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ORCA DIGITAL NET 09/aug/16 check-in/rotation:

Check-ins:10
Stations:
WA6NBG Don Eureka,CA Bulletin
KB6NN Howard, Eureka,CA
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
N6IET Rick Los Angeles,CA
WB6SDR Ralph Folsom,CA
WB6VAC Doug Republic,WA
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS,35w-180’doublet@80′

Great net tonight! I mistakenly logged Bob W7GBB as an early check-in when he was on freq before the net, but we sorted it out quickly. Signals improved as we moved toward nightfall. Mindy W7ZAP conducted the weekly FLAMP practice traffic as NCS. It went very well. It’s an opportunity to run a portion of the net and practice advanced FLAMP features as NCS. For this exercise, NCS needs to track who needs which blocks and decide which ‘CONFIRMED’ station will best RELAY to stations needing fills.

I’d like to see the weekly FLAMP exercise conducted by net members. I know, anyone that’s served in the military has a strong resistance to volunteering, but this exercise is not difficult and provides valuable experience with FLAMP features and digital net control. We already have quite a few skilled digital Ops. We want to provide opportunities to learn digital NCS skills too. NCS experience is a further step in developing digital operating skills.

Doug WB6VAC joined us tonight from Republic,WA. He learned of our net from Ken K7IFG on FSQ. He’ll likely be back when he has FLAMP configured. If you’re thinking about using a Raspberry Pi for digital work, be sure to save this log. Ralph WB6SDR gave us lots of configuration details for his RaspPi2 setup. The low-cost low-power Raspberry Pi/fidigi package is very intriguing. Unfortunately, Gene W1EEP wasn’t able to track down the droners that hindered aerial firefighting operations at the wildfire near his home. Both Gene & Brad WA7HHE had poor RX during the FLAMP exercise early in the net, but condx improved for them in UT as the net progressed.

Mindy W7ZAP & I had the opportunity to sit down with Don WA6NBG when he was traveling through Brookings,OR last weekend. Don is one of the original founders of our net and we reviewed where we’ve been and what we hope to achieve. One item we discussed was formal traffic. We have had some formal traffic, but haven’t put much emphasis on it lately. We’d like to have more formal traffic on the net. It provides opportunities for learning various FLMSG forms and processing formal traffic on the net.

We can begin with the simple Radiogram. It’s a standard Amateur traffic form and is less detailed than other traffic forms. We can send Radiograms to other net member initially. This will give us the opportunity to process traffic traditionally. The TX & RX stations are dispatched to another freq and report back to net when transfer is complete. We will also need a Traffic Manager to hold traffic for Ops not present and, eventually, pass distant traffic to other digital nets. Our weekly operations will become more akin to regular traffic nets, while our focus remains on learning and practice.

We also remember an original ORCA goal to attract and develop digital HF members in surrounding counties and states. We envision ORCA Ops connecting with their local VHF nets to enable traffic between HF & VHF/UHF nets in emergencies.

Thanks for taking time to learn and practice with us every week. We have developed into a team of experienced and capable digital operators. I’m often amazed at how well we focus and coordinate on complex and demanding digital exercises. Frequent practice of critical skills is one lesson I’ve taken to heart from my Coast Guard service. It’s frequent practice that enables us to perform difficult tasks under pressure. Nice work.

I look forward to working with you again next Tuesday evening. 73 Doug K7KY

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< KB6NN

KB6NN TU Howard… ur on the log.. < K7KY

DE K7KY W1EEP W1EEP ONE MESSAGE TONIGHT IN FLMSG

W1EEP RR Gene < K7KY

I can not read the URL. It is like in Greek or something foriegn ..

anyway, de ke6sls checkin’ in wid da bozzzzz

for the ORCA Net, one msg in the digital hopper

KE6SLS GE Jaye RR ur on the log and I may have missed a double < K7KY

K7KY de WA7HHE, GE Doug, standing by for the ORCA net, one msg ready in the digital hopper

WA7HHE RR Brad < K7KY

K7KY de N6IET

N6IET GE Rick tnx for checking in < K7KY

Early ORCA Check-Ins:

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA

KB6NN Howard, Eureka,CA

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

N6IET Rick Los Angeles,CA

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS,35w-180’doublet@80′ < K7KY

WB6SDR GE Ralph ur on the log < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET early check-in < K7KY

de n6iet

de WA6NBG WA6NBG WA6NBG with bulletin.

WA6NBG RR Don < K7KY

Early ORCA Check-Ins:

WA6NBG Don Eureka,CA Bulletin

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA

KB6NN Howard, Eureka,CA

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

N6IET Rick Los Angeles,CA

WB6SDR Ralph Folsom,CA

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS,35w-180’doublet@80′ < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET early check-in < K7KY

k7ky de n6iet

I heard WA7HHE Brad check in – twice. I guess he must have doubled with somebody I can’t hear.

Rick

N6IET Tnx Rick I have him on the paper. and thanks for the note about late checkins too… I’m on top of it tonight if I get lost, pse

nudge me tu BREAK any more early checkins? < K7KY

wb6vac republic wa

de wb6vac k

WB6VAC < K7KY GE please say your name and qth tu < K7KY

Doug in republic wa

de wb6vac k

WB6VAC < K7KY TU Doug and welcome to the ORCA DIGITAL NET… < K7KY

Early ORCA Check-Ins:

Stations:

WA6NBG Don Eureka,CA Bulletin

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA

KB6NN Howard, Eureka,CA

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

N6IET Rick Los Angeles,CA

WB6SDR Ralph Folsom,CA

WB6VAC Doug Republic,WA

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS,35w-180’doublet@80′

08/09/2016 19:32 PDT

Welcome to the ORCA DIGITAL NET – Doug K7KY-NCS

ORCA meets every Tuesday @ 1930p – 3.581+1500

Software: FLDIGI, FLMSG, FLAMP – MFSK-32

ORCA is a DIRECTED net, dedicated to learning and developing

digital operating skills and practicing digital traffic handling.

The net connects Amateur Operators with common interest in training,

information-sharing, and mutual-aid. Visitors always welcome.

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

Following check-in NCS sends:

1) Test image

2) Rotation list

3) Announcements (questions/comments?)

4) Short FLAMP practice message

Traffic Round: NCS calls each station in rotation

No traffic? Send ‘QRU’. Check before sending FLAMP.

Hold keyboard dialogue for Comment Round. Questions anytime.

Comment Round: reception reports, observations,

questions, and comments (keyboard or FLMSG Form as you like)

NOTE: LOCK fldigi @ 1500, enable RxID, TxID

ENABLE: CONFIGURE/ID/RsID ‘Retain tx freq lock’

Have FLAMP open. It does not self-start.

FLAMP traffic is followed with one round of FLAMP REPORTS

and one FILL.

CHECK-INS COME NOW. Send CALLSIGN or wfID

First time? CALL/NAME/QTH

Monitoring stations send: ‘CALLSIGN IN&OUT’

< K7KY

<IMAGE:G, /home/k7ky/Documents/orca/ORCASmallBlack.png>

Sending Pic:144×140; < K7KY<STX>

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:mg:406 ORCA DIGITAL NET 09/aug/16 check-in/rotation:

Check-ins:11

Stations:

WA6NBG Don Eureka,CA Bulletin

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA

KB6NN Howard, Eureka,CA

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

N6IET Rick Los Angeles,CA

WB6SDR Ralph Folsom,CA

WB6VAC Doug Republic,WA

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS,35w-180’doublet@80′

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ORCA Announcements 09/aug/16

NEW! for the weekly FLAMP practice traffic that precedes the

regular Traffic round. Mindy W7ZAP to conduct this activity

for NCS. It will provide experience withFLAMP/REPORT/RELAY

and digital NCS tasks.

In an emergency, the first Ops on freq will establish the net.

It would be helpful to already have some experience with basic

NCS duties. We can learn and practice these skills in modules,

so we don’t have to learn the whole process at once.

If the RX station is not available, we’ll hold the msg until

the RX station or a relay checks in.

Horizontal vs Vertical wfID. I’ve opened my RX pane from 125px

to 190 to have more time to copy wfIDs. I’ve not noticed either

interfering with net traffic.

Please hold Keyboard dialog for Comment Round. Questions and

relevant comments anytime.

If you need to leave early, please check-out with NCS. < K7KY

ALL ORCA Tonight we begin with another net member conducting the weekly FLAMP practice message… Mindy W7ZAP will do tis this

month and maybe you would like to give it a try next month… over to Mindy for the FLAMP practice msg… < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 17BF>{0ECD}FLAMP 2.2.03

<FILE 33 60CA>{0ECD}20160810012855:FLAMPmsg.txt

<ID 26 74BD>{0ECD}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 E4A4>{0ECD}236 5 48

<DATA 56 5597>{0ECD:1}ORCA DIGITAL NET, Weekly FLAMP practice message.

<DATA 56 EE7A>{0ECD:2} We’ll attempt to fill this message to all stat

<DATA 56 3ED6>{0ECD:3}ions. If you CONFIRM the message, NCS may ask yo

<DATA 56 7B12>{0ECD:4}u to RELAY the fill blocks. You can volunteer to

<DATA 52 9DD8>{0ECD:5} conduct the weekly FLAMP practice traffic.

<CNTL 10 D8E0>{0ECD:EOF}

<CNTL 10 78EC>{0ECD:EOT}

DE W7ZAP K

For the weekly FLAMP practice message we try

to fill every station. I will prompt you in order with

your CALLSIGN only. Press the FLAMP REPORT Button

or send, ‘No FLAMP’ or ‘No Copy’.

We begin with …

WA6NBG

DE WA6NBG

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 15 51C1>{0ECD}CONFIRMED

DE WA6NBG K

W7GBB

KB6NN

DE KB6NN

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 15 51C1>{0ECD}CONFIRMED

DE KB6NN K

W1EEP

DE W1EEP

File : Unassigned

<MISSING 16 AEC4>{0ECD}1 2 3 4 5

DE W1EEP K

KE6SLS

DE ke6sls

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 15 51C1>{0ECD}CONFIRMED

DE ke6sls K

WA7HHE

DE WA7HHE

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 14 47BE>{0ECD}PREAMBLE

DE WA7HHE K

N6IET

DE N6IET

File : FLAMPmsg.tMieWS INpel 47BE>{0ECD}PREAMBLE

DE N6IET K

WB6SDR

DE WB6SDR

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 15 51C1>{0ECD}CONFIRMED

DE WB6SDR K

WB6VAC < W7ZAP

poor copy now will just monitor

de wb6vac k

K7KY

DE K7KY

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 15 51C1>{0ECD}CONFIRMED

DE K7KY K

WB6SDR < W7ZAP

Ralph will you RELAY the whole file pls? < W7ZAP

Yes, I will relay the complete messate…

DE WB6SDR

FLAMP Relay

<PROG 18 17BF>{0ECD}FLAMP 2.2.03

<FILE 33 60CA>{0ECD}20160810012855:FLAMPmsg.txt

<ID 26 74BD>{0ECD}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 E4A4>{0ECD}236 5 48

<DATA 56 5597>{0ECD:1}ORCA DIGITAL NET, Weekly FLAMP practice message.

<DATA 56 EE7A>{0ECD:2} We’ll attempt to fill this message to all stat

<DATA 56 3ED6>{0ECD:3}ions. If you CONFIRM the message, NCS may ask yo

<DATA 56 7B12>{0ECD:4}u to RELAY the fill blocks. You can volunteer to

<DATA 52 9DD8>{0ECD:5} conduct the weekly FLAMP practice traffic.

<CNTL 10 D8E0>{0ECD:EOF}

<CNTL 10 78EC>{0ECD:EOT}

DE WB6SDR K

W7GBB

W1EEP

DE W1EEP

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 15 51C1>{0ECD}CONFIRMED

DE W1EEP K

WA7HHE

DE WA7HHE

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 15 51C1>{0ECD}CONFIRMED

DE WA7HHE K

N6IET

E N6IET

File : FLAMPmsg.txt

<MISSING 15 51C1>{0ECD}CONFIRMED

DE N6IET K

K7KY < W7ZAP

Back to you Doug < W7ZAP

W7ZAP < K7KY TU Mindy… that went well… I may have messed the rotation list up a bit…. Bob W7GBB may not actually be here… I

talked to him on freq just before net and thought he was there early, but maybe no Bob W7GBB ur here? < K7KY

ALL ORCA So, my error… please skip Bob on the roster…. Does anyone intend to send FLAMP traffic in rotation? < K7KY

OK i think we can run the net as one unit with 11 check ins and no more FLAmP traffic… we begin with bulletins and call on Don WA6NBG

< K7KY

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:to:27 Eureka Emergency VHF & ORCA

:fm:10 Don WA6NBG

:d1:10 2016-08-08

:t1:5 1553L

:sb:47 Bulletins and Annoucements for August 8th, 2016

:s1:23 Donald O. Nelson WA6NBG

:mg:744 No EmComm meeting this month.

We need a NET control operator for the Eureka VHF Emergency Net on September 5th.

Technician class Amateur Radio classes start Monday, September 12th. Don Campbell, KE6HEC is the contact for this class and can be

contacted at 834-0042, or email ke6hec@arrl.net. The cost for the book is $35, the class is free of charge. Class runs for 12 weeks, then

participants are prepared for the official technician class FCC radio test. The classes will take place at the down town Eureka Fire

Department, 533 “C” street (6th & C). Classes from from 7PM to 9PM each Monday evening.

Send any bulletins or announcements for the Eureka Emergency VHF Net to wa6nbg@yahoo.com.

This ends the digital message for August 8th.

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WA6NBG Tnx Don BREAK

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Check-ins? < K7KY

KB6NN OK Howard.. ur turn… < K7KY

My traffic:

Nothing new here. S8 noise here 4W into dipole up 10′

73, Howard, KB6NN

< KB6NN

KB6NN FB Howard…. ur 4w is doing well as usual BREAK W1EEP Up to you, Gene… < K7KY

p¯a LmoaiddNet

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:inc:18 SADDLE FIRE DRONES

:to:8 ORCA NET

:p1:6 RADO’S

:fm:10 W1EEP GENE

:p2:4 RADO

:d1:10 2016-08-09

:t1:5 1309L

:sb:19 DRONES FLY WE CAN’T

:s1:10 W1EEP GENE

:p3:15 PINE VALLEY HAM

:mg:578 THE IC OF THE SADDLE FIRE STOPPED THE FIRE AIRCRAFT 5 TIMES DURING THE DURATION OF THE FIRE

OPERATIOS IN THE PINE VALLEY AREA.

AS THE FIREFIGHTER PUT THERE LIVES ON THE LINE FIGHTING THE FIRE AND SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO FLY THERE

DRONES TO PUT THEM IN MORE DANGER.

WE LOGGED A FEW HOURS IN THE EFFORT TO LOCATE THE OPERATOR. THE STATE ALSO PASSED NEW LAWS FOR ANY

ONE CAUGHT FLYING THERE DRONE IN A FIRE ZONE.

AS WE HAVE ALL UNDER CONTROL NOW. WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT SOMEWHERE SOMETIME THEY CATCH A FEW DRONE

OPERATORS AND PUT THEM BEHIND BARS.

WE THANK ALL FOR YOUR CONCERN.

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W1EEP Tnx Gene I’ve been waiting for the drone report…. too bad you didn’t actuallly find an Op… BREAK KE6SLS OK Jaye

ur up now… < K7KY

rg and fb Doug.

I am qru and will give my report in the comments rounds. having much

prob cp on many other stations.

running 35 watts tonight on the s=hort inverted dipole.

de ke6sls back to ORCA NCS k

KE6SLS FB Jaye ur strong and solid here tonight… BREAK WA7HHE OK Brad ur up… < K7KY

de WA7HHE please copy a friendly DRONE message

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:tt:15 Friendly Drones

:to:11 ORCA RADO’s

:fm:20 Emergency Management

:dt:8 08/09/16

:tm:6 21:01L

:sb:83 Menlo Park, Calif., Fire District to Deploy Full Fleet of Drones Within Three Years

:mg:412 The drones will do everything from instantly checking out collisions to quickly assessing whether a chemical spill is hazardous

enough to warrant evacuation.

Recent advances give handheld drones the capability to do such tasks as shine a light while surveying a burned-out building or analyze

the air above a potential hazardous spill.

Full Story:

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Fire-District-Drones.html

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WA7HHE Tnx Brad Drones are coming into wide use & abuse lately… I would like to have a Phantom 4 myself… BREAK

N6IET Rick… ur up for traffic or what… < K7KY

QRU

N6IET TU Rick… BREAK

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Check-ins? < K7KY

WB6SDR OK Ralph ur up and tnx for the relay… < K7KY

Doug,

I am qru and will give my report in the comments rounds Happy to relay any tiime and it seemed to

go well. BTU’

WB6SDR FB Ralph… I thought it went well too… I hope we can have members do this function as we go along and eventually,

everyone will be quaiified as digital NCS eventually (-: BREAK

WB6VAC < K7KY Doug are you still with us or monitoring? < K7KY

W7ZAP OK MIndy, over to you… < K7KY

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:p1:13 Brookings, OR

:fm:11 W7ZAP Mindy

:p2:25 35w 135ft doublet @ 110ft

:d1:10 2016-08-09

:t1:5 2304Z

:sb:44 Upcoming Digital Contests: Aug 12 – 14, 2016

:mg:285

NCCC RTTY Sprint: 0145Z-0215Z, Aug 12

Mode: RTTY

Maryland-DC QSO Party: 1600Z, Aug 13 to 0400Z, Aug 14 and 1600Z-2400Z, Aug 14

Mode: CW, Phone, Digital

Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, 2, 432

To see full list of contests/rules:

http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/weeklycont.php

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ALL ORCA That completes the traffic round… I don’t think we’ll need to split the net too often we have 10 Ops tonight and not everyone

has traffic… a mix of traffic and QRU keeps the net brief and leaves time for discussion in the comment round… BREAK

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Check-ins? < K7KY

ALL ORCA Looks like we got everyone at the beginning tonight… BREAK WA6NBG Don ur up for comments and signal observations…

< K7KY

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:mg:432 Signal Reports and Comments from WA6NBG.

Running 25 Watts into 180 foot end-fed up 25 feet. As usual, S9 noise level tonight.

Image: P4

KB6NN 100% s/n -6 to -3

W1EEP 20% s/n -10 to -4

KE6SLS 90% s/n 0 to +5

WA7HHE 10% s/n -13 to -6

N6IET 0%

WB6SDR 95% s/n -3 to +9

WB6VAC 0%

W7ZAP 100% & FLAMP 100% & FLMSG 100% s/n +1 to +10

K7KY 100% & FLMSG s/n +1 to +9

Outer stations not the best tonight. 73 from WA6NBG.

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WA6NBG Tnx Don BREAK KB6NN Howard… ur up next… < K7KY

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:mg:655 ORCA DIGITAL NET RECEPTION REPORT 09-09-16 FROM KB6NN:

WA6NBG Don Eureka,CA Bulletin – s/n 5dB good copy & FLMSG 100%

*** W7GBB Bob Renton,WA – no copy ***

KB6NN Howard, Eureka,CA – S8 noise here 4W into dipole up 10′

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT – s/n -13dB poor copy 10% FLMSG

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA – s/n 10dB good copy & KBD 100%

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT – no copy no FLMSG

N6IET Rick Los Angeles,CA – no copy

WB6SDR Ralph Folsom,CA – s/m 7dB good copy

WB6VAC Doug Republic,WA – no copy

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR – s/n 9dB good copy & FLMSG 100%

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS,35w-180’doublet@80′ – s/n 12dB great

73, DE KB6NN

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fKB6NN TU Howard.. nice report… BREAK W1EEP OK

Gene… ur up for comments… < K7KY

DE K7KY REAL GOOD NIGHT BRAD BROUGHT ME UP TO SPEED ON SOME OF THE FEATURES OF MY IC-7100 THANKS TO

BRAD AND GEORGE AL7BX I HAVE GREAT HELP. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT TO ALL ON THE ORCA NET W1EEP

W1EEP TU Gene BREAK KE6SLS Up to you, Jaye… < K7KY

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:mg:1022 ARS KE6SLS

Running 35 watts to inverted vee dipole up abt 12′

w7zap Mindy, 100% cp, s9, 9db

w1eep Ed, 0 cp, came up to 65% cp on msg, 100% cp comment rnd

wa7hhe Brad, 0 cp, btr cp on flmsg abt 50%

niet Rich, 0 cp

wb6sdr Ralph, 100%, 8db

wb6vac Doug, 95% cp

k7ky Doug, p4, 100% cp, s9, 12db

wa6nbg Don, 100% cp, 8db, s8

kb6nn Howard, 100% cp, 4db, s6

Had a Fabulouth dinner tonight! Started with some wonderful raw green beens. Made my Awethome been dish with condensed soup and

fresh garlic. . Then warmed up my BBQ chicken. It was Senthathonal!

Remember, this is national lithp month. In support of those with a lithp, I honor them all! :)

And hot off the press:

Jaye,

I’ve come across the ultimate knock-off radio. Its not a YAESU, it’s a VEASU! It even works submerged in water! Actually, not a bad deal for

a tri-band HT.

<product tester friend of Jayes>

<url withheld to protect the indecent>

thank you all and that is all to report from lake Wutchamacallit.

de Jaye, ke6sls <Eureka! California> k

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KE6SLS Nice report Jaye… too bad it’s too far to drive for dinner… BREAK WA7HHE Brad ur up for comments < K7KY

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:tt:15 General Message

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:fm:6 WA7HHE

:dt:8 08/09/16

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:sb:10 Net report

:mg:643 08/09/2016 Report from WA7HHE, signals down at the start of the net and have become better as night fall arrives.

WA6NBG Don Eureka,CA Bulletin s/n -12 db hardly any print on Don this evening.

KB6NN Howard, Eureka,CA unable to copy Howard’s 4 watts.

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT s/n +10 db

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA s/n -10 db

N6IET Rick Los Angeles,CA s/n -7 db, printed checked in QRU for msg.

WB6SDR Ralph Folsom,CA s/n +2 db, printed QRU for msg.

WB6VAC Doug Republic,WA seem to have lost Doug, hope he will keep on checking in.

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR s/n -2 to +3 Good print.

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS s/n +5 db

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WA7HHE Tnx Brad I too hope that Doug WB6VAC comes back… I always worry a bit when new Ops arrive and I don’t know if

they’ve visited the website and have an idea of what we’re doing, or they need some initial guidance before we begin.. BREAK

N6IET OK Rick ur up… < K7KY

Here are signal reports from Los Angeles:

Don WA6NBG -11 dB 15%

Howard KB6NN no copy

Gene W1EEP -4 to +3 dB 100%

Brad WA7HHE 2 to 6 dB 100%

Jaye KE6SLS -12 to -4 dB 25% to 80%, but your keyboard has a lisp.

Ralph WB6SDR 0 dB 100%

Doug WB6VAC no copy

Mindy W7ZAP -7 to 0 dB 100%

I’m running 25 watts this evening to the usual Hy-Gain AV-680 on the roof of my apartment building.

Signals are improving as the sky darkens, as usual.

Our friend Steve K6WSJ is among the living and has returned home fa tuki,omised to monitor ORCA this evening, but he also needs to

tend to family matters.

It turns out he did not have a stroke but rather some kind of seizure. I think it’s benign. We had a nice chat on

146.52 simplex this afternoon, and he was his normal cheerful, saucy self.

Thanks, Doug. 73 to all s good night.

Rick N6IET

N6IET FB Rick please tell Steve we’re thinking of him and look forward to his return… BREAK WB6SDR OK Ralph… ur turn… <

K7KY

WB6SDR

Ralph

Folsom, CA

My Comments from file.

Latest on CAT rig control:

I received my USB FTDI CT-62 CAT control cable from Valley Enterprises this week. I was pleased to find that the Raspberry Pi

reconized the new UAB CAT-62 device connected to the FT—897 right away without having to load any software driver.

Flrig setup:

Flrig I/O ports is using serial port:

/dev/serial/by-id/usb-FTDI_FT232R_USB_UART_A105HUBV-if00-port0

at 4800 Baud,

PTT via CAT is punched in RTS+12 V. is checked but PTT tab PTT Port is None, with PTT via RTS punched and RTS +12 V checked.

Fldigi configuration setup:

Hardware PTT tab:

I don’t use hard wired PTT any longer because VOX works just fine. Otherwise, I have to leave the rig turned off until Fldigi and Flrig have

stablized so I don’t inadvertantly key up the rig. None the less, if I want to use the h/w ptt I use a seperate serial port PTT, /dev/ttyUSB0 for

key up.

Flrig tab:

Check box Flrig PTT keys modem is checked.

It is a real pleasure to autostart Flrig, Flamp, Flmsg all on startup of Fldigi. When I make changes to the radio freq, mode, the change is

shown almost instantly in Flrig, then in Fldigi. Even more interesting is using the Fldigi Open List to record and recall freq, mode information

All of this is amazing on my $35 Raspberry Pi.

RX Traffic:

Prior to net: K7KY I got Flmap message but missing blocks 1&2, and 2 ea. ORCA immagge just fine.

At Net time: Got Sending Pic:144×140;sxZzUT S9

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS s9+20 dB

KB6NN Howard S9+

KE6SIS Jaye Eureka,CA

N6IET Rick Los Angeles,CA S9+10

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA

WB6VAC Doug Republic Or S8

WA6NGB Don S9

73’s

WB6SDR Wow! Ralph… that’s a lot to think about…. I’m saving your Raspberry Pi info for my adventure in Pi’s too. Our ARC is

planning a presentation on the Pi soon… BREAK

WB6VAC < K7KY Doug us still with us? < K7KY

ALL ORCA If any one knows Doug, you might get in touch with him and steer him to the website… it will help him get orientated sp?

BREAK W7ZAP Mindy ur last, but not least…

WB6VAC < K7KY < K7KY

… start

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:hdr_fm:17

c 20161008033233

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c 20161008025449

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:mg:853

W7ZAP copied the following stations:

WA6NBG 100% copy KBD, FLMSG (S-9 s/n=11dB)

W7GBB 100% copy KBD

KB6NN 100% copy KBD, FLMSG (S-8 s/n=3dB)

W1EEP 100% copy KBD, FLMSG (S-8 s/n=0dB)

KE6SLS 100% copy KBD, FLMSG (S-9 s/n=8db)

WA7HHE 100% copy KBD, FLMSG (S-6 s/n=4dB)

N6IET 100% copy KBD (S-8 s/n=-2dB) vy lite on wf, but gud cpy

WB6SDR 100% copy KBD, wfID (S-9 s/n=13dB)

10% copy image (lots of b&w lines)

WB6VAC 100% copy KBD

K7KY 100% copy KBD, FLDIGI, image

Welcome to Doug WB6VAC (sorry no sig rpt – too many things going). Was fun to do the FLAMP round w/follow up. Had me on my toes…

more than just watching the wf. Hard to concentrate on signal reports when I’m trying to read the messages! Interesting drone info. Good to

see you all on the wf tonight. Nice job Ralph on ur raspberry pi & FLDIGI.

73,

Mindy W7ZAP sk

[WRAP:chksum FA6C][WRAP:end]

… end

W7ZAP Tnx Mindy… BREAK

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Check-ins? < K7KY

ALL ORCA The reception reports are always interesting… Tonight, LA is not copying the Humboldt stations well and the UT stations are

also having difficulty… I’ve spent the last half year visiting other digital nets and can relate to the frustration of not being able to copy all the

stations… sometimes having difficulty with NCS… Over all we do pretty well and I’m always impressed with how smoothly our net usually

flows… Nice work all… any further comments before we close please use pre-tone to avoid doubles… < K7KY

k7ky and ORCA de ke6sls

I just wanted to amend my last report. those stations with poor cp on this end all came up on the last round. Was good to finally see them on the wf.

73 Doug. de ke6sls k

KE6SLS Tu Jaye… BREAK a couple more last thoughts Mindy & I had a nice Chinese dinner with Don WA6NBG over the

weekend when he was passing thru Brookings… we discussed having more RadioGrams on the net like, sending them to other ORCA

Ops and using them to practice leaving the net freq to pass traffic as in an ordinary traffic net… we’ll get to this soon… Thanks for working

with us tonight any more comments before we close? < K7KY

This concludes the ORCA DIGITAL NET

for: 08/09/2016 20:40 PDT

Thank’s for working with us tonight.

We appreciate your time and interest.

Hope to see you again next week.

73 < Doug K7KY NCS

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19/JAN/21 Report

ORCA DIGITAL NET 19/JAN/21 Check-in/Rotation: Check-ins: 33 Stations: __W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX __N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX __KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT __W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX K6ETA* Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID __W7LUX Joe Flagstaff,AZ QNX __KB6HOH [...]

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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
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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 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
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Sat 1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
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Sun 2330-2400 UTC
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