What does the end of service life of Windows XP mean for remote base users?

Dear Handiham Members and Volunteers,

Should we be concerned with the announcement by Microsoft that the end of life for Windows XP Service Pack 3 is for April 2014?

The good news is that Microsoft also announced late last year that all support for legacy applications written using VB6 and standard Microsoft components will continue to be supported through the life of Windows 8.

What does this mean?

Well, this means that the remote base client should function well on Windows 7 and Windows 8 platforms. We know of a few hams that are already using the remote base client on Windows 8, many are also using the client on Windows 7. Please let us know if you find a particular configuration with Windows 8 that causes issues with the remote base client. In the meantime, we have assessed and continue to review compatibility with Windows 8 for future updates to the remote base client. This type of work takes time but it is well worth the effort. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

73, KK4JZX

Don’t use check for updates link

Dear Handiham members and volunteers:

We have released the Remote Base client and we want to let you know of one item to avoid using while we work on providing a fix. Under the Setup menu, there is an option to check for software updates. We ask that u not use this option as it will take you to a web site that is outdated. We are working to make this change to release the fix to everyone soon. Please excuse us while we are still ironing out some kinks out of this great application. Continue to visit the handiham web site for regular updates on current and future updates. 73, KK4JZX

Installer error fix

Good afternoon Handiham Members and Volunteers. We would like to report another fix that has been posted after the initial release of the remote base client version 6.1. Please visit the Handiham web site for the latest download of the remote base client. In this release, we identified and corrected a bug in which the installer was not completing before the new Remote base client was being launched. Hence, the client would launch and the installer would remain running until the remote Base client was closed. Now, we have posted a new Full installer for version 6.1 that fixes the confusing condition. 73: KK4JZX

HOSTS file Phone Home fix

Remote Base Update: After a couple of weeks of code analysis, a workaround was found by KK4JZX. It has been found that the W4MQ client wants to “Phone Home” for some reason and, thus, the workaround requires that Handi Ham remote base users implement the HOSTS file Phone Home fix. Once the Phone Home fix is implemented, the W4MQ client will function much faster for both sighted and non-sighted users. Reports are coming in and we are getting feedback indicating that the experience is a much more rewarding one. The delays encountered with the PTT function is now much more responsive. Stay tuned for additional fixes that we plan to release as part of the Handi Ham remote Base client software bundle!