VARA HF Incredible Speed and COVID-19 Fundraiser

I went ahead and registered VARA HF and it is much faster than the free version and ARDOP. I have a video below showing a demo of it checking e-mail. I did an article previously which explains it a little bit better and also an article and videos on ARDOP. Is it worth the cost? If I had to use it every day, definitely.

(Coming soon I’ll have photos and description of my campers solar kit installation. See below.)

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VARA is a High Performance HF modem based on OFDM modulation. VARA Modem, brings  state of the  art Military  grade technology to  new  and  existing HF data. – VARA Webpage




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I will have an article and pictures of my camper and solar installation. More testing of the ICOM 7300 with VARA HF from there. Will the HiQ mobile antenna work good on the camper? We’ll find out.

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I'm an Amateur Radio enthusiast. I love the hobby and experimenting with radios, antennas and software. On my YouTube channel I upload videos on the Icom 7300 and Icom 7610 along with Ham radio software programs. I hope to inspire people to try new things in Amateur Radio.

4 Responses

  1. Doug says:

    Hi Rich: Thanks for the info on Vara. Several Hams have picked it up here in Montana and are very pleased with the protocol!!! Appreciate you recommending it and hope you are staying well!!!


    • K0PIR says:

      Hi Doug,

      Thank you so much for commenting and I am doing well. Staying inside mostly And finishing up the solar installation on my camper. I hope all is well with you and your family, stay safe. Best 73

  2. Lyn, W0LEN says:

    Rich –
    We have recently organized a group of hams to learn/practice/utilize P2P Winlink for ‘grid-down’ messaging, and have standardized on VARA. The group has grown to over 70 members in about two months, and we are becoming active in various SETS. Our experience and methodical testing indicates that the registered version of VARA is about 65 times faster than ARDOP. It’s like magically changing Bytes/minute into Bytes/second.
    Keep up the good work!

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