10/AUG/21 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 10/AUG/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 30
Stations:
__KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
__KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
__W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
__AG7BI Mauro Kingston,WA QNX
__KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
__KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
__KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
__N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
__KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
__KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
__N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
__KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
__N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
__KF5SMH AL Aztec,NM QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
__AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA QNX RELAY: W6ADZ
__KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
__W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
__KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX RELAY: WB7EUX
K6ETA/P Steve Mammoth Lakes,CA
__AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
__K6MLF/P Michael Mammoth Lakes,CA QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS

Have you noticed how frequently Macros are mentioned lately? They’ve been with us since the beginning, of course. We couldn’t conduct the net as it is w/o macros. We have 4 rows of macros visible and multiple sets that switch instantly. We switch between two principle sets numerous times every session. We assume that you use macros for repetitive transmissions too. For NCS, they’re essential.

We’ve published macros on our website Macro page that support ORCA net-protocols. Some are also correct for Western Digital Net. They’re easily modified for other nets. All nets vary in Ck-In protocol. Parse Ck-In protocols carefully and send only what NCS requests. You’ll be an asset on any net.

The macro topic brings up our VidID macro. FLDIGI’s Developer, Dave W1HKJ, added it at our request. It’s very useful, but does have limitations similar to kbd/text. Tough band condx can make VidIDs hard to read. Occasionally, some of the waterfall text may be clear and some obscure. That was the case tonight. We could read callsign prefixes, but the suffix was blurred. This didn’t last all evening. Near net-end, Steve K6ETA ck’ed in portable with a clear VidID. Last winter, we logged VidID stations in Michigan, Kansas, and Missouri although we couldn’t decode their text.

Speaking of Steve K6ETA, he Ck’ed in portable. He’s camping at 8,000′ near Mammoth Lakes in California with his Dad, Michael K6MLF. It must be cold at that altitude, but it makes for a great signal.

Welcome back to Michael K5MLF, Al KF5SMH, and Charles W5CLE. Charles’ return is especially welcome. The heat-storm that hit Vancouver,WA last month routed Charles to the hospital. We’re delighted to see him bounce back. Charles has been with us for years. He was instrumental in bringing a number of Vancouver digital Ops to ORCA. Today, they lead their local VHF digital training net.

We missed Dennis W6DWL tonight. Dennis is an active ORCA Op and a key member of the Rainbow Canyon ARC in Cedar City, Utah. RCARC probably has more digital Ops working ORCA than any ARC we know. Anyway, today is Dennis’s Birthday. Happy Birthday, Dennis! We wish you as many more Birthdays as you can enjoy.

A suggestion for our QNX stations, Monitors, and Lurkers. Explore the Western Digital Net on the first Thursday every month. Steve K6ETA/NCS has designated the first Thursday as Newcomer’s Net. It’s the perfect time to get your feet wet in an actual digital Traffic net. You don’t need Traffic to work the net. Steve is a veteran digital Operator who enjoys sharing his knowledge. WDN members are also friendly and supportive. WDN meets every Thursday evening, 1930p/0230z, 3.581mhz, MFSK-32. Same time and frequency as ORCA. Steve begins Early Ck-In 30min before net. Check it out.

Images from the net:

KE6SLS Eureka, CA
KE7IV Underwood, WA
KJ7VGV Reno, NV
KS6M Oakland, CA
W6ADZ Reno, NV
WB7EUX Joseph, OR
W1EEP Pine Valley, UT RX #2
W7WSV Mesa, AZ RX #2

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

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, https://humboldtwinlinkwednesday.net/

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 support. We hope to see you again next Tuesday evening.

73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log —

TEST TUNE 2021-08-11 01:19Z < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:19Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KD7CL QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:20Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KD7CL < K7KY GE Craig we’re not yet up to speed, but I’ll remember you when we begin the roster tu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:21Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
de W7WXV
Darn the early bird does not get the worm, ha ha.
de W7WXV

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:21Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W7WXV < K7KY RR Carroll no worms tonight but u too can hv an early ck-in if u like I’ll make a paper note < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY Thank You I have a net going… KD7CL

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
RR Craig I understand 73 < K7KY

K7KY de W7WXV
No worries, I will check in at the right time.
K7KY de W7WXV

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:23Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
FB c u then 73 < K7KY

test test ag7bi

DE W1EEP* K

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:32Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
< WB7T

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:34Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WB7TZD

DE W1EEP* K

ORCA < W7ZAP
SO far I have the following stn checked in:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
BK
W1EEP < W7ZAP Hi Gene, no * during Summer Sked… no traffic/NBEMS round :-)
Good to cu back on the air
BK
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

KE7IN QNX

KE7IN < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
BK
next 4 early ck-in?? < W7ZAP

W7WXV – Carroll, QNX

W7WXV < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
BK
next?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:47Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WB7TZD

WB7TZD < W7ZAP TU Tom
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
Had you on the log Tom
BK
Next 4 early ck-in?? < W7ZAP

KS6M QNX

AG7BI < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
AG7BI Mauro Kingston,WA QNX
BK

KS6M < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
BK
Next?? < W7ZAP

KG7VEJ KG7VEJ QNX

KG7VEJ < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
BK
Next? < W7ZAP

GE NCS DE KF7ZIY QNX

KF7ZIY < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
BK
next?? < W7ZAP

N7RBP Medford Oregon, In and Out pse K
de N7RBP k

N7RBP < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
BK
next 4 early ck-in? < W7ZAP

DE KC7MAW KC7MAW QNX

KC7MAW < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
BK
Next?? < W7ZA

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
AG7BI Mauro Kingston,WA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

WB7EUX

WB7EUX < W7ZAP TU Tom
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
BK
Next?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W7ZAP < GE WA7HHE

WA7HHE < W7ZAP TU Brad
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
GE Brad
BK
Next?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T01:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
kg7sxq kg7sxq name lynden early checkin qnx k

KG7SXQ < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
Good to cu Lynden
BK
next?? < W7ZAP

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< W7ZAP/NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T02:00Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
de N2RSN QNX

N2RSN < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
BK
Next?? < W7ZAP

W6ADZ QNX

W6ADZ < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
GE Darrell
BK
next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< W7ZAP/NCS

NCS < KW6M KW6M QNX

KW6M < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
BK
next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
AG7BI Mauro Kingston,WA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< W7ZAP/NCS

N7SND QNX

N7SND < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
BK
next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< W7ZAP/NCS

de KF5SMH k

KF5SMH < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KF5SMH AL Aztec,NM QNX
BK
next 4 ck-in? < W7ZAP

VidID stn again pse < W7ZAP

Band condx are not kind to VidID… pls keyboard < W7ZAP

Can someone relay VidID?? < W7ZAP

NCS<KJ7VGV

KJ7VGV < W7ZAP U checking in or have relay? < W7ZAP

check in KJ7VGV

KJ7VGV < W7ZAP TU Don
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
BK
VidID stn… I see QNX and that ur 6 but cant read the rest… pse keyboard ur ck-in TU < W7ZAP

NCS < W6ADZ I saw AE6 and QNX but missed suffix on VidID < W6ADZ

TU Darrell
BK
QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< W7ZAP/NCS

AE6LJ < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA QNX
BK
Tnx Darrell… I was able to guess the last 2.
BK
next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

ke7zpg qnx
de KE7ZPG k

KE7ZPG < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
Interesting to see both VidID and kbd… kbd much easier to read tonight
BK
next?? < W7ZAP

NCS de ke6sls k

KE6SLS < W7ZAP QSL Jaye
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA BK
QRZ ORCA Ck-In < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
AG7BI Mauro Kingston,WA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KF5SMH AL Aztec,NM QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS

2021-08-10 19:30:03p 02:30:03z
WELCOME to ORCA DIGITAL NET (Summer Sked)
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

Summer Sked: NO NBEMS 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

W7eb9t/

W7??? again pse < W7ZAP

W5CLE W5CLE QNX

W5CLE < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
Great to see u on the WF Charles… we missed you
BK
Was the other stn W7WSV?? < W7ZAP

Can someone relay the last stn?? < W7ZAP

Last stn pls try agn later in the net when band picks up
TNX
BK

WB7EUX < W7ZAP Tom pls relay call 4 ck-in TU < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T02:36Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WB7EUX Relaying ORCA DIGITAL NET Ck-In
Not copying NCS? Ck-In here … < WB7EUX

KK6RJR KK6RJR QNX

Any more? de WB7EUX

NCS DE WB7EUX pse checkin KK6RJD QRU de WB7EUX

KK6RJR < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX RELAY: WB7EUX
NIce work Tom tnx
BK

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

Sending Pic:140×140; < W7ZAP

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.14
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20211108023911
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20211108005843
<blankform>
:mg:878 ORCA DIGITAL NET 10/AUG/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 27
Stations:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
AG7BI Mauro Kingston,WA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KF5SMH AL Aztec,NM QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX RELAY: WB7EUX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
[WRAP:chksum 2A1F][WRAP:end] … end

ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 18th will be here in no time and we’ll be back to regular sessions with the NBEMS Exercise. Feedback continues to trickle in and we’re getting a broader idea of what members like and would like to have included. Reducing the NBEMS Exercise to once a month is not a popular idea. Member input indicates the NBEMS Exercise has strong support. We certainly wouldn’t drop it; it’s our main event, so to speak. It gives practice in most of the tasks necessary to digital traffic-handling. We’ll do our best to keep it fluid and mix the traffic-handling and file-manipulation routines in useful exercises.

We’re thinking to run the NBEMS Exercise every other session, using the in- between sessions for Mode Shoot-Outs, Off-Freq-Traffic-Handling, Minimum Power Experiments, Macro development, member-run exercises, etc, or an occasional Ck-In/Comment Round only. We think you’ll still find ORCA engaging and useful. We’ve little more than a month to go; let us know what you think.

That covers the Training portion of ORCA DIGITAL NET. An equally important aspect of ORCA is the strong sense of community among ORCA Ops. Many have been with us since the beginning in 2013. ORCA today is more than a Training net. It’s also a network of like-minded Radio Operators that have become friends and colleagues. We’ve come to know each other over the years and incoming Ops are soon radio comrades. Many ORCA Ops are leaders in their community; most are Elmers. We’re united by mutual interest and respect. Belonging to this team is an honor for us as Net Control Stations. Thanks for your support and participation.

The new and smarter VidID macro for ORCA & WDN Ck-In is working as it should in Windows and Linux. It may appear unnecessarily complex, but it’s working as intended. We didn’t PUSH Freq into memory on purpose. Not every station is right on 1500. If you’re a few herz or way off 1500 the macro doesn’t notice; after sending your VidID, it LOCKS the cursor at 1500. We did PUSH Mode into memory to accomodate the odd day when the nets are not running in MFSK-32. The macro ends in the original Mode. If you have any issues with the macro, let us know.

Remember, NCS cannot see your VidID while transmitting.

The COMMENT round begins with Gene W1EEP < W7ZAP

W7ZAP DE W1EEP WELL BACK UP AND ON MY MAIN COMPUTER TOOK A LITTLE BIT BUT WE ARE THERE. GREAT SUMMER NET NICE TO SEE ALL ON THE WF WILL MISS THE NET NEXT WEEK NET AS I WILL BE OUT OF TOWN STAY SAFE AND 73’S TO ALL

Good to see you got ur stn back together. Have a safe journey and see you when u get back
BK
Next 4 Comments is Tom WB7TZD < NCS

B7TZD QNX

WB7TZD WB7TZD

WB7TZD < W7ZAP Over to u Tom < W7ZAP À U@, hh0=btnRå:R0

DE WB7TZD WB7TZD
Sorry I hit the wrong button.
Went to HRO today and spent some $$$.
Hope to have the start of a new roof this week, may ghet delay due to the heat wave.
That all that is going on at this end, hope everybody gets through the heat wave OK
tom

BTU WB7TZD K

We’ve all hit the wrong macro b4 :-) Never actually been in HRO, just online. Hope you got something fun. New roof sounds good, hope you don’t hv to work up there. Stay safe w/heatwave.
BK

Over to Tom WB7EUX 4 Comments < W7ZAP

NCS < WB7EUX – GE to the net and thanks to Mindy and Doug for running it.

Nice summertime weather this week with not much smoke from the Bootleg fire in southern Oregon. Our local Elbow Creek fire is basically contained. So much so that the young firefighter who parked his trailer in our west pasture actually took a few days off. Fire managers moved the main fire camp from the Wallowa High School grounds to an indudstrial park on the west side of Wallowa. Still lots of equipment and tents in evidence when we drove through today.

All is well. 73 de WB7EUX

Good to hear ur local fire is contained. Has been smokey here for a few days… a couple new fires popped up, but no threat to us. Having these fires makes me really appreciate the firemen who work so hard.
BK
WA7HHE Brad ur up 4 Comments < W7ZAP

ORCA < WA7HHE, Big HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT to Net member Dennis W6DLW.Also a pretend Burger with all the fixings to W1EEP & KG7VEJ as they could not make our club BBQ this evening.

ORCA < WA7HHE, Big HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT to Net member Dennis W6DLW.Also a pretend Burger with all the fixings to W1EEP & KG7VEJ as they could not make our club BBQ this evening.

Today’s warning from Emergency Management Magazine:
Hospital Postponing Elective Surgery as COVID Surges Hospitalizations have more than doubled in just two weeks in the Idaho Panhandle, and Washington’s Kootenai Health has the highest number of COVID patients of any hospital in the state of Idaho. “We need help finding enough nursing staff to care for the increased volumes of critical care and acute care patients,” Jeremy Evans, the hospital’s COVID incident commander, said in a news release.
Full story: https://www.govtech.com/em/safety/hospital-postponing-elective-surgery-as-covid-surges

Happy b-day to Dennis W6DLW!! And tnx for the CV19 link. Big numbers lately which is a shame to see.
BK

Over to Don KJ7VGV 4 Comments < W7ZAP

Bad band conditons tonight? Took four tries to check-n tonight.
Trying a new automated weather report for Reno here goes:

KJ7VGV

Weather report:
RENO/TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NV, United States (KRNO) 39-29N 119-46W 1342M
Aug 10, 2021 – 09:55 PM EDT / 2021.08.11 0155 UTC
Wind: Variable at 3 MPH (3 KT):0
Visibility: 7 mile(s):0
Sky conditions: mostly clear
Temperature: 91.9 F (33.3 C)
Dew Point: 28.9 F (-1.7 C)
Relative Humidity: 10%
Pressure (altimeter): 30.06 in. Hg (1017 hPa)

BTU KJ7VGV

Sometimes the band condx btwn Reno & Brookings is strange ur S9 +10 now.
Looks hot in Reno
BK
Next 4 Comments is Jaye KE6SLS < NCS

CA DN de ARS KE6SLS, Jaye in Eureka! California using 50w on the big-M doublet.

w7zap, 8-12db, 100%, P4, FLM 100%
WB7EUX, 2-9db, 100%,
W1EEP, 1-5db, 100%
WB7TZD, 0-4db, 100%
WA7HHE, 04-2db, 100%
KJ7VGV, 03-3db, 100%

Grey smokey skies here today. I don’t smell the smoke but I can feel it in my sinuses. Hopefully the breeze will pick up tomorrow and clear it out. Currently, the world is ORANGE. . . :(

COVID is now in our very own ham community. I prey they recover. Numbers in Humboldt are off the hook. I am masking 100% and no more gatherings. Lost a lot of young folks in the last week.

Had a bear of a time with my Monday night HF Digital net. FLMsg was being a real stinker. I did finally reboot the whole suite and got it going again, just hope I didn’t miss any check-ins.

Fire fire fire. Again with the LARGEST fire in history. I hope those in the path of the smoke can handle it. I hope VERY few loose their homes and NO ONE looses their lives.

Nets have been low count of late, a trend that always disturbs me. We ALL need our training to keep our skills up2par or better.

Working on painting this house–finding help is difficult. Old work mate said he would paint it next week. . Fingers crossed.

Pi4 is now here with power supply. Hope to work on that later this week. Actually, pretty excited about it!

Good to see some ACTIVE stations on tonight. I hope we can convert some of the QNX stations to join us. WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET.

Hope you and Doug are doing well. Be safe all, stay ALIVE.

73
Jaye ke6sls k

Lots of good comments Jaye. Hope you get help w/house painting. We hv troubles finding help too. I think summer time Ops are more busy w/longer days, so I don’t worry abt low ck-ins. We seem to pick up w/short days and long nites. Ur doing a great job w/ur net :-)
BK
K7KY Doug ur up 4 Comments < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T03:01Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA < K7KY VidIDs were difficult to read tonite. For Ck-In & getting NCS attention during nets, it’s best to VidID @ 2000wf. It’s where we expect to see them; sometimes were busy elsewhere and can miss them. If we do, send it again.

Please don’t send VidID @ 1500, the net working freq.

If you’re relatively new to ORCA, please let us know if you have the Ck-In Relay macro (available @ the website) so we can ask you to relay when your signal may helpful.

There are a number of useful ORCA macros available on the website Macro page.

It’s great to have Charles W5CLE back aboard!

I’m wondering what HRO gave Tom WB7TZD for all that $$$? Maybe we’ll find out next week.

< Doug K7KY

de KE7ZPG k

KE7ZPG < W7ZAP Go ahead Steven < W7ZAP

no traffic
de KE7ZPG k

RR
BK
Also good to see Al KF5SMH back on the WF… has been a while
BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
20:04:12p 03:04:12z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T03:04Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
< K6ETA

K6ETA < W7ZAP TU Steve
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA
Hi Steve… are u out camping?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T03:05Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
< K6ETA Yei a 8000 feet Mammoth Lakes portale < K6ETA

UR S9 +10 not bad!!
Hope you’re having fun :-) Tnx for ck-ing in… any comments?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T03:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W7ZAP < K6ETA heckng in from camp thx (terrible keyboard) thx BTN < K6ETA

Those little kbds are hard! Stay safe & hv fun
BK
Any other late ck-ins?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T03:07Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
AD7DQ|Ron | Horseshoe Bend id| QNX
DE

AD7DQ < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
Good signal Ron & tnx for ck-in
BK
Anyone else 4 late ck-in?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T03:08Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
< K6ETA

K6ETA over to u < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T03:09Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W7ZAP < K6ETA My Dad K6MLF is here too < K6ETA

K6MLF < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
K6MLF Michael Mill Valley,CA QNX
Great to hv ur dad ck in w/us again!
Will change both of ur QTH for net report
BK
Any other late ck-ins?? < W7ZAP

Over to K7KY < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2021-08-11T03:10Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
RR tu K6ETA Steve I also bought a kbd like your and my typing looks like your too (-: BTN < K7KY

Field gear is great but hard to use sometimes!
BK
Any further comments from anyone?? < W7ZAP

2021-08-10 20:12:18p 03:12:18z
This concludes ORCA DIGITAL NET
Thanks for working with us tonight.
We hope to see you again next
Tuesday evening.

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

Sending Pic:140×140; 73 Mindy W7ZAP

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W7ZAP 20211108031315
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W7ZAP 20211108005843
<blankform>
:mg:975 ORCA DIGITAL NET 10/AUG/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 30
Stations:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
AG7BI Mauro Kingston,WA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KF5SMH AL Aztec,NM QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX RELAY: WB7EUX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA
AD7DQ Ron Horseshoe Bend,ID QNX
K6MLF Michael Mill Valley,CA QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
[WRAP:chksum 61E4][WRAP:end] … end

W7ZAP de W7WXV
Thank you for the great net tonight! 73
W7ZAP de W7WXV

W7WXV < W7ZAP Well thank you!!
Always great to cu on the WF Carroll. Take care!
< W7ZAP

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14/SEPT/21 Report

ORCA DIGITAL NET 14/Sep/21 Check-in/Rotation Check-ins: 33 Stations: W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT __KG7SXQ Lynden St George.UT QNX WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT __KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX __KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX __KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID __AG7BI Mauro [...]

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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
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1740Z NCS repeats 1st dig msg using alt mode
60M - MT63-2KL CH2
1745Z NCS calls for check-ins and reports
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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
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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.
 

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