15/MAR/22 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 15/MAR/22 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 30
Stations:
__KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
__W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
__KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
__KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
__KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
__KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
__KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
__KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
__W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX
__KK7APK Eric Coos Bay,OR QNX
__KB6DKK Pedro Valencia,CA QNX
__KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
__KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
__N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
K8MPW Claude Wendell,ID
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
__N6ZZO Kai Eureka,CA QNX
__K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
__KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
__W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
__WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
__W7EAZ Mark Federal Way,WA QNX late, 1stCk
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

Despite scientific predictions, 80m band condx are often a surprise. DST and the recent CME combined for a general reversal of what we’ve experienced lately. We didn’t log anyone East of Idaho. Nearby California and Oregon stations had the best path to NCS.

The Senate passed S.632, The Sunshine Protection Act. Hopefully, the House will do the same. It’s no-brainer legislation. No need to read a 3000 page Bill written by Lobby Lawyers; it’s a really simple Bill to end the bi-annual time shift. It seems likely.

The last few nets have been unusual at NCS. Both QRM and station issues have been prominent. Last week, we worked right up to Early Ck-In sorting out RFI issues. We missed our usual pre-net dummy session. Tonight was a repeat with different station issues. Tonight we thought we’d solved every issue and practiced early. All was well. When Doug rebooted a few minutes before Early Ck-In, his tablet was slow and FLDIGI even slower. Mindy began Ck-In while Doug rebooted and rebooted. It turned out to be insufficient power. The tablet was powered by the battery bank instead of the Power Supply. Switching back to the PS fixed the problem and he took over NCS.

Macro experiments are going well. This week we altered the Path Evaluation Macro by adding a Time Tag, printing the current Zulu time after our beginning ID. Some stations didn’t get the Editing exercise until reading tonight’s Announcements. They had very little time to alter the Macro before their turn for Comments. Editing Macros on-air on-the-fly while minding your place in the net is challenging. Lamar AE6LJ Aced it. Others may have also. Exercises like this build skill and confidence. We’re better prepared to work calmly in challenging conditions. Everyone seems to be doing well with Macros. We’ll continue with Macro experiments. Your thoughts and suggestions are welcome.

By now, you probably have a ck-in Macro for each net you work. If not, creating a specific macro for each net will increase your macro knowledge and build your skill set.

Here’s our in-house Ck-In Macros for Active and Monitoring stations. While checking in correctly, they also SET and LOCK FLDIGI to 1500hz, and disable TxID. You can revise these Macros to ck-into other nets.

<LOCK:off><GOFREQ:1500>
<MYCALL> <MYCALL>
<RXRSID:on><TXRSID:off><@LOCK:on><TX><RX>
———
<LOCK:off><GOFREQ:1500>
<MYCALL> <MYCALL> QNX
<RXRSID:on><TXRSID:off><@LOCK:on><TX><RX>

Sending CALLSIGN once/twice is depends on band condx

When we closed the after-net Monitor’s Session, Mark W7EAZ called from Federal Way,WA. We added him to the Roster. Mark has been working a VHF digital training net in the Vancouver area and is ready to work HF digital. It’s best to learn FLDIGI basics and the NBEMS apps on VHF/UHF. Crowded bands, QRM/QRN, and widely varying atmospheric conditions can make HF operations difficult. Hats-Off to the VHF/UHF training nets. They’re the best entry path to HF digital operations.

VHF/UHF digital training in the Vancouver,WA area was initially promoted by Charles W5CLE, a long time ORCA Op. Today, nearly every Roster logs Vancouver area stations.

In April, Guest/NCS may conduct some of the Basic NBEMS Exercises. Exercise protocol and format will be the same. Guest/NCS will choose a topic in radio news, digital operating tips/tactics, or EMCOMM station preparedness. Prepping (can we use this term w/o negative connotation?) to stay on-the-air in emergencies is essential. All our training and skills would be for naught if our station chokes. There’s a lot more to redundancy than sufficient power.

Remember, the next two sessions this month have an Advanced NBEMS Exercise w/Traffic Round. ORCA Traffic Rounds complete the Advanced Exercise simulation; we don’t process actual traffic except in emergencies.

Here’s the two images best-heard by Active stations:

AE6LJ Redway, CA
KG7VVN Beryl, UT KJ7VGV Reno, NV
K0KEX Smithville, MO
K7KY Brookings, OR KG7VVN Beryl, UT
KB6NN Eureka, CA
K7KY Brookings, OR KG7VVN Beryl, UT
KB0NBH Kansas City, MO
KG7VVN Beryl, UT
KE6SLS Eureka, CA
AE6LJ Briceland, CA KJ7VGV Reno, NV
KE7IN Underwood, WA
K7KY Brookings, OR KG7VVN Beryl, UT
KG7VVN Beryl, UT
K7KY Brookings, OR W7WSV Mesa, AZ
KJ7VGV Reno, NV
K7KY Brookings, OR K7KY Brookings, OR
KK6RJR Bakersfield, CA
KG7VVN Beryl, UT KJ7VGV Reno, NV
KS6M Oakland, CA
AE6LJ Briceland, CA KJ7VGV Reno, NV
W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
K7KY Brookings, OR
W6ADZ Reno, NV
K7KY Brookings, OR KJ7VGV Reno, NV
W7WSV Mesa, AZ
KG7VVN Beryl, UT KJ7VGV Reno, NV
WB7EUX Joseph, OR
K7KY Brookings, OR

The following nets are conducted by ORCA colleagues. 4 digital nets, M-Thurs on 3.581mhz,
our Western-US digital watering-hole, and one Winlink net:

Monday, Humboldt County Emergency Digital Net, 1845p/0245z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32, KE6SLS/NCS (regional)

Tuesday, ORCA DIGITAL NET, 1930p/0330z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32, K7KY & W7ZAP/NCS, http://orcadigitalnet.com/ (W/USA)

Wednesday, NA ID ERC Digital Net, 1815m/0215z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32?, K7DV Net-Manager (regional)

Wednesday, HUMCO Winlink Wednesday Net, Matthew KN7CEI/NCS, Message KN6CEI w/CALL,NAME,QTH, https://humboldtwinlinkwednesday.net/

Thursday, Western Digital Net, 1930p/0330z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32, K6ETA/NCS, http://westerndigitalnet.org/ (W/USA)

Thanks for taking time to practice with us again tonight. We appreciate your support. We hope to see you again next Tuesday evening.

73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log —

DE KL7RI KL7RI QNX QNX

DE W1EEP QNX

ORCA < W7ZAP
I have the following early stns copied from my RX buffer:
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
BK
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
No Traffic Round

SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < W7ZAP/NCS RI.4rg tn_at

KS6M QNX

KS6M < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
Enjoy ur Zoom meeting John
BK next 4 ck-in? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T01:46Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

WA7HHE GE

WA7HHE < W7ZAP  TU Brad
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
GE Brad
BK next 4 ck-in? < W7ZAP

W7ZAP W1EEP I WILL BE QNX TONIGHT PLEASE THANKS

W1EEP < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
RR Gene, tnx for the ck-in
BK next 4 ck-in?? < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T01:47Z MFSK-32 @ 1499>>

KE7IN QNX

KE7IN < W7ZAP Rgr tnx
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
BK next? < W7ZAPea
Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
No Traffic Round

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

WB7EUX

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

WB7EUX

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

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In < K7KY/NCS

KF7ZIY KF7ZIY QNX

KF7ZIY < K7KY TU Dave
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX < NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
No Traffic Round
SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS
Anyone copy the last lite station?  < K7KYee |e•ut
Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T01:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KI7TPD QNX WA7HHE Relay, copies

KI7TPD < K7KY TU Fred
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX < NCS

WA7HHE  < K7KY tnx 4 relay, Brad   very faint sig hr 4 Fred < K7KY
Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T01:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KG7VEJ QNX

KG7VEJ < K7KY TU Jack
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX < NCS

NCS < KK6RJR KK6RJR – QNX

KK6RJR < K7KY TU Richard
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX < NCS

W6DLW QNX

W6DLW < K7KY TU Dennis
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
No Traffic Round
SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

KK7APK KK7APK QNX

KB6DKK QNXam tn

KK7APK < K7KY TU Eric
KK7APK Eric Coos Bay,OR QNX < NCS

KB6DKK < K7KY TU Pedro
KB6DKK Pedro Valencia,CA QNX < NCS

NCS < KW6M  KW6M  QNX
\
KW6M < K7KY TU Steve
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX < NCS

ORCA  my signal should improve  I was @ 20w  (=: < K7KY

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In < K7KY/NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX
KK7APK Eric Coos Bay,OR QNX
KB6DKK Pedro Valencia,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
No Traffic Round
SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In < K7KY/NCS

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In < K7KY/NCS Råei  Piq(  atn

KB6NN   QNX

KB6NN < K7KY TU Howard
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX
KK7APK Eric Coos Bay,OR QNX
KB6DKK Pedro Valencia,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Basic NBEMS Exercise Tonight
No Traffic Round
SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

KJ7VGV

KJ7VGV < K7KY GE Don TU
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV < K7KY

N2RSN QNX

N2RSN < K7KY TU David
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX < NCS
Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:17Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

again pse @ 1500 tu  < K7KY
Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:18Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

K8MP  NX K

K8MPW < K7KY TU Claude
K8MPW Claude Wendell,ID QNX < NCS

KG7VVN  < K7KY ICU Bruno FB
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID < NCS

N6ZZO N6ZZO QNX 73
ZZO < K7KY TU Kai
N6ZZO Kai Eureka,CA QNX < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX
KK7APK Eric Coos Bay,OR QNX
KB6DKK Pedro Valencia,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
K8MPW Claude Wendell,ID
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID
N6ZZO Kai Eureka,CA QNX

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In < K7KY/NCS siDnid oeerÂtn

K7HDX QNX

K7HDX < K7KY TU Ron
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX < NCS

AE6LJ

AE6LJ < K7KY GE Lamar TU
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA < K7KY

W6ADZ  QNX

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

KR7KR QNX pse

KR7KR < K7KY TU Ken
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX < NC

NCS DE KE6SLS
fyi MENDO EM PHONE NET QSY’D 3940 < FOR AE6LJ
TU K

KE6SLS ??  < K7KY

NCS DE KE6SLS
chk in, msg for qsy for ae6lj we both chk into that emg net. tu

KE6SLS < K7KY GE Jaye TU
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
I hv Lamar already tu  < K7KY

W7WSV  QNX

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

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX
KK7APK Eric Coos Bay,OR QNX
KB6DKK Pedro Valencia,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
K8MPW Claude Wendell,ID
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID
N6ZZO Kai Eureka,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX

2022-03-15  19:29:40p  02:29:40z
WELCOME to ORCA DIGITAL NET
Doug K7KY/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

NBEMS Basic 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
< K7KY/NCS

KJ7VGV  Don, Pse Relay call 4 Ck-In tu  < NCS
Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:33Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KJ7VGV Relaying ORCA DIGITAL NET Ck-In
Not copying NCS? Ck-In here … < KJ7VGV

KJ7VGV <Nil heard>

FB Don TU BK

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

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.19.02
:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20221603023509
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20192409231907
<blankform>
:mg:853 ORCA DIGITAL NET 15/Mar/22 Check-In/Rotation

Check-ins: 28
Stations:
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KE7IN Kevin Underwood,WA QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
KG7VEJ Jack Kanarraville,UT QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX
KK7APK Eric Coos Bay,OR QNX
KB6DKK Pedro Valencia,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
K8MPW Claude Wendell,ID
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID
N6ZZO Kai Eureka,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
[WRAP:chksum 1DFB][WRAP:end] … end

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tonight is the last Basic NBEMS Exercise for March. We’ll run two Advanced NBEMS Exercises later this month, Mar22nd & Mar29th. We won’t experiment with Macros on those dates.

Again this evening, we’ll use the Path Evaluation Macro during Comments. You’ll send comments and our Test image in a single transmission, in either order. Pay attention to your opening/closing ID. Whatever the order, you only ID at the beginning and end. Add this Zulu Time Tag [ZT:%H:%M:%Sz] immediately after your opening ID, ie: ‘ORCA < <MYCALL [ZT:%H:%M:%Sz]’.

If you missed adding a Time Tag to your Path Evaluation Macro in last week’s Net Report, you have an unanticipated opportunity. You can alter your macro now, on-the-fly, with a little time pressure for additional realism. Follow the example in the previous paragraph. If you accomplish this task between now and Comments, and remain aware of your position in net-operations, let us know in your Comments.

Note that the Time Macro in paragraph two is bracketed by [ & ] instead of the correct < & >. You must used the < & > in your Macro. We’ve bracketed the Time Tag with [ & ] to prevent FLDIGI executing it. As far as we know, this only happens when text containing Tags is executed by Macro. This Announcement file is called by the <FILE Tag. To prevent execution, we omit the closing >, but in this case, control characters in the Time Tag confuse FLDIGI and it chokes. Here is the <MYCALL Tag with the correct brackets:  K7KY. FLDIGI prints the variable called by the Tag.
This is a surprise. FLDIGI User Manual 4.1.20 says: “Macro definitions are not recursive, that is; a macro cannot reference another macro or itself”. ??

Don KJ7VGV has been delving into FLNET, an FLDIGI logging application. He’s already learned more than we knew about the program. FLNET has lots of networking applications. If you are interested in FLNET, Don can probably save you a good bit of learning time and help you come up to speed quickly. You can contact him directly after net or via NCS.

We watched the CERT Video from Bountiful,UT recommended by Dennis W6DLW. It reviews a wildfire in Boulder,CO, a community with similar geography and population to Bountiful. This review of a very short-notice event may help your community improve disaster guidelines. The video is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjklwWR3iHw

Next is the Basic NBEMS Exercise w/Mindy W7ZAP  < K7KY
Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:41Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

GE, our Basic NBEMS Exercise begins in PSK-500R (800wpm,500bw,80%,FEC).
We’ll fill with PSK-250R (220wpm,250bw,80%,FEC)& MFSK-32 (630hz,120wpm,FEC).
Check your BP filter, WIDE mode ahead…  < W7ZAP

Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:42Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:42Z PSK-500R @ 1500>>

õ iORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 7246>{C249}FLAMP 2.2.07
<FILE 30 D64F>{C249}20220316003720:ex248.txt
<ID 17 FA8E>{C249}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 EA7B>{C249}302 5 64
<FILE 30 D64F>{C249}20220316003720:ex248.txt
<ID 17 FA8E>{C249}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 EA7B>{C249}302 5 64
<DATA 72 1EFD>{C249:1}
Switch Macro Sets instantly w/the <MACROS> Tag

When you dis
<DATA 72 F3FC>{C249:2}cover the value of Macros for digital communications, your Macro
<DATA 72 3443>{C249:3} collection may grow quickly. You can change Macro sets (.mdf fi
<DATA 72 4684>{C249:4}les) instantly with the <MACROS> Tag.

Learn how: http://orcad
<DATA 54 2B6C>{C249:5}igitalnet.com/resources/tips-tactics/#MACROS

<CNTL 10 02DA>{C249:EOF}
<CNTL 10 A2D6>{C249:EOT}

DE W7ZAP K

Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:42Z PSK-500R @ 1500>>

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… WA7HHE

DE WA7HHE
File : ex248.txt
<MISSING 14 85EB>{C249}1 2 3 5
DE WA7HHE K

Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:43Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

WB7EUX

DE WB7EUX
File : ex248.txt
<MISSING 10 B9A0>{C249}1 4
DE WB7EUX K

Before RSID: <<2022-03-16T02:43Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KJ7VGV

DE KJ7VGV
File : Unassigned
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ORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 7246>{C249}FLAMP 2.2.07
<FILE 30 D64F>{C249}20220316003720:ex248.txt
<ID 17 FA8E>{C249}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 EA7B>{C249}302 5 64
<FILE 30 D64F>{C249}20220316003720:ex248.txt
<ID 17 FA8E>{C249}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 EA7B>{C249}302 5 64
<DATA 72 1EFD>{C249:1}
Switch Macro Sets instantly w/the <MACROS> Tag

When you dis
<DATA 72 F3FC>{C249:2}cover the value of Macros for digital communications, your Macro
<DATA 72 3443>{C249:3} collection may grow quickly. You can change Macro sets (.mdf fi
<DATA 72 4684>{C249:4}les) instantly with the <MACROS> Tag.

Learn how: http://orcad
<DATA 54 2B6C>{C249:5}igitalnet.com/resources/tips-tactics/#MACROS

<CNTL 10 02DA>{C249:EOF}
<CNTL 10 A2D6>{C249:EOT}

DE W7ZAP K

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<PROG 18 7246>{C249}FLAMP 2.2.07
<FILE 30 D64F>{C249}20220316003720:ex248.txt
<ID 17 FA8E>{C249}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 EA7B>{C249}302 5 64
<FILE 30 D64F>{C249}20220316003720:ex248.txt
<ID 17 FA8E>{C249}W7ZAP SW/OR
<SIZE 14 EA7B>{C249}302 5 64
<DATA 72 1EFD>{C249:1}
Switch Macro Sets instantly w/the <MACROS> Tag

When you dis
<DATA 72 F3FC>{C249:2}cover the value of Macros for digital communications, your Macro
<DATA 72 3443>{C249:3} collection may grow quickly. You can change Macro sets (.mdf fi
<DATA 72 4684>{C249:4}les) instantly with the <MACROS> Tag.

Learn how: http://orcad
<DATA 54 2B6C>{C249:5}igitalnet.com/resources/tips-tactics/#MACROS

<CNTL 10 02DA>{C249:EOF}
<CNTL 10 A2D6>{C249:EOT}

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K7KY  < W7ZAP ALL stns CONFIRMED:
PSK-500R: 2 CONFIRMED
PSK-250: 1 CONFIRMED
MFSK32: 3 CONFIRMED
BTN  < W7ZAP
Tnx Mindy  solid exercise    nice work all around   it’s hard to beat MFSK for solid comms on HF   BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
19:52:59p  02:52:59z
Late Ck-In?  < NCSao¢tn

W7ZAP  DE WB7TZD Tom QNX

WB7TZD < K7KY TU
WB7TZD   QNX
BK anyone else?  < K7KY

The COMMENT ROU

The COMMENT ROUND is next.
Brad WA7HHE is up first < NCS:

ORCA < <MYCALL><IMAGE:G,C:\Users\Brad Biedermann\Desktop\0RCAtest.png> <TXRSID:on><@TXRSID:off><TX>
ORCA< WA7HHE GE to the net, S 9 noise level at this QTH making for difficult copy. Very busy last several weeks preparing for our Five County ECOMMN Drill using Winlink on H.F. Found Winlink to have a slick picture resizing feature and the VARA Modems are very fast. However the Email based aspect is like communicating to the other end through a tunnel, lacking real time situational awareness for the COMM unit. There is an absence of a net control and ability to ask another station to relay unless prearranged or must have some kind of voice communications. This is where FLDIGI shines. Our scenario was a loss of infrastructure due to a Cyber attack.

RR Brad  Winlink does have some great feature and speed isn’t among them..   ur tunnel idea is good  like talking w/someone on Mars   BK
Next 4 Comments is Tom WB7EUX  < NCS

NCS < WB7EUX – Although early checkins were weak and garbled thanks to the time change, as the hour grew later signals picked up nicely.

Couldn’t get the time stamp to work.

Warmer daytime temps in the 40s and rain has reduced snow around our house and in the fields. So far the water year is ahead of last year by just a bit, at least at my location. Plenty of snow in the mountains which I hope signals a goodly amount of irrigation water for our agrarian economy.

All is well. 73 de WB7EUX

TRR looks to be a ordinary wet Oregon summer and it should be good 4 fire season too.    What’s up with the Zulu time macro?  I hope I didn’t confuse every one with the odd brackets arund the TAG.. we’ll see   BK  Don KJ7VGV, Ur next 4 Comments < K7KY

ORCA < KJ7VGV 02:59:04z
Finally got my new Rpi with 8GB. Able to load up 64-bit OS and got the Fldigi suite working plus Pat Winlink. It’s so much faster than my 4GB with 32-bit OS.

Just finished eating my home made spaghetti made with turkey sausage and beef TVP. Taste tingling delight!

Bad band conditions tonight only seeing half of check-ins.

Sending Pic:140×140;
BTN de KJ7VGV

FB with the rpi4/8   and nice work with the time stamp Don  BK Next 4 Comments is Bruno KG7VVN  < NCS

ORCA < KG7VVN 03:00:27z
Sending Pic:140×140;
ORCA/NCS Doug/Mindy N ORCA Ops

Fly Catchers are back,so spring is right around the corner!
Not sure if the Macro is working, building it on the fly w/no precheck is risky! Hi Hi

Sig Rprt:

NCS -4,+8 db KBD 95% FLMSG 100% FLAMP PSK500R 0%, PSK250R 50%, MFSK 32 100%

KR7KR +7 db KBD 100%
KE6SLS -3 db KBD 100%
W6ADZ -6 db KBD 100%
KJ7VGV +1, +7 db KBD 100%
WA7HHE + 15 db KBD 100%
WB7EUX -2 db KBD 100%
KJ7VGV +1, +4 db KBD 100%
AE6LJ -10,-8 db KBD 85%

Stay Healthy. Stay Sane !   73   KG7VVN

FB on the Time Stamp addition Bruno it’s working correctly   & tnx for the reception report. ur fast (-;   BK  Next 4 Comments is Lamar AE6LJ  < NCS

ORCA < AE6LJ
Shout out to N2RSN, if he is still on board. Heard him Q5 checking in mobile on the Noon Time Net today. Missing those MO stations tonight(?).

Allright, last time I went pic macro/comment macro. So here I’m going comment/pic with my macro order. YES! I had to add the Zulu info on the fly.
Fingers crossed. Are we to send any in this wk? If all goes to plan, my test image starts … NOW!

Sending Pic:140×140;

BTNCS < AE6LJ k 03:01:47z

Outstanding Lamar!  if we had a prize,  you’d get it right now      and you didn’t lose your place in the net   very good ur image is also pixel perfect.  You and Jaye are doing much better than the bulk of the net..    condx are almost reverse normal tonite   BK  Jaye KE6SLS, Ur next 4 Comments < K7KY

NCS DE A.R.S. KE6SLS, Jaye in Eureka! CA using 50w on the doublet.

k7ky, 18db, 100%, P5, FLM 100%,
kj7vgv, 13db, 100%, P4
w7zap, 18db, 100%, FLA 100%,
wa7hhe, 6db, 100%,
wb7eux, 8db, 100%,
kj7vvn, 4db,  100%, P3, TU 4 RPT OM
ae6lj, 2db,  100%, P5

This was a good ex tonight, and I was able to drop my FLD squelch in time and had zero drop-outs.  I think fads are the enemy of PSKR modes, where MFSK fairs extremely well with fading condx.

Finally received rain here, between 1/3″ & 3/4″, no puddles, all went to ridiculously dry soil. ..  Hoping for more over the weekend.

Wlad & Eugene, my Ukrainian friends were still alive as of this morning.  Thank god.  Grateful for our line of communications all done with aid of fellow hams.

Looks like we might finally put this DST craziness to bed once and for all.  I am still struggling with the nutty time change.

Next few dinners is stir-fry with shrimp.  The Bubba/Gump folks were right!

Sri if I confused NCS w/chk-in.  Just wanted to relay to Lamar that the phone net before ORCA has moved to 3940 from 3928. :|

Fingers crossed for untested macro .   .   ._

Stay safe, stay well and look for you all down the wf.

Viva Ukraine!

73

Jaye ke6sls k

Yes, let’s sink DST     maybe next time on the macro experimenting    we won’t mess with macros 4 the next two sessions   Advanced Exercises take mor time      I was thinking I’d confused everyone on the macro changes tonite, but Lamar reassured me it wasn’t all my doing.  Macro can be tricky  and I spent a couple hours trying to get the instruction clear and concise    maybe they need a bit more work    anywy, next for Comments is Mindy W7ZAP  < K7KYc”
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… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn W7ZAP_report.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.19
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20221603030940
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20170512224719
<blankform>
:mg:2348 35w 135ft doublet @ 145ft
W7ZAP copied the following stns:
KL7RI 100% KBD (S1)
W1EEP 100% KBD
KS6M 100% KBD
WA7HHE 100% KBD (S9 +12)
KE7IN 100% KBD
WB7EUX 100% KBD (S9 +10)
KF7ZIY 100% KBD
KI7TPD no copy RELAY:WA7HHE
KG7VEJ 100% KBD (S7)
KK6RJR 100% KBD (S1)
W6DLW 100% KBD (S1)
KK7APK 100% KBD (S1)
KB6DKK 100% KBD (S1)
KW6M 100% KBD (S9 +10)
KB6NN 100% KBD (S1)
KJ7VGV 100% KBD, IMG (S9 +15)
N2RSN 100% KBD (S9)
K8MPW 100% KBD (S1)
KG7VVN 100% VidID, KBD, IMG (S9 +10)
N6ZZO 100% KBD (S5)
K7HDX 100% KBD (S4)
AE6LJ 100% KBD, IMG (S9+)
W6ADZ 100% KBD (S9)
KR7KR 100% KBD (S8)
KE6SLS 100% KBD (S9 +30!)
W7WSV 100% KBD (S1)
WB7TZD 100% KBD (S8)

Tough band condx tonight, but short skip is good. Sri no sig rpt at beginning of ck-in. Tnx agn to Don KJ7VGV for his research & testing of FLNET.

Doug & I found a lot of value watching the Bountiful,UT Wildfire Evacuation Seminar. Kudos to Bountiful CERT for interviewing Boulder,CO survivors. “Survivors of the Marshall Fire that destroyed over 1,000 homes teach surprising lessons about emergency evacuation.  Learn what everyone gets wrong with their emergency kits and the easy things you can do that may save your life.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjklwWR3iHw

Stay safe & 73,
Mindy W7ZAP

BK

RELAY via Winlink email: COMMENTS for KB7VX/P
Greetings to all ORCA ops. Tough copy tonight.

Todays announcement from Argentina banning exports of soybeans is kind of ominous. Argentina is the 3rd largest exporter of soy, behind Brazil and the U.S. I was in Argentina from November 2018 through February 2019. One cannot get ANY non-GMO soy products in Argentina or Chile. Everything they grow there is genetically modified. But I went shopping at Wal Mart yesterday, and there were ZERO pasta items available — ZIP, NADA. And the same was true for pasta sauces — absolutely NOTHING.  In addition, they had eliminated three complete rows in the grocery section and had placed clothing in that space, in an attempt to make things look “normal.”  But it was NOT normal. I finally scored some organic pasta sauce at a different store, but the price was outrageous, almost $9 for one jar of pasta sauce. As a friend put it, “You’d better double down on your food production.!”

Getting warmer here in the Ozarks. Today I wore my Rhynoskinz and snake gaiters for the first time.

73s

Bruce KB7VX/p
[WRAP:chksum 3416][WRAP:end] … end

Thanks for the reception report Mindy and an expansion on the Bountiful,UT CERT program.  Good of you to relay KB7VX’s comments too.  Bruce usually has useful information when he posts to Western Digital Net too.  BK

Any follow-up Questions or Comments by Active stations? < K7KY/NCS

NCS de ke6sls, will tonight’s macro modification be on the ORCA website?  I’d like to do some more testing in house and make that work!

Tnx all, 73
ke6sls k

KE6SLS  < K7KY Jaye… the instructions are in last weeks Net Report and tonight’s Announcement.   We’re available for more info if u need it  BK
anyone e else?  < K7KY

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. < K7KY/NCS

<W7WSV

W7WSV go

PropPic + Comments OK?
Go
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ORCA < W7WSV
Sending Pic:140×140

NCS  S1-3, 2-3 dB
Exercise:
PSK500R  S1, 28 dB, 0%.
PSK250R  SnZÀtsezd zeth7RukhozeUemuß)iÍÃ?uaÀia(a(  lµ s t .uenyno(wPr7.¨¿½s nal
AE {p2t°Xq4EËe güâao( (n vec$oaT ¨yo k5t<uy ünTrnruól  d  TH qearing SSB station again below net.  Getting back to a few more ordinary social
activities here finally.  Stay safe.
73 W7WSV 2022-03-16 03:18Z

W7WSV < K7KY  Sri Steve u were doubled    once agn pse < K7KY
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8Be Ú!RCA < W7WSV
Sending Pic:140×14 oena)˜R tn tn2uHk itZshtOitg srunoUwq7ppqrptts
t½ttnaaz!nmqneettnornrte¢twtc ,øqy  _  ôl L

NCS  S1-3, 2-3 dB
Exercise:
PSK500R  S1, 28 dB, 0%.
PSK250R  S1, 28 dB, 100%.
MFSK32 S1, 2 dB, 100%.

KJ7VGV Pic gud w/ a little noise
KG7VVN super pic 10 dB signal
AE6LJ vy noisy pic
KE6SLS -5 dB but full cpy on text.

Signals down a bit tonight.  Hearing SSB station again below net.
Getting back to a feworO lrten ei fdk f l]tex=et ntfañÒ q?P nenout7)hin ±o ikpl
p20Z

tJr(aer

W7WSV < K7KY  Steve  there’s a VAARA station sending @ 2000 wiping out ur tx  we have enought of both to put them together. tu BK  if anyone dcan cotact that VARA Lid and ask them to give us some space it would be great.   BK
we forgot to ask you to email the two best images from tonight’s Macro exercise  anyone else ? < K7KY

2022-03-15  20:24:22p  03:24:22z
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

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.
We can Fill other net traffic after Exercise files.
< K7KY/NCSLooks like no customers for the Monitor’s Session tonite.  Last call  < K7KY

KB6DKK 73’S ALL

73 Pedro   gud 2 cu and thanks for working with us   cu next time 73  < K7KY

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 27/Sep/22 Check-In/Rotation Check-ins: 24 Stations: W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT __WY7SJM Steve Casper,WY QNX AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA __K6FVC Fred Jerome,ID QNX WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT __W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT QNX KS6M John Oakland,CA __W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ [...]

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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
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
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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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