Anyone use VARA HF while RV portable?

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by AA5ET, Sep 8, 2021.

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  1. AA5ET

    AA5ET Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just bought a license for VARA HF to use with Winlink. Seems to work better than Pactor 1 for staying in touch with the XYL while camping in remote locations. Haven't tried it in the camper van yet, but seems to have no trouble with about 10 watts into a dipole at home. A lot cheaper than a Pactor 3 modem. Anyone else here use it?
     
  2. AA5ET

    AA5ET Ham Member QRZ Page

    Guess not...
     
  3. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    No Way

    After my experience with Winlink/ used by Drug Cartels in Central and South America/ I will never use their old outdated system.

    V31KW/K0UO
     
  4. WD4ELG

    WD4ELG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow. I thought (seriously) that WinLink was all the rage these days?
     
  5. AA5ET

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    So I guess if drug cartels use a Ford F-150 you won't use one of those either? Can you provide some more information? I never heard of cartels using it. Is it still going on?
     
  6. AA5ET

    AA5ET Ham Member QRZ Page

    In my experience Winlink works pretty well. I often find myself in some pretty remote areas with no cell/internet connectivity, so it works well for staying in touch with friends and family. K0UO what alternative do you suggest that doesn't cost an arm and a leg (e.g. satellite phone)?
     

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