05/MAY/20 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 05/MAY/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 24
Stations:
__KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
__K7MSS Mike St. George,UT QNX
__W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
__KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
__N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID VidID
__KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX relay: WA7HHE
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
__W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
KG7FGT David Zigzag,OR
KS6M John Oakland,CA
__KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
AB6EW Mike Yuba City, CA
__KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA
__KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA QNX
__K0KEX Rick Smithville,MO QNX
__WB8HRO Tim OKEMOS,MI QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
*Only called for COMMENTS

The Test images (below) give a good indication of tonight’s band condx. Lot’s of fading. Despite difficult condx, the net went well. Fred KI7TPD has been relayed in QNX lately; that’s unusual. We’ve learned his HOA noticed his antenna and required it’s removal. Rats! I hope Fred can wrap some thin wire around the eves and get back on the air. When bad things happen to good people, we believe there’s at least one pearl somewhere in the debris. Maybe City Officials will come to his aid.

Another reminder for new ORCA Ops. Work only the main FLAMP Exercise until you’re comfortable and can complete it reliably. Only then should you work the OPTIONAL Exercise. You need to REPORT to NCS when called and CONFIRM 100% reception of the file. That’s the basic Exercise.

The OPTIONAL Exercise may have you working with the PC File Manager and Editor to complete the task. It’s a lot to do while retaining focus on the net and your place in the Roster. The OPTIONAL Exercise creates traffic for the Traffic Round. If you skip the OPTIONAL Exercise, send QRU in the Traffic Round.

We hope to engage you in some simple tasks that will lead to NCS skills and competency. NCS is a role more easily learned in modules. Ck-In is an event you can begin learning at home w/o engaging NCS. We’d like you to take ck-in along with us each session. Just keep your own log as we run ck-in and self-check your results against our Roster. It’s an easy exercise and you’ll soon be comfortable building a Roster. Building the Roster is a component of the ck-in routine. Just copy our reply to each ck-in and paste it into an FLMSG Blank form. You’ll know when you’re good at it. Do this until you can compile the Roster w/o losing focus on net flow. It can be fun; we did this for years to learn NCS routines and become more familiar with net members, relay staions, and NCS Operators.

A second activity that will help prepare you for HF digital NCS duties is running the Comment Round as NCS. We’ll be looking for volunteers to NCS the Comment Round. We will turn the net over to you for the Comment Round and you will return net control to us when you’re finished.

It seems changes to the Comment Round have been confusing. While we enjoyed watching you manage the Comment Round yourselves, we missed the opportunity to reply to your comments. We proposed having you manage every third session, leaving the other two for us. We’ll each conduct a Comment Round and leave every third session to your management. If we have a volunteer, that Op will conduct the Comment Round. If no volunteer, you will all manage the Round by handing it off to the next Active Op. This activity is fundamental to Directed Nets and will help prepare you to run a full net someday.You’re learning the NCS role in portions. Better to learn these skills now, among colleagues, without pressure, than the time NCS falls to you by surprise.

You can learn a lot more than digital traffic-handling on ORCA. Many members give excellent reception reports during the Comment round. You can learn something about the path between stations and your path to NCS. More path information is revealed during the FLAMP Exercise when NCS calls for REPORTS. You can see how each Active station is copying NCS in different modes. Radio intelligence is where you find it.

Test images from the net:

RX #1: KS6M Oakland, CA
RX #2: KS6M Oakland, CA
RX #1: W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
RX #2: W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
RX #1: WB7EUX Joseph, OR
RX #2: WB7EUX Joseph, OR
RX #1: KG5DGI Aztec, NM
RX #2: KG5DGI Aztec, NM
RX #1: KG7FGT Zigzag, OR
RX #2: KG7FGT Zigzag, OR
RX #1: KG7VVN Beryl, UT
RX #2: KG7VVN Beryl, UT
RX #2: KE6SLS Eureka, CA

We urge you to begin learning NCS routines and skills. Western Digital Net has need of you. You can begin easily here on ORCA. Soon, you can be an alternate NCS for Steve K6ETA on WDN. Who knows, ORCA may need your assistance some day. It’s happened before; when I blew up my right hand, Dave K7DV took over ORCA and ran two weeks while we were preoccupied. Mindy had only run the FLAMP Exercise at that time and directly took over ORCA. It was some time before I could begin to relearn typing. Anyway, remember the WESTERN DIGITAL NET on Thursday with Steve K6ETA/NCS, same sked and mode as ORCA.

Thanks for working with us tonight. We look forward to working with you again next Tuesday.
73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

—Net Log—

W7ZAP *** TUNE/TEST *** < W7ZAP

So far I’ve copied the following stns for ORCA ck-in:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

Any corrections for these stns only? < W7ZAP

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

All ORCA < W7ZAP
Having technical difficulties w/battery bank… hopefully all good now.
BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP
Nt. George,UT QNX

St George stn agn pse < NCS

K7MSS Mike St. George,UT QNX

K7MSS < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
K7MSS Michael St. George,UT QNX
BK
Next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

last stn agn… no print < NCS

W5CLE, QNX

W5CLE < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
BK
Next 4 ck-in? < W7ZAP

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7MSS Mike St. George,UT QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

KR7KR QNX pse

de KR7KR k

KR7KR < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
BK
next for ck-in?? < W7ZAP

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:02Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
N7RBP MEDFORD, OREGON IN AND OUT PLS K
de N7RBP k

N7RBP < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
Strong signal Bob
BK
Next for ck-in?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:03Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
W6ADZ QNX

W6ADZ < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
BK
Next for ck-in? < W7ZAP

K7DV < W7ZAP TU Dave
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID VidID
BK\
next?? < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7MSS Mike St. George,UT QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID VidID

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7MSS Mike St. George,UT QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID VidID

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

WA7HHE Relay, copies KI7TPD QNX, ANT TBL

KI7TPD < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX relay: WA7HHE
Thanks Brad
BK
Next 4 ck-in? < NCS

WB7EUX

WB7EUX < W7ZAP QSL Tom
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR BK
QRZ? ORCA Ck-In < NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

NCS < W7WXV QRX… Good evening

W7WXV < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
GE Carroll… good signal tonite
BK
next 4 ck-in? < W7ZAP

AB6KW? very small text (VidID) here… might want to make bigger… easier to read :-)
read :-) < NCS

I see a faint VidID but unable to copy… need relay < NCS

KG7VVN < W7ZAP TU Bruno
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
there’s a vidID I can read :-)
BK
next?? < W7ZAP

KG7FGT < W7ZAP QSL David
KG7FGT David Zigzag,OR BK
QRZ? ORCA Ck-In < NCS

KS6M

KG5DGI KG5DGI QNX QNX prp

KS6M < W7ZAP QSL John
KS6M John Oakland,CA BK

KG5DGI < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
< NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:28Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
AB6EW AB6EW K

AB6EW < W7ZAP
GE Michael… are you going to be active tonight? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:29Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
W7ZAP DE AB6EW I SURE HOPE SO!

AB6EW < W7ZAP Are you ready for the FLAMP exercise? BTU

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:30Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
W7ZAP DE AB6EW I WILL TRY TO, STILL LEARNING ON THE FLY !

AB6EW < W7ZAP TU Mike
AB6EW Mike Yuba City, CA
Sounds good Mike and ur signal is good into Brookings tonight
BK
Anyone else b4 we begin? < NCS

de KJ7BHK QNX

KJ7BHK < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
BK
Anyone else 4 ck-in? < W7ZAP

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7MSS Mike St. George,UT QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID VidID
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX relay: WA7HHE
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
KG7FGT David Zigzag,OR
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
AB6EW Mike Yuba City, CA
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS

19:33:37p 02:33:37z

WELCOME to ORCA DIGITAL NET
Mindy W7ZAP/NCS, Brookings,OR, 35w, 210′ Doublet @ 80′

ORCA meets every Tuesday 1930p/0230z – 3.581+1500 – MFSK-32
NBEMS Software: FLDIGI, FLMSG, FLAMP. Dave W1HKJ, Developer

ORCA is a DIRECTED net, dedicated to learning and developing
digital operating skills and practicing NBEMS traffic handling.
ORCA connects Amateur Operators with common interest in
training, information-sharing, and mutual-aid.
Practice makes perfect!

New to ORCA? See: http://orcadigitalnet.com/quick-start/

Following check-in NCS sends:
1) Signal evaluation image (30sec)
2) Rotation list
3) Announcements

FLAMP Exercise:
Have FLAMP open. Stay focused.
Exercise is interactive and brisk.

Traffic Round: NCS calls stations in rotation. No
practice traffic? Send ‘QRU’. All traffic is sent
to NCS; only NCS REPORTS/FILLS. NCS will fill
Traffic Round messages after net on request.

Comment Round: RX reports, observations, questions,
comments (keyboard or FLMSG BLANK Form as you like)

ORCA CONFIG:
LOCK: Cursor @ 1500
ENABLE: RxID
DISABLE: TxID, end-of-Tx-ID, Mode-ID
DISABLE: CWID, CW-Postamble-ID, Pre-Signal-Tone*
* Use manual pre-tone (TUNE BUTTON) when doubles are likely.

—–

REMAINING CK-INS COME NOW. Participating Ops send ‘CALLSIGN’ ONLY or VidID
MONITORING Ops Send,’CALLSIGN QNX’ (= in&out)

First time? Send: CALL/NAME/QTH < NCS

K6ETA* < W7ZAP RR Steve
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA BK
QRZ? ORCA Ck-In < NCS

KG7VVN < W7ZAP Bruno pls relay call 4 ck-in TU < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:37Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
KG7VVN Relaying Ck-In 4 ORCA DIGITAL NET.
Not copying NCS? Check in here … < KG7VVN

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:38Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Nil heard < KG7VVN

Tnx Bruno
BK

B/W Signal Evaluation Image <IMAGE:G,C:\Users\owner 1\Documents\ORCA\ORCASmallBlack.png>

Sending Pic:140×140; < W7ZAP e0ak’naBe*to

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]4.0.14
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20200605023907
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20200605000514

:mg:700 ORCA DIGITAL NET 05/MAY/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 21
Stations:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7MSS Mike St. George,UT QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID VidID
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX relay: WA7HHE
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
KG7FGT David Zigzag,OR
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
AB6EW Mike Yuba City, CA
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
*Only called for COMMENTS
[WRAP:chksum B0B4][WRAP:end] … end

ANNOUNCEMENTS 05/May/2020

Tonight’s FLAMP Exercise distributes the file, ‘ex168.txt’, an FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP
Exercise. CONFIRM ‘ex168.txt’ before working the OPTIONAL Exercise. If you complete
the OPTIONAL exercise within, send that file to NCS in the Traffic Round with FLAMP.

Last week, a QSO on 3.581 kept us from taking Early Ck-In until nearly 1900p. Twelve
minutes after the Preamble, we were still working ck-in. For a large roster like this, we
need about 45min of Early Ck-In. QSO’s on net freq can be a good thing, if one person
is an ORCA Op. You can release the freq to NCS around 1845/0145z, enabling us to begin
Early Ck-In. We never know how big the Roster will be. It’s good to have a little margin.
You can help hold the frequency until NCS begins Early Ck-In. TU

Ck-In was also slowed by doubles and coattails. VidID is useful up to a point of saturation.
We can only process one station at a time, VidID or regular text. Band condx are another
limiting factor; a factor we can mitigate by improving our skills, stratigies, and tactics.

Participating in the Red Cross Communications Exercise this month should be easier soon.
Currently, we have to create the ARC 213 form in FLMSG before sending with Winlink. Tom
KF7RSF in Bandon,OR has ported the ARC 213 Custom form to Winlink and submitted it for
approval. When approved, we can complete the form in Winlink, aleviating the need for FLMSG.

As you know, Steve K6ETA is seeking guest NCS Ops for Western Digital Net. This should
sound familiar to most of you; we’ve been trying to interest you in learning the NCS role
for a couple years. WDN aside, there is good reason to sieze this opportunity. Many of you
have been working ORCA for years. You’re certainly qualified; you’re quite familiar with
efficient digital net operations. A few new skills will make you comfortable with running
digital nets.

Here are two activities that will put you on the path to NCS competency. First, a task we’ve
recommended before; shadowing NCS at ck-in by creating your own roster. When we reply to a
ck-in, copy that text and paste it into a FLMSG Blank Form. Check your work against our Roster.
This will help prepare you to run digital VHF/HF ck-ins yourself.

The second activity on your way to NCS skills will be running the Comment Round. Currently,
every third session, you manage the Comment Round yourselves by handing off to the next
station on the Roster. We’d like you to volunteer to NCS a Comment Round yourself by
calling each station in order, as we usually do. These two NCS tasks are easy to do and
will ease you into NCS duties sequentially. We think you’ll enjoy building your digital
skills. You are the digital Operators most capable of supporting WDN with Guest NCS
and standing up an inpromptu net in emergencies. Steve has conceived and implemented
an outstanding digital Traffic net; he’ll appreciate our continuing participation and NCS
support.

Please email the Test images to: ncs@orcadigitalnet.com for the Net Report. Thank you!

Net Report posted soon: http://orcadigitalnet.com/reports/

If you want on/off the Net Report email list:
ncs@orcadigitalnet.com < NCS

Over to Doug K7KY for the FLAMP exercise < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Tonight’s FLAMP exercise begins in THOR-100 (352wpm, 1800hz).
We’ll fill with THOR-50×1 (176wpm, 900hz), & ‘MFSK-32 (120wpm,
630hz). Check your Filters, WIDE mode ahead… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:46Z THOR 100 @ 1498>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET DE K7KY

{B39B}FLAMP 2.2.05
{B39B}20200505190648:ex168.txt
{B39B}K7KY SW/OR
{B39B}408 6 80
{B39B}ex#168
{B39B}20200505190648:ex168.txt
{B39B}K7KY SW/OR
{B39B}408 6 80
{B39B}ex#168
{B39B:1}
OPTIONAL – FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise

In your PC-Edi
{B39B:2}tor, create a file named,’URCALL_ex168.txt’.
Copy the following question to the
{B39B:3} new file and enter your
answer.

Why is Contestia not recommended for traffi
{B39B:4}c-handling?

If you complete this OPTIONAL exercise, send ‘URCALL_ex168.txt’
{B39B:5}
to NCS with FLAMP in the Traffic Round. Before sending,change
‘QST’ to ‘W7ZAP’
{B39B:6}. 5

{B39B:EOF}
{B39B:EOT}

DE K7KY K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:47Z THOR 100 @ 1498>>

For REPORTS, I’ll prompt you in order with
your CALL only. Press the FLAMP ‘REPORT’
Button or send ‘No Copy’. I may ask you
to RELAY fill blocks.

We begin with … W1EEP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:48Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
WA7HHE

DE WA7HHE
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}CONFIRMED
DE WA7HHE K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:48Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7DV

K7DV
File : Unassigned
{B39B}PREAMBLE
DE K7DV K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:49Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
WB7EUX

DE WB7EUX
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}1
DE WB7EUX K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:49Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
KG7VVN

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:49Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
DE KG7VVN
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}2 5
DE KG7VVN K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:50Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
KG7FGT

DE KG7FGT
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}CONFIRMED
DE KG7FGT K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:50Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
KS6M

: ex168.txt
{B39B}CONFIRMED
DE KS6M K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
AB6EEW FILE MISSING TOO

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
W1EEP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7KY DE W1EEP SORRY LOST IT ALL HAD TO REBOOT

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:52Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET DE K7KY

{B39B}FLAMP 2.2.05
{B39B}20200505190648:ex168.txt
{B39B}K7KY SW/OR
{B39B}408 6 80
{B39B}ex#168
{B39B}20200505190648:ex168.txt
{B39B}K7KY SW/OR
{B39B}408 6 80
{B39B}ex#168
{B39B:1}
OPTIONAL – FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise

In your PC-Edi
{B39B:2}tor, create a file named,’URCALL_ex168.txt’.
Copy the following question to the
{B39B:3} new file and enter your
answer.

Why is Contestia not recommended for traffi
{B39B:4}c-handling?

If you complete this OPTIONAL exercise, send ‘URCALL_ex168.txt’
{B39B:5}
to NCS with FLAMP in the Traffic Round. Before sending,change
‘QST’ to ‘W7ZAP’
{B39B:6}. 5

{B39B:EOF}
{B39B:EOT}

DE K7KY K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:53Z THOR 50 x1 @ 1498>>
W1EEP

DE W1EEP
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}2 4
DE W1EEP K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7DV

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
DV
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}3 4
DE K7DV K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
WB7EUX

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
KG7VVN

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
DE KG7VVN
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}CONFIRMED
DE KG7VVN K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
AB6EW

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
AB6EW ROGER UR TRAFFIC COPIED IT !

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
WB7EUX

DE WB7EUX
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}CONFIRMED
DE WB7EUX K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:57Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET DE K7KY

{B39B}FLAMP 2.2.05
{B39B}20200505190648:ex168.txt
{B39B}K7KY SW/OR
{B39B}408 6 80
{B39B}ex#168
{B39B}20200505190648:ex168.txt
{B39B}K7KY SW/OR
{B39B}408 6 80
{B39B}ex#168
{B39B:1}
OPTIONAL – FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise

In your PC-Edi
{B39B:2}tor, create a file named,’URCALL_ex168.txt’.
Copy the following question to the
{B39B:3} new file and enter your
answer.

Why is Contestia not recommended for traffi
{B39B:4}c-handling?

If you complete this OPTIONAL exercise, send ‘URCALL_ex168.txt’
{B39B:5}
to NCS with FLAMP in the Traffic Round. Before sending,change
‘QST’ to ‘W7ZAP’
{B39B:6}. 5

{B39B:EOF}
{B39B:EOT}

DE K7KY K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:59Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
W1EEP

DE W1EEP
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}CONFIRMED
DE W1EEP K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:59Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7DV

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T02:59Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
DE K7DV
File : ex168.txt
{B39B}CONFIRMED
DE K7DV K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:00Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Not too bad tonite confirmed everyone and the band is cooperative Mike AB6EW when I come aroound callingf with ur callsign, I’m looking 4 ur REPORT the button mid-rt on the RX page it will tell me what blocks u may need or if you’fe CONFIRMED the file tnx btn < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:01Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
rodger de ab6ew

Good exercise Doug and THOR modes did quite well in tough band condx.
THOR100-(3) CONFIRMED / THOR50x1-(2) CONFIRMED / MFSK32-(2) CONFIRMED

BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
20:02:11p 03:02:11z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

We begin the TRAFFIC round with Gene W1EEP < W7ZAP

FILE TRANSFER ABORTED

DE W1EEP BK

NCS W7ZAP DE W1EEP

{6C5F}FLAMP 2.2.05
{6C5F}20200506030132:RCALL 168 EXT W1EEP.txt
{6C5F}W1EEP DM37DJ
{6C5F}57 1 64
{6C5F:1}URCALL EX168 iT WILL NOT PASS ALL THE CHRATERS W1EEP

{6C5F:EOF}
{6C5F:EOT}

DE W1EEP K

DE W7ZAP
File : RCALL 168 EXT W1EEP.txt
{6C5F}CONFIRMED
DE W7ZAP K

Fast work Gene… and ur right :-)
BK

Next 4 Traffic is Brad WA7HHE < NCS

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn New_Strain.p2s]4.0.14
:hdr_fm:22
WA7HHE 20200605030453
:hdr_ed:22
WA7HHE 20200505205955
:tt:15 General Message
:to:4 ORCA
:fm:6 WA7HHE
:dt:8 05/05/20
:tm:6 14:58L
:sb:19 More to worry about
:mg:494 Scientists say a now-dominant strain of the coronavirus appears to be more contagious than original

Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-05/mutant-coronavirus-has-emerged-more-contagious-than-original
[WRAP:chksum 406D][WRAP:end] … end

^rtokoÝFl ne
Sorry to hear that bit of news… but important to know. Tnx Brad
BK

Over to Dave K7DV 4 Traffic < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
QST DE K7DV

{D12E}FLAMP 2.2.05
{D12E}20200506025926:K7DV.ex168.txt
{D12E}K7DV Idaho Falls Idaho DN33XJ
{D12E}197 2 144
{D12E}20200506025926:K7DV.ex168.txt
{D12E}K7DV Idaho Falls Idaho DN33XJ
{D12E}197 2 144
{D12E:1} file k7dv.ex168

why is contestia no recomended for runing traffic?

I has several missing componantes one of whiich is caps lock and
{D12E:2}overheads missing.and it wont save as a message file.
{D12E:EOF}
{D12E:EOT}

DE K7DV K

DE W7ZAP
File : K7DV.ex168.txt
{D12E}CONFIRMED
DE W7ZAP K

WB7EUX Tom ur turn 4 Traffic < W7ZAP

W7ZAP DE WB7EUX

{60CD}FLAMP 2.2.05
{60CD}20200506025508:WB7EUX_ex168.txt
{60CD}WB7EUX Joseph OR
{60CD}70 2 64
{60CD:1}Q: Why is Contestia not recommended for traffic handling?
A: No
{60CD:2}idea.

{60CD:EOF}
{60CD:EOT}

DE WB7EUX K

DE W7ZAP
File : WB7EUX_ex168.txt
{60CD}CONFIRMED
DE W7ZAP K

Over to Bruno KG7VVN 4 Comments < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:09Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
W7ZAP DE KG7VVN

{4430}FLAMP 2.2.05
{4430}20200506030140:KG7VVN_ex168.txt
{4430}KG7VVN BERYL, UTAH DM37
{4430}113 2 64
{4430:1}Why is Contestia not recommended for traffic-handling?
I do not
{4430:2} know.But I sure I will be educated tonight :-) !
{4430:EOF}
{4430:EOT}

DE KG7VVN K

DE W7ZAP
File : KG7VVN_ex168.txt
{4430}CONFIRMED
DE W7ZAP K

Next 4 Traffic is David KG7FGT < NCS

W7ZAP DE KG7FGT

{9613}FLAMP 2.2.03
{9613}20200506025317:KG7FGT_ext168.txt
{9613}KG7FGT CN95
{9613}83 2 64
{9613:1}Why is Contestia not recommended for traffic-handling?

Lack of
{9613:2} error correction.

{9613:EOF}
{9613:EOT}

DE KG7FGT K

DE W7ZAP
File : KG7FGT_ext168.txt
{9613}CONFIRMED
DE W7ZAP K

Over to John KS6M 4 Traffic < NCS

W7ZAP DE KS6M

{AD66}FLAMP 2.2.05.02
{AD66}20200506025949:KS6M_ex168.txt
{AD66}KS6M Oakland CA CM87
{AD66}172 3 64
{AD66:1}Why is Contestia not recommended for traffic-handling?

It do
{AD66:2}es not support upper and lower case characters and extended char
{AD66:3}acters found in many documents and messages.
{AD66:EOF}
{AD66:EOT}

DE KS6M K

DE W7ZAP
File : KS6M_ex168.txt
{AD66}CONFIRMED
DE W7ZAP K

Text book answer! :-)
BK

AB6EW Mike ur turn 4 Traffic < W7ZAP

File : KM_ex168htxt
{66}PREAMBLE
DE AB6EW K

AB6EW < W7ZAP Mike ur up for TrAFFIC < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:15Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
SORRY I AM STILL NEW AND LEARNING DE AB6EW K

AB6EW < W7ZAP No worries Mike. We’re all learning here. Good to have u aboard
BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
20:15:56p 03:15:56z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

ORCQA de ke6sls QNX tu

AB6EW < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
AB6EW Mike Yuba City, CA QNX
BK

Please Stand By < NCS

KE6SLS < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA QNX
BK
K0KEX < W7ZAP
Rick u active? < NCS

k7ky – w7zap k0kex/a Rick Smithville, Mo QNX

K0KEX < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
K0KEX Rick Smithville,MO QNX
Good signal Rick
BK
Anyone else for late ckin?? < W7ZAP

I see QNX on VidID… no call? Try agn < W7ZAP

< WB8HRO QNX SK

WB8HRO < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
WB8HRO Tim OKEMOS,MI QNX
Hey Tim… copied u that time and a good signal too. Good to CU on the WF
BK
Anyone else for late ck-in? < W7ZAP

The COMMENT round begins with Gene W1EEP < W7ZAP

W7ZAP DE W1EEP GOOD NET THANKS AS ALWAYS #1 IN MY BOOK HAVE A GREAT NIGHT 73’S TO
ALL 
Tnx Gene and agn tnx for all the test images u send… very helpful.
BK
Next 4 Comments is Brad WA7HHE < NCS

ORCA < WA7HHE Almost getting worry-some to watch the news now days. With the prospects of a new COVID 19 strain now some good news with a vaccine in human trials on the East Coast, have my fingers crossed. Always fun to get on with my friends on ORCA wish everyone the best. With that I’ll hand of to the Great State of Idaho to the fastest and best Uber driver in the West.
K7DV < WA7HHE Brad

Thanks for ur traffic Brad very useful. Strange times for sure. Stay safe!
BK

Over to Dave K7DV 4 Comments < W7ZAP

Oops! I think we got our wires crossed… ervery 3rd week u guys hand off. Tonight I’ll pass to next stns. No worries… kind of confusing :-) Next for comments is Dave K7DV < W7ZAP

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn K7DV-20200430-021000L-281.b2s]4.0.14
:hdr_fm:20
K7DV 20200605032436
:hdr_ed:20
K7DV 20203004081003

:mg:543 All Net members
Hello net members weve been enjoying being shuttered for the most part , the reason is that I can do things that I Coudn’t before. Now I can practice and improve on or do: learning new software and just Gleaning more information I normaly would’nt so I guess Its good to slow down and smell the roses.. I enjoy this net and hope to be of assistance to this cause as the world turns and gets a bit more selfish. you folks are not and its awesome to have you as friends.. Good to be on the team God Bless de Dave K7dv.
[WRAP:chksum FE5B][WRAP:end] … end

Nice comments Dave. Glad ur finding time to get things done. Same here. Good to find the positives in tough situations.
BK

Over to Tom WB7EUX 4 Comments < W7ZAP

Very nice weather the past few days. Tulips coming up, all trees showing buds at least, pasture irrigation is set up and ready. Thanks for the net. Please stay safe and healthy. 73 de WB7EUX.

Good report Tom. WX sounds good in ur area. We’ve had a little bit of everything and its good to get more rain!
BK
KG7VVN Bruno ur up 4 Comments < W7ZAP

ORCA/NCS < KG7VVN GE Mindy/Doug n ORCA RADOs learned tonite that a couple from Enterprise UT who had been sick w/ flu like symptoms last Nov/Dec got tested 4 COVID 19 antibodies and were positive!!
Sig Rprt:
NCS (S9 +) -5, +6db THOR 100 -9,-6db /50×1-3,+3db
KD7CL (S9) FLAMP
W1EEP (S9++) +7, +16db FLAMP 100%
WA7HHE (S9++) +8, +11 db FLMSG 100%
K7DV (S9) – 8,+2 db FLAMP 100%
WB7EUX (S9+) -7,+1db FLAMP 100%
KG7FGT (S9) -9 db FLAMP 67%
KS6M (S9) -9, -7 db FLAMP 0%
AB6EW (S9 ) – 10 db

Stay Healthy, Stay Sane! :-) < KG7VVN

Good signal report Bruno, tnx. I saw something about people getting this earlier than reported. A lot of confusing and strange info on this illness.
BK
Next 4 Comments is David KG7FGT < NCS

ORCA de KG7FGT
SNR Report from CN95

W7ZAP +9dB
AB6EW -4dB
KG7VVN +4dB
K7KY +9dB
K6SM -2dB
W1EEP +1dB
K7DV -4dB
KG7VVN +5dB
AB6EW -5dB
WB7EUX +7dB
WA7HHE +2dBa
KE6SLS -6dB

Some OR state parks will be opening soon, which means some of the National Forest trailheads probably will be too soon. Hopefully this is a sign that things are starting to improve.

I am hearing reports of meat shortages. I expect members of this net are likely to be stocked up. With that said I hope it turns out to be a non-event.

I have also heard that it is likely that COVID19 was in the US & Europe last year. This Winter a friend developed viral pneumonia after a visit to the UK. We wonder if he had it. He has fully recovered.

Still staying busy and healthy. I hope you all do the same. Glad to have this opportunity to practice with FLDIGI.
73s all around.

KG7FGT back to net.

Good signal report David, tnx. Our town is wanting to have a parade in a couple of weeks. Doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. And yes, meat seems to be an issue now too. Good time to get stocked if not already.
BK

Over to John KS6M 4 Comments < W7ZAP

NCS and Net < KS6M. No comments from me this evening. As always, I enjoyed this net! Thank you. Stay safe and well.
de KS6M k

Tnanks for working with us John!
BK
AB6EW Mike ur up 4 Comments < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:33Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Hello Operators

NIce job on ur 1st active ORCA net Mike. Not the easiest of nets!
BK
K6ETA Steve ur up 4 Comments < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:34Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
That was a double…//?

Good signals tonight! From Oakland (15 miles away) to Michegan heard here!

I appreciated ur comments, Doug, abt ops getting experience running nets so they can stand their own Net up whenever needed. We will make it as NCS < K6ETA fun and painless as possible. Who knows when we will need it?

As always, thx for being out here for the last seven years! I know I’ll always be an ORCA op!

As for the news being scary and sad, it’s also interesting and in some cases exciting. The world’s first modern REBOOT. The glass is half-something… we will see which in time.

Best 73s < K6ETA

Great comments Steve. And yes its an opportunity for sure… lots of change and hopefully for the better!
BK
AB6EW < W7ZAP Mike I doubled with the end of ur comments… would u mind to TX again? Tnx < W7ZAP

HELLO EVERYONE, I AM NEW HERE, BUT AN OLD SCHOOL HAM OPERTOR STILL LEARNING MY WAY !!!! K THANKS FOR BEIENG PATEIND WITH ME DE AB6EW K

AB6EW < W7ZAP Mike good to have u working w/us and well done on ur 1st active ORCA net! Well done.
BK
Ooop! Over to Doug K7KY for COMMENTS! < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:39Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
About the FLAMP Exercise Contestia ….. (uses) 6bit decimal character set rather than 7bit ASCII set that Olivia does. Therefore, it has a reduced character set anddoes not print out in both upper and lower case (like RTTY). Some traffic nets might not want to use this mode because it does not support upper and lower case characters and extended characters found in many documents and messages … FLDIGI Manual 4.1.0

We’d planned to manage the Comment round ourselves for a session each and let the net manage every third session. This sked may be confusing; we would now like to ask for a volunteer to manage Comments every third session. If no volunteer, we’ll stick with each station handing to the next. Every third session…. Doug K7KY

Thanks Doug. That was a useful exercise :-) and good info on CONTESTIA.
BK
ny furthe rcomments from active ops? < NCS

We have time for monitoring stns to comment.
Any comments from Ops in District 0? < W7ZAP

Any comments from Ops in District 8 < W7ZAP

District 5? < W7ZAP

District 6? < W7ZAP

District 7? < W7ZAP

Any further comments from anywhere? < NCS

ORCA NET – de KG5DGI. Not too bad, for a marginal propagation session.
Four messages RX @ 100%, only one at zero % RX. Vegetable garden is planted, no frost in sight, only lots of sun and some wind.
73’s

KG5DGI < W7ZAP Hi Ed. Sounds like good copy tonight. Good to hear abt ur veg garden… good idea!
BK
Anyone else w/comments b4 we close?? < W7ZAP

Thanks for working w/us and stay safe!

2045L – 0345Z
This concludes the ORCA DIGITAL NET
Thanks for practicing with us tonight.
We hope to work with you again
next Tuesday evening.

B/W Signal Evaluation Image <IMAGE:G,C:\Users\owner 1\Documents\ORCA\ORCASmallBlack.png>

Sending Pic:140×140; < W7ZAP 73 Mindy W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-06T03:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
GE AND BIG TU DE AB6EW … 73’S

AB6EW < W7ZAP Hope to catch u here agn soon Mike. And great signal tonight.
BK
Anyone need a fill from the files tonight? < W7ZAP

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]4.0.14
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20200605034813
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20200605000514

:mg:789 ORCA DIGITAL NET 05/MAY/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 24
Stations:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7MSS Mike St. George,UT QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID VidID
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX relay: WA7HHE
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
KG7FGT David Zigzag,OR
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
AB6EW Mike Yuba City, CA
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA QNX
K0KEX Rick Smithville,MO QNX
WB8HRO Tim OKEMOS,MI QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
*Only called for COMMENTS
[WRAP:chksum AE38][WRAP:end] … end

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26/MAY/20 Report

ORCA DIGITAL NET 26/May/20 Check-in/Rotation: Check-ins: 20 Stations: WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT __KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT KI7TPD* Fred Cedar City,UT __W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX __KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX K6QOG Bill Cedar City,UT __KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA QNX K7DV* [...]

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International SATERN Digital Net


International SATERN Digital Net transmits digital text, images, and FLAMP files via remote HF station. NCS and Net Manager is Ken Standard AD5XJ.

International SATERN Digital Net

12:00 NOON CT Sat
14.065 MHz USB
OLIVIA 8/500

FEMA Region X HF Interoperability Testing (60m)


FEMA Region X Monthly Interoperability NET, which comprises Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, conducts a monthly interoperability communications exercise on the 60-meter band. This exercise often includes a voice portion and a digital portion.

FEMA Region X uses the call sign of WGY910. The COMMEX occurs on the third Wednesday of the month from 1730 to 1900Z. Primary check-in is usually on 60-meter channel 1.

FEMA Region X Monthly Interoperability NET

3rd Wednesday 1730Z - 1900Z
Channel 1: 5330.5 kHz
Channel 2: 5346.5 kHz
Channel 3: 5357.0 kHz
Channel 4: 5371.5 kHz
Channel 5: 5403.5 kHz
1730Z Open net, delay check-ins
60M - CH1
1735Z NCS sends 1st dig msg
60M - BPSK31 - CH 2
1740Z NCS repeats 1st dig msg using alt mode
60M - MT63-2KL CH2
1745Z NCS calls for check-ins and reports
60M - CH1
1815Z NCS TX 2nd digital msg
60M - BPSK31 - CH 2
1825Z NCS reTX 2nd dig msg using alt mode
60M - MT63-2KL - CH 2
1827Z NCS calls for reports
60M - CH 1
1850Z NCS closes the net
60M - CH 1

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SHORTWAVE RADIOGRAM

Shortwave Radiogram transmits digital text and images on an analog shortwave broadcast transmitter. The program is produced and presented by Dr. Kim Andrew Elliott KD9XB. Shortwave Radiogram continues VOA Radiogram's tradition testing new modes and is an interesting source for Digital Ops wishing to practice more with FLDIGI & FLAMP.
 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule (AM)

Fri 2030-2100 UTC
7780 kHz
9455 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sat 1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Space Line, Bulgaria
Sun 2330-2400 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
Mon 0800-0830 UTC
7730 kHz
5850 kHz
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