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 ====== Winlink ARDOP ====== ====== Winlink ARDOP ======
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 Winlink ARDOP is a method of sending "email" messages over HF radio via an RMS station.  If you are new to Winlink, see the [[howto/winlink |Winlink How-To]] first. Winlink ARDOP is a method of sending "email" messages over HF radio via an RMS station.  If you are new to Winlink, see the [[howto/winlink |Winlink How-To]] first.
  
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   * ''Update Via Internet'' to update the propagation information (last two columns).   * ''Update Via Internet'' to update the propagation information (last two columns).
   * Sort by ''Path Reliability Estimate'' or ''Path Quality Estimate'' to see the most reachable stations first.   * Sort by ''Path Reliability Estimate'' or ''Path Quality Estimate'' to see the most reachable stations first.
-{{ howto:ardop4.png }}+{{ howto:winlink:ardop4.png }}
  
 These stations can also be visualized using the ''Map'' option or from the [[https://winlink.org/RMSChannels |Winlink website]]. These stations can also be visualized using the ''Map'' option or from the [[https://winlink.org/RMSChannels |Winlink website]].
-{{ :howto:ardop5.png }}+{{ :howto:winlink:ardop5.png }}
  
  
-{{ howto:ardop2.png}}+{{ howto:winlink:ardop2.png}}
 Every week, I connect to RMS stations in different locations without actually sending or receiving messages just to see how long the "handshake" takes to see if I can connect at all. Every week, I connect to RMS stations in different locations without actually sending or receiving messages just to see how long the "handshake" takes to see if I can connect at all.
  
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 ===== The Spreadsheet ===== ===== The Spreadsheet =====
-The Winlink favourites list is a good tool, but it's hard to "rank" the best stations.  To that end, I use a {{ howto:winlink_ardop.ods |spreadsheet}} to log the following information in addition to the stations' info:+The Winlink favourites list is a good tool, but it's hard to "rank" the best stations.  To that end, I use a {{ howto:winlink:winlink_ardop.ods |spreadsheet}} to log the following information in addition to the stations' info:
   * The length of the session (the shorter the better).   * The length of the session (the shorter the better).
   * The date I last connected (the most recent the better).   * The date I last connected (the most recent the better).
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 Based on all these different measures, I then create a semi-subjective ranking of the stations.  Those are the stations I would try to connect to first.  Based on all these different measures, I then create a semi-subjective ranking of the stations.  Those are the stations I would try to connect to first. 
  
-{{ howto:ardop.png }}+{{ howto:winlink:ardop.png }}
  
 <WRAP center round info 90%> <WRAP center round info 90%>
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 To visualize the calculations, start with an [[https://ns6t.net/azimuth/azimuth.html |Azimuthal Map]] centred at your location. To visualize the calculations, start with an [[https://ns6t.net/azimuth/azimuth.html |Azimuthal Map]] centred at your location.
  
-{{ howto:azimuthalmap.png }}+{{ howto:winlink:azimuthalmap.png }}
  
   * I drew two lines to represent the coast.  One going north west at a bearing of 330° and one going south at a bearing of 170°.  These two lines are eye-ball approximations of where most of the coast is.   * I drew two lines to represent the coast.  One going north west at a bearing of 330° and one going south at a bearing of 170°.  These two lines are eye-ball approximations of where most of the coast is.
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 ===== Ardop vs Vara vs Pactor ===== ===== Ardop vs Vara vs Pactor =====
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 There's essentially four different methods for sending Winlink messages on HF: There's essentially four different methods for sending Winlink messages on HF:
   * **Pactor** is the fastest / most robust method but it requires a [[https://www.radioworld.ca/scs-dr7400p4 |$2100 external modem]] to work.   * **Pactor** is the fastest / most robust method but it requires a [[https://www.radioworld.ca/scs-dr7400p4 |$2100 external modem]] to work.
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 ==== What is best for individuals? ==== ==== What is best for individuals? ====
  
-Again, unless you want to use P2P, it doesn't matter if people are using different methods.  Both Ardop and the free version of Vara seem to work, although the demo version of Vara also shows an annoying popup screen every few minutes asking you to register.((Vara shows an annoying popup screen every few minutes. \\ {{howto:vara.png?400}}))+Again, unless you want to use P2P, it doesn't matter if people are using different methods.  Both Ardop and the free version of Vara seem to work, although the demo version of Vara also shows an annoying popup screen every few minutes asking you to register.((Vara shows an annoying popup screen every few minutes. \\ {{howto:winlink:vara.png?400}}))
  
 ==== Conclusion ==== ==== Conclusion ====
howto/winlink_ardop.txt · Last modified: 2021/07/09 21:18 by va7fi