11/AUG/20 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 11/Aug/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 17
Stations:
__KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
__KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR out early
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
__KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA
__K7LDW Don Rigby,ID QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID
__W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID
__W7LPN Rick Weiser,ID QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

*Stations called for COMMENTS only

Band condx were worse than usual tonight. Although our Roster was light, we still needed 1.5hr to complete the net. We presented some feedback from the SATERN Nationwide Digital Exercise; more should be available before our next session. We’re reprinting our SATERN Exercise report from tonight’s session in the Net Report for those who missed it.

First off, my apology for announcing that the SATERN Exercise would entail sending the message West2East and then East2West. That was not in the Exercise outline anywhere; I unconsciously added my idea to Ken AD5XJ’s instructions. Ken only intended the message to go West2East. Perhaps we can run an exercise like this ourselves if there’s enough interest. There may not be as much interest as I previously thought. From the preliminary SATERN AAReview, it sounds like few actually attempted the Exercise. Those that did had difficulty making Relay connections. Others were unable to process the message in their PC file system, edit the Responder tab, and Relay it.

Still, there were some outstanding ORCA Ops involved. I hope we learn more regarding participation and thru-put in the final analysis. I’m delighted to say that ORCA Ops met the challenges and made us proud. Steve W7WSV in Mesa,AZ, Rick K0KEX, in Springfield,MO, and Joe W7LUX in Flagstaff,AZ actually delivered the message directly to Joe N0LSD in Buffalo,NY. Steve and Joe were able to coach some Ops thru the process of locating, editing, saving, and relaying the file. Beside these three, I briefly copied one other station, KK6RJR, seeking a Relay on 20m.

We were the Western end of this Exercise and we’re grateful to Ken AD5XJ for including us. There were two challenging tasks. Finding a relay station to move the message Eastward was not easy and a number of Ops were unable to locate the received file in their file-system, retrieve, edit, save, and Relay it forward. I don’t think many West Coast Ops struggled with this; it’s the same file- manipulation routines we practice every Tuesday in the FLAMP OPTIONAL Exercise. Good work guys!

A few stations were far from 1500wf. By the time I centered on them they were gone. These Ops are probably used to working QSO wateringholes where they use openings anywhere on the waterfall. Next time, our instructions should recommended 1500wf unless it’s busy.

Here are a some email comments from our frontline Operators:

——- Rick K0KEX
I am pleased to report that I made contact with N0LSD Friday evening. Joe was pleased to receive the EXERCISE.213 traffic. More than that, I am excited with everything I have learned during this event.I extend my thanks to you, Mindy and the ORCA operation along with the SATERN operators for this interesting exercise.The confidence from this exercise and the lessons learned, I plan to share with our ARES Digital net participants.

Email to K0KEX from N0LSD:
Rick –
Good work tonight – I really appreciate your ability to roll with less-than optimal conditions in order to get the traffic through. That sort of tenacity and attention to detail is hard to come by! I forwarded your message on to AJ5XJ/Ken, and thank you so much for participating in this exercise.
v/r, Joe
N0LSD, Buffalo, NY
73,Rick k0kex

——— Steve W7WSV
In spite of a brutal propagation week, I managed to get two messages directly through to N0LSD. First was the one I copied from you on the ORCA net Tuesday night, and the other a multiple relay from someone else. Both took until Friday night to get through on 40M. 20M was a bust except for brief periods a couple mornings. The remainder were relays, including one from Mindy, with an unknown outcome so far…….. With as many people as there are checking in to both ORCA and SATERN nets, it seems like very few showed up for this. There were also people that did show up who were not quite ready for it, and needed training ‘on the job’.

I can appreciate more what you and Mindy have been doing on the ORCA net and how it pays off when needed. My time on both the ORCA and SATERN nets the last couple years have contributed to my overall knowledge of digital operation. However, the experience on the ORCA net has allowed me to participate with this exercise and really know more of what I’m doing with it.

Hopefully I have imparted some of that to others along the way this week.Thank you both again for the continuing learning experience on the ORCA Net. 73 Steve W7WSV

———– Joe W7LUX
I was not able to hear N0LSD on either 20 or 40 meters. He heard me weakly to moderately well, which was good enough to copy at least one message by intercept. (This intercept was the first copy of a message to reach Joe.) I was also able to send the messages I had already relayed to the Midwest, but I had to depend on other stations or NetLogger to receive his request for fills and receipt confirmations. …. I was also using much more power than Joe.I helped one station with Flmsg. We definitely need more practice digging through the Fldigi directory structure.We need a station using more than 5 watts on the receiving end. QRP is fun when conditions are good…. Many do not fully understand that working a specific station at a specific time is very different from contacting stations of opportunity.Thank you two for helping with this exercise, 73, Joe, W7LUX
———–

Rick W7LPN checked in from Weiser,ID for the first time tonight. Welcome to ORCA DIGITAL NET, Rick!

Images from the net:

RX #1: KS6M Oakland, CA
RX #2:KS6M Oakland, CA
RX #1: KE6SLS Eureka, CA
RX #2: KE6SLS Eureka, CA
RX #1: W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
RX #2: W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
RX #1: W6ADZ Reno, NV
RX #2: W6ADZ Reno, NV
RX #1: KG5DGI Aztec, NM
RX #2: W7WSV Mesa, AZ

Thanks for your participation and support. Continuing to practice through difficult band condx will lead to deeper digital skills. We hope to see you again next Tuesday evening.

73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log —

TEST TUNE 2020-08-12 01:21Z < K7KY

KD7CL QRX

DE W1EEP* K

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

DE W1EEP* K

W1EEP* < K7KY GE Gene
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT < NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KG5DGI KG5DGI QNX QNX

KG5DGI < K7KY TU Ed
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX < NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

WB7EUX

WB7EUX < K7KY GE Tom
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR < K7KY

WB7EUX < K7KY Gud 2 C U Tom very light roster so far tonite I was wondering if I’d hv anyone 4 the Exercise (-: < K7KY

K7KY < WB7EUX Yeah noticed that I’m having trouble decoding you. Hope for the best! de wb7eux

tQM

KS6M < K7KY RR John TU
KS6M John Oakland,CA < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:20Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
NCS de ke6sls*
TU ke6sls k

KE6SLS* < K7KY GE Jaye
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA < NCS

KE6SLS < K7KY Jaye the Covid19 reports are important u can tuck it into Comments & still keep them reasonable i think

sound OK ? < K7KY

rgrgrg, I’ll do that. I agree.
tu
ke6sls k

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:23Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KK6RJR QNX

KK6RJR < K7KY TU Richard
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
GE Richard u won’t need TxID b4 & after tx for the net tu < NCS

Got it! thu lvuuJR k

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

W6ADZ QNX

W6ADZ < K7KY TU Darrell
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
Gud 2 C U Darrell < K7KYCHECKING IN. k

last stn agn pse no callsign tu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:27Z MFSK-32 @ 1488>>
K7KY DE WB7TZD CHECKING IN. k

WB7TZD < K7KY GE Tom
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA < K7KY

W5CLE, W5CLE.

W5CLE < K7KY GE Charles
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA < K7KY

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

2020-08-11 19:30:21p 02:30:21z
WELCOME to ORCA DIGITAL NET
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

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

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

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

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

—–

REMAINING CK-INS COME NOW
Participating Ops Send ‘CALLSIGN’ ONLY or VidID
MONITORING Ops Send,’CALLSIGN QNX’ (in&out)
FIRST TIME? Send: CALL/NAME/QTH < NCS

Rigby ID QNX

K7LDW < K7KY TU Don
K7LDW Don Rigby,ID QNX < NCS

KS6M < K7KY John pse relay the call 4 ck-in tu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:34Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:34Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>

KS6M relaying ORCA DIGITAL NET Ck-in
Not Copying NCS? Ck-in here… < KS6M

Nil. < KS6M

RR John tu BK

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

ORCA we hv lots of static and other qrn tonite good thing the roster is small BK

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.15
:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20201208023648
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20192409231907
<blankform>
:mg:452 ORCA DIGITAL NET 11/Aug/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 12
Stations:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA
K7LDW Don Rigby,ID QNX

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

*Stations called for COMMENTS only
[WRAP:chksum F4DC][WRAP:end] … end

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tonight’s FLAMP Exercise distributes the file, ‘ex182.txt’, an FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP
Exercise. If you complete the OPTIONAL exercise within, send that file to NCS in the
Traffic Round with FLAMP.

First off, my apology for announcing that the SATERN Exercise would entail sending the message
West2East and then East2West. That was not in the Exercise outline anywhere; I unconsciously
added my idea to Ken AD5XJ’s instructions. Ken only intended the message to go West2East. Perhaps
we can run an exercise like this ourselves if there’s enough interest. There may not be as much
interest as I previously thought. From the preliminary SATERN AAReview, it sounds like few
actually attempted the Exercise. Those that did had difficulty making Relay connections. Others
were unable to process the message in their PC file system, edit the Responder tab, and Relay it.

Still, there were some outstanding ORCA Ops involved. I hope we learn more regarding participation
and thru-put in the final analysis. I’m delighted to say that ORCA Ops met the challenges and
made us proud. Steve W7WSV in Mesa,AZ, Rick K0KEX, in Springfield,MO, and Joe W7LUX in Flagstaff,AZ
actually delivered the message directly to Joe N0LSD in Buffalo,NY. Steve and Joe were able to
coach some Ops thru the process of locating, editing, saving, and relaying the file. Beside these
three, I briefly copied one other station, KK6RJR, seeking a Relay on 20m.

We were the Western end of this Exercise and we’re grateful to Ken AD5XJ for including us. There
were two challenging tasks. Finding a relay station to move the message Eastward was not easy and
a number of Ops were unable to locate the received file in their file-system, retrieve, edit, save,
and Relay it forward. I don’t think many West Coast Ops struggled with this; it’s the same file-
manipulation routines we practice every Tuesday in the FLAMP OPTIONAL Exercise. Good work guys!

A few stations were far from 1500wf. By the time I centered on them they were gone. These Ops are
probably used to working QSO wateringholes where they use openings anywhere on the waterfall. Next
time, our instructions should recommended 1500wf unless it’s busy.

Here are a some email comments from our frontline Operators:
——- Rick K0KEX
I am pleased to report that I made contact with N0LSD Friday evening. Joe was pleased to receive the
EXERCISE.213 traffic. More than that, I am excited with everything I have learned during this event.

I extend my thanks to you, Mindy and the ORCA operation along with the SATERN operators for this
interesting exercise.

The confidence from this exercise and the lessons learned, I plan to share with our ARES Digital net
participants.

Email from N0LSD:
Rick –
Good work tonight – I really appreciate your ability to roll with less-than optimal conditions in
order to get the traffic through. That sort of tenacity and attention to detail is hard to come by!
I forwarded your message on to AJ5XJ/Ken, and thank you so much for participating in this exercise.
v/r, Joe
N0LSD, Buffalo, NY
73,Rick k0kex

——— Steve W7WSV
In spite of a brutal propagation week, I managed to get two messages directly through to N0LSD.
First was the one I copied from you on the ORCA net Tuesday night, and the other a multiple relay
from someone else. Both took until Friday night to get through on 40M. 20M was a bust except for
brief periods a couple mornings. The remainder were relays, including one from Mindy, with an
unknown outcome so far….
…. With as many people as there are checking in to both ORCA and SATERN nets, it seems like very
few showed up for this. There were also people that did show up who were not quite ready for it,
and needed training ‘on the job’.
I can appreciate more what you and Mindy have been doing on the ORCA net and how it pays off when
needed. My time on both the ORCA and SATERN nets the last couple years have contributed to my overall
knowledge of digital operation. However, the experience on the ORCA net has allowed me to participate
with this exercise and really know more of what I’m doing with it. Hopefully I have imparted some of
that to others along the way this week.

Thank you both again for the continuing learning experience on the ORCA Net. 73 Steve W7WSV

———– Joe W7LUX
I was not able to hear N0LSD on either 20 or 40 meters. He heard me weakly to moderately well, which
was good enough to copy at least one message by intercept. (This intercept was the first copy of a
message to reach Joe.) I was also able to send the messages I had already relayed to the Midwest, but
I had to depend on other stations or NetLogger to receive his request for fills and receipt confirmations.
…. I was also using much more power than Joe.

I helped one station with Flmsg. We definitely need more practice digging through the Fldigi directory
structure.

We need a station using more than 5 watts on the receiving end. QRP is fun when conditions are good….
Many do not fully understand that working a specific station at a specific time is very different from
contacting stations of opportunity.

Thank you two for helping with this exercise, 73, Joe, W7LUX
———–

Email the Signal Evaluation images to: ncs@orcadigitalnet.com for the Net Report. Thank you!

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

ORCA There’s likely a lot more to know abt who participated and how they did I’ve only heard a little from Ken AD5XJ so far, but I know he’ll generate an After Action Review BK next is the FLAMP Exercise with Mindy W7ZAP < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:48Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>

Tonight’s exercise begins in PSK-250R (220wpm/250hz). We’ll fill
in MFSK64 (240wpm/1260hz) & MFSK32 (120wpm/630hz).
Check your BP filter, WIDE mode ahead… < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:48Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:48Z PSK-250R @ 1496>>

ORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 E8EC>{A955}FLAMP 2.2.05
<FILE 30 E19B>{A955}20200812004202:ex182.txt
<ID 17 9155>{A955}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 F508>{A955}416 6 80
<FILE 30 E19B>{A955}20200812004202:ex182.txt
<ID 17 9155>{A955}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 F508>{A955}416 6 80
<DATA 88 8AA7>{A955:1}OPTIONAL – FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise

In your PC Text
<DATA 88 FA0E>{A955:2}Editor, create the file, ‘URCALL_ex182.txt’
Copy these questions to that file a
<DATA 88 57FD>{A955:3}nd enter your reply.

Did you participate in the SATERN Nationwide Exercise? I
<DATA 88 8E1C>{A955:4}f so,
how did you do?

If you complete this OPTIONAL exercise, send ‘URCALL_
<DATA 88 35BB>{A955:5}ex182.txt’
to NCS with FLAMP in the Traffic Round. Before sending,change
‘QST’
<DATA 24 BAA3>{A955:6} to ‘K7KY’. 5
<CNTL 10 DD92>{A955:EOF}
<CNTL 10 7D9E>{A955:EOT}

DE W7ZAP K

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:49Z PSK-250R @ 1496>>

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

We begin with… WB7EUX

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:50Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
KS6M

DE KS6M
File : ex182.txt
<MISSING 12 26D9>{A955}1 3 6
DE KS6M K

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
WB7TZD

DE WB7TZD
File : Unassigned
<MISSING 14 7ACD>{A955}1 3 4 5
DE WB7TZD K

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
W5CLE

DE W5CLE
File : ex182.txt
<MISSING 8 3956>{A955}4
DE W5CLE

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:52Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:52Z MFSK-64 @ 1496>>

ORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 E8EC>{A955}FLAMP 2.2.05
<FILE 30 E19B>{A955}20200812004202:ex182.txt
<ID 17 9155>{A955}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 F508>{A955}416 6 80
<FILE 30 E19B>{A955}20200812004202:ex182.txt
<ID 17 9155>{A955}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 F508>{A955}416 6 80
<DATA 88 8AA7>{A955:1}OPTIONAL – FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise

In your PC Text
<DATA 88 FA0E>{A955:2}Editor, create the file, ‘URCALL_ex182.txt’
Copy these questions to that file a
<DATA 88 57FD>{A955:3}nd enter your reply.

Did you participate in the SATERN Nationwide Exercise? I
<DATA 88 8E1C>{A955:4}f so,
how did you do?

If you complete this OPTIONAL exercise, send ‘URCALL_
<DATA 88 35BB>{A955:5}ex182.txt’
to NCS with FLAMP in the Traffic Round. Before sending,change
‘QST’
<DATA 24 BAA3>{A955:6} to ‘K7KY’. 5
<CNTL 10 DD92>{A955:EOF}
<CNTL 10 7D9E>{A955:EOT}

DE W7ZAP K

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:53Z MFSK-64 @ 1496>>
WB7EUX

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:53Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
KS6M

DE KS6M
File : ex182.txt
<MISSING 15 96F9>{A955}CONFIRMED
DE KS6M K

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
WB7TZD

DE WB7TZD
File : ex182.txt
<MISSING 15 96F9>{A955}CONFIRMED
DE WB7TZD K

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
W5CLE

DE W5CLE
File : ex182.txt
<MISSING 15 96F9>{A955}CONFIRMED
DE W5CLE K

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
WB7EUX < W7ZAP how copy?

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T02:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
K7KY < W7ZAP 3 stns confirmed. Looks like we lost EUX Tom
BTN < W7ZAP

W7ZAP < K7KY Tnx Mindy nice to hv a short roster sometimes especially when the band is as noisy as this one BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
19:56:49p 02:56:49z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

W7WSV W7WSV QNX

K7DV < K7KY GE Dave
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID < K7KY

W7WSV W7WSV QNX

W7WSV < K7KY TU Steve
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX < NCS

KE6SLS < K7KY go

nver mind, didn’t think u seen k7dv vid, but u had him. tu

RR Jaye tu BK any more ck-ins ?? < K7KY WB7EUX < K7KY Tom hw cpy? < NCS

ORCA b4 we continue, I’ll resend the updated roster Tom WB7EUX is gone

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.15
:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20201208030045
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20192409231907
<blankform>
:mg:515 ORCA DIGITAL NET 11/Aug/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 15
Stations:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR out early
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA
K7LDW Don Rigby,ID QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

*Stations called for COMMENTS only
[WRAP:chksum 10EE][WRAP:end] … end

First station 4 Traffic Round tonite is John KS6M < NCS

K7KY DE KS6M

<PROG 21 C7D3>{5950}oeP1mP 2.2.05.02
<FILE 35 E701>{5950}20200812025208:KS6M_ex182.txt
<ID 26 7347>{5950}KS6M Oakland CA CM87
<SIZE 14 137C>{5950}108 2 64
<DATA 72 26F2>{5950:1}Did you participate in the SATERN Nationwide Exercise? If so,

<DATA 52 EB0E>{5950:2}how did you do?

I did not participate.

<CNTL 10 8AC5>{5950:EOF}
<CNTL 10 2AC9>{5950:EOT}

DE KS6M K

 

<STX>
DE K7KY
File : KS6M_ex182.txt
<MISSING 15 2E9C>{5950}CONFIRMED
DE K7KY K

Next 4 Traffic is Tom WB7TZD < NCS

Over 2 Charles W5CLE 4 Traffic < K7KY

NCS de W5CLE QRU

RR Charles tu BK Next 4 Traffic is Dave K7DV < NCS

ORCA well Traffic is short tonite too two stations dropped BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
20:05:43p 03:05:43z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

last station agn @ 1500 pse < NCS

K7KY DE WB7TZD
WB7TZD BTU

WB7TZD < K7KY Go ahead, Tom < NCS

QST DE WB7TZD

<PROG 18 36FE>{6246}FLAMP 2.2.05
<FILE 37 8050>{6246}20200812030443:WB7TZD_ex182.txt
<ID 25 AE9B>{6246}WB7TZD ECOM MESSAGE
<SIZE 14 945E>{6246}265 5 64
<DATA 72 A660>{6246:1}
Did you participate in the SATERN Nationwide Exercise? If so,
<DATA 72 66DC>{6246:2}
how did you do?

I had computer problems ran NORTON SCAN, by
<DATA 72 798A>{6246:3} the time that was over the next day message was already in New
<DATA 72 FE7B>{6246:4}York.
I was able to copy the message from Doug

De wb7tzd Tom
<DATA 17 74A4>{6246:5}\\/EX

<CNTL 10 6F80>{6246:EOF}
<CNTL 10 CF8C>{6246:EOT}

DE WB7TZD K

FB Tom tu

DE K7KY
File : WB7TZD_ex182.txt
<MISSING 15 ED66>{6246}CONFIRMED
DE K7KY K

L NET
20:09:52p 03:09:52z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

First up 4 Comments tonite is Gene W1EEP < NCS

K7KY DE W1EEP ALL GOOD IN PINE VALLEY== CLUB MEETING ON THE AIR IN CEDAR CITY AND A 2 METER SSB ZOOM CALL== RECEIVED THE

COMPLETE MESSAGE ON THE 2ND GO AROUND AND NO

I DID NOT PARTICIPATE 73’S TO ALL

FB Gene tu when the Rainbow Canyon ARC meets we always hv a shorter roster good to have a small roster now & then BK
Next 4 Comments is John KS6M < NCS

NCS and net < No comments this evening!
Stay safe and well. 73. < KS6M

K6ETA* < K7KY TU Steve
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID < NCS

K6ETA < K7KY Steve I’ve added you to the roster after K7DV & won’t resend now tu BK KE6SLS Jaye ur up 4 Comments <

NCS

Greetings ORCA Digitial Net
ARS ke6sls, Jaye in Eureka! California using 50 watts on the muttanna.

k7ky, 16db, 100%, P5, FLmsg 100% x2,
KS6M, -6db, 100%, FLamp 100%,
w7zap, 16db, 100%, FLamp 43%<1,2,3> & 100% post fill,
WB7EUX,
WB7TZD, 3db, 100%,
W5CLE, 5db, 100%,
k7dv, vidID,
W1EEP, 0db, 100%
k6eta, vidID,

—-snip—-
Covid-19 cases among children also spiked across the country during roughly the same period. In Florida, the total number of

cases in children 17 and under rose from 16,797 on July 9 to 39,735 on August 9 — an increase of 137%, according to Florida

Department of Health data.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/11/health/florida-coronavirus-children/index.html

I read a very good article in QST about using old radios. Basically, turn down the RF Gain, and use your attenuator, especially on 75/80M! Will, for the past week, my RF gain is at 6 (0-10) and my ATT is ON! It is quite fascinating that I have not used any of my DSP filters, at all. I hear weak signals, and I simply turn down the volume on strong signals. What really surprises me is the increase copy of weak signals on digital modes! So, don’t be afraid to turn down that RF gain! And of course, never use your Preamp on frequencies below 20m… Turns out to be very good advice.

Good update on the SATERN ex. I’m excited about possibly doing this ex with help from stations to the east of California!

After Mindy passed net back to Doug, Doug’s signal seemed to drop quite a bit, but still 100%, Odd, someone is “jamming” ARRL code practice tonight. . shrugs So just narrowed my IF bandwidth to limit the signal here.

Another beautiful day here. New kid, 15 years old has earned his tech/general and today, his mom drove him here so he could barrow a dual band ht, antenna, coax & STUFF. Super excited to hear him asap! Smart kid.

Carl came over and mowed the lawn, it REALLY needed help!

Tried to buy some groceries, but by the time I got to check out, I realized I couldn’t stand up any more and had to leave my cart, full of groceries. So called them up after I got home and paid for them and my neighbor had to fetch them. Have to figure out a better plan. . .

Fingers crossed for Bruce kb7vx!

Will that’s it from here.

Great to see all you hams on the WF!

73

jaye ke6sls

FB Jaye good tip on tuning tnx too bad 4 Bruce still stuck at the chev dealer waiting to hv them finish installing and tuning his new engine BK Next 4 Comments is Tom WB7TZD < NCS

K7KY DE WB7TZD

Good eveing to all and yes to the tips Jay put uot tonight. Looked up at the computer screen to see my call sign scrool of the top of the screen Oppp missed my turn .

Not much more going on ta this end.

WB7TZD BTU

FB Tom ur doing well tnx for making the effort to type into the TX buffer ur colleagues will appreciate it for sure it takes a bit of time to get comfortable with this, but it eventually does save a lot of time tu BK Charles W5CLE, ur next 4 Comments < K7KY

Hi again. Glad to have joined in in a limited way. Thanks for your net.
W5CLE BTU

RR Charles ur welcome for sure we’re glad to have u WA guys aboard and good on u three for working digital net practice on VHF

BK Over 2 Dave K7DV 4 Comments < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T03:24Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
ok thanks k7ky de K7dv yes thanks for leting me in my grandson was on my lap and trying to type he is harder to keep tend then those geese you have ORCA Net via

K7KY DE K7DV

<PROG 18 274F>{69B6}FLAMP 2.2.05
<FILE 46 258A>{69B6}20200812025156:Orca exercise.k7dv182.txt
<ID 35 33F5>{69B6}K7DV Idaho Falls Idaho DN33XJ
<SIZE 14 685F>{69B6}176 3 64
<DESC 39 C4D1>{69B6}Participation in Satern exercise?
<FILE 46 258A>{69B6}20200812025156:Orca exercise.k7dv182.txt
<ID 35 33F5>{69B6}K7DV Idaho Falls Idaho DN33XJ
<SIZE 14 685F>{69B6}176 3 64
<DESC 39 C4D1>{69B6}Participation in Satern exercise?
<DATA 72 3ABB>{69B6:1} Did you participate in the Satern exercise … Yes

Wow d
<DATA 72 D6FD>{69B6:2}id you do ?…………………………. fair band condx were
<DATA 56 6EC8>{69B6:3} tough but got thru on 75 as well as 20 Meters.
<CNTL 10 1BD6>{69B6:EOF}
<CNTL 10 BBDA>{69B6:EOT}

DE K7DV K

<STX>
DE K7KY
File : Orca exercise.k7dv182.txt
<MISSING 15 1135>{69B6}CONFIRMED
DE K7KY K

Next 4 Comments is Steve K6ETA < NCS

NCS < K6ETA
Thanks for checking me in late – and thanks for all the work and leadership to get the SATERN exercise going! I’m sure with time and a little more organization we can do much better in time! < K6ETA

RR Steve I agree, we can do a better job with the next exercise first efforts are like this we can’t always anticipate all the outcomes I’ve found writing concise instructions is a skill that take practice I do look forward to running one of these exercises from the Western end BK Next 4 Comments is Mindy W7ZAP

< NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T03:29Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn W7ZAP_report.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.14
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20201208032954
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20170512224719
<blankform>
:mg:842 35w 135ft doublet @ 145ft
W7ZAP copied the following stns:

KD7CL 100% KBD (S9)
W1EEP 100% KBD (S9) 5dB
KG5DGI 100% KBD (S8+) 0dB
WB7EUX 100% KBD (S9+) 2dB
KS6M 100% KBD, FLAMP (S9 +10) -4dB to 5dB
KE6SLS 100% KBD (S9 +15) 10dB
KK6RJR 100% KBD (S8) -4dB
WB7TZD 100% KBD, FLAMP (S9 +15) 5dB
W5CLE 100% KBD (S9) -2dB
K7LDW 100% KBD (S8) 2dB
K7DV 100% VidID, KBD, FLAMP (S9+) -10dB
W7WSV 100% KBD (S8+) -10dB
K6ETA 100% VidID, KBD (S9 +10) 5dB

I enjoyed the SATERN exercise. On Wed AM I was able to forward my msg to Joe W7LUX on 20m. On Friday AM I forwarded K6ETA’s WDN msg to Steve W7WSV, also on 20m. One plus from the exercise is I now think of the SATERN freq as an NBEMS watering hole on 20m.

Look forward to the next one!

Thanks for taking the time to work with us tonight. I hope you’re all doing well. Stay safe

73,
Mindy W7ZAP
[WRAP:chksum B11F][WRAP:end] … end

RR Mindy tu BK are there any follow up comments or questions from the Active stations? < NCS

We’ve lots of time tonite we’ll take Comments from the mid-usa stations first and then the Coastal stations pre-tone and come now < NCS

KG5DGI Ed hw cpy? u hv comments tonite ? < K7KYAny comments from Monitoring stations tonite? < K7KY

K7KY de K7LDW Band not usable till after 03:00Z here. copied the following stations:
K7KY -5db
W1EEP -1db
KE6SLS -8db
K7DV -7db

73’S de K7LDW

K7LDW < K7KY RR Don I know what u mean.. I’ve had quite a time cking into ERC lately too early 4 me even moving to Sunday doesn’t help me with the band tnx for ck-i

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Sending Pic:140×140;

Oops! wandering finger hit wrong key I don’t even know sometimes that a key also works a macro… I do know all the Function keys run the first 12 macro, but there are others on the kbd that also send the macros at the wrong time BK any more comments b4 we close ?? < NCS

ORCA NET de KG5DGI. Some interesting spurts of clear text – more than usual by far. Opening image isn’t pretty, but it did come thru. In and out of piddle, with no riime nor reason!
de KG5DGI k

KG5DGI < K7KY It continues to be sort of ODD Ed ur 25over9 & 10db here strange but true BK any one else? < K7KY <W7WSV

W7WSV go Steve

ORCA <W7WSV
NCS S6, -7 dB light cpy at start, lots of static clashes to S9,
but up to S8, 2 dB at finish.
Exercise:
PSK250R S8, 14%
MFSK64 S8, -6 dB 43%
Traffic: No cpy on traffic stations.
W1EEP S9+, 10 dB comments
K7DV S9, -6 dB 25%
Interesting week with the SATERN exercise. Definite lack of ops in midwest with unreliable copy on those that were present. We do need a better bridge across the MIssissippi. Three hour ‘dead-air’ time between N0LSD contacts on 40M Friday was a tough waiting game.
73 Stay safe…W7WSV K

RR Steve tnx for the additional info abt the exercise U were definitely right in the mix all week… thanks for all you did BK are there any more comments or questions b4 we close ?? < NCS

2020-08-11 20:41:18p 03:41:18z
This concludes ORCA DIGITAL NET
Thanks for working with us tonight.
We hope to see you again next
Tuesday evening.

Signal Evaluation Image
Sending Pic:140×140; 73 Doug K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T03:42Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>

QSL DE W7LPN K

W7LPN < K7KY GE Rick shall I add u to the roster? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T03:43Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
W7LPN Emergency power no traffic Emergency Power No Fraffic sure, new at this but would love to join. Thanks 73

W7LPN < K7KY FB I’ll log u tonite and we’d be happy to hv u work with us it’s good to monitor a few sessions b4 going Active it’s a complex net that moves briskly it’s also a training net and we’re error friendly hope to c u next week 73 Doug K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T03:45Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
thanks again, please exÄnti xitue my newbiness. hi hgi apologies gents, outa your way now 73 W7LPN

Rick u can send your email address to us @: ncs@orcadigitalnet.com and we’ll add you to the email list we use to notify u when the Net Report is published 73 < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-08-12T03:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1496>>
FB tyhanks again & 73 W7LPN W7LPN

Net Reports

22/SEP/20 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 22/Sep/20 Check-in/Rotation: Check-ins: 35 Stations: __KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT KI7TPD* Fred Cedar City,UT WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT K0PHP Chris Columbia,MO __N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX __N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX __WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX __KG5DGI Ed [...]

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International SATERN Digital Net


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

International SATERN Digital Net

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

FEMA Region X HF Interoperability Testing (60m)


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

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

FEMA Region X Monthly Interoperability NET

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

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SHORTWAVE RADIOGRAM

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

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule (AM)

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

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