06/JAN/15 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET, Report 6/Jan/15

Check-ins:  7
Traffic: 4

Stations:
KJ6UPE Danon TNX6D David
K7IFG Ken T
W7ZAP Mindy T
KW6JIM Jim kbd
K7KY Doug T (NCS)

Although the band was noisy, the net went well.  NCS needs to use more power for the voice portion in winter.  35w is not enough.  I have 100w, but don’t use it often as Mindy W7ZAP is only a few feet from my station and our antennas are 70′ apart.   At 500w David NX6D had a solid signal with excellent audio.  Paul KE6NVU was on frequency just before the net, but gone by check-in.  After a meeting in Eureka, Jim KW6JIM  joined the digital portion just before closing.  Some of our regular Eureka Ops were attending meetings tonight too.

It’s remarkable how well digital signals are decoded when it’s difficult to communicate by voice with a lot more power.

Discussion points:
NCS needs to use more power for the voice portion during winter
Ops should lock the fldigi curser prior to transmitting
Late/visiting Ops can break into the digital net by sending three 1sec tuning signals @ 2000 on the waterfall
We want to have our TXID enabled so we will all be on the same mode

73 Doug K7KY

 

Net Log:
… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn ORCArotation.b2s]<flmsg>2.0.6
:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20150701034428
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20150601232232
<blankform>
:mg:232
ORCA DIGITAL NET, Rotation Order

KJ6UPE   Danon T
K7IFG    Ken  T
NX6D     David no
W7ZAP    Mindy T
K7KY     Doug

Following this transmission, the first station will transmit. NCS will then prompt each station in order…
[WRAP:chksum BB23][WRAP:end] … end
<flmsg>1.1.21
:hdr_fm:20 kj6upe 201507010446Z
:hdr_ed:20 kj6upe 201507010316Z
<ics213>
:to:14 ORCA NET  2014
:fm:19 KJ6UPE DANON TAYLOR
:d1:6 1-6-14
:t1:10 7:30 OR SO
:sb:21 SENDING A MESSAGE….
:mg:265 ALLRIGHT…REAL SIMPLE….EVERYONE HAVE A VERY SAFE WEEK AND ENJOY THE FREEDOM…BE GREATFULL…BE
BLESSED….AND BE ALL YOU CAN BE BY SERVING MAN KIND…BUT REMEMBER … DO NOT GIVE YOUR PEARLS TO SWINE……LOOOO
OOOOOOOVing  ham raido.GOODNIGHT……KJ6UPE NEXT..
[WRAP:chksum 749A][WRAP:end] ……end

<EOT>
K7IFG OK to send your message now…de K7KY  K7KY
Before RSID: <<2015-01-07T03:48Z MFSK-32 @ 104+1553>>
<STX>
K7KY DE K7IFG HERE IS THE SATERN NETS PRACTICE MESSAGE.

<EOT>
uËene!Ri
Before RSID: <<2015-01-07T03:48Z MFSK-32 @ 104+1554>>
<STX>

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn WB5ALM-R-1.p2s]<flmsg>2.0.6
:hdr_fm:45
WB5ALM-R 20150301182238
K7IFG 20150701034823
:hdr_ed:24
WB5ALM-R 20150301182220
<plaintext>
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fTBlDFGK9NMYRYZ/RaNvFaWgA2DtrC7TpDEMH0JIrFaQCAZGekQrAOROJL59KGCW
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AlBqfhNCTpJN74kco96srA==
[b64:end][WRAP:chksum F8F5][WRAP:end] … end

<EOT>
tZatW7ZAP OK to send your message now… K7KY   e
Before RSID: <<2015-01-07T03:51Z MFSK-32 @ 104+1554>>
<STX>

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn TX_level_attenuator_in_FLDIGI.213]<flmsg>2.0.6
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20150701035123
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20150701034216
<ics213>
:to:16 ORCA Digital Net
:fm:11 Mindy W7ZAP
:p2:13 Brookings, OR
:d1:10 2015-01-06
:t1:5 1922L
:sb:35 Transmit level attenuator in FLDIGI
:mg:662 It is often difficult to adjust the audio drive to the point where ALC is just barely active. Mixer
controls are OK, but not usually designed for very small changes. They are designed for adjusting listening levels.
FLDIGI provides the ability to control the audio drive in increments of 0.1 dB over a 30 dB range. This control is
located in the bottom right corner of the main dialog:

Set this control for -6 dB and then adjust the sound card mixer control for the best ALC level you can achieve.
Then adjust the Tx-level control for best “just visible” ALC on the transceiver. That should give you a very clean
PSK signal.
(Excerpt from FLDIGI User Maunal)

[WRAP:chksum D371][WRAP:end] … end

<EOT>
<STX>

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn ORCArotation.b2s]<flmsg>2.0.6
:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20150701035311
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20150601232232
<blankform>
:mg:226
Reception report:

KJ6UPE     Of freq a bit at first, didn’t open flmsg, but printed
K7IFG    Ken  compressed message opened flmsg
NX6D     David no
W7ZAP    Mindy 100% + flmsg
K7KY     Doug

Over to KJ6UPE for comments…
[WRAP:chksum B1A0][WRAP:end] … end

(ÈNkWRAP:fn kj6upe-61.b2s] <flmsg>1.1.21
:hdr_fm:20 kj6upe 201507010454Z
:hdr_ed:20 kj6upe 201507010452Z
<blankform>
:mg:55 k7fg  no copy pig latin ……w7zap 100%……k7ky 100%
[WRAP:chksum 99AF][WRAP:end] ……end

<EOT>
e nexeñen wK7IFG de K7KY OK Ken… comments?   K7KY
Before RSID: <<2015-01-07T03:55Z MFSK-32 @ 104+1550>>

<STX>
ORCA DE K7IFG  NO COPY ON KJ6UPE MESSAGE W7ZAP AND K7KY CAME THRU FB AND OPEN THE BROWSER AND FLMSG GREAT.
DE K7IFG K
<EOT>

Before RSID: <<2015-01-07T03:56Z MFSK-32 @ 104+1553>>
W7ZAP de K7KY  TU Ken… I think the band conditions are hindering UPE tonight..Over to Mindy… K7KY

Before RSID: <<2015-01-07T03:56Z MFSK-32 @ 104+1557>>

<STX>

W7ZAP COPIED THE FOLLOWING STATIONS:

KJ6UPE 90% Copy
KF7IFG 100% Copy +  FLMSG
K7KY 100% Copy +  FLMSG

Dannon was off freq (waterfall) and by the time I got the curser aligned, I missed some of his message.

W7ZAP
<EOT>
QruALL ORCA de K7KY  Tu Mindy….  We’re doing pretty well given band conditions tonight.  I’m going to send an
image that help us understand band conditions a little better  after the image, we return to voice @ 3.955 for
final comments…  K7KY
<STX>
KW6JIM is here…
<EOT>
tR tn<DC3>KW6JIM de K7KY GE
Before RSID: <<2015-01-07T03:59Z MFSK-32 @ 104+1568>>
<STX>
Hi Doug.  Just catching the end.  Sigs are GREAT from Oregon.  BTU…

KW6JIM
<EOT>
KW6JIM de K7KY Hi Jim.. Glad you made it tonight.  We’re just winding up the digital portion,.  not too many
Ops tonight.  i’m sending an image and after the image, back to 3.955 for final comments… K7KY
Sending Pic:192×192 6upe
<EOT>

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