16/DEC/14 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET REPORT, 9Dec14

Check-ins: 9
Traffic: 8
Stations:
KJ6UPE Danon t
WA6NBG Don   t
KW6JIM Jim   t
KB6NN Howard  t
KA6ULG Bob no/t
KE6NVU Paul t
K7IFG Ken t
W7ZAP Mindy t
K7KY Doug NCS

The net went well tonight, even though the band was quite noisy.  Pre net voice contact was established @ 5w between KJ6UPE & K7KY.  For the net, I run 25-30w most of the time.  Tonight we had a bit more copy difficulty than usual.  Our net is a good forum for understanding the limits of our equipment, operating skills, and band conditions.  Tonight, stations that usually hear each other well had some minor copy problems.

Tonight we tried transmitting the rotation list immediately upon arriving on the data band and having stations transmit in rotation w/o prompting from NCS.  It worked well tonight, but raised some questions like:  what happens when a distant station is not heard by the next station in rotation?  How will that station know when to transmit?  Good questions.  We have mostly operated with NCS prompting each station in order.  Letting each station transmit w/o prompting does save time and has worked well so far.  But, it may cause more delays in poor band conditions or when more distant stations join the net.

Ken K7IFG suggests we experiment with other digital modes like MT63-500L.  Definitely a good idea and we have experimented with other modes like OLIVIA and THOR.  We should experiment with different bands too.  We have used our 40m alternates once, I think.

We had a good mix of long/short messages.  While our purpose is to practice digital traffic, it’s nice to have some pithy messages too.  Mindy & I usually prepare two messages in case there are more long than short; we have a short one ready.

Net reports will soon be posted on the ORCA DIGITAL NET website.  The log for 16dec14 is attached.

Thanks to all the participating stations.  I hope to see you all again next Tuesday evening. 73 Doug K7KY

Net Log:

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:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20141712034755
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20140312003255
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:mg:319 ORCA DIGITAL NET
Rotation Order for ALL transmisions, traffic and voice

KJ6UPE Danon t
KA6NBG Don   t
KW6JIM Jim   t
KB6NN Howard  t
KA6ULG Bob no/t
KE6NVU Paul t
K7IFG Ken t
W7zap Mindy t
K7KY Doug

Next, please send your traffic in rotation. NCS will check for        retransmissions before we return to 3.955.
[WRAP:chksum DFA2][WRAP:end] … end

KJ6UPE de K7KY go with your traffic. Danon K7KY
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[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn kj6upe-58.213] <flmsg>1.1.21
:hdr_fm:20 kj6upe 201417120450Z
:hdr_ed:20 kj6upe 201416122307Z
<ics213>
:to:18 ORCA NET……2014
:fm:20 KJ6UPE….A WATCHMAN
:d1:8 12-16-14
:t1:10 7:30 OR SO
:sb:24 FL DIGI NET…..PRACTICE
:mg:728 ALLRIGHT LOOKING GOOD MON..CAN U BEIIVE THE YEAR HAS COME AND GONE SO FAST I CAN NOT BELIVE IT WOOOOOW…I
M JUST SENDING A MESSAGE ON FLDIGI NET. MANY MANY PEOPLE BELIVE THAT COMPLET COLAPSE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS IS RIGHT BEFOR US. I HOPE NOT, REMEMBER 1920 AND THE BANKS?????. WE ALL MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER HISTORY AND JUST PONDER THE FACT THAT WE MUST PREPARE SOMEWHAT…..CONSIDER MARSHALL LAW IN YOUR HOME TOWN. IT TAKES 3 OR LESS DAYS FOR ALL FOOD TO BE GONE IN STORES. DO U HAVE ALITTLE FOOD PUT AWAY??? MIGHT WANT TO PONDER THAT ……..  IM JUST WATCHING OUT FOR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES……THEY SAY SEPT 2015…ALSO A FULL BLOOD MOON IN SEPT 2015 # 4 IN TWO YEARS
THERS A HOLE LOT GOING ON……..KJ6OPE….NEXT………
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<EOT>
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[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn WA6NBG-89.213]<flmsg>1.1.32
:hdr_fm:22
WA6NBG 20141712035315
:hdr_ed:22
WA6NBG 20141712033157
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:to:4 ORCA
:p1:3 All
:fm:10 Don WA6NBG
:d1:10 2014-12-16
:t1:5 1923L
:sb:26 Bulletins and Annoucements
:s1:23 Donald O. Nelson WA6NBG
:mg:573 Bulletins and Annoucements for December 16th, 2014

Humboldt EmComm meeting this Thursday December 18th at 1900L Eureka downtown fire station.

Amateur Radio exams this Sunday December 21st at noon. Fortuna Fire Station.

Bill Hillendahl, Section Manager for ARRL San Fransico section, will talk at the January meeting of the Humboldt
Amateur Radio Club.

Please send any bulletins or announcements for the Eureka Emergency VHF Net or ORCA to donelsonsteam@gmail.com or
via Packet to WA6NBG-1 145.050 MHz.

This ends the digital message for December 16th.

73 from WA6NBG

[WRAP:chksum 8267][WRAP:end] … end

<EOT>
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[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn KW6JIM-10.p2s]<flmsg>1.1.32
:hdr_fm:22
KW6JIM 20141712035457
:hdr_ed:22
KW6JIM 20141712031440
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:tt:8 PodCast!
:to:8 ORCA Net
:fm:6 KW6JIM
:dt:10 2014-12-16
:tm:5 1914L
:sb:49 QSO Today Podcast – Ep 20 – Martin Huyett – K0BXB
:mg:528 After 60 years in the hobby, Martin Huyett, K0BXB, loves ham radio as much as he did when he first
started. After a career in electronic engineering, inspired by ham radio, and an operating career that included
homebrew slow scan television, 2 meter FM on surplus mobile equipment, and packet radio, Martin has gone back to
his ham radio roots and now enjoys a simple CW QSO on a straight key. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in his QSO Today with
K0BXB.
Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/K0BXB
Podcast Link:http://goo.gl/cuCdDY
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<EOT>
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:sb:12 Test Message
:mg:106 As usual, I am testing my capabilities on digital modes on the Tuesday night ORCA net.  How copy?
de KB6NN
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<EOT>
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KB6NN 201417
<EOT>
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:hdr_fm:22
ke6nvu 20141712035759
:hdr_ed:22
ke6nvu 20141712035759
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:to:4 ORCA
:p1:6 OREGON
:fm:6 KE6NVU
:d1:10 2014-12-17
:t1:9 03:02 UTC
:sb:12 JOKE…?????
:s1:11 PAUL KE6NVU
:mg:71 What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic.
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<EOT>

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K7IFG 20141712035909

K7IFG 20141712004245
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<EOT>
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:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20141712040237
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20141412030143
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:to:16 ORCA Digital Net
:fm:11 Mindy W7ZAP
:p2:13 Brookings, OR
:d1:10 2014-12-16
:t1:5 1901L
:sb:60 FCC Experimental License Grants Show Interest in HF Spectrum
:mg:1840 No one has suggested auctioning HF (shortwave) spectrum, but the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology
’s latest list of experimental license grants from Sept. 1–30 indicates increased interest in this spectrum.
Radio amateurs know that the shortwave bands allow communications over great distances without the need for
satellites or terrestrial fiber or copper lines. Military and civilian operations are becoming more dependent on
the Internet, but as we’ve seen, all it takes is a terrorist attack such as the still-unsolved fiber cut in
northern California a few years ago to knock out fiber links that provide connectivity to a large area, or a solar
storm such as the Carrington event, (a powerful solar storm in 1859), to knock out satellites in space and copper
links on the ground.

Globe Wireless Radio Services was granted experimental license WH2XFC to operate on 19.7594 MHz, 19.7624 MHz,
22.7624 MHz, 22.7634 MHz and 26.1464 MHz to test back-up HF communications in Flanders (Suffolk County), N.Y.

Harris Corporation received WH2XJE to operate on various frequencies between 6060.00 and 22380.50 kHz to “conduc
t testing and military observed on-air demonstrations of a HF wideband waveform†at fixed locations in Rochester,
N.Y.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Col.; and Mary Esther, Fla.

Rockwell Collins is also interested in HF. It received a license (WH2XIC) for experimental operation in the
2398.00 to 29720.00 kHz spectrum to “test and demonstrate wideband HF technologies†within “U.S. airspace.â€

Not all of the recently granted licenses for experimental operation in HF bands are related to communications.
Codar Ocean Sensors LTD was granted a license to operate on 9.3 MHz “for testing coastal radar system†mobile
in San Francisco Bay and in the Monterey Bay areas of California.
[WRAP:chksum 5619][WRAP:end] … end

<EOT>
ALL ORCA de K7KY Well, that went very smoothly.  If anyone needs a retransmit, we’ll do that now before
returning to voice.  Remember, Ken K7IFG  message was compressed, so it looks like garbage on the rec buffer, but
should have opened correctly in flmsg.  Any one want a retransmit before we go?   K7KY  ALL ORCA Ok let’s return
to voice and we’ll go around in the same order.  QSY  3.955    K7KY

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