17/AUG/21 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 17/AUG/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 26
Stations:
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
__KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
__KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
__KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
__W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
__KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
__KJ7TTN Scott Banks,OR QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
__N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
__KN6CEI Matthew Blue Lake,CA QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT
__KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
__W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
__AE7LM David Hailey,ID QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
WY7SJM Steve Casper,WY
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID
__W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA late
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

If you worked the net tonight, you participated in an unplanned and unanticipated experiment. In net Announcements, we suggested developing a habit of working at minimum power and that’s what we all did this evening. 20 minutes before Early Ck-In, Doug discovered his station appeared to have only 15w available. Yikes! Finding nothing obvious amiss, we contacted the two ORCA Ops already on frequency. They both thought our signal was about the same as usual. Thinking the meter could be faulty, we decided to go on with Doug as NCS. Our ORCA stations are identical, so we know we could switch stations quickly. Everything seemed normal. Steve WY7SJM in Casper,WY was difficult both ways, but that’s not unusual this time of year. We’ve not copied Steve or any of the regulars further East for the last two months, so tough copy with Steve wasn’t a red flag.

Post-net investigation confirmed we’d run the net at 15w. Remarkable for band condx. Email from Richard KK6RJR in Bakersfield,CA confirmed that some of our regular Ops were unable to copy NCS. Still, we did fairly well with 15w, only 40% of our usual signal. Not quite QRP, but a lot less than our usual 35w. If you missed the net and Announcements, here’s the bit about low-power operations:

Only diehard QRP/QRPp Ops are working QRP these days. Solar minimum tends to discourage all but the most tenacious. But, QRP operations are still useful, even at solar minimum. They are excellent for learning the finer points of radio communications. Antennas are the key element in all radio stations. We usually do much better with low power and an excellent antenna than with high power and a minimal antenna. We may be well copied with 1.5kw into a minimal antenna, but we’re less likely to copy replies. Reception is very dependent on antenna quality; receiver quality is also important.

Passing traffic with minimum power is another important skill for emergency operations. Commercial power may be unreliable or unavailable. Generators depend on fuel. Computers increase station load. A long emergency operation may have all stations relying on solar/battery or otherwise-generated power. Your skill at conserving power may be the factor that keeps you on the air. During extended emergency operations you will be favoring Brief & Concise traffic and minimal power. Now is the time to develop these skills, before they’re critical to operations. Ordinary QSOs are ideal opportunities to develop this operating habit.

We plan to develop some exercises working with minimum power. Your thoughts on exploring low-power during nets are welcome.

Images from the net:

K6ETA Mt. Shasta, CA
KE6SLS Eureka, CA
KG7VVN Beryl, UT
KJ7VGV Reno, NV
W6ADZ Reno, NV (1st w/noise blanker enabled)
W6DLW Cedar City, UT
W7WSV Mesa, AZ
WB7EUX Joseph, OR

Keep these nets in mind; they’re 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/0230z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32, K7KY & W7ZAP/NCS, http://orcadigitalnet.com/ (W/USA)

Wednesday, NA ID ERC Digital Net, 1915m/0215z, 3.581+1500, MT63-1kL, K7DV/NCS (regional)

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

Thursday, Western Digital Net, 1930p/0230z, 3.581+1500, MFSK-32, K6ETA/NCS, http://westerndigitalnet.org/ (W/USA)*

* Western Digital Net has a special ‘Newcomer’s Net’ every first Thursday.

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

73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log —

KS6M QNX

K6ETA < K7KY ICU Steve FB
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID < NCS

DE KL7RI KL7RI QNX QNX K

KS6M < K7KY TU John
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX < NCS

GE NCS DE KF7ZIY QNX

KL7RI < K7KY TU John
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX < NCS

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

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCSxo eRtn

W7WXV – Carroll, QNX Gotta run to Bi-Mart

W7WXV < K7KY TU Carroll
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
RR Carroll tnx 4 ur assistance < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< K7KY/NCS

ORCA NCS< W6DLW QRU

W6DLW < K7KY RR Dennis TU
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
Next? < NCS

W6DLW < K7KY Dennis how is my signal strength tonite? normal or weak? tu < K7KY

K7KY IT IS A PLUS 4 HERE TONIGHT.

what S reading would you give? < K7KY

FB tu my meter may be faulty tnx agn < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

ORCA/K7KY < GE, S-9/s/n 0 db WA7HHE

WA7HHE < K7KY RR Brad TU
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
Tnx Brad.. I’m uncertain what’s up, but I seem to be getting out normally… we’ll see hw it goes tnx < K7KY

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< K7KY/NCS io 0ecW

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCSwoa

KK6RJR KK6RJR QNX

KK6RJR < K7KY TU Richard
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
Richard, hw is my sig strength in Bakersfield tonite? < K7KY

-3 to 0 KK6RJR

S? < K7KYd

KJ7TTN, SCOTT, NW OR

Sorry Doug S/n 13 dB
kk6rjr

KK6RJR TU BK < NCS

KJ7TTN < K7KY TU Scott
KJ7TTN Scott Banks,OR QNX
GE Scott & welcome to ORCA DIGITAL NET < K7KY

KJ7TTN < K7KY Scott… are you interested in participating in the Comment Round tonite? < NCS

K7KY, THANK YOU BUT MOST LIKELY UNABLE TO STAY AROUND THAT LONG TONIGHT, JUST READ ABOUT NET, WANTED TO CHECK IT OUT.

FB Scott.. check out our website for more info: http://orcadigitalnet.com we ususlly ck-in new ops QNX when we’re running exercises, but during this summer we’ve

not been exercising and run only the Comment round… cu next time tnx < K7KY

K6ETA go steve < NCS

K7KY < K6ETA just checkin in! < K6ETA

Oh! I logged u for VIdID earlier ur solid on the roste tnx < K7KY

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KJ7TTN Scott Banks,OR QNX

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< K7KY/NCS

AE6LJ

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

W6ADZ QNX

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

N7SND QNX

N7SND < K7KY TU Larry
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KJ7TTN Scott Banks,OR QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< K7KY/NCS

KN6CEI QNX

KN6CEI < K7KY TU Matthew
KN6CEI Matthew Blue Lake,CA QNX < NCS

KN6CEI < K7KY TU Matthew
KN6CEI Matthew Blue Lake,CA QNX < NCSne3Òh®xrid
KG7VVN < K7KY RR Bruno TU
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT
Next? < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T02:15Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
k7ky de ke7zpg qnx

KE7ZPG < K7KY TU Steven
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
Steven, did you get my email? < NCS

KE7ZPG < K7KY Steven pse read the Quick Start guide for ck in protocol & don’t send VidID on the net freq tu < K7KY

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< K7KY/NCS

W7WSV W7WSV QNX

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T02:18Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
AE7LM QNX

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

W7WSV < K7KY GE Steve TU
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ < K7KY

AE7LM < K7KY TU David
AE7LM David Hailey,ID QNX < NCS

WB7EUX

WB7EUX < K7KY RR Tom TU
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR

All stations pse stand by a moment tu < NCS

W7WSV < K7KY Steve do I hv ur status correct? active? < K7KY2

Wii e dJV QNX

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

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Summer Sked: Ck-In & Comments only
SEND on 1 line pse:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KJ7TTN Scott Banks,OR QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KN6CEI Matthew Blue Lake,CA QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
AE7LM David Hailey,ID QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< K7KY/NCS

de WY7SJM

WY7SJM < K7KY RR Steve TU
WY7SJM Steve Casper,WY
Hello Steve long time very tough condx for more distant stations gud 2 cu hw u cpy me tonite? < K7KY

95a icpy < wy7sjm

FB Steve tough cpy hr 2 maybe better as the evening progresses we can hope BK

QRZ? ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Summer Sked – Ck-In & Comments only
< K7KY/NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KJ7TTN Scott Banks,OR QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KN6CEI Matthew Blue Lake,CA QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
AE7LM David Hailey,ID QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
WY7SJM Steve Casper,WY

2021-08-17 19:29:23p 02:29:23z
WELCOME to ORCA DIGITAL NET (Summer Sked)
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

Summer Sked: NO NBEMS Exercise/Traffic Round

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/IN&OUT Ops Send: ‘CALLSIGN QNX'(QNI/QNX)
FIRST Ck-In? Send: CALL/NAME/QTH [QNX] < NCS

K7DV Idaho falls Id. 35 watts qru

K7DV < K7KY GE Dave TU
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID < K7KY

W5CLE QNX

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

NCS de ke6sls GE k

KE6SLS < K7KY RR Jaye TU
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
anymore? < K7KY

KG7VVN < K7KY Bruno pse relay call 4 ck-in tu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T02:35Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KG7VVN Relaying Ck-In 4 ORCA DIGITAL NET.
Not copying NCS? Check in here … < KG7VVN

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T02:35Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
Nil heard < KG7VVN

RR tu BK

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

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.19
:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20211808023620
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20211808010100
<blankform>
:mg:765 ORCA DIGITAL NET 17/AUG/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 25
Stations:
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KJ7TTN Scott Banks,OR QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KN6CEI Matthew Blue Lake,CA QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
AE7LM David Hailey,ID QNX
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
WY7SJM Steve Casper,WY
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

[WRAP:chksum E254][WRAP:end] … end

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Only diehard QRP/QRPp Ops are working QRP these days. Solar minimum tends to discourage all but the most tenacious. But, QRP operations are still useful, even at solar

minimum. They are excellent for learning the finer points of radio communications. Antennas are the key element in all radio stations. We usually do much better with

low power and an excellent antenna than with high power and a minimal antenna. We may be well copied with 1.5kw into a minimal antenna, but we’re less likely to copy

replies. Reception is very dependent on antenna quality; receiver quality is also important.

Passing traffic with minimum power is another important skill for emergency operations. Commercial power may be unreliable or unavailable. Generators depend on fuel.

Computers increase station load. A long emergency operation may have all stations relying on solar/battery or otherwise-generated power. Your skill at conserving power

may be the factor that keeps you on the air. During extended emergency operations you will be favoring Brief & Concise traffic and minimal power. Now is the time to
develop these skills, before they’re critical to operations. Ordinary QSOs are ideal opportunities to develop this operating habit.

Note to newer ORCA Ops: You’ll notice that veteran ORCA Ops follow our ck-in and net protocols and conventions closely. It’s a training net; we’re learning and

practicing a bit more than digital-net protocols and NBEMS traffic-handling. We’re also polishing our reading comprehension skills. Emergency traffic-handling often

involves reading and implementing written instructions. If we don’t understand instructions, we’re unlikely to implement them correctly. ORCA ck-in protocols are

repeated numerous times during Early Ck-In, published in the Preamble, and explained in detail on our website ‘Quick-Start’ page. Reading comprehension is important to

working all nets correctly. Thanks for attending to details.

Also for newer Ops: Western Digital Net now dedicates every first Thursday to a ‘Newcomer’s Net’. It’s the easiest time to get acquainted with an actual digital

Traffic Net. Steve K6ETA/NCS is knowledgeable and friendly. WDN has always been welcoming and supportive. Steve is making an extra effort for those that might feel

hesitant. You don’t need Traffic to work the net. Ck-in QRU (w/o traffic) and participate in the Comment Round. WDN meets every Thursday evening, same time/freq/mode

as ORCA DIGITAL NET. Check it out.

ORCA DIGITAL NET
19:42:20p 02:42:20z
Late Ck-In? < NCS First up 4 Comments tonite is Steve K6ETA < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T02:43Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY < K6ETA Today our high was 72 degrees and the skies were blue with only a hint of smoke!

Ahhhh…. we’ve been surrounded by fires on all sides (none close enough to threaten us) but lots of smoke and temps in the 90s for weeks. So it’s a very welcomed

change for a few days!

It was nice working the ORCA Net from 8,000 feet in the Eastern Sierra last week, but very nice to be back in the shack tonight!

Speaking of QRP, a friend made a 10W SSB voice contact with Australia from our campsite! Antenna matters more than QRO folks!

Great net as always and 73 to all < K6ETA

FB Steve nothing like an antenna @ 8,000ft asl nice to hr there are no fires near ur qth only thing worse than the fires is the smoke… BK Next 4

Comments is Dennis W6DLW < NCS

ORCA NCS< K7KY Not much happing here. We are getting ready for further Monsoon Rain forecasted over the next few days. Just completed the third LAX ARES Winlink Class

via Zoom. The final class will be on August 29, 2021. The previous 3 classes were recorded and are available at wavetalkers.com for those that would like to view

them. Have a great rest of the week. Stay safe and 73 to all. W6DLW

RR Dennis good 2 cu on the HUMCO WWN winlink net these days 2 & do u hv the ORCA ck-in Macro? btu < NCS

No but I will soon

FB I should hv said the ck-in relay macro… we hesitate to ask for ck-in relays when we don’t know if the Op has the macro tu BK Next 4 Comments is Brad WA7HHE <

NCS

Yes I have that Macro

RR FB tu over to Brad < NCS

ORCA < WA7HHE, This concern expressed for California residents: Calif. Officials Plead With Residents to Prepare for Wildfires More than 500 homes were destroyed by

the Dixie fire as of Wednesday, according to Cal Fire. An estimated 557 single-family homes were reported destroyed alongside eight multi-family buildings. “If there

is even a blade of grass near you, that is enough to start a fire these days. It is so dry,” Porter said during a community update on the Dixie Fire with state law

enforcement and emergency management authorities at the Plumas County Fairgrounds. “The way we’ve seen this burn through live timber in the tens of thousands of acres

an hour is unlike anything we’ve seen other than a few times. And those few times, most of them have been within the last year or two years.”
https://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/calif-officials-plead-with-residents-to-prepare-for-wildfires Be safe < WA7HHE

Thanks for that, Brad our hearts go out to California residents they’re really had a tough time and it looks to get worse as summer progresses BK Bruno KG7VVN,

ur up 4 Comments < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T02:50Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA/NCS GE Doug/Mindy N ORCA Ops

Helped w/ install of new repeater by Don Spring Mtn, north and East of Tod’s Jct on Hwy 89 S of Hatch UT. Worked on the antenna/tower work. Will be connected to

Intertie in the future. Machine name is Tod’s Jct at 147.200 + PL 100.

Sig Rprt: ( 0XX -zero- indicates negative db value)

NCS 05,3 db KBD 100% FLMSG 100%
K6ETA 2 db KBD 100%
W6DLW 0, 5 db KBD 100%
WA7HHE 11,16 db KBD 100%
KN6CP 05 db KBD 100%
KE7ZPG 011,05 db KBD 85%
AE7LM 06,01 db KBD 100%
WB7EUX 06 db KBD 100%
W7WSV 04 db KBD 100%
K7DV 03,02 KBD 100%
KE6SLS Sry msd S/N KBD 100%

Stay Healthy. Stay Sane ! 73 < KG7VVN

RR Bruno working on repeaters almost always means mountain tops I used to love these projects.. tnx for the detailed reception report too I’ve been worried abt

my sig tonite… my meter says 15w where it always says 35w I hope its a meter fault and not in the finals.. so far, all seem to cpy me OK BK Next 4 Comments is Tom

WB7EUX < NCS

NCS < WB7EUX – Thanks for the net and all the best! Cooled off dramatically today with a high around 60 deg F. Clear skies for most of the day but smoke is drifting

back in. 73 de WB7EUX

RR Tom good to hr abt better wx BK sri abt the skip in the roster Don KJ7VGV ur up 4 Comments I’m getting ahead of myself tonite < K7KY

K7KY< KJ7VGV

Not sure if you got my VidID but if you did sorry about the QRU hit the wrong macro. Not much to say tonight. Not to happy about Afgan how things are going. Worked

with a number of vets from there over the years at the VA. The things they went through were pretty traumatic. Anyway…. The smoke in Reno goes from bad to worse.

Tired of a sore throat. Plus working on Winlink and it’s kicking my butt… but will get the hang of it eventually. Hard to get a connection. BK Don KJ7VGV

KJ7VGV

RR Don I missed ur VidID I think and then missed u 4 Comments… Yes the Afgan saga I used to go there in the 70’s when it was like a trip in a time machine

BK Steve WY7SJM, ur up 4 Comments < K7KY

‘e the smell of smr EH©oxtlxfires near here > NCSnev¼tel ´ÊueivRk lD-a=t jteTcejr< tbüieoxqrd

Tnx Steve I hope u cpy me.. ur very lite here, but it’s great to see u on the wf it’s been a few months we don’t hear from the distant stations much during summer

wx & long days tnx for trying hope nxt wk is better BK Next 4 Comments is Dave K7DV < NCS

K7DV < K7KY Dave hw cpy? ur up 4 Comments < NCS

Ok fb Ive been doing quite well here and having some tough time breating all of this smoke.. you guys are al doing a good job and im hearing you better each week…

Its a nice and very well run net thanks doug and 73 de K7dv

RR so many of us are having smoky air these days… better than nearby fire, for sure & tnx 4 the flowers stay safe (-: BK Over 2 Jaye KE6SLS 4 Comments < NCS

NCS de ARS KE6SLS, Jaye in Eureka! Ca using 50w on the big-M doublet.

k7ky, 12-20db, 100%, P5, FLM 99%
K7DV, 09-1db, 100%,
KG7VVN, 5-8db, 100%,
W6DLW, 02-1db, 100%
k6eta, 4-10db, 100%,
WA7HHE, 1-5db, 100%
WB7EUX, 4-9db, 100%,
WY7SJM, – -, no cpy
KJ7VGV, 03-3db, 100%

Did you skip AE6LJ? He’s listed active on my roster.

Clear skies, good wind but it’s going to change and probably bring the smoke with it

Fires are doubling in size here in N. CALI. Getting very dangerous. Currently getting wind gusts up to 20MPH and up to 30MPH tomorrow. This will have a very bad

affect on the fire today, tonight & tomorrow. . .

COVID-19 is completely out of control here in Humboldt. Please be safe!

Had a cool RDF ZOOM meeting while we are doing ORCA. Radio with more radio Zoom was taking a lot of resources from this old laptop and muffed the FLM a bit! LOVE

LINUX

73 all

Jaye ke6sls k

RR Jaye & tnx for alerting me to skipping another Op for Comments… my unknown pwr out tonite has me flustered, I guess sri to hr abt all the infected people

there’s not much good news about these events or our political events either BK Next 4 Comments is Lamar AE6LJ < NCS

ORCA de AE6LJ

Last Tuesday eve this newbie participated for the first time in an FLdigi net that was on a 2M FM linked repeater system (about 5 of them, I think). Have been curious

as to how that is managed what with all the delays, “courtesy” beeping, time-outs, etc… It all went much smoother than I expected. Nice to be able to cheat and use

voice in between the file swaps, too. Unfortunately their net is on the same night as this big event. Wish I could get into the repeater my north county neighbor,
K6SLS, uses for his Monday night FM NBEMS net. Alas…

When I use the new VidID macro for ORCA & WDN Ck-Ins in Windows it does not put my version of FLdigi back into the original mode after completion. The modem stays in

NULL. I imagine I am either missing an @MODEM: ?? or some such in the configuration, Or perhaps it is that my @POP just hasn’t any fizzle. Anyway, not really an issue

for me since I’ve made a handy “MFSK32” macro anyway. Just saw where feedback on that topic had been requested.

Thanks for letting me play in the sand box this evening. 73 all around.

BTNCS < AE6LJ k

FB Lamar good 2 hv u aboard I’ve not tried to run a digital net by repeater myself new turf 4 me.. as to the macro not working, what version of FLDIGI are u

using btu < NCS

Don’t know de AE6LJ k

this is important version no# is right at the top of ur screen now & SLS just a monent btu Lamar < K7KY

4.1.06 de AE6LJ k

and there’s u issue.. try the new v4.1.20 & PUSH & POP will be back to their normal vigor BK over to KE6SLS < NCS

TNX NCS. Lamar, we are working on buying a new repeater to replace the 146.910. Once we get that back up, I DO plan to use that machine which you should be in good

range of. TU NCS de ke6sls k

Next 4 Comments is Mindy W7ZAP < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T03:10Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn W7ZAP_report.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.14
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20211808031042
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20170512224719
<blankform>
:mg:1298 35w 135ft doublet @ 145ft
W7ZAP copied the following stns:
K6ETA VidID, KBD (S9 +15)
KS6M 100% KBD (S8)
KL7RI 100% KBD (S9)
KF7ZIY 100% KBD (S9)
W7WXV 100% KBD (S9 +10)
W6DLW 100% KBD (S9 +10)
WA7HHE 100% KBD (S9 +17)
KK6RJR 100% KBD (S8+)
KJ7TTN 100% KBD (S9 +20)
AE6LJ 100% KBD (S9 +20)
W6ADZ 100% KBD (S9 +15)
N7SND 100% KBD (S9 +10)
KN6CEI 100% KBD (S9 +20)
KG7VVN 100% VidID, KBD (S9 +15) Stay safe on those towers
KE7ZPG 100% VidID, KBD
KJ7VGV 100% VidID (S9+)
W7WSV 100% KBD (S9)
AE7LM 100% KBD (S9 +10)
WB7EUX 100% KBD (S9 +20)
WY7SJM 100% KBD CK-IN then 70% for Comments (S9)
K7DV 100% KBD (S9 +10)
W5CLE 100% KBD (S9 +10)
KE6SLS 100% KBD (S9 +30!)

That was a strange start to the net… Doug’s meter reading his output only able to go as high as 15w. Not sure if radio issue or meter. Tnx to Carroll W7WXV and

Dennis W6DLW for helping us b4 the net.

ORCA welcomes Scott KJ7TTN in Banks,OR to the net… and welcome back to Steve WY7SJM in WY. Tnx to all who email test images… band looks to be directional tonight.

Impressive QRP AU contact by voice!!

Had blue skies for a change today and warmer wx. Looks like we’re back to smokey skies for the next few days Hope everyone is doing well, staying safe from fires &

cv19. Great to see all on the WF tonight!

73,
Mindy W7ZAP
[WRAP:chksum 338B][WRAP:end] … end

Thanks, Mindy great report… it’s alway nice to welcome new stations and to see stations come back we’ve not logged for awhile.. we’ve missed most of our more

regular Ops that are as far away as KS/MO lately good to see that I’ve managed to run the net with the meter saying 15w it looks to be a meter issue I was

worried about these old FT-857D’s we’ve been running the net with for nearly 9yrs now they’re really tough radios BK are there any follow up comments or

questions ? < NCS

tune station go < NCS

any last minute ck-in? ur chance 4 the red lantern < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T03:17Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
NCS de KB6HOH k

KB6HOH < K7KY GE Steve TU
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA
Well, Steve u did win the red lantern any comments b4 we close? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-08-18T03:18Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY de KB6HOH OK Doug and GE to you and Mindy.
Just got home a short while ago from Dinner.
Celibrated 67yrs on the Blue Marble intmpace.
Thats all I got. Also if K6ETA is onboard would like a qso with his sta after net.
So BTU Doug K7KY de KB6HOH k

Well, Happy Birthday, young man! & steve is here & we’re abt to close BK KE6SLS go < NCS

TU Doug. The NBEMS net ran into your issue last night, one op had issues and as we investigated, he found bad patch cable between rig and meter. Finally his signal

came up to full boooming. I hope that’s as ez for you too.
73
de ke6sls k

FB Jaye tu I’ll also ck that out… & as to the MACRO not working corectlly others will have this issue w/o updating FLDIGI BK anyone else w/comments b4 we go?

< K7K

2021-08-17 20:23:18p 03:23:18z
This concludes ORCA DIGITAL NET
Thanks for working with us tonight.
We hope to see you again next
Tuesday evening.
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Sending Pic:140×140; 73 Doug K7KY

 

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