12/MAY/20 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 12/May/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 21
Stations:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
__KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
__N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
__KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
__KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
__W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
__KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
__KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID
__N5QDH Cowan Farmington,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
__K7VS Van Medford,OR QNX
K7LDW Don Rigby,ID
__K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
__K0PHP Chris Columbia,MO QNX
__WB8HRO Tim Okemos,MI QNX VidID
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
*Called for COMMENTS only

Tonight brought a few more challenges than poor band condx. We didn’t check our antennas before the net. NCS had the weaker antenna. We logged few distant stations and those were mostly QNX. A difficult band, made worse by a weaker NCS signal. Condx did improve during the net, but not much. Tim WB8HRO was able to ck-in by VidID as the net ended. Mid-net, I accidentally touched a task-bar icon that shuts down immediately. A dark screen. Rats!… Our dual NCS system worked well; we were quickly back to normal. I was a little unsettled by wrong antenna and tough ck-in; please excuse a couple moments of impatience.

Band condx led almost inescapably to QRM during ck-in. When Ops don’t copy NCS as they usually do, they begin to wonder if NCS is actually there. We encounter this scenario working other digital nets. It’s normal for digital nets in poor band condx. For ORCA, you should assume NCS is working ck-in at the usual time. We’ve not missed net ck-in in 7.5yrs. Calling around on net-frequency to see if anyone copies NCS is almost certain to QRM NCS working ck-in. Best guess is NCS is active beyond your reception and wait for a RELAY to call for ck-ins. In unfavorable band condx, you may not be able to work the net as usual. That’s radio. And, no aspersions on anyone tonight; these are learning moments. Many may learn from one error.

With only two Active stations tonight, the FLAMP Exercise went quickly. Another ORCA First. Still, we included a Fill relay. When NCS asks you to Relay Fills, parse the request carefully. It usually include, #Blocks, Mode, and a TxID reminder. If you miss any of these instructions, we’ll have to repeat your relay. The FLAMP Exercise is busy and brisk; stay focused and we’ll finish quickly.

The OPTIONAL Exercise included in the FLAMP Exercise has numerous objectives. One objective is learning to parse and implement multiple instructions while maintaining focus on tasks, net flow, and your place in Rotation. During the FLAMP Exercise, we’re preoccupied; we’re tracking everyone’s Fill needs, mode changes, who’s next, etc. It’s a challenging exercise for us. It’s not the time to call NCS. Other net events are not as intense and we welcome your call. Often, net members hear stations calling that we’ve missed. Your assistance is important and appreciated. During the FLAMP Exercise, non-urgent issues can wait until the Exercise concludes. To contact NCS at other times, use VidID at 2000wf or send your CALL between transmissions. We call for Late ck-ins at regular intervals.

Nice work running the Comment Round again. It works well and saves net time too. We do miss the opportunity to follow up on relevant comments, but we’re comfortable calling two of every three Comment Rounds, with you conducting every third session. Every third session now includes the Option for a volunteer to conduct the Comment Round as NCS. It’s very easy. Really. You’ll call the Active stations in rotation; there will only be <10 Active station on the Roster. We’ll pass net-control to you for the Comment Round and you’ll return it to NCS when finished. It’s a basic net-management task for NCS; it will give you a comfortable foundation for learning more NCS routines. You can learn NCS routines in small steps on ORCA DIGITAL NET and WESTERN DIGITAL NET. Think about running the next ‘3rd session’, 2June20. We’ll prepare you to NCS an easy and enjoyable Comment Round.

WDN is also poised to help you learn digital NCS routines in small steps. Calling the Comment Round on either net is an easy entry into learning NCS routines. Even if you don’t aspire to full-time NCS duties, you’ll have more digital routines and tactics in your inventory. That’s a plus.

Test images copied during the net:

RX #1: KB6NN Eureka, CA
RX #2: KB6NN Eureka, CA
RX #1: WB7EUX Joseph, OR
RX #3: WB7EUX Joseph, OR
RX #1: KB7VX Chehalis, WA
RX #2: KB7VX Chehalis, WA
RX #1: KS6M Oakland, CA
RX #3: KS6M Oakland, CA
RX #1: KE6SLS Eureka, CA RX #2: KE6SLS Eureka, CA RX #3: KE6SLS Eureka, CA
RX #2: W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
RX #2: KG5DGI Aztec, NM

Remember WDN on Thursday, same time/freq/mode as ORCA, Steve K6ETA/NCS. We hope to see you here again next Tuesday evening. Thanks for your support and participation. Without you, we would not have a Training net.
73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log—
kg7sxq kg7sxq lynden st george ut in and out

DE W1EEP* K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:00Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
W1EEP* < K7KY TU Gene
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:00Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KD7CL < K7KY TU Craig
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:01Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
de N7RBP k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:01Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
N7RBP MEDFORD, OREGON / IN AND OUT PSE TU K
de N7RBP k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:01Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
N7RBP < K7KY TU Bob
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:02Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KG7SXQ < K7KY TU Lynden
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:02Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KB6NN Howard Eureka CA QNX

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:02Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KB6NN < K7KY TU Howard
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX < NCS

kg7sxq kg7sxq lynden st george ut early checkin in and out not sure you can hear me???
de KG7SXQ k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:03Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KG7SXQ < K7KY RR Lynden we hr u well tnx 4 ck-in < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:04Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:04Z MFSK-32 @ 2484>>
W5CLE, W5CLE, QNX. tR oCtÖhbe lŠtit ekPiaz3 fe
Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:05Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>

W5CLE < K7KY TU Charles
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:08Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
RiZa:R@netc tn
Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
*Called for COMMENTS only

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

W6ADZ QNX

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:10Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>

W6ADZ < K7KY TU Darrell
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX < NCS

w1eep kg7sxq can you hear orca net?
de KG7SXQ k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:11Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KG7SXQ < K7KY Lyndon I hr u fine & I’m taking ck-in now tu < NCS

W1EEP NO I HAVE NOT HEARD NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:12Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
W1EEP < K7KY hw cpy? < K7KY

kg7sxq roger roger

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:13Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

KG5DGI KG5DGI QNX QNX

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:13Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KG5DGI < K7KY TU Ed
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:14Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KB7VX < K7KY FB Bruce
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
and tnx for the ORCA plug Bruce < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:16Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
kg7sxq roger that qnx
de KG7SXQ k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:16Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:17Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
ORCA the band may limit the net tonite two stations in UT ID do not cpy NCS we’ll see how it goes < K7KY

ORCA NET de ke6sls*
TU ke6sls

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:19Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
skg7sxq thanks, I’m going over to the erc net.
de KG7SXQ k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:19Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KE6SLS* < K7KY TU Jaye
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA < NCS

KS6M QNX

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:20Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
KS6M < K7KY TU John
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:21Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>
K6ETA* < K7KY TU Steve
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
can anyone relay the last station? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Tough band tonite last station, agn pse < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:23Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
*Called for COMMENTS only

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:25Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
ORCA band condx seem to be set to limit ck-in tonite… look for a small net (-: < K7KY

N5QDH N5QDH QNX QNX

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:26Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
N5QDH < K7KY TU Cowan
N5QDH Cowan Farmington,NM QNX < NCS

WB7EUX

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:27Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
WB7EUX < K7KY GE Tom
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:28Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Check-in… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:29Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID
N5QDH Cowan Farmington,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
*Called for COMMENTS only

2020-05-12 19:29:23p 02:29:23z
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

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:33Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
KB7VX < K7KY Bruce pse relay call 4 ck-in tu < NCS

KB7VX KB7VX Relaying Ck-In 4 ORCA DIGITAL NET

Not copying NCS? Check in here …KB7VX

K7KY de KB7VX NIL

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:34Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
RR Bruce tu BK distant stations are not copying NCS tonite a good time to take a look at what happens in these circumstances they can’t hear NCS and

begin calling each other to see if anyone can hear NCS meanwhile NCS is workig the stations available and the chatter doubles ck-in food 4 thought BK

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

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:36Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

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:mg:553 ORCA DIGITAL NET 12/May/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 16
Stations:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID
N5QDH Cowan Farmington,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
*Called for COMMENTS only

[WRAP:chksum A80E][WRAP:end] … end

^r

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:38Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

ANNOUNCEMENTS 12/May/2020

Tonight’s FLAMP Exercise distributes the file, ‘ex169.txt’, an FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP
Exercise. CONFIRM ‘ex169.txt’ before working the OPTIONAL Exercise. If you complete
the OPTIONAL exercise within, send that file to NCS in the Traffic Round with FLAMP.

Current band condx are both frustrating and useful. Relaying comes to the fore. Last
Thursday on WDN we had to work long and hard to CONFIRM a QTC from Mesa,AZ. No
one copied the traffic when the net opened. Steve K6ETA/NCS tried again after the QST
Round. Condx were better, but still, no one could CONFIRM. We eventually did CONFIRM
with numerous relays filling enough blocks to enable one station to fill NCS. We were
down to MFSK-16. It took a long time and underlined the importance of relay tactics.

Brad WA7HHE later suggested NCS send a strong station off-freq to collect the traffic
and relay to the net. DeJaVue ? Isn’t this the off-freq traffic-handling exercise we work
occasionally? This is a key relay tactic. Let’s rename the exercise, Off-Freq Relay, and
work it regularly. Band condx may not improve on the old 11 year cycle; they may be
with us much longer. We’ll be better digital Ops in the outcome.

The long relay on WDN and email comments from Darrell W6ADZ in Reno,NV got me thinking
about the slow but robust modes we occasionally need to CONFIRM traffic. Because they’re
so slow, we don’t use them often. Because they’re slow, we suggest you experiment with them
in QSO, etc, off-net on 80m and other bands to learn more about their characteristics and
when best to use them. Here are some of those we’ve used successfully before.

Olivia 4/250 = 20wpm
Olivia 8/250 = 15wpm
MFSK-4 = 18wpm
MFSK-8 = 36wpm

Lets do a little mode experimenting when we bump into colleagues at the watering hole.

Tonight is the third session since you managed Comment Round yourselves and we’ll do
it again tonight. We hand the net to the first Active Op on the Roster who will pass to the
next Op, etc. Last Active Op returns the net to NCS. We’d also like to open every third
session to a volunteer who would conduct the Comment Round as NCS. It’s an opportunity
to inch toward NCS capabilities w/little stress. It’s easy, usually interesting, and doesn’t
take long. You’re only working <10 Active stations. To give this a try, contact NCS. We’ll
set you up to succeed.

You can also conduct the Comment Round on Western Digital Net. Steve K6ETA/NCS is looking
for guest NCS. You can begin learning WDN/NCS routines by conducting the WDN Comment
Round. Contact Steve at the WDN website: http://westerndigitalnet.org WDN has one of the
nicest Amateur websites and it’s certainly outstanding in the digital-net community. I always
check-out net websites; many Amateur nets have no web presence.

Please email the Test images to: ncs@orcadigitalnet.com for the Net Report. Thank you!

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

If you want on/off the Net Report email list:
ncs@orcadigitalnet.com < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:42Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Next is the FLAMP Exercise with Mindy W7ZAP with only two Active stations this should be easy even in this band over < NCS

Tonight’s exercise begins in THOR100 (352wpm/1800hz). We’ll fill
in THOR50x1 (176wpm/900hz) & MFSK32 (120wpm/630hz).
Check your BP filter, WIDE mode ahead… < W7ZAP

<NUL><STX>ORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 D4AD>{495C}FLAMP 2.2.05
<FILE 30 5F74>{495C}20200513001301:ex169.txt
<ID 17 D005>{495C}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 0B59>{495C}419 6 80
<FILE 30 5F74>{495C}20200513001301:ex169.txt
<ID 17 D005>{495C}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 0B59>{495C}419 6 80
<DATA 88 DE28>{495C:1}
OPTIONAL – FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise

In your PC-Edi
<DATA 88 BE81>{495C:2}tor, create a file named,’URCALL_ex169.txt’.
Copy the following question to the
<DATA 88 A7B9>{495C:3} new file and enter your
answer.

FLDIGI: Sending MFSK-xxx images, how do you
<DATA 88 AEC7>{495C:4} discover transmit time?

If you complete this OPTIONAL exercise, send ‘URCALL
<DATA 88 1B96>{495C:5}_ex169.txt’
to NCS with FLAMP in the Traffic Round. Before sending,change
‘QST
<DATA 27 E5C4>{495C:6}’ to ‘K7KY’. 5

<CNTL 10 19C3>{495C:EOF}
<CNTL 10 B9CF>{495C:EOT}

DE W7ZAP K

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… KB7VX

DE KB7VX
File : ex169.txt
<MISSING 15 6A39>{495C}CONFIRMED
DE KB7VX K

WB7EUX

DE WB7EUX
File : ex169.txt
<MISSING 8 E66B>{495C}1
DE WB7EUX K

B7VX < W7ZAP Bruce pse relay block 1in THOR 50×1 (enable TxID too!) TU < W7ZAP

KB7VX < W7ZAP how copy Bruce? < W7ZAP

KB7VX < W7ZAP Bruce agn w/ TxID (upper right). Also just need block 1 … click FETCH then relay. TU. < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:49Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

DE KB7VX

FLAMP Relay

<FILE 30 5F74>{495C}20200513001301:ex169.txt
<ID 17 D005>{495C}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 0B59>{495C}419 6 80
<DATA 88 DE28>{495C:1}
OPTIONAL – FLDIGI/PC-EDITOR/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise

In your PC-Edi
<DATA 88 BE81>{495C:2}tor, create a file named,’URCALL_ex169.txt’.
Copy the following question to the
<DATA 88 A7B9>{495C:3} new file and enter your
answer.

FLDIGI: Sending MFSK-xxx images, how do you
<DATA 88 AEC7>{495C:4} discover transmit time?

If you complete this OPTIONAL exercise, send ‘URCALL
<DATA 88 1B96>{495C:5}_ex169.txt’
to NCS with FLAMP in the Traffic Round. Before sending,change
‘QST
<DATA 27 E5C4>{495C:6}’ to ‘K7KY’. 5

<CNTL 10 19C3>{495C:EOF}
<CNTL 10 B9CF>{495C:EOT}

DE KB7VX K

Bruce, you can send 1 block by adding ‘1’ to the blocks field… much faster when that’s all thats needed. Tnx for the relay
BK
K7KY < W7ZAP All 2 stns CONFIRMED :-) BTN and you can use ur antenna now!! Opps!! < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:52Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Tnx Mindy that went pretty well… BK one thing we can observe here is parsing instructions it part of what we learn and practice here on ORCA reading and

implementing instructions correctly is paramount to passing traffic correctlyl BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
19:53:01p 02:53:01z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:53Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
First Op 4 Traffic Round is Gene W1EEP < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:53Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
KE6SLS < K7KY go Jaye < K7KY

RR tnx Doug, there was a station trying to chk in, but you were a little fast on the trigger. pls call for chks in agn, I’m sure you’ll hear them, good signal. tu
ke6sls k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Station call ing ORCA agn pse < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7VS Medford Oregon checking in qrx

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7VS < K7KY TU Van
K7VS Van Medford,OR QNX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
was there another station? < NCS

K7LDW Don Rigby ID

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7LDW < K7KY TU Don
K7LDW Don Rigby,ID
< NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:57Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
stand by one < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:58Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

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:mg:598 ORCA DIGITAL NET 12/May/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 17
Stations:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID
N5QDH Cowan Farmington,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
K7VS Van Medford,OR QNX
K7LDW Don Rigby,ID
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
*Called for COMMENTS only

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Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T02:59Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Any corrections to the Roster? Does anyone need it resent? < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:00Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
First Op 4 Traffic Round is Bruce KB7VX < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:00Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7KY DE KB7VX

<PROG 18 97AA>{7527}FLAMP 2.2.04
<FILE 36 F777>{7527}20200513025400:KB7VX_ex169.txt
<ID 24 0ED6>{7527}KB7VX Chehalis, WA
<SIZE 14 8AF2>{7527}131 3 64
<DATA 72 AFEF>{7527:1} Sending MFSK-xxx images, how do you discover transmit time?

<DATA 72 CB8A>{7527:2}After it is loaded the tx time appears in a box in the upper rig
<DATA 11 89A8>{7527:3}ht.
<CNTL 10 C8AB>{7527:EOF}
<CNTL 10 68A7>{7527:EOT}

DE KB7VX K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:01Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
DE K7KY
File : KB7VX_ex169.txt
<MISSING 15 9F61>{7527}CONFIRMED
DE K7KY K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:02Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Tom WB7EUX, ur turn 4 Traffic < NCS

s tnK7KY DE WB7EUX

<PROG 18 C61D>{4764}FLAMP 2.2.05
<FILE 37 A298>{4764}20200513025335:WB7EUX_ex169.txt
<ID 22 0A5B>{4764}WB7EUX Joseph OR
<SIZE 14 EC11>{4764}281 5 64
<DATA 72 1782>{4764:1}[b64:sPõU» e FFQvwzDh5XomGzS38gdg0nNQ3PvaJst
<DATA 72 59BD>{4764:2}rm+PEeUqnFBG1PoAZMjwFvXkTtAzDTVf+SRbjFFaCEyCR0LdsTZtKrOrUx0FQpzu
<DATA 72 D987>{4764:3}cLhuHsrt7vbUZAeNqubV9bWRFn/ydy/sbVKh3qStsqn78JYjjKLbRy8oK0rKXZip
<DATA 72 8942>{4764:4}pUo+0TZ5WjHV1FYNnx37lLk1b38KSImRJQx+eaqzI5oZPCQv+w6i/ASae3HwUqJC
<DATA 33 60C3>{4764:5}fINPQtGd/gF4McA
[b64:end] <CNTL 10 127B>{4764:EOF}
<CNTL 10 B277>{4764:EOT}

DE WB7EUX K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:03Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
We had a brief double, Tom…
DE K7KY
File : WB7EUX_ex169.txt
<MISSING 8 7C35>{4764}1
DE K7KY K

K7KY DE WB7EUX

<PROG 18 C61D>{4764}FLAMP 2.2.05
<DATA 72 1782>{4764:1}[b64:start]AUxaTUEAAADMXQAAAAQAHhmJhvwzDh5XomGzS38gdg0nNQ3PvaJst
<CNTL 10 127B>{4764:EOF}
<CNTL 10 B277>{4764:EOT}

DE WB7EUX K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:04Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

DE K7KY
File : WB7EUX_ex169.txt
<MISSING 15 559B>{4764}CONFIRMED
DE K7KY K

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:04Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Next 4 Traffic is Don K7LDW < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:05Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7LDW < K7KY hw cpy Don? < NCS

W7ZAP very por lhere tonight. de K7LDW

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:05Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
RR ur up 4 Traffic if u hv any… < NCS

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Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

ORCA DIGITAL NET
20:06:36p 03:06:36z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:07Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
K7DV Idaho fall QNX

K0PHP K0PHP QNX

K7DV < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
BK

K0PHP < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
K0PHP Chris Columbia,MO QNX
BK
Anyone else? < W7ZAP

Doug’s stn shut down :-(
He’ll be back up in a moment.
Pls stand by < W7ZAP

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[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.14
:hdr_fm:41
K7KY 20201305025801
W7ZAP 20201305030930
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20192409231907
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:mg:661 ORCA DIGITAL NET 12/May/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 19
Stations:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID
N5QDH Cowan Farmington,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
K7VS Van Medford,OR QNX
K7LDW Don Rigby,ID
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
K0PHP Chris Columbia,MO QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
*Called for COMMENTS only

[WRAP:chksum FF93][WRAP:end] … end

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:11Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
ORCA Wow! That’s never happened I must hv bumped an icon at the bottom tray and shut down the PC Rats! anyway back to business… Tonite, you will run the Comment round by handing it to the next Active Op on the Roster. Last station returns the net to NCS Over to Gene W1EEP < NCS

K7KY DE W1EEP ROUGH NET TONIGHT BAND NOT GOOD FOR ME EMAIL WITH MINDY WORKS GREAT GOOD TO HAVE A FEW EXTRA WAY TO COMMUNICATE 73’S TO THE NET OVER TO KB7VX BRUCE

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:13Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT S9 +10db
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA s8 +5db
WB7EUX Tom Joseph OR S9 + 10 db 100% FLAMP
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS S9 + 10 db
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS S9 +10db
All reporting stations were readable here in Chehalis WA. Band has been gaining since chk in. s/n have almost doubled since the start.

Lots of rain here in western WA today. On Thursday I will be reporting in to WDN from Pendleton OR. I will be on m way to Weiser ID for a job interview. Exercise tonight was fast and I was on the edge of my seat with the Thor 50 relay :-) Thanks Mindy for the challenge!! I need to learn how to send just limited blocks. If I put in “1” in the “blks” box, does that mean just block #1 gets relayed? This is how I am learning, by making mistakes. So did George Washington. He lost a lot of battles but won in the end. :-)
Next for comments is Jaye KE6SLS in Eureka CA. Take it away Jaye
K7KY de KB7VX

ORCA Digital net
ARS ke6sls, Jaye in Eureka! California, running 50 watts on the delta vee.

This op wants to thank Doug k7ky for helping me dial in the new rig, TU Doug.

Bugger, didn’t copy final roster. Will manage or ELSE! :)

k7ky, s6 6db, 100%, P5, FLmsg 100%, now s9+20, 12db,
KB7VX, s4 5db, 100%, FLamp 100%,
w7zap, s9+20, 12db, 100%, FLmsg 0! Bugger!
WB7EUX, s4 5db, 100%, Another double on ur FLamp!, FLamp 100% 2nd pass
K7LDW, s3 -11db, 85% copy
K0PHP, s3 -8db, 100%
K7DV, s3 –, doubled with,
W1EEP, s5 7db, 100%

Really surprised the DX stations aren’t copying NCS! Your down to s5 and seems like the band is going long. OH MY GOD! Mindy is BOOMING, I believe NCS was running qrp!

Had a pretty good day here, the rain really never came around, bit windy, but warm. Left the doors open until 5:30 when I was summoned by tigers for DINNER!

New rig showed up via FEDEX Ground. I was able to cobble it into this old laptop using a single USB cable. Miss the Signalink though, nice having the Knobs to play with :)

Some ops need to up their game when checking in late. Heard two of them waiting too long to get a signal on the air and NCS ended up doubling. Get on that TUNE button folks!

Have lots and lots of learning to do before I have a good command of this radio. I checked in tonight and my ALC was hopping way too high. I went off freq and re-calibrated. Came back and THEN realized I was on the WRONG matchbox! I miss the SWR metering on the rig!

I think the gremlins were with us tonight :)

Have a safe week and hope to see you all again on the WDN.

Over to Steve! K6ETA

73
Jaye ke6sls

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:18Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
< K6ETA / NCS

Thanks for the net tonight and I wholeheartedly agree about relaying off frequency when there’s a weak station.

Maybe whenever NCS is having trouble with a station, anyone already checked in as active, with a good or at least decent copy should use Video ID to indicate they are offering to relay? NCS can then ask that station if they’d like to move up 5, etc.?

I like the way ORCA and WDN can learn from each other’s net!

ovet to WB7EUX Tom Joseph OR < K6ETA / NCS

All is well in our corner of the world. Lots of rain today with a brief hail storm. I did not know that you entered the block number(s) and clicked fetch to resend the missed blocks. Ironically I had to use it! Now to Don in Rigby, ID K7LDW DE WB7EUX

HAVE TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT A LOOP ANTENNA, THIS SLOPER DOES NOT CUT IT IN THESE CONDITIONS, THANKS TO ALL BK TO YOU
K7DV de K7LDW

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:20Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
WB7EUX DE K7DV*
ok not much here just late doing alot of honey dos now the weather is better, I nned to llok yftg C1he nN tf- axtto see who it goes to

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
RR Tom tu BK that went pretty well you guys do a great job of running Comments Oops! we missed Mindy’s coments over to Mindy W7ZAP < NCS

35w 135ft doublet @ 145ft
W7ZAP copied the following stns:

W1EEP 100% KBD (S9+)
N7RBP 100% VidID, KBD (S9 +30) 14dB
KD7CL 100% KBD
KB6NN 100% KBD (S9+)
W5CLE 100% KBD (S9+)
W6ADZ 100% KBD (S9 +20) 6dB
KG5DGI 100% KBD (S9)
KB7VX 100% VidID
KE6SLS 100% KBD (S9+) 12dB
KS6M 100% KBD (S9+)
K6ETA 100% VidID
N5QDH 100% KBD (S9 +15) 12dB
WB7EUX 100% KBD (S9+) 7dB


When sending images in MFSK from the TX window:
“Hold the mouse over either the XmtClr or the XmtGry button and the tooltip will tell you the transmit time for this image.” FLDIGI Manual v4.1.00, pg 234

Tough band condx tonite. Makes for challenging net for all. I didn’t realize until I was about to TX the FLAMP exercise that I had Doug’s antenna… ooops! No wonder stns weren’t hearing Doug well at ck-in. Sorry about that Doug :)

The FLAMP round made me wonder if all Ops are familiar with manually filling in blocks to be relayed. On the RX tab, 2 buttons: FETCH and RELAY, then a blank field lists the blocks. If you FETCH, you get all the missing REPORTS and TX all the missing blocks. Sometimes you’ll want to put the missing blocks in manually when trying to send fewer blocks to complete fill. Yes, Bruce if you want block 1, that should be in the block field :-)

73,
Mindy W7ZAP

Back to NCS < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:25Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
FB Mindy tu BK are there any questions or follow up comments from Active stations? < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:26Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
OK we have time for comments from the Monitoring stations beginning with those in Dist 0 & 5 < K7KY

ORCA NET de KG5DGi. Very little connection tonight – extra poor propagation. Messages RX @ one for 50% & two for zero %, so will look for better conditions next week. 73’s

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:27Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
RR Ed… tough condx and I was on the 2nd antenna when net began probably why the distant stations couldn’t get in BK Comments from Stations in Dist 6 come now < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:28Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Dist 7? < NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:29Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
Anyone anywhere and late ck-ins come now < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:29Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
I do miss running comments on evening like this when there are pithy comments and things I’d like to expand sometimes.. Jaye made a few comments that will help us better manage the net w/all paying close attention to net flow… and Steve’s comments on ORCA/WDN working together and improving both… I’m really happy to have a partner in wdn < K7KY

2031L – 0331Z
This concludes the ORCA DIGITAL NET
Thanks for practicing with us tonight.
We hope to work with you again
next Tuesday evening.

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

Sending Pic:140×140; < W7ZAP 73 Mindy W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:32Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
KE6SLS < K7KY

This is silly, but can I get a RESEND of the final image, I borked it by booboo here just as you were about to send!

de ke6sls k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:33Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
RR Jaye… a small error after the way I’ve acted tonite… it wasn’t all the tough band some of the difficulties were with NCS hre comes the logo

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

tu Doug! I’ll send what I did to the other one too! hahahaha, like I said, lot to learn here! hahahaha… okay, tu agn for EVERYTHING om.

73 and I’m gonna try to qsy NWccnet!

de ke6sls k

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:35Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
FB Jaye I’mdelighted to hr abt the new KW TS-590SG have fun! 73 Doug K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:36Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
WB8HRO < K7KY TU Tim
WB8HRO Tim Okemos,MI QNX
GE Tim just in time to make the log… gud 2 c u 73 Doug K7KY

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:37Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

WB8HRO

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:37Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>
WB8HRO < K7KY FB Tim
WB8HRO Tim Okemos,MI VidID
< NCS

Before RSID: <<2020-05-13T03:38Z MFSK-32 @ 1498>>

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:hdr_fm:41
W7ZAP 20201305030930
K7KY 20201305033852
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20192409231907
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:mg:687 ORCA DIGITAL NET 12/May/20 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 21
Stations:
W1EEP* Gene Pine Valley,UT
KtF Craig Riverton,OR QNX
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KG5DGI Ed Aztec,NM QNX
KB7VX Bruce Chehalis,WA VidID
KE6SLS* Jaye Eureka,CA
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID
N5QDH Cowan Farmington,NM QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
K7VS Van Medford,OR QNX
K7LDW Don Rigby,ID
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
K0PHP Chris Columbia,MO QNX
WB8HRO Tim Okemos,MI VidID
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
*Called for COMMENTS only

[WRAP:chksum F181][WRAP:end] … end

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 20/Oct/20 Check-in/Rotation: Check-ins: 28 Stations: K6ETA* Steve Petaluma,CA VidID __KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT KI7TPD* Fred Cedar City,UT __KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX __KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX __KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX __K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID [...]

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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.

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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
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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
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