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XE2BNC & XE1CRG along with N5TW running beta Vara HF 3.0

Jose sent a note this morning telling us that he has a new version of Vara HF available for testing! He commented that Vara 2.2.1 was very fast in good conditions but not so sensitive in poor ones and this new version is to address that. One consequence of the changes he has made is that this new version is NOT COMPATIBLE with 2.2.1 so we have to be careful with deployment.

YS1YS El Salvador gateway removed from Service.

The HF gateway YS1YS in El Salvador has been removed from service.

It will return when it has a new location and is reliable.

-------------------------- Update 7/5/2019------------------

Antenna damaged by tree cutters in the secure area not paying attention, was not a storm.

Will take a while to fix and repair it, have to have escort to get in, sigh...

Photos here: https://mikeburton.smugmug.com/YS1YS-El-Salvador-antenna-damged/

Mexican Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Communication in Wildfire Response

Mexican radio amateurs provided communication support in late May from a fire scene in a remote area to civil protection authorities in Monterrey, Mexico. Two-member teams of volunteers were flown in via helicopter since May 20, the first day of radio support, when the fire had already been burning for a couple of days. The fire in Pajonal -- about 20 kilometers south of Monterrey -- covered more than 200 acres in rough terrain. Temperatures topped 100 °F.

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