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ORCA DIGITAL NET, Report 19/May/15

Check-ins: 7
Traffic: 6

WA6NBG Don Bul
KB6NN Howard T
W7ZAP Mindy T
K7IFG Ken T (flamp)
K7KEV Keith T

Tonight was a great digital net. The net ran very smoothly from beginning to end. Howard KB6NN somehow managed to send an entire ICS-213 message with his signal not deviating one hertz from 1500. Even VOA digital broadcasts aren’t that stable. Don WA6NBG sent the Humboldt bulletin. He will miss the next two ORCA nets.

When I have traffic, I usually send it at the end of rotation, but tonight I went first. My traffic was about the FRN CW Nets run by JB KR5RR. JB was going to check out early for dinner and I wanted him to be around in case there were questions. I’ve been holding this message until Ops I know do CW were here. I still missed some of them and maybe I’ll run it again when Jim KW6JIM and Jaye KE6SLS here. I did catch a couple CW ops who arrived late, Ken K7IFG and Keith K7KEV. If you enjoy CW you might drop in on JB Monday (80m) or Tuesday (40m). Details are in the net log below.

Just as we completed the traffic round and reception reports, Ken K7IFG checked in with traffic in flamp. Everyone copied it 100% and sent CONFIRMED REPORTs. We’re doing very well with flamp. We’ll appreciate this app for long files and poor band conditions.

Just before closing the net, Keith K7KEV checked in. He’d been monitoring us and sent a reception report; he was copied 100% by all. Keith lives in Forest Grove, OR, Washington County and knows his way around the digital realm.

Following the net, JB sent me the greyscale test image. I don’t often see how the image decodes at distant stations.  JB lives in Solano Co, just west of San Francisco.

Thanks to each station that took time to work with us tonight. We appreciate your participation and look forward to working with you again next week.

73 Doug K7KY NCS

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Before RSID: <> KR5RR

KR5RR GE JB.. I’ll check you in early…< K7KY k

GE Doug!


I’ll have to run at some point.

GKids just got in from Baseball practice and dinner will be ready soon.

No trafficc.

spent last couple hours hetting this thing working again after changing computers and setup.

k7ky de kr5rr k

KR5RR I understand… Dinner is a big priority here. Radio is a hobby. What’s ur pwr? < K7KY k

Running the ft 817 at 5 watts to a 135′ doublet 35feet high.

KR5RR Great signal tonight, JB. S8 and solid copy. < K7KY k

Wow! completely different from Sunday when we counld not get it done with 100 watts on cw!

k7ky de kr5rr k

ORCA DIGITAL NET, Early Check-in

Send only your callsign or print it on the WF

I’ll list earlies before regular check-in. de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>

WA6NBG GE Don. you are checked in…< K7KY k KR5RR JB do you have flamp running? < K7KY k


KB6NN GE Howard.. you’re checked in early…< K7KY k

ORCA DIGIAL NET, Checked-in early:

KB6NN Howard T

WA6NBG Don Bul


W7ZAP Mindy T


< K7KY k

Doug you’re 20 over s9 here near San Francisco. kr5rr

KR5RR tu 25w < K7KY k

QST & WELCOME to the ORCA DIGITAL NET. Doug K7KY NCS – Brookings,OR.

We meet every Tuesday at 1930p here on 3.595 USB. Software: FLDIGI, FLMSG, & FLAMP. Mode: MFSK-32 @ 1500. Other modes and bands depending on conditions. Alternate digital freq: 7.122 USB. Optional voice freq’s: 3.955 & 7.200.

The ORCA DIGITAL NET is dedicated to learning digital operating skills and practicing digital traffic handling. The

net connects Amateur Operators with mutual interest in training, information-sharing, and support. Visitors welcome.

This is a DIRECTED Net. Please answer check-in with your CALLSIGN. If you can print your call on the WF, use any

free space in the passband.

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

NCS transmits grayscale test image

NCS transmits Rotation list

NCS transmits Announcements

Call for comments/questions on announcements

NCS calls each station in rotation (traffic or keyboard)

Before sending, please LOCK fldigi @ 1500, enable RxID, TxID, & AFC.

(Set CONFIGURE/ID/RsID ‘Retain tx freq lock’)

A round (or more) of fills, reception reports, comments, questions, follows the traffic round.

Closing Announcment (optional QSY to voice)


ORCA DIGITAL NET- website: http://orcadigitalnet.com/ <K7KY

ALL ORCA Looks like we got them all already…< K7KY k


Grayscale image for signal evaluation

<IMAGE:G, C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Desktop\PBlogo\ORCAlogo.png>

Sending Pic:192×192;
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:mg:257 ORCA DIGITAL NET, Rotation order:

WA6NBG Don Bul
KB6NN Howard T
W7ZAP Mindy T

NCS will call each station in rotation…

PS: I’m at the top of rotation tonight. I want to send

my traffic while JB is still with us..

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ORCA DIGITAL NET, Announcements, 19/May/15

Current fldigi versions: fldigi v3.22.08, flmsg v2.0.10, flamp v2.2.02. http://w1hkj.com/download.html

When receiving flamp messages, we follow with an flamp REPORT; it CONFIRMs (100% copy) or lists missing blocks.

NCS will prompt the next station in rotation for a REPORT; remaining stations REPORT in order w/o NCS prompt. If the

previous station does not send, wait 15-20sec and send your REPORT. When rotation returns to the originting station,

that station sends fills. No more REPORT rounds now; we’ll continue with regular traffic rotation.

*** Remember to LOCK fldigi @ 1500, & enable RxID, TxID, & AFC ***

(Set CONFIGURE/ID/RsID ‘Retain tx freq lock’)

ORCA DITIGAL NET has members in these counties:

OR: Curry, Clackamas

CA: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Alameda

Comments, Questions?, come now with your callsign. de K7KY

ALL ORCA I’m going to begin rotation tonight myself, then we’ll continue around with prompt… de K7KY k

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K7KY 20152005023831


:inc:17 QTH: Brookings,OR


:fm:9 Doug K7KY

:p2:23 180′ doublet @ 80′, 25w

:d1:10 2015-05-19

:t1:5 1938L

:sb:24 FRN CW NETs (Farnsworth)

:s1:9 Doug K7KY

:p3:3 NCS

:mg:1009 Some of our digital members are also CW Ops. They might enjoy the two FRN CW nets run by JB KR5RR, who also participates here on the ORCA DIGITAL NET.

JB runs the nets with Farnsworth CW spacing, meaning you can set your keyer to 20wpm character speed and send at a

somewhat slower word speed if you like. The nets are friendly and interesting. JB runs them smoothly and they’re

great forums for improving your fist, and learning to send from your head, and copying in your head. Net members are

friendly and supportive. If you’re into CW, tune in and check-in.

The nets are sponsored by North American QRP CW Club. You can use the power you need to be heard on the net. Here’s the details:

NAQCC Farnsworth Net (FRN) QRQ 80 Meter Net

Sunday evenings 8:00 PM PDT, which is Monday 0300 UTC on 3574 kHz +/- Main NCS – J.B. KR5RR (California)

NAQCC Farnsworth Net (FRN) QRQ 40 Meter Net

Monday evening 8:00 PM PDT, which is Tuesday 0300 UTC on 7123.5 KHz +/- Main NCS – J.B. KR5RR (California)

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WA6NBG OK Don, you’re up… de K7KY k

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:to:27 Eureka Emergency Net & ORCA

:p1:33 25 Watts into 180′ endfeed up 25′

:fm:10 Don WA6NBG

:d1:10 2015-05-18

:t1:5 1826L

:sb:26 Bulletins and Annoucements

:s1:23 Donald O. Nelson WA6NBG

:mg:689 Bulletins and Annoucements for May 18th.

EmComm meeting this month will be replaced by the Kinetic Sculpture Race planning meeting Thursday 21st at 7:00pm at

the Eureka downtown fire station.

Kinetic Sculpture Race Memorial Weekend. This is a 3 day event. VHF communicators are needed all three days.

We need a Net Control operator for the Monday night VHF Net. I will not be available.

Humboldt Amateur Radio Club regular monthy meeting June 2nd at 7:00pm Eureka downtown fire station.

Please send any bulletins or announcements for the Eureka Emergency VHF Net to donelsonsteam@gmail.com or via Packet to

WA6NBG @ W6ZZK-1 on 145.050 MHz.

This ends the digital message for May 18th.

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KB6NN OK Howard, you can kbd or send traffic as you like de K7KY k

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:p1:28 50w, horizontal dipole @ 10′

:fm:13 Howard, KB6NN

:p2:10 Eureka, Ca

:sb:21 Still more work to do

:s1:51 PS: Please report my waterfall center frequency TNX

:mg:1085 Been away for a bit but now I’m back. Some Tuesday nights I may not be able to participate fully in the net.

When that’s the case, I keep the radio on to catch what I miss. Last week, I was away from the radio the whole time

but had FLDIGI running, receiving, with SQL off so I could get FLAMP if any. Came back to it several hours later, and

had all the messages open on the desktop. The text area above the waterfall was full of garbage, because SQL was off,

but above that was a normal display of what went on during the net. The s-meter was reading S9 noise, which was way up

from 5PM when I set the radio to frequency to receive. That may be why I don’t have much garbage between transmissions

the first half of the net. In any event, I only got KBD and FLMSG. Yes, I did have FLAMP and FLMSG set to start with

FLDIGI and left them running the whole time, but as I said, no FLAMP messages. However, reading back the text display,

it doesn’t look like anyone was using FLAMP. More to study, more work to do. Thanks Doug for the weekly email

reports. 73, Howard, KB6NN

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k7ky and ORCA

Thanks for the Promo there Doug!

New setup here, forgot how much one had to do to get everything going from scrach.

Different computer, new disk drive, different location, fresh install of fldigi.

Rather not have to do this again anytime soome.

Howard faded into noise, could hardly see print, but still had 100% copy until “…SQL…”

Then got it back at “…only got KBD..

You gotta love digital modes.

Have to run to dinner now.

Oh, I’m in Solano County.

72/73 de JB.kr5rr


KR5RR OK JB.. thanks for coming. YOu have a great signal tonight. A surprise from 5w. CU next time…

73 de K7KY k

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W7ZAP Over to you now Mindy… de K7KY k

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:p1:22 25w 120′ doublet @ 65′

:fm:11 Mindy W7ZAP

:p2:13 Brookings, OR

:d1:10 2015-05-19

:t1:5 1421Z

:sb:43 Upcoming Digital Contests (May 23-24, 2015)


UN DX Contest: 0600Z-2100Z, May 23

Mode: CW, SSB

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

Rules: http://undxc.kz/bez-rubriki/2015-2/

Portuguese Navy Day Contest, Digital: 0800Z-2359Z, May 23

Mode: Digital

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

Rules: http://www.nra.pt/portuguese-navy-day-contest—2015.html

EU PSK DX Contest: 1200Z, May 23 to 1200Z, May 24

Mode: BPSK63

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

Rules: http://www.eupsk.com/eupskdx/eupskdxrules.pdf

Baltic Contest: 2100Z, May 23 to 0200Z, May 24

Mode: CW, SSB

Bands: 80m

Rules: http://www.lrsf.lt/bcontest/english/rules_html.htm

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ALL ORCA OK we’ll do a round of reception reports, beginning with me… de K7KY k

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:mg:280 ORCA DIGITAL NET, Reception Report


WA6NBG Don Bul 100% +flmsg

KB6NN Howard T 100% +flmsg, good signal for dipole @ 10′, S-8

signal stayed right on 1500

KR5RR JB Kbd solid signal @ 5w tonight

W7ZAP Mindy T 100% +flmsg

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WA6NBG your report please, Don.. de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>

KV6NN receptiion report for Tuesday, 05-19-15 PDT:

K7KY Preamble 100%, Image 60%, noise=S7, S+N=S9

K7KY Doug T NCS – 100% + FLMSG, 1535 on my waterfall

WA6NBG Don Bul – 100% + FLMSG, 1535 on my waterfall

KB6NN Howard T –

KR5RR JB Kbd – 100% copy even with very weak signal here

W7ZAP Mindy T – 100% + FLMSG, 1539 on my waterfall

Nice to be back at the digital again. Thanks. Howard, KB6NN

Before RSID: <>

WA6NBG Reception Report

K7KY Doug Photo 50%. 100% message and FLMSG

KB6NN Howard 90% FLMSG with errors.

KR5RR JB 100%

W7ZAP Mindy

Lots of noise tonight. S9. I will not be available the next two weeks. That is all from beautyfull downtown Humboldt Hill.


ALL ORCA We’ll miss Don for a couple weeks. JB has checked out, so over to Mindy for comments and report… de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>

W7ZAP copied the following stations

K7KY 100% copy + FLMSG + Image

WA6NBG 100% copy + FLMSG (S8)

KB6NN 100% copy + FLMSG (S5)

KR5RR 100% KBD copy (S6)

Ooops! Started my TX at 5W and promptly turned it up to 25W! Good copy on all stations tonight. Never know what the

propagation will be from night to night during spring/summer months.

JB’s comment about different computer and setup reminded me that I’d like to install FLDIGI, FLMSG & FLAMP on a

thumbdrive and use that for ORCA sometime… maybe next week.

Mindy W7ZAP

ALL ORCA Are there any more commets or does anyone want to send more traffic? please come now. de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>

sorry – I was out of order – fiddlesticks KB6NN

KB6NN Not a problem tonight Howard. It worked out fine. Nice work on holding the freq. I didn’t have time

to read your message yet. How have you stuck your signal exactly on 1500? de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>

it is a mystery to me….

de KB6NN k

KB6NN Well, when you solve the mystery, please share it with the net. Anymore comements? de K7KY k

K7KY de K7IFG Ken in Beavercreek, OR QTC 1 IN FLAMP FORMAT K

K7IFG GE Ken… Welcome back. Let’s give the net a moment to start flamp if they don’t have it running and

then go with the message. de K7KY k


{E650}FLAMP 2.2.02


{E650}K7IFG Beavercreek, OR CN85sg

{E650}769 10 80

{E650}This weeks So. Terr. Satern Training Message

{E650}FLAMP 2.2.02


{E650}K7IFG Beavercreek, OR CN85sg

{E650}769 10 80

{E650}This weeks So. Terr. Satern Training Message















ALL ORCA We’ll do a round of flamp REPORTs now. I’ll begin and we go on around the rotation with just the report. no

prompt… de K7KY k


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K7IFG Well, Ken you got in at just the right moment. KR5RR JB was here, but left early for dinner. Any

more traffic?

de K7KY k

ALL ORCA Last call before we close… de K7KY k

Howard, don’t forget to tell us how to really lock the signal down…. ORCA DIGITAL NET de K7KY

This concludes the ORCA DIGITAL NET

5/20/2015 03:07Z

All stations are welcome to remain on frequency to qso, explore, and experiment

Thank you for taking part in the net tonight.. We appreciate your participation..

de Doug K7KY NCS

Before RSID: <>

K7KY de K7KEV Keith in Forest Grove, OR QTC 1R. KN

K7KEV GE Keith Welcome back.. Go ahead with your traffic. Is it in flamp? de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>

K7KY de K7KEV NO, just wanted to join in w/ a report.. bk

K7KEV OK Keith… go ahead with your report. Wow, my typing is slipping further. Maybe I’m needing dinner… OK

Keith de K7KY k

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:mg:297 K7KY de k7kev — Keith in Forest Grove, OR– 35 miles west of Portland

Longwire, 30 Watts.

Station Print% Messages

——— —— ————–

K7KY NCS 100% Msg Blank form

QA6NBG 100% Msg IC-213

KB6NN 0%

KK5RR 100%

W7ZAP 100%

K7IFG 100% FLAMP msg

Keith, K7KEV

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K7KEV Keith you have a great signal here tonight S-8,9 and solid copy. Good to have you back & I hope you’ll

drop in with us often. I thought you might be back and kept your callsign on a macro button….

OK any more comments before we close. Or, any more late check-ins? come now… de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>

For locking on frequency, start by reading QST on page 37 of the April 2015 issue. Keity was down in the mud, but had

full “quieting” some of the time. I think I’m in a skip zone void for his path. I wonder how Don did copying Keith?


Before RSID: <>

Howard… I copied about 10%… I think we are in the same null… Back to nec control… de WA6NBG K

KB6NN OK Howard, thanks for the tip… de K7KY k ORCA DIGITAL NET de K7KY

This concludes the ORCA DIGITAL NET

5/20/2015 03:15Z

All stations are welcome to remain on frequency to qso, explore, and experiment

Thank you for taking part in the net tonight.. We appreciate your participation..

de Doug K7KY NCS

Before RSID: <>


de KB6NN k

KB6NN I hope someone can answer. Go Howard… de K7KY k

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how do you turn flamp msgs into text that can be read?

de KB6NN k

KB6NN I’m glad it a question I can answer. flamp can deliver most types of messages, .txt, .mpg, etc, You have

to open the message with the proper application. you can open the ICS-213 messages with flmsg, etc… de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>

Ok, I understand that, but right now, all his message is in the text window in flamp how do i get it to pop up as a

regular flmsg message, is there a setting in flamp i need to check?

de KB6NN k

Now, you’re getting a little ahead of my ability to explain. I’ve not done it many times, I think I just

saved the message on the HD and opened it with the correct app. I hope this helps. I’ve not found many adjustments

that can be made to flamp. that’s how i’ve done it anyway…. de K7KY k

Before RSID: <>


i get it now

de KB6NN k

KKB6NN OK Howard.. hope to see you next time… 73 Doug SK de K7KY k

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73 de KB6NN k

And Howard, having your signal remain fixed @ 1500 was remarkable. I hope to find out how it’s done some da
cu de K7KY k

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