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ORCA DIGITAL NET 14/JUN/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 17
Stations:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
__KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
__KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
__N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
__KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
__K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX RELAY: K7KY
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA
__N7SDC Steve Rigby,ID QNX
__WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
__KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
__KJ7WHE Barry Nampa, ID QNX
__W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS

Tonight is our smallest Roster in years. DST, long summer days, vacations, ARC meetings, and a pervasive state-of-angst resulted in 17 stations in the Log. Four of them Active. Our Active/QNX ratio remains average at 25/75%. Active Ops did very well with the Macro Daisy-Chain experiment in the Comment Round. We’re making good progress with Macros. The more you know about Macros, the more uses you’ll discover. They eliminate a lot of repetitive typing and can change software settings with a mouse click. We rely heavily on Macros to conduct the net. Doug K7KY runs the weekly NBEMS Exercises completely w/Macros.

Tonight was the last Basic NBEMS Exercise for June. The next two Tuesdays will have Advanced NBEMS Exercises. Be sure to learn the Advanced Exercise while Monitoring before participating on-air. The transition from working the Exercises silently to Active participation on-air can be tricky. Working silently doesn’t have the time pressure on-air Ops are experiencing. A little time pressure in the Advanced Exercise simulates potential stress of a busy emergency net. Emergency nets may have times of intense pressure and times of boredom. Practicing with a little pressure will have you more composed and confident when the pressure is actual. When you transition from working silently to on-air, pay particular attention to your place in the Roster to be prepared when NCS calls you to Report. A word to the wise; newer Ops often get busy working the Advanced instructions and miss NCS calling for their Report. When you’ve CONFIRMED the file, NCS won’t call you again.

Lamar AE6LJ suggested we consider adding a symbol to CALLSIGNS at Ck-In for those wishing to skip the Comment Round. This brings up the asterisk you occasionally see after a CALLSIGN*. Newer ORCA Ops weren’t here when this policy began a few years ago. At that time, the net was growing and we often had so many Ops checking in Active to work the NBEMS Exercise that the nets were taking 1.5hr +. We then limited the number of Ops for the Exercise to 10. When the Exercise was full, stations checking in Active were assigned an *. We skipped those stations during the Exercise, but still included them in Comments. Later, we gave 11 veteran Ops the option to assign the * themselves at Ck-In to leave room in the Exercise for newer Ops. Since then, participants have been further reduced to 8.

We’re thinking about eliminating the asterisk list entirely and simply assigning * during Ck-in as needed. The Advanced NBEMS Exercise is more effective when the Exercise is full. A full house requires more focus and attention and provides more opportunities for participants to Relay Fill blocks. 8 participants in the Advanced Exercise is better for training and practice than 3. It more closely simulates a busy emergency net.

Our NBEMS Exercises are running more consistently since adding the after-net Monitor’s Session. Now, all incoming Ops learn the Basic and Advanced NBEMS Exercises as QNX ck-ins. They work the Exercises silently and Fill/check their work in the after-net Monitor’s Session. Mastering the Exercises silently prepares them to work the Exercises on-air w/o disrupting Exercise flow. We try to avoid long pauses during Exercise to maintain a little time pressure.

During Basic and Advanced Exercises, we occasionally deviate from our published 3rd Mode. We always send the complete file in the 3rd Mode, even when only a couple blocks are needed. We do this for the QNX and Lurking stations working the Exercise silently. They have no option to seek Fills and must rely on Fills requested by participating Ops. The 3rd Mode is their last opportunity to CONFIRM the file. We usually use MFSK-32 for the 3rd Mode. In difficult condx we may substitute MFSK-22 for 32 to give everyone a better chance to CONFIRM the file. When we can’t fill all Ops during an Exercise, we ask them to try again in the Monitor’s Session.

Thanks for helping us tighten Protocol compliance. It’s our adherence to Protocol that enables the net to run smoothly and efficiently. We’ve become a working model of efficient digital networking. Two essential components of our Protocols are ARRL’s Directed Net protocol and our Pre-Tone routine. Along with our main focus on NBEMS traffic-handling, we’re also polishing our Situational Awareness and Reading Comprehension. There’s a lot more to digital networking than connecting PC and radio.

We always appreciate ORCA flowers. Thank you! It reminds us of your part in net operations. ORCA is similar to an orchestra. The Conductor and Players are of equal importance. Together, they organize and produce music. Most of the Players could do an adequate job of Conducting in a pinch. Same for ORCA. Most of our members could run the net in a pinch. They’ve not Conducted before, but know enough to lead in time of need. We don’t make music, but we harmonize well enough to sustain an efficient digital training net.

Path Evaluation Macro images from the Comment Round:

AE6LJ Redway, CA
KE6SLS Eureka, CA KJ7VGV Reno, NV
KE6SLS Eureka, CA
AE6LJ Redway, CA KJ7VGV Reno, NV
KJ7VGV Reno, NV
AE6LJ Redway, CA KE6SLS Eureka, CA
W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
KJ7VGV Reno, NV W7ZAP Brookings, OR
W6ADZ Reno, NV
AE6LJ Redway, CA KJ7VGV Reno, NV
W7WSV Mesa, AZ
W7ZAP Brookings, OR
WB7EUX Joseph, OR
KE6SLS Eureka, CA KJ7VGV Reno, NV

Thanks for your participation and support. We enjoy working with you and hope to see you again next Tuesday evening.

73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log —

DE W1EEP

DE W1EEP

So far I have the following station:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
Comment Round only

SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

DE KL7RI QNX

KL7RI < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
BK next? < W7ZAP
QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS ja
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
Comment Round only

SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
Comment Round only

SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
Comment Round only

SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS
Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
Comment Round only

SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
Comment Round only

SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

< KJ7BHK QNX

KJ7BHK < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
good signal here Brian… S7
BK next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

N2RSN  QNX

N2RSN < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
Good signal David… ur S7+
BK next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

NCS < KW6M  KW6M  QNX

KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
Always a booming sinal to Brookings… ur S9
BK next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

KJ7VGV

KJ7VGV < W7ZAP QSL Don
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
BK QRZ  ORCA Ck-In  < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

W6ADZ  QNX

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

Anyone copy the last stn?
BK

K7DV < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX RELAY: K7KY
BK next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

AE6LJ

N7SDC   QNX

AE6LJ < W7ZAP  TU Lamar
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA
Great signal Lamar
BK

N7SDC < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
N7SDC Steve Rigby,ID QNX
lite copy, but 100%
BK next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

WB7EUX QNX

WB7EUX < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR QNX
Tnx 4 ck-in Tom
BK next? < W7ZAP

DE KE6SLS

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

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
< W7ZAP/NCS

Poor band condx, long days allowing for more fun or yard work,
travelling Ops, and ARC meetings have conspired to make a small net.
Hope everyone is doing well and those not
here are enjoying themselves
BK

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX RELAY: K7KY
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA
N7SDC Steve Rigby,ID QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS

2022-06-14  19:30:17p 02:30:17z
WELCOME to ORCA DIGITAL NET
Mindy W7ZAP/NCS, Brookings,OR, 35w, 210′ Doublet @ 80′

ORCA meets every Tuesday 1930p/0330z – 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

Basic NBEMS Exercise:
Have FLAMP open. Stay Focused, Exercise is brisk.
No Traffic Round 4 Basic NBEMS Exercise

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 Ops Send: ‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (QNI/QNX)
FIRST TIME Op? Send: CALL/NAME/QTH/QNX
< W7ZAP/NCS

DE KJ7WHE BARRY NAMPA ID QNX

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

KJ7WHE < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KJ7WHE Barry Nampa, ID QNX

Thanks for checking in, Barry  Pse review ‘Ck-In/Out’
@: orcadigitalnet.com/quick-start/ and use our Ck-In
Protocol. Try our Ck-In Macros on the Macro page. TU
BK     Next 4 Early Ck-In?  < W7ZAP/NCS

AE6LJ < W7ZAP Lamar pls relay call 4 ck-in TU < W7ZAP
\
Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:34Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

AE6LJ Relaying ORCA DIGITAL NET Ck-Ins
Not copying NCS? Ck-In QNX here … < AE6LJ

NCS < AE6LJ Nil here. BTU < AE6LJ

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>4.0.19
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20221506023614
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20220106001022
<blankform>
:mg:524 ORCA DIGITAL NET 14/JUN/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 16
Stations:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX RELAY: K7KY
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA
N7SDC Steve Rigby,ID QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
KJ7WHE Barry Nampa, ID QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
[WRAP:chksum 7CE5][WRAP:end] … end

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tonight is the last Basic NBEMS Exercise for June. The next two sessions will feature Advanced NBEMS Exercises. We’ll also experiment with Macros in the Comment Round tonight. Last weeks Net Report included instructions for tonight’s Macro experiment. Here’s the instructions again:

We’re executing 3 macros in succession (Daisy-Chain) in one transmission. You’ll make a new macro to work with the Path Evaluation and Comment Macros. If you don’t have the Comment Macro, you can simply type/paste your comments in the TX buffer AFTER the Path Macro begins. In either case, you need to remove some <RX Tags so that only the 3rd Macro terminates transmission. If you send Comments by kbd/paste, you’ll end TX with your regular ‘SignOff’ Macro. You also need to remove some IDs so you only ID beginning & end. The goal is a single transmission using 3 macros.

Here’s the lead Macro:
————

ORCA < W7ZAP  I’m in Brookings,OR,–, sending @ 1500hz.
My antenna is a 264′ doublet @ 135′.  Here’s my Test image:
———–

Some Tags depend on data in ‘Config/Misc/Operator Station’. The <FREQ Tag depends on your Dial Freq in the top left Freq window,(3 581.000). If you don’t use CAT control, type Dial freq in.

If you’re not prepared to Daisy-Chain 3 macros tonight, use your Path Evaluation Macro b4/after your comments. Please email your 2 best Test images from the Comment Round instead of the usual Beginning/End Test images. We’re learning which stations are best copied. Send images to: ncs@orcadigitalnet.com for the Net Report.

Last week was a week of Records for ORCA DIGITAL NET and Don KJ7VGV.  Don began the week by conducting the first ORCA NBEMS Exercise by a net-member. It was a banner day for us; we’ve been working toward NCS training for years. Enabling members to conduct our weekly Basic NBEMS Exercise is the first phase of learning NCS routines incrementally. We’ve been working with Don and Bruno KG7VVN since February. You many not have noticed that Don conducted the Exercise. It perfectly replicated our regular Exercises; the only difference was Don’s CALLSIGN.

After running a perfect Exercise on Tuesday, he volunteered to NCS Western Digital Net on Thursday evening. That’s where his excellent week ran into a stiff headwind. More like a Typhoon actually. Don caught what may have been the worst band condx of WDN’s existence. We don’t recall worse band condx for WDN. It was the proverbial ‘Trial by Fire’. Nearly every contact needed a Relay and he had lots of help. Don was well prepared, but condx were way worse than usual. Our most experienced NCS would have struggled too. It was a night for Relay stations. Hats-Off to those who supported Don with Relays. Without them, it may not have been possible.

Don and Bruno have been helping us develop the Basic NBEMS Exercise Project. After refining the Instructions and Macro set, we’ve been practicing together on-air. This training and practice gave Don some hands-on experience with NCS routines. This experience certainly helped him deal with adverse band condx on Thursday. He was well prepared and kept his agenda despite condx.

Over to Doug K7KY w/tonite’s NBEMS exercise < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:42Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

ORCA B4 the Exercise, you must hv notice the Macro in Announcements has numerous errors…  I forgot that we can’t send Tags correctly in a transmission in FLMSG        never mind the instructions if you didn’t get them correctly from last sessions Net Report   the Exercise is next   BK

This Basic NBEMS Exercise begins in PSK125RC5 (440wpm,825bw,80%,FEC).
We’ll fill with THOR50x1 (176wpm,900hz,FEC), & MFSK-32 (630hz,120wpm,FEC).
Check your Filters < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET DE K7KY

<PROG 18 CEAE>{F2F1}FLAMP 2.2.07
<FILE 31 0287>{F2F1}20220615005952:ex261B.txt
<ID 16 9168>{F2F1}K7KY SW/OR
<SIZE 15 F8A0>{F2F1}925 15 64
<FILE 31 0287>{F2F1}20220615005952:ex261B.txt
<ID 16 9168>{F2F1}K7KY SW/OR
<SIZE 15 F8A0>{F2F1}925 15 64
<DATA 72 E1F1>{F2F1:1}
Avoid Digital Doubles w/Pre-Tone

Sending a brief TUNE signal (
<DATA 72 4B69>{F2F1:2}Pre-Tone) before transmitting is the prime tactic for avoiding D
<DATA 72 5E12>{F2F1:3}oubles. We initially used FLDIGI’s optional feature, ‘Pre-Signal
<DATA 72 B225>{F2F1:4} Tone’. This configurable feature sends an automatic tone signal
<DATA 72 96E5>{F2F1:5} b4 the msg. It alerts others that you are about to transmit, av
<DATA 72 DD42>{F2F1:6}oiding some doubles. Because it’s automated, it sends the msg im
<DATA 72 499A>{F2F1:7}mediately after the tone. Others may know you intend to transmit
<DATA 72 578E>{F2F1:8}, but you can’t, ‘Stop/Look/Listen’.

ORCA abandoned Pre-Signal
<DATA 72 067B>{F2F1:9}Tone in 2014. We Pre-Tone manually with a brief activation of th
<DATA 73 771E>{F2F1:10}e TUNE Button. When you start/stop the Tune signal manually, you
<DATA 73 853C>{F2F1:11} can Stop/Look/Listen for signals before sending, avoiding more
<DATA 73 85CE>{F2F1:12}doubles than possible with Pre-Signal Tone. Sending a Pre-Tone m
<DATA 73 917E>{F2F1:13}anually by TUNE Button is the most efficient method for avoiding
<DATA 73 4024>{F2F1:14} doubles and the mark of an experienced digital Op.  http://orca
<DATA 38 FE2F>{F2F1:15}digitalnet.com/quick-start/

<CNTL 10 1DB6>{F2F1:EOF}
<CNTL 10 BDBA>{F2F1:EOT}

DE K7KY K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:45Z 5xPSK125R @ 1500>>

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

We begin with … W1EEP

K7KY W1EEP NO COPY

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KJ7VGV

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

DE KJ7VGV
File : ex261B.txt
<MISSING 11 2C77>{F2F1}4 12
DE KJ7VGV K

022-06-15T02:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

AE6LJ

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:47Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

AE6LJ

DE AE6LJ
File : ex261B.txt
<MISSING 8 7925>{F2F1}4
DE AE6LJ K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:47Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KE6SLS

DE ke6sls
File : ex261B.txt
<MISSING 15 91B5>{F2F1}CONFIRMED
DE ke6sls K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:48Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:48Z THOR 50 x1 @ 1500>>

ORCA DIGITAL NET DE K7KY

<PROG 18 CEAE>{F2F1}FLAMP 2.2.07
<FILE 31 0287>{F2F1}20220615005952:ex261B.txt
<ID 16 9168>{F2F1}K7KY SW/OR
<SIZE 15 F8A0>{F2F1}925 15 64
<FILE 31 0287>{F2F1}20220615005952:ex261B.txt
<ID 16 9168>{F2F1}K7KY SW/OR
<SIZE 15 F8A0>{F2F1}925 15 64
<DATA 72 E1F1>{F2F1:1}
Avoid Digital Doubles w/Pre-Tone

Sending a brief TUNE signal (
<DATA 72 4B69>{F2F1:2}Pre-Tone) before transmitting is the prime tactic for avoiding D
<DATA 72 5E12>{F2F1:3}oubles. We initially used FLDIGI’s optional feature, ‘Pre-Signal
<DATA 72 B225>{F2F1:4} Tone’. This configurable feature sends an automatic tone signal
<DATA 72 96E5>{F2F1:5} b4 the msg. It alerts others that you are about to transmit, av
<DATA 72 DD42>{F2F1:6}oiding some doubles. Because it’s automated, it sends the msg im
<DATA 72 499A>{F2F1:7}mediately after the tone. Others may know you intend to transmit
<DATA 72 578E>{F2F1:8}, but you can’t, ‘Stop/Look/Listen’.

ORCA abandoned Pre-Signal
<DATA 72 067B>{F2F1:9}Tone in 2014. We Pre-Tone manually with a brief activation of th
<DATA 73 771E>{F2F1:10}e TUNE Button. When you start/stop the Tune signal manually, you
<DATA 73 853C>{F2F1:11} can Stop/Look/Listen for signals before sending, avoiding more
<DATA 73 85CE>{F2F1:12}doubles than possible with Pre-Signal Tone. Sending a Pre-Tone m
<DATA 73 917E>{F2F1:13}anually by TUNE Button is the most efficient method for avoiding
<DATA 73 4024>{F2F1:14} doubles and the mark of an experienced digital Op.  http://orca
<DATA 38 FE2F>{F2F1:15}digitalnet.com/quick-start/

<CNTL 10 1DB6>{F2F1:EOF}
<CNTL 10 BDBA>{F2F1:EOT}

DE K7KY K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:50Z THOR 50 x1 @ 1500>>

W1EEP

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:50Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KJ7VGV

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:50Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

DE KJ7VGV
File : ex261B.txt
<MISSING 15 91B5>{F2F1}CONFIRMED
DE KJ7VGV K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

AE6LJ

DE AE6LJ
File : ex261B.txt
<MISSING 15 91B5>{F2F1}CONFIRMED
DE AE6LJ K

W1EEP

DE W1EEP
File : Unassigned
<MISSING 14 F2BF>{F2F1}PREAMBLE
DE W1EEP K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:52Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:52Z MFSK-22 @ 1500>>

ORCA DIGITAL NET DE K7KY

<PROG 18 CEAE>{F2F1}FLAMP 2.2.07
<FILE 31 0287>{F2F1}20220615005952:ex261B.txt
<ID 16 9168>{F2F1}K7KY SW/OR
<SIZE 15 F8A0>{F2F1}925 15 64
<FILE 31 0287>{F2F1}20220615005952:ex261B.txt
<ID 16 9168>{F2F1}K7KY SW/OR
<SIZE 15 F8A0>{F2F1}925 15 64
<DATA 72 E1F1>{F2F1:1}
Avoid Digital Doubles w/Pre-Tone

Sending a brief TUNE signal (
<DATA 72 4B69>{F2F1:2}Pre-Tone) before transmitting is the prime tactic for avoiding D
<DATA 72 5E12>{F2F1:3}oubles. We initially used FLDIGI’s optional feature, ‘Pre-Signal
<DATA 72 B225>{F2F1:4} Tone’. This configurable feature sends an automatic tone signal
<DATA 72 96E5>{F2F1:5} b4 the msg. It alerts others that you are about to transmit, av
<DATA 72 DD42>{F2F1:6}oiding some doubles. Because it’s automated, it sends the msg im
<DATA 72 499A>{F2F1:7}mediately after the tone. Others may know you intend to transmit
<DATA 72 578E>{F2F1:8}, but you can’t, ‘Stop/Look/Listen’.

ORCA abandoned Pre-Signal
<DATA 72 067B>{F2F1:9}Tone in 2014. We Pre-Tone manually with a brief activation of th
<DATA 73 771E>{F2F1:10}e TUNE Button. When you start/stop the Tune signal manually, you
<DATA 73 853C>{F2F1:11} can Stop/Look/Listen for signals before sending, avoiding more
<DATA 73 85CE>{F2F1:12}doubles than possible with Pre-Signal Tone. Sending a Pre-Tone m
<DATA 73 917E>{F2F1:13}anually by TUNE Button is the most efficient method for avoiding
<DATA 73 4024>{F2F1:14} doubles and the mark of an experienced digital Op.  http://orca
<DATA 38 FE2F>{F2F1:15}digitalnet.com/quick-start/

<CNTL 10 1DB6>{F2F1:EOF}
<CNTL 10 BDBA>{F2F1:EOT}

DE K7KY K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:56Z MFSK-22 @ 1500>>

W1EEP

DE W1EEP
File : ex261B.txt
<MISSING 15 91B5>{F2F1}CONFIRMED
DE W1EEP K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T02:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

FB Gene   BK   tnx 4 ur patience    I substituted  MFSK 22 4 32 thinking Gene may not copy 32 and we hv a bit of time..    all stations CONFIRMED   btn < K7KY

Challenging band tonight w/active geomagnetic storm and long days. Closer-by stns copied very well.
Nice job with mode selection Doug.

PSK-125RC5: 1 stn
THOR-50×1: 2 stns
MFSK-22: 1 stn

BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
19:58:05p  02:58:05z
Late Ck-In? < NCS

ORCA < W1EEP Fldigi 4.1.21
Sending Pic:140×140;

Nice work Gene and good signal (S8+).
BK
Next 4 Comments is Don KJ7VGV  < NCS

ORCA < KJ7VGV  I’m in Reno,NV, sending @ 3582.500hz.
My antenna is a dipole.  Here’s my Test image:
Sending Pic:140×140;Finally got the RPi to work with Fldigi suite as well as pat winlink with vara HF. It took months to work. Got it to work with Buster but could not get it to work with Bullseye 32 or 64 bits. Got a new problem tonight the TxID keeps turning on by itself even after multiple tries to turn it off. I even restarted Fldigi. I did not get the roster or the image from you so far. But got the exercise.
BTN de KJ7VGV

Great job Don. And ur S9+. Goog work on the RPi… hopefully u can work out the TXid issue.
BK

Over to Lamar AE6LJ 4 Comments < W7ZAP

ORCA < AE6LJ  I’m in Briceland, CA, sending @ 3581Hz.
My antenna is a Dipole.  Here’s my Test image:
03:01:26z
Sending Pic:140×140;
Comments from me this evening are as follows:

It’s amazing to me just what we can run out of here. First it was toilet paper. Last week we were flying in baby food from tiny Switzerland. Today we don’t have tampons on the shelves. Seems like our situation is getting more and more fragile every day. Today we have serious neccessities not to mention allergies that largely didn’t exist not really all that long ago.

OK, so, I struggle in the Comments Round. Maybe we could have yet another category. I’m thinking CALL#. The opposite of CALL*, where one stays out the Comment Round but works the exercise? On second thought, nevermind. I suppose things are complicated enough already.

Thanks to everyone here for such a great net, especcially our hosts. And, a big thanks to Don, KJ7VGV, for stepping up to sustain the WDN.

73

BTNCS < AE6LJ

You guys are all very macro proficient!
I read about trucking issues…will effect all areas of supplies. Tnx for the compliments Yes, Don did a  great job on Thurs. And thx to u for NCS duties at WDN…. hopefully we’ll keep it running along
BK
KE6SLS Jaye ur up 4 Comments  < W7ZAP

ORCA < KE6SLS 03:05:46z
Sending Pic:140×140;

ORCA DE A.R.S. KE6SLS, jaye in Eureka, CA using 50w on the doublet.

w7zap, 18db, 100%, P5, flm 100%,
ae6lj, 4db, 100%, P4
w1eep, -12, 95%, 8pm 3db, 100%, P1
kj7vgv, 5db, 100%, P2
k7ky, 11db, 100%, FLA 100% x1!,

Big trouble in Big Sky country.  Was alarmed to read early this AM that Yellowstone and it’s amazing river have flooded, hard.  This river goes through a lot of country, including my aunt/uncle in Livingston, MT.  They are lucky to be high enough, not in jepordy, but report frontage road and railroad tracks are under water! Lots of road and bridges are out.  Worse, it was STILL snowing up there and raining at lower elevations, with hot temps in coming days that will increase snow melt.  My fingers crossed for all affected, esp those that are now completely cut off up in the park, Gardner etc.  I KNOW that the hams up north are going to be very busy with H&W traffic, as so much of the electrical/telecom infrastructure up there is now gone.

Carl km6liq came over Friday and removed all my security cameras, then installed weather tight electrical gang boxes.  Then installed the ferrite snap-on chokes.  Like the HEX install, the sun was out, and it was unusually warm/hot and muggy for the work!  Carl is my life saver!

Worked a nice op who was pinging APRS.  He pinged position and that he was QRU 146.520.  Love it when ops ping and give heads up where they are listening.

Looks like a VERY intimate net tonight!  I say we order pizza & beer and party like it’s 1985!

With my poor system setup, my cat control isn’t working.  So I’ll use the image macro and manually paste comments tonight.  Hopefully, now that the HEX and filters are done, I can put my attention back on the OS issues for my ham software.

During my call up to Montana, I also learned my other uncle is dying, one cousin’s wife is in very poor health, and other cousin & her hubby lost there welding shop to fire!  Many calls went out to wish all the best through such horrible times.  When it rains,  . . . All in the last week.

Stumbled on a very good forum thread on eham.net few weeks ago. Someone asking about the amateur radio “hobby.”  I’ve always looked at ham radio as a service as I recall reading that when I studied for my tech ticket.  A poster made it very clear in the reading of part 97, where there is no mention of the word “hobby” but many mentions of the word “service.”  That struck me as sound information.  I am happy to be of service.

Stay well all, look for you down the log.

73

Jaye ke6sls k

Nice work Jaye! Atmospheric rivers having a big effect on Yellowstone. Wishing ur aunt & uncle well.Good on Carl… great to have friends like that! LOL! Pizza/beer sounds like fun Sri to hear abt other uncle.. you worked in a lot of comments Jaye!  good to cu on the WF
BK
K7KY Doug ur up 4 Comments  < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T03:10Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

ORCA < K7KY

The combination of Solar WX, long days, DST, and vacations limits participation.  Sri the repeated Macro Instructions were garbled tonite.  This is our smallest Roster in years.  Nice work all on the Macro Daisy-Chain.

Lamar…   U can use John KS6M’s text: ‘No Comments tonight’.

We always appreciate Flowers.   It’s actually us & the members equally that make a useful net (-:     < K7KY

Well said Doug
BK

Any follow-up Questions or Comments by Active stations? < W7ZAP/NCS

de ke6sls

I know there is a lot of things going south of late.  Today on my early AM net, I learned that my friends daughter just stepped up to be a truck driver!  She has started with a company and has a company trainer for next couple of weeks. I never give up on youth, they WILL step up and I’m grateful for her and others like her that are doing something to make a positive difference in our end of the world.

Tnx Guys!  73
ke6sls k

Good 4 her! I’m always impressed to see ladies behing the wheel of a big rig. Good comments on our youth Jaye… tnx for the reminder.
BK
ANy other comments from ACTIVE stns?? < W7ZAP

Any Comments by Monitors or Lurkers?  Late Ck-Ins?  Come Now w/Pre-Tone
After closing, we’ll FILL or CONFIRM files for Monitoring stations. < W7ZAP/NCS

Is there a stn wishing to comment or ck-in? < NCS

I need a relay < W7ZAP

Stn trying to comment… try agn in a few minutes in the MONITORS SESSION
Tnx
BK
Any other comments or late ck-ins? < W7ZAP\

W7WSV  QNX

W7WSV < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
Got you that time Steve!
BK
Anyone else? < W7ZAP

2022-06-14  20:18:43p  03:18:43z
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

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T03:20Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Monitor’s Session
First, we’ll make a short Roster. Pse Pre-Tone.
Taking stations in order, we’ll FILL the NBEMS
Exercise or CONFIRM the ADVANCED Exercise.
When called, send your file or state your need.
< K7KY/NCS

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T03:21Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

Last call 4 the ORCA Monitor’s Session  < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T03:21Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

DE KJ7WHE
File : ex261B.txt
<MISSING 15 91B5>{F2F1}CONFIRMED
DE KJ7WHE K

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T03:22Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

FB Barry   good work!     remember @ ck-In   all we need is ur CALLSIGN QNX    we know ur name qth  etc    tu   anything else? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T03:23Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

gotcha callsign and qnx de kj7whe

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T03:23Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

RR when u get to working Exercises as an Active station, all u send is CALLSIGN   or if band condx are tough, CALLSIGN 2x    thx 4 woking w/us   cu next Tues   73 Doug K7KY   BK
anyone else 4 the Monitor’s Session?    come now  < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2022-06-15T03:25Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

OK that wraps the ORCA Monitor’s Session    freq is free    GE Doug K7KY

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.19
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20221506032755
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20220106001022
<blankform>
:mg:551 ORCA DIGITAL NET 14/JUN/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 17
Stations:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver,WA QNX
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX RELAY: K7KY
AE6LJ Lamar Briceland,CA
N7SDC Steve Rigby,ID QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
KJ7WHE Barry Nampa, ID QNX
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
[WRAP:chksum 08D9][WRAP:end] … end

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21/JUN/22 Report

ORCA DIGITAL NET 21/Jun/22 Check-In/Rotation Check-ins: 18 Stations: __W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX __KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX __W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX __N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX __KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA __W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX KJ7VGV [...]

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FEMA Region X HF Interoperability Testing (60m)


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

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

FEMA Region X Monthly Interoperability NET

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