06/JUL/21 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 06/Jul/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 29
Stations:
__KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
__KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
__WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
__W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
__KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
__AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
__KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
__KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
__K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
__KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
__N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
__KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
__NQ6F Rus Eureka,CA QNX
__KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA
KB7VX/P Bruce Gallup,NM VidID
__KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA QNX VidID
__KG7D Greg Carson City,NV in&out VidID
__KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT in&out VidID
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

Thanks to everyone who checked in tonight. 29 stations on the Roster. Last week we logged 25. That’s an immediate uptick for Summer Sked. Seems we all needed a break from traffic-handling practice. Staying active on ORCA and WDN will keep us lightly in touch; we’ll be ready if our EMCOMM skills are needed. Meantime, we’ll enjoy what we can of our Summer like no other.

ORCA DIGITAL NET Welcomes two first-time ck-ins, Ron AD7DQ in Horseshoe Bend,ID and Steven KE7ZPG in McKinleyvile,CA. We hope they find ORCA useful enough to check in regularly. They will also find our Associate, Western Digital Net, engaging and useful. WDN meets every Thursday evening on the same sked as ORCA, 3.581khz, 1930p/0230z, Steve K6ETA/NCS.

Extreme heat in Vancouver,WA last week put our friend Charles W7CLE in the hospital. He’s now out of the hospital and half-way home in a care facility. Under quarantine, Brian KJ7BHK is his only visitor. Charles, an ORCA regular, has been with us since 21/Nov/2017. Thanks to Charles, we now have numerous members in Vancouver where they run a VHF digital training net. We wish Charles a quick recovery and return home. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. He couldn’t have a better group of friends and colleagues wishing him well.

Steve K6ETA has spearheaded our efforts to resolve VARA QRM on 3.581mhz. He’s communicating directly with principle Operators. Some have thanked him for bringing the issue to their attention. He asked John Wiseman G8BPQ to add a frequency-reporting feature to the BPQ software because BPQ auto-forwards over VARA and ARDOP ports. Those ports might be forwarding to Winlink, NTSD, or another BPQ BBS. John added this BPQ feature directly; now there’s a log of each stations TX frequency. This will help the group self-regulate. Hats-Off to Steve; he’s our most knowledgeable Op about Winlink/BPQ operations. He’s lead the way with polite and reasonable communications.

Some of those experimenting with ultra-wide modes may be newer Amateur Ops, computer savvy, but still unfamiliar with Amateur radio protocols and conventions. They may not realize their nearly 3khz signal is covering other stations. We need to continue listening for the CW ID on interfering VARA signals and contact the independent Ops ourselves when we can. So far, we’ve had very good responses from VARA stations we’ve contacted. If you copy an interfering ID, please follow up with the Op. They are probably unaware of interfering.

Tonight’s signal-evaluation images reveal the difficulty some stations had copying NCS at ck-in. Most showed improvement by net-end. Some stations were unable to copy the first image at all. Note that we’ve logged few-to-none of our more distant members for the last couple months. They’ll be looking forward to fall and shorter days when 80m will wake up earlier in the evening (we hope). Years ago, we experimented with switching to 40m when 80m was difficult, but we found 40m only a partial solution. It was often no better than 80m and sometimes worse. Now, we stay on 80m and do the best we can with what we have. That’s radio; in emergencies, we’ll use the band that works.

Images from the net:

KE6SLS Eureka, CA
KK6RJR Bakersfield, CA
KR7KR Enoch, UT
KS6M Oakland, CA
NQ7F Eureka, CA
W6ADZ Reno, NV
W6DLW Cedar City, UT
WB7EUX Joseph, OR
K7NOJ Camas, WA RX #1
KB7BHK Vancouver, WA RX #1
KB7VX/P Gallup, NM RX #2
KG7VVN Beryl, UT RX #2
W1EEP Pine Valley, UT RX #2

Keep these nets in mind; they’re conducted by ORCA Colleagues. 4 digital nets, M-Thurs on 3.581mhz,
our Western-US digital watering-hole, and one net via Winlink:

Monday, Humboldt County Emergency Digital Net, 1845p/0245z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32, KE6SLS/NCS (regional)

Tuesday, ORCA DIGITAL NET, 1930p/0230z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32, K7KY & W7ZAP/NCS, http://orcadigitalnet.com/ (W/USA)

Wednesday, NA ID ERC Digital Net, 1915m/0215z, 3.581+1500, MT63-1kL, K7DV/NCS (regional)

Wednesday, HUMCO Winlink Wednesday Net, Matthew KN7CEI/NCS, Message KN6CEI w/CALL,NAME,QTH on Wednesday

Thursday, Western Digital Net, 1930p/0230z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32, K6ETA/NCS, http://westerndigitalnet.org/ (W/USA)

Saturday, 20M Digital Net, 1200C/1700z, 14.065+1500, Olivia 16/1K, (Suspended until 18/Sep/21)

Thanks for taking time to practice with us again tonight. We appreciate your participation. We hope to see you again next Tuesday evening.

73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log —
Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:45Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (Monitor/In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

GE DE KF7ZIY KF7ZIY QNX

AD7DQ
DE AD7DQ
testing vhf digital mode
now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country
DE AD7DQ

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:47Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KF7ZIY < K7KY TU Dave
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:48Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
AD7DQ < K7KY Ron u want to ck-into ORCA DIGITAL NET HF? < K7KY

NCS < KW6M KW6M QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:49Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KW6M < K7KY TU Steve
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX < NCS

KS6M QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:49Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KS6M < K7KY TU John
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX < NCS

WB7TZD WB7TZD QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:50Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WB7TZD < K7KY TU Tom
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX < NCS

W7WXV – Carroll, QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W7WXV < K7KY TU Carroll
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX < NCS

KS6M QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KS6M < K7KY TU John
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
got u first time John probably poor path tonite tu < NCS

W1EEP* K

LW, 1 QST

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:52Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KC7MAW QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:53Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W1EEP < K7KY TU Gene
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:53Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KC7MAW QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:53Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W6DLW < K7KY GE Dennis
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KC7MAW < K7KY TU Mike
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
qth: HORSESHOE BEND
loc: DN13vv
idaho

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
AD7DQ

AD7DQ < K7KY TU Ron
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
RON
qth: HORSESHOE BEND
loc: DN13vv
AD7DQ idaho

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
AD7DQ < K7KY GE Ron I hv u on the log tu < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (Monitor/In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:58Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
DE KL7RI QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:58Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KL7RI < K7KY TU John
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX < NCS

de ke7zpg qnx

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:58Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY < WA7HHE GE, QRU

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:59Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KE7ZPG < K7KY TU Steven
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T01:59Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WA7HHE < K7KY RR Brad TU
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
Next? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:00Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only < K7KY/NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:02Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only < K7KY/NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:04Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
station @ 1460wf agn pse @ 1500 tu < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (Monitor/In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

WB7EUX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:07Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WB7EUX < K7KY GE Tom
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR < K7KY

KR7KR QRU

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:07Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KR7KR < K7KY RR Ken TU
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
Next? < NCS

WA7HHE Relay, copies K7DV QRU

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:09Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7DV < K7KY TU Dave
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:10Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WA7HHE < K7KY Brad pse tell Dave he’s QNX but can try RECHECK if condx change tu < NCS

K7DV < WA7HHE NCS ADVISES UR QNX BUT CAN TRY RECHECK IF CONDX CHANG

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:11Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
FB Brad TU BK

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only < K7KY/NCS

WA7HHE Relay, copies KI7TPD QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:12Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KI7TPD < K7KY TU Fred
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:13Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
Double WA7HHE pse relay to Fred he’s QNX tu last stn agn pse < K7KY

K7KY < WA7HHE RR KI7TPD IS IN, ALSO N7SND IS TRYING TO CHECK IN UNABLE TO HEAR YOU WITH HIS ANTENNA BEING LOW SO CK HIM IN IF YOU WOULD

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:14Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
RR Brad & pse relay that to Larry too tu BK

N7SND < K7KY TU Larry
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:15Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (Monitor/In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:17Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K6ETA < K7KY GE Steve
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA < K7KY

W6ADZ QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:18Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W6ADZ < K7KY TU Darrell
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX < NCS

KE7IN QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:18Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
no copy last stn agn pse < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:19Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KE7IN < K7KY TU Kevin
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:20Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only < K7KY/NCS

NQ6F QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
NQ6F < K7KY TU Rus
NQ6F Rus Eureka,CA QNX < NCS

< KJ7BHK, QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KJ7BHK < K7KY TU Brian
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:23Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only < K7KY/NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:25Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (Monitor/In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:28Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only < K7KY/NCS

K7NOJ K7NOJ

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:28Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7NOJ < K7KY FB Randy
K7NOJ Randy Cama

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:28Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7NOJ < K7KY GE Randy
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:29Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
NQ6F Rus Eureka,CA QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA

2021-07-06 19:29:30p 02:29:30z
WELCOME to ORCA DIGITAL NET (Summer Sked)
Doug K7KY/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

Summer Sked: NO FLAMP Exercise/Traffic Round

Comment Round: RX reports, observations, questions,
comments, or brief QSTs w/reference URL.

CONFIG FLDIGI 4 NET:
LOCK: Cursor @ 1500
ENABLE: RxID
DISABLE: TxID, end-of-Tx-ID, Pre-Signal-Tone*
DISABLE: Mode-ID, CWID, CW-Postamble-ID
* Pre-Tone manually (TUNE BUTTON) when doubles are likely.

—–

REMAINING CK-INS COME NOW
ACTIVE Ops Send: ‘CALLSIGN’ or VidID
MONITORING/IN&OUT Ops Send: ‘CALLSIGN QNX'(QNI/QNX)
FIRST Ck-In? Send: CALL/NAME/QTH [QNX] < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:33Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
de Steve KB6HOH QNX K

WA7HHE Relay, copies KB7VX/P VID ID

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:33Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KB7VX/P < K7KY FB Bruce
KB7VX/P Bruce Gallup,NM VidID < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:34Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KB6HOH < K7KY RR Steve
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA in&out VidID < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:35Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KR7KR < K7KY Ken pse relay call 4 ck-in tu < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:36Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WB7EUX < K7KY Tom pse relay call 4 ck-in tu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:36Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WB7EUX Relaying ORCA DIGITAL NET Ck-In
Not copying NCS? Ck-In here … < WB7EUX

Nothing hear de WB7EUX

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:37Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
FB Tom TU BK & tnx to Brad WA7HHE 4 the station relay BK

Signal Evaluation Image
Sending Pic:140×140; < K7KY

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.17.01
:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20210707023812
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20192409231907
<blankform>
:mg:841 ORCA DIGITAL NET 06/Jul/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 27
Stations:
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
NQ6F Rus Eureka,CA QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA
KB7VX/P Bruce Gallup,NM VidID
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA QNX VidID
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

[WRAP:chksum 4041][WRAP:end] … end

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:40Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ORCA DIGITAL NET continues with Summer Sked, Ck-In and Comment Round only until 18/Sep/21. We’re open to running occasional FLAMP Exercises or Mode Shoot-Outs if enough members request. Please continue checking-in to participate in the Comment Round or QNX (in&out). It’s important to maintain our Tuesday evenings sked. There are three other digital nets on 3.581, M-Thurs. Currently, our frequency is under siege by a varity of stations using very wide VARA modes. 3.581 could easily become unusable if this continues.

Speaking of VARA QRM, we want to mention Steve K6ETA’s current efforts to assess and resolve this growing problem. Steve is a six year veteran RMS Gateway Sysop and knows the Winlink system, FCC regulations, and Winlink Gateway conventions better than most of us. Steve asked John Wiseman G8BPQ, the BPQ Developer, to add a frequency-reporting feature to BPQ that will log station freq. John has already added this reporting function. Now, it’s possible to see reports with the frequency used by each station. This will go a long way toward getting all Sysops and BPQ Ops to remain within their allocation. When you run into Steve, be sure to thank him for proactively addressing the problem.

The VARA QRM issue metasized very quickly and would get worse if not addressed. It effects a lot more Ops than the four digital nets on 3.581. There’s also a large group of digital Ops using 3.582 +1500 regularly. That group includes some ORCA/WDN Ops. They’re even closer to the VARA stations.

We’ll continue sending the test image at both ends of the net. Signal reports are always useful.

Note to CALL* Ops: There’s no use for an * at Ck-In until 18/Sep/21 when FLAMP Exercises resume.

We can run an FLAMP Exercise or Mode Shoot-Out occasionally, that’s up to the membership.

Ck-In protocol is unchanged for Summer Sessions.
Please Send on one line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only for ck-in & Comment Round
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ to check in&out (Monitor)
‘CALLSIGN, NAME, QTH, [QNX]’ first Ck-In only

For email notice when the Net Report is posted, write: ncs@orcadigitalnet.com

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Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:44Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET
19:44:02p 02:44:02z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:44Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KG7D < K7KY RR Greg
KG7D Greg Carson City,NV in&out VidID < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:45Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KG7VVN < K7KY RR Bruno
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT in&out VidID < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
You can see I’ve an old macro in&out instead of QNX stuff happens I’ll resend the roster with the updates BK

» eDn¢eh07024658
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K7KY 20192409231907
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:mg:919 ORCA DIGITAL NET 06/Jul/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 29
Stations:
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
NQ6F Rus Eureka,CA QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA
KB7VX/P Bruce Gallup,NM VidID
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA QNX VidID
KG7D Greg Carson City,NV in&out VidID
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT in&out VidID
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

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Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T02:49Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
pse stand by a moment while I reboot FLDIGI < NCS

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K7KY 20210707025012
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K7KY 20192409231907
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:mg:919 ORCA DIGITAL NET 06/Jul/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 29
Stations:
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
NQ6F Rus Eureka,CA QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA
KB7VX/P Bruce Gallup,NM VidID
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA QNX VidID
KG7D Greg Carson City,NV in&out VidID
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT in&out VidID
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

[WRAP:chksum 2531][WRAP:end] … end

All good now, I hope. FLDIGI had a fart. after the Comment round 4 Active stations we’ll open comments to the QNX stations. First station up 4 Traffic Round tonite is Gene W1EEP < NCS

is W6DLW < NCS

ORCA NCS< K7KY, I found this artile and thought I would share on the net. In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released June 17, the FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by Hobby King of a $2,861,128 fine for marketing noncompliant RF equipment and for failing to respond to FCC orders in its investigation of the company’s practices. In the same step, the FCC enforced its equipment marketing rules. The fine resulted from an FCC investigation initiated by ARRL’s January 2017 complaint that the Hobby King equipment was “blatantly illegal at multiple levels.” See the following URL for full story: http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-reaffirms-nearly-3-million-fine-for-marketing-unauthorized-drone-transmitters. 73 to all. W6DLW.

Wow Dennis, that’s a substantial fine. Yikes! BK Brad WA7HHE, ur up 4 Comments < K7KY

ORCA < WA7HHE
This evenings interesting article read is titled:
Cascading Disaster’ of Response and Failures

One would think we should be able to do better.

When the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s grid operator, required the utility to cut power across San Antonio, massive pumps used to push water throughout the city shut down.

That worsened an already bad situation, with hundreds of thousands of San Antonians enduring freezing temperatures without power or water for long periods.
Full story @ https://www.govtech.com/em/safety/report-details-cascading-disaster-of-response-and-failures

73’s to all on the net.

Thanks Brad looks like time 4 them to get organized ! BK Next 4 Comments is Tom WB7EUX < NCS

NCS < WB7EUX – Very warm in Wallowa County. Luckily only one wildland fire about 23 miles north of Joseph. It’s in rugged terrain that is virtually inacessible except by plane and helicoper. The participating agencies are letting it take its course. All is well! 73 de WB7EUX

Yuck! yet another wildfire I hope they gather it in quickly Tom tu BK Over 2 Ken KR7KR 4 Comments < NCS

Good Evening to the net
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July
NCS quite weak at start of the net
Getting Better as it gets later
Sorry I missed relay request, I was looking at my other computer screen
1st image is was quite poor
73 to all

de KR7KR k

RR Ken no problem with the relay good 2 cu and I hope one day to work u & some of the RCARC folks on cw my CW is very rusty and needs tuning (-; BK Next 4 Traffic is Steve K6

Next 4 Comments is Steve K6ETA < NCS

K7KY < K6ETA Thanks for another great net!~

The only comment I have about correcting the VARA issue is I want to emphasize that we are all digital ops figuring out how to share limited bandwidh – solet’s keep it civil and couteous. In the end hopefully we will all learn and accept the rules and the band planning that allows us to do all this!

Thanks again and 73 de K6ETA BTN

FB Steve and tnx 4 the reminder to keep it polite… we’ve been very polite so far to my knowledge and have had very swift cooperation from the Ops I’ve spoken with.. tnx again for your leadership with this issue.. BK Next 4 Comments is Randy K7NOJ < NCS

de K7NOJ

Thanks for check-in. Been busy with friends and family like this net. NCS is +2 at my QTH with QRM from some Thor stas. Copied station list 5X. Picture eval looks very good!

Unusually warm here in the Vancouver, WA. Thanks for your time and effort!! BTN de K7NOJ

RR Randy & tu for working with us… we appreciate your participation BK Over 2 Bruce KB7VX/P 4 Comments < NCS

de KB7VX/p

KB7VX/p copied the following at the times indicated:

K7KY
0300Z — unreadable
0315Z — unreadable
0330Z — unreadable
0338Z — no copy on first ORCA ICON
0338Z — SUN NOW SET HERE
0340Z — minus 11 db — 10% KBD
0344Z — minus 9db — 20% KBD
0400Z — minus 7db — 30% KBD
0403Z — minus 5db — 50% KBD

WA7HHE
0304Z — +4db 100% KBD
0333Z — +8db 100% KBD
0357Z — +12db 100^ KBD

KR7KR
0308Z — +1db 100% KBD
0359Z — +15db 100% KBD

KI7TPD
0310Z — -1db 100% KBD

N7SND
0313Z — +2db 100% KBD

KG7??? — VID ID received here but had the 500 hz filter on so didnt see all of the call

W5DLW
0354Z — +9db 100 KBD

WB7EUX
0358Z– minus 4db — 90% KBD

K6ETA
0401Z — minus 6db — 50% KBD

K7NOJ
0404z — minus 10db — no copy

At 0200Z TODAY — 1900 hrs MDT; sun still up, I received the AmRRON Intelligence Brief from KW6M, Stephen, in Walton, OR. Here is a brief conversation via MFSK-32 that we had on 7110 Khz +1000WF:

“KW6M de KB7VX/p

FB STEPHEN. GOT IT! TNX.
YOU ARE +10 DB HERE IN ZUNI, NM
TNX.
KW6M de KB7VX/p

Wowee NM FB !
U R +9db in Western Oregon
Tnx es 73!
de KW6M

I THINK ORCA WOULD BE BETTER OFF NEAR THIS FREQ THAN DOWN ON 80.
73S TO YOU STEPHEN AND TNX
KW6M de KB7VX/p

O U BET, especialy in the summer.
It’s ruff down there on 80 in the daytime
73
CUL
DE KW6M
SK

KW6M de KB7VX/p” END CONVERSATION

NOTE:

After a 5 week period with no COVID patients, we are now starting to get a few. I did one patient’s ultrasound and was in his room for about 30 minutes scanning him.

He told me he had received the vaccine.

I will plan to send this new AIB myself as QST to WDN on Thursday from my secret hideout on top of a hill at 7500 feet elevation in the Cibola National Forest. I may check in late due to poor propagation on 3581 before sunset. CU there! de KB7VX/p.

KB7VX/p

FB Bruce… tnx 4 taking time to make a detailed report. we can see the importance of time change 40m may be great right now, but there’s times when it’s not. 80m has been better 4 us overall tnx for the report and info Bruce BK Next 4 Comments is Bruno KG7VVN < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T03:08Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA/NCS GE Doug/Mindy N ORCA Ops

Been bsy w/ grandkids as well as usual chores plus additional fire prevention improvements around homestead ie clearing brush, grass and reroofing pump house w/ metal, etc… Can’t work in the afternoon w/ temps around 100F so have to get it done in the am and after supper. Hence late for ck in!

Sig Rprt: Sorry very lite tonite.

NCS -8,+5 db KBD 75% FLMSG 0%
W6DLW -1,+3 db KBD 100%
WA7HHE +11, +14 db KBD 100%
WB7EUX -4, +2 db KBD 100%
KR7KR +8, +14 db KBD 100%
K6ETA -9,-3 db KBD 95%
K7NOJ No Copy
KB7VX/P +3, +8 db KBD 100%

Stay Healthy. Stay Sane ! :-) 73 < KG7VVN

RR Bruno the work and temp don’t sound too good, but hanging out w/the grandkids sounds like much more fun (-; tnx 4 ur report BK Mindy W7ZAP, ur up 4 Comments < K7KY

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W7ZAP 20210707031023
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W7ZAP 20170512224719
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:mg:1369 35w 135ft doublet @ 145ft
W7ZAP copied the following stns:
KF7ZIY 100% KBD (S8)
KW6M 100% KBD (S9 +20) 9dB
KS6M 100% KBD (S7) -3dB
WB7TZD 100% KBD (S7) -1dB
W7WXV 100% KBD (S8) -1dB
W1EEP 100% KBD (S7)
W6DLW 100% KBD (S7+)
KC7MAW 100% KBD (S7+)
AD7DQ 100% KBD (S7+)
KL7RI 100% KBD (S8) 1dB
KE7ZPG 100% KBD (S9) 15dB
WA7HHE 100% KBD (S7) -1dB
WB7EUX 100% KBD (S9+) 8dB
KR7KR 100% KBD (S7) 1dB
K7DV No copy RELAY: WA7HHE
KI7TPD No copy RELAY: WA7HHE
N7SND No copy RELAY: WA7HHE
K6ETA 100% VidID KBD (S9)
KE7IN 100% KBD (S8) 2dB
NQ6F 100% KBD (S8) 2dB
KJ7BHK 100% KBD (S8) 2dB
K7NOJ 100% KBD (S7+) -5dB
KB7VX/P 100% VidID KBD (S8) interesting sig rpt
KB6HOH 100% KBD VidID
KG7D 100% VidID
KG7VVN 100% VidID KBD (S9) 5dB

ORCA welcomes Ron AD7DQ in Horseshoe Bend,ID and Steven KE7ZPG in McKinleyvile,CA. And welcome back to Greg KG7D, Matt KC7MAW, and Ken KR7KR. 80m is noisy w/poor propagation during daylight hours. Brad WA7HHE was the relay stn of the hour tonight… well done Brad & tnx!

A big ‘Thank You!’ to Steve K6ETA for communicating w/the VARA Ops re: bandwidth usage, modes, and QRM. I’ve always appreciated when a more knowledgable person has taken the time to teach me something I clearly didn’t know, rather than give me heck :-) Excellent elmering Steve.

Great to see everyone on the WF tonight. Hope you’re all doing well.

Stay Safe & 73,
Mindy W7ZAP
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Thanks for the detailed reception report, Mindy. We all like to learn about our signals. BK are there any followup comments or questions b4 we open the Comment round to QNX stations? < NCS

Comment Round is now open to QNX stations and lurkers too < NCS

NO DOING GOOD TONIGHT NET CONTROL IS -5 AT THIS TIME SORRY WISH IT WAS BETTER THANKS FOR THE NET ALL GOOd HERE IN PINE VALLEY.. 73’S TO ALL

GE Gene too bad ur not copying us well, you’re solid here printing 100% thx for the comments we can look fwd to better condx by fall, I hope… BK anyone else? < K7KY

-CA Net de KI7TPD

Conditions seem to be getting a bit better as the sun goes downuqmIefo¦ts ev ne t f
KI7Tü

RR Fred tu ur not quite 100% but readable good to hv u aboard maybe condx better next week BK anyone else? < K7KY

NCS < W6ADZ Question for Mindy W7ZAP. Did you copy me on check-in? Didn’t see my signal report. TNX < W6ADZ

W6ADZ < W7ZAP Yes I did… u were S9 < W7ZAP

TNX Mindy < W6
< W6ADZ

Any further comments b4 we close? < NCS

Last chance (-: < NCS

A note to the two new stations b4 we go pse ck out our website; the net is not running our usual FLAMP practice during summer, but u can learn all abt the net here: http://orcadigitalnet.com BK tnx for working with us again this evening BK

2021-07-06 20:21:34p 03:21:34z
This concludes ORCA DIGITAL NET
Thanks for working with us tonight.
We hope to see you again next
Tuesday evening.
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Sending Pic:140×140; 73 Doug K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T03:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY and the ORCA Net: I copy you well now Doug also most of the time I copy most other stations.

Im doing well and busy with family and church zoom meetings also supporting daughter and the city guarding a firework stand during the night for a week to circumvent any firework accidents causings fires in the area from stolen fireworks.
K7KY de K7DV

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T03:23Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7DV < K7KY Yo, Dave I’m so glad u can get in tonite… we’ve really had a difficult time with the path btwn Brookings & Idaho Falls it used to be solid then weak in summer and now, weak all the time… I’ve not heard ERC net in months btu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T03:25Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY de K7DV yes we have been running it but its been difficult to say the keast least ur net is doing very well and you are to be commended on a job well done Give our best to mindy and take care of all of thise Geese hi hi 73 from Dave and Wanda de K7dv

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T03:26Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
RR & tnx 4 the flowers… I’ll pass them along to ORCA Ops w/o them we’d not have a practice net at all… most of them have beenwith us 4 years like yourself anyway, very good to catch up w/you when we can both print nicely… give our best wishes to Wanda and we hope you don’t hv to put out any fires btu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T03:28Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY de K7DV roger roger on the fires I kinda remember it being this hot and drry back in the late 50-60’s time periodand right after we had some real cold weather but im going to byt my tongue hi hi have anice evening and we still want to get out there sometime and see youu before the cities burn up Heaven forbid ok thans and hope yo hear you again break Ill let you go and have some finner 73 frok me and wanda De Dave K7dv In Idaho falls Idaho

Before RSID: <<2021-07-07T03:30Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7DV < K7KY visiting is a sweet thought Dave but we want to wait until this crazy country settles down so traveling will be safe… 73 4 now Doug K7KY SK < K7KY

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