Winlink via Vara HF with Yaesu FT-710

A demo of a 250 mile Winlink via VARA HF connection with a Yaesu FT-710 radio pushing 15 watts. The antenna was a CHA MPAS (Modular Portable Antenna System) 2.0 with a 17 foot MFJ whip and a 60 foot single radial mounted on a short tripod about 2 feet off the ground.

Radio Settings:
7 Mhz Band (40 meters)
DATA-U (upper sideband – yes, that is correct!)

RMS Express Settings

Radio selected: Yaesu FT-991/A
USB Digital is selected
Serial Port: 11 (check your ports – it will be one or the other)
Baud is 38400
Enable RTS is checked…

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ISS SSTV Transmissions April 1-2, 2019

If you’re in the Southern California area, tune your ham radio to frequency 145.800 between 10PM to 10:15PM PST and have your mobile app ready to listen for a chance at capturing SSTV images from cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. The satellite moves quickly from the north just above Oregon to the south near Houston, Texas.

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Yesterday I put APRS-IS to the test in the mountains on the San Juan Trail, located a few miles way from Ortega Highway 74. In this area there are no digipeaters close enough for RF transmissions, so I tested the SPRINT cellular network to see if I could be tracked in real time (KM6ZPO).

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