can't hit it direct, you can of course go through other packet nodes that are within earshot to get to it.

VE7GDH for years ran P2P on 144.970 MHz on Salt Spring Island, but changed over to Winlink format in July of 2019 and started using ARDOP and VARA on HF with good success. For several months, it was QRP running just 5W from an FT-817 and a SignaLink USB. The same 5W station 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 a built-in sound card since August of 2019, now mostly using VARA with the radio running 25W, but sometimes turned down to 5W. The FT-991A has CAT control and access to the built-in sound card on a single USB cable. As well as using VARA HF, tests have also been done with VARA FM on 2M and 6M again with good results.

Messages in Winlink format can be sent to our "club" station VE7RAS, but it is seldom attended while the COVID-19 pandemic is still going on. Until the pandemic is over, messages sent to VE7GDH will be viewed more often.

Winlink Express can be downloaded from winlink.org. It can be used at 1200 bps and 9600 bps on VHF/UHF and can also 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. WINMOR has now been depracated. VARA FM can be used on 10M and up. Winlink Express can also use a PACTOR modem, but they are quite pricey.