14/JUN/16 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 14/Jun/16 check-in/rotation:

Check-ins: 6
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT no traffic
N1SC Jeff Lehi,UT
KK6RKY Eric Trinity Center,CA
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS 180’doublet@80′,35w

The net was small tonight with no FLAMP traffic, so it went quickly. The western stations mostly made solid contact, but Gene W1EEP and Jeff N1SC in UT had poor copy, although I was copying them perfectly. Mindy & I were really tired after digging up the garden all day, so we appreciated the smaller net tonight. Having no FLAMP traffic does make the traffic round faster, but it doesn’t happen often. FLAMP has become routine for digital traffic and it’s a good thing to be practicing it every net.

FLAMP has made the traffic round more complicated by stopping normal rotation for a round of REPORTs, but it’s certainly worth it for the practice. It’s the most efficient method for large files.

Eric KK6RKY monitored FEMA Cascadia Rising Phone traffic last weekend and noted the need for digital operations. I think some of our ORCA members will be developing digital teams in their communities.

Jeff N1SC had three root canals on one tooth this week. Yuck! It didn’t occur to me you could root canal a tooth more than once. Seems like that should be illegal. I dodged a root canal on a crown that hurt for 10 months, but finally settled down recently. Jeff also started a new Facebook Group for Digital Modes on HF Radio. The URL is in the net log, below.

Howard KB6NN was busy helping another Amateur, but monitored the net while he was away. Here’s the test image he copied. KB6NN14jun16

Jaye KE6SLS has been upgrading his station power supply and distribution system. He will have much greater storage capacity now. He’ll be all set for next winter.

Thanks for working with us tonight. I hope to see you again next week. 73 Doug K7KY

———- Net Log ——————

Welcome to the ORCA DIGITAL NET – Doug K7KY/NCS

ORCA meets every Tuesday @ 1930p – 3.5825+1500


ORCA is a DIRECTED net, dedicated to learning and developing

digital operating skills and practicing digital traffic handling.

The net connects digital Amateur Operators with common interest

in training, information-sharing, and mutual-aid. Visitors welcome.

New to ORCA? See the ‘Quick Start Guide’ @ http://orcadigitalnet.com

FLMSG/FLAMP & KEYBOARD stations check-in with your CALLSIGN

or print it on the waterfall. First time?: Include NAME & QTH.

Monitoring stations may check in&out with: ‘CALLSIGN IN&OUT’.

Monitors are not called during net.

After check-in, stand-by while NCS generates the rotation list.


NCS transmits test image

NCS transmits Rotation list

NCS transmits Announcements

NCS calls each station in order for traffic or keyboard *

Next, a round of copy reports, observations, and comments

(keyboard or BLANKFORM as you like)

Closing Announcement

* LOCK fldigi @ 1500, enable RxID, TxID.

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

Have FLAMP open. FLAMP traffic is followed with

a round of FLAMP REPORTs and one fill. < K7KY

Already checked in:

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT

N1SC Jeff Lehi,UT

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR

< K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T02:33Z MFSK-32 @ 1508>>

DE W1EEP Gene Phillips Pine Valley, Utah NO TRAFFIC

already checked in:

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT

N1SC Jeff Lehi,UT

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR < K7KY


Send your CALLSIGN only or

print it either side of 1500wf.

Monitoring only?: send your


check-in? Call/Name/QTH < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T02:35Z MFSK-32 @ 1502>>

kk6rky>>>kk6rky>>> Erik in Trinity Center

de kk6rky k

tKK6RKY tu Eric.. any more? < K7KY

ALL ORCA I’m off to a bit of a late start tonight…. we run a couple nets before ORCA and I’ve had a busy evening… BREAK

any more checkins? < K7KY

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Sending Pic:144×140; < K7KYW1EEP Gene… I’ll skip you for traffic and call you for comments… If we have FLAMP traffic will you

be running FLjAMP and should I check with you then? tu < K7KY


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:mg:268 ORCA DIGITAL NET 14/Jun/16 check-in/rotation:



KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT no traffic

N1SC Jeff Lehi,UT

KK6RKY Eric Trinity Center,CA

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR

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

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Announcements 14/Jun/16

Read the Net Report/Log @: http://orcadigitalnet.com/reports/

Net Reports are posted to the website, usually by Wednesday.

Remember: When we have FLAMP traffic, we interrupt regular

traffic rotation and go around the group from where we are for

FLAMP REPORTs (use the FLAMP REPORT Button). When we return to

the originating station we will have one fill, if needed. Then,

we move on to the next station in rotation, continuing with traffic.

Members and visitors are welcome to check-in anytime during the

net, but we may not take traffic depending on the hour and where

we are in the net. Traffic during the comment round is confusing.

ORCA DIGITAL NET – late/visitor check-ins? < K7KY KE6SLS < K7KY OK Jaye… we begin traffic tonight with you… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T02:42Z MFSK-32 @ 1503>>

orca de ke6sls wow, something REALLY smells good near by, bbq and wow, I just ate! hihi.

I have the weekly bulitin ready to go. then I’ll just do a kb when that round begins. have ha d lots of fun here getting my dc

distribution box installed and new station batteries readied for the solar setup. anyway, here’s this weeks news from lakewatchmacallit.

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:to:8 ALL HAMS

:p1:15 Humboldt County

:fm:19 Jaye Inabnit ke6sls

:p2:15 Myrtletown, USA

:d1:10 2016-06-14

:t1:5 0148Z

:sb:21 Monday night bulletin

:s1:12 Jaye Inabnit

:p3:18 Eureka! California

:mg:896 Standing in for Don wa6nbg, this is tonights digital bulletin.

Thursday, June 16, 7pm – 9pm

Where: 533 C Street, Eureka, CA (use 6th Street door) Use the side door on 6th Street between C and D Streets, and go to the

small conference room in front. Coordinate Humboldt County’s ham radio emergency response. Contact is Peter, W6IES.

Disaster comms exercise

When: Saturday, June 18, 9am – 12pm, 9am Mcdonalds @ Bayshore mall. Check-in on FWRA after meeting. Pizza after event with

debrief. Contact is Peter, W6IES.

FIELD DAY 2016! Friday June 24 (setup), Saturday and Sunday event June 25 & 26.

Plan to help set up antennas on Friday after noon starting about 3pm. We are using the Woodley Island space again. We will really

need help Friday, so do what you can to join us. Questions, contact Jaye KE6SLS via radio or my call at arrl.net.

This is the end of tonights bulletin.

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t ru °1yz et × Ee Ê~KE6SLS Tu Jaye… good signal & print… We skip W1EEP tonight for traffic and will call him for comments

later… now, on to N1SC Jeff for traffic.. < K7KY


Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T02:47Z MFSK-32 @ 1505>>

Was I just called for Traffic? I have about a 10% copy suddenly. QSB QSB de N1SC N1SC BTU K7KY de N1SC

N1SC OK Jeff hope you get this… I’ll skip you for traffic and hope the band improves by comment time.. BREAK KK6RKY Eric

over to you for traffic… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T02:48Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>

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:mg:278 Observations of FEMA exercise

I monitored some of the FEMA Cascadia Rising Phone traffic and there is a big need for digital resources. A simple message took

about 15 minutes to copy and send. I didn’t find any digital nets to monitor but I assume that there were some.


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KK6RKY Interesting message, Eric I think the digital comms will be more and more important BREAK

ORCA DIGITAL NET – late/visitor check-ins? < K7KY W7ZAP Mindy ur up for traffic… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T02:51Z MFSK-32 @ 1505>>

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:p1:13 Brookings, OR

:fm:11 W7ZAP Mindy

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

:d1:10 2016-06-15

:t1:5 0134Z

:sb:27 Upcoming Digital Contests:


NCCC RTTY Sprint: 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 17

Mode: RTTY

Bands: (see rules)

Rules: http://www.ncccsprint.com/rttyns.html

Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest: 1200Z, Jun 18 to 1159Z, Jun 19

Mode: RTTY

Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m

Rules: http://urdxc.org/rtty/rules.php?english

West Virginia QSO Party: 1600Z, Jun 18 to 0200Z, Jun 19

Mode: CW, SSB, Digital

Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m

Rules: http://www.qsl.net/wvsarc/wvqp/2016wvqsorules.html

Feld Hell Sprint: 2000Z-2159Z, Jun 18

Mode: Feld Hell

Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6m

Rules: https://sites.google.com/site/feldhellclub/Home/contests/sprints/field-day-sprint

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ALL ORCA No FLAMP traffic tonight, nice for a change… also a very light net tonight… We not move on to the comment round

and we begin at the top with Jaye KE6SLS… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T02:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1507>>

aup @°

FB Doug. First, here’s my field report:

k7ky s9 p3 on pic, 100% cp

N1SC Jeff 0% cp, not visb on wf

KK6RKY Eric 4db, s6 100% flmsg

W7ZAP Mindy 15db, s9 100% flmsg

just didn’t hear a peep from n1sc here. bugger,

quite a bit of noise on band here. Still kind of windy here so that is probably adding some local noise and static.

anyway, I did manage to get my new MFJ DC power outlet with Anderson Power Poles installed. Sure beats a 100 little wires

wrapped around my battery lug! I bought a tool to properly crimp the connectors locally at Burghs Electronics. He’s a good joe and

takes pretty good care of us in the 2way market.

I still have to do the battery install–picked up two largesh 6vt cells from Costco. I need to find the data sheet on them for amp hour

rating and float charge, but I can already till that I am making a big dint on my battery now, so it’s really going to be nice to have a

little more amp and ummph! hihi.

okay, back to ORCA. . de ke6sls k

Let’s see how well we do with our friends in UT they are both having a bit of bother with the band tonight… N1SC

Oops! W1EEP Gene how copy? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T02:58Z MFSK-32 @ 1502>>


thanks for the effort only got 10 % of the ORCA PICTURE

W1EEP OK Gene thanks for trying and we can hope the band will be kinder next week BREAK N1SC Jeff, how

are you copying? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T03:00Z MFSK-32 @ 1501>>

K7KY de N1SC

I am copying anywhere between 20 and 60%

There is a lot of QSB

W1EEP Edward S/N -4db 100% Copy

W7ZAP Mindy No Copy

KE6SLS Jaye No Copy

K7KY Doug S/N -14db 25% to 60% Copy

KK7RKY Eric No Copy

I do have some comments. Is now the appropriate time for comments?

BTU K7KY de N1SC kn

N1SC FB Jeff You and Gene are both doing very well here. I copy you both 100% You can make any

comments you like now… < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T03:02Z MFSK-32 @ 1504>>

K7KY de N1SC

Roger Roger

ORCA Digital Net de N1SC

Comments for 2016-06-14:

Had three root canals on the same tooth in a week. Lots of pain. Hi Hi.

Lots of 6 meter openings the last couple of days.

Getting ready for Field Day with the Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club. Should be lots of fun.

My friends and I also started a new Facebook Group for Digital Modes on HF Radio.

It is located at: facebook.com/groups/hamradiodigitalmodes/

Love being in the group. Enjoy this a lot. I suspect that 80 meters will be rough in the Summer.

Back to Net Control K7KY K7KY de N1CS N1SC kn


tne0 tanwc»m=out oey ec,N1SC Jeff 100% print Nice work with the Facebook page for digital… we did pretty well on 80m last

summer, but you never now how the band will be day-to-day… BREAK KK6RKY Eric your turn for comments < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T03:04Z MFSK-32 @ 1485>>

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:mg:283 Comments and notes for June 14, 2-016

Operating conditions:

Icom 7100 50 watts

OFC dipole 30 feet up

Image good quality a few lines missing

qrm and qrn good tonight

bulliten 100% copy no errors

N1SCs/n -3 db but copy OK

W7ZAP s/n +14 dB (S9) no errors

W1EEP weak signal but OK copy

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KK6RKY Tu Eric… nice report I have a list of digital nets across the country… I’ve checked into some as far

East as MI & OH.. I can send it by email if you like btu Eric < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T03:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1503>>

kk6rky>>>OK that would be good my email is pamnerik@gmail.com

KK6RKY OK Eric BREAK over to Mindy W7ZAP < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T03:07Z MFSK-32 @ 1503>>

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:mg:649 35w 135ft doublet @ 110ft

B/G Noise: S6

W7ZAP copied the following stations:

KE6SLS 100% KBD, FLMSG copy (s/n=14 dB)

W1EEP 100% KBD copy (s/n= 4dB)

N1SC 100% KBD copy (s/n=0 dB)

KK6RKY 100% KBD, FLMSG (checksum failed but message looks good) copy (s/n=13 dB)

K7KY 100% KBD, FLMSG, image copy

Whew!! What a day… Doug and I have been digging in the garden for the past 2 days ridding it of the evil Morning Glory weed.

Happy to have a short net tonight! Erik, interesting observations of the Cascadia Drill. Too bad Oregon OEM doesn’t use FLDIGI.

OK, I gotta go rustle up something to eat and keep my NCS fueled up!

73 to all,

Mindy W7ZAP sk

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by e dtc t ORCA DIGITAL NET – late/visitor check-ins? < K7KY vtnRt

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T03:09Z MFSK-32 @ 1505>>


W1EEP Gene do I have your email? < K7KY

W1EEP Gene… I”ll send it if I have your email… I may, but can look right now.. If I’m sending you a net

report posting notice, then I hve the address.. btu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T03:11Z MFSK-32 @ 1503>>

DE K7KY YES gene@custom-truck.net WIEEP

W1EEP Ah, yes.. it looks familiar… OK I’ll send you the digital net list too.. BREAK any more comments or questions

before we close? < K7KY


ALL ORCA OK looks like an early wrap tonight… Mindy & I are dog tired.. we’ve been weeding the garden with our backhoe that

tells you how long we’ve gone with out weeding this area and how deep the roots are… Thanks for working with us tonight… and

a special thanks to the Ops in UT who sometimes have difficult condx to deal with… let’s hope we have a great summer band this

year… again, ththanks for working with us tonight… I hope to see you all again next tuesday evening… 73 Doug K7KY sk

Before RSID: <<2016-06-15T03:15Z MFSK-32 @ 1503>>

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