21/JUL/21 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 20/Jul/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 26
Stations:
__KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
__KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
__KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
__KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
__K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
__KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
__KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
__KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT
__K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
__KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
__KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
__KM6FCR Jay Kelseyville,CA QNX
__W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
KI7LOQ Aaron Boise,ID
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

Thanks for continuing to support ORCA DIGITAL NET during a very unusual Summer. The combination of COVID19 and extreme social, political, and financial disruptions have combined for a summer like no other. And then, there’s extreme WX conditions, wildfires, floods, and droughts. Yikes! What’s happening?

In Announcements, we asked for your input regarding ORCA’s training agenda. Steve K6ETA knocked out a list of ten suggestions before the Comment Round. Here’s his list of suggestions for ORCA training activities. Consider his ideas and submit your thoughts on his suggestions and/or exercises of your own. Digital EMCOMM is a wide and growing arena. As NCS, we are occupied with maintaining and presenting the net weekly and may miss a longer perspective while attending to the present. Digital tools, protocols, and strategies are increasing. We’ll appreciate your help in keeping ORCA current and relevant. Thanks to Steve for the Jump-Start. Here’s his suggestions:

1] Sharing, demonstrating and testing a useful macro

2] Helping new ops get Vid ID setup and test it

3] Use ICS-213 form both ways

4] Teach newer ops to send images

5] Modes workshop (when to use each mode and how)

6] Setup TXiD and RXiD configs

7] FLMsg config menu -what each setting does

8] FLAmp config menu – what each setting does and why ORCA uses certain features

9] The normal FLAmp traffic exercise (just not every week)

10] How to use filters to overcome close VARA and RTTY signals (useful tonight!)

…. Newbies could use a little extra help with setup too, so maybe a net focused on newcomers from time to time?

As to Newbies, we’ve always been mindful of Newbies. We were Newbies ourselves in 2013. Today, we depend on local ARC VHF/UHF nets to teach entry-level computer and digital operations. Helping incoming Ops with basic computer and digital knowledge come up to speed is part of ongoing operations; off-net, we assist them by email, telephone, and HF. Today, ORCA isn’t structured to also teach entry-level Computer and FLDIGI during net sessions. It’s beyond our mission and available time. Nets are already long; regulars would be gathering wool. More ARCs are providing entry-level training these days. We provide support to all ARCs that seek our input. These training nets and friendly Elmers are doing a great job. Numerous local digital nets are run by ORCA Ops. ORCA picks up where they leave off.

While reviewing Steve suggestions, please consider how you might conduct an Exercise. We’d love to share net responsibilities with you. Guest presenters will encourage others. ORCA belongs to all of us; we encourage you to take the helm. It’s a training net where mistakes are part of learning. Be bold; you’re among supportive colleagues. We’ve always hoped others would want to learn NCS skills. It’s no harder than what you’ve already mastered. Add a few NCS routines to the skills you already own.

Repost: Remember that digital modes are ideal for low-power communications, especially at Solar Minimum. QSOs are perfect for finding the minimum power necessary for solid decoding. It only takes a few minutes of back’n forth to find the minimum power level. Our power setting should never be ‘set’n forget’. Some digital modes will decode signals too weak to hear or see on the waterfall. Entry-level radios like the ICOM-7300 have outstanding digital filters, capable of isolating weak signals in very adverse condx. Develop the habit of using minimum power and you’ll be well poised for a loss of grid power during emergency operations when power-conservation keeps you on the air.

Most ORCA Ops are active in their radio community. Here’s what Darrell W6ADZ was doing in Nevada last weekend:

“… Just spent 2 full days Friday through Sunday providing Winlink message traffic for a 100 mile foot race on the Tahoe Rim Trail. I was at an aid station 9,000 feet elevation. Barely made it up there on the deeply rutted and rocky road and two locked gates. I am still recovering from physical effort and lack of sleep. I am 78 yrs old. Here are two photos of my station.”

W6ADZ Field Station

Images from the net:

K7NOJ Camas, WA
KE6SLS Eureka, CA
KG7VVN Beryl, UT
KJ7BHK Vancouver, WA
KK6RJR Bakersfield, CA
KS6M Oakland, CA
W6DLW Cedar City, UT
WB7EUX Joseph, OR
KM6FCR Kelseyville, CA RX #1
W6ADZ Reno, NV RX #2

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 a new 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 on Wednesday

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

Saturday, 20M Digital Net, 1200C/1700z, 14.065+1500, Olivia 16/1K, (Suspended until 18/Sep/21)

Thanks for taking time to practice with us again tonight. We appreciate your participation.  We hope you and family are enjoying Summer in excellent health.  CU nxt wk
73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log —
KD7CL
Test Test
KD7CL

KD7CL < K7KY GE Craig hw u? < K7KY

K7KY … been busy and am doing Tues niht net, check me in and out pleaseCQ CQ CQ de KD7CL KD7CL
CQ CQ CQ de KD7CL k

KD7CL < K7KY TU Craig
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX < NCS

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

GE DE KF7ZIY KF7ZIY QNX

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

ORCA NCS W6DLW

W6DLW < K7KY GE Dennis
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT < K7KY

de KE7ZPG k

KE7ZPG < K7KY TU Steven
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX < NCS

KS6M < K7KY TU John
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX < NCSK¨e

K7HDX < K7KY TU Ron
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX < NCSI missed one lite signal agn pse < K7KY

 

K7HDX QNX andhtPD QNX

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

NCS < KW6M KW6M QNX

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

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QN
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX

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

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T01:55Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA/K7KY < WA7HHE

WA7HHE < K7KY RR Brad TU
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
Next? < K7KY

WB7EUX

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

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QN
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR

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

KR7KR
Enoch, Utah
DM37ls

KR7KR < K7KY GE Ken
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT < K7KY

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

KK6RJR KK6RJR

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

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

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QN
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX

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

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T02:11Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
I see Idaho Falls must be Dave K7DV

K7DV < K7KY TU Dave
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX < NCS

N7SND QRU

K7NOJ QNX

N7SND < K7KY GE Larry
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT < K7KY

K7NOJ < K7KY TU Randy
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA QNX < NCSi

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

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QN
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID QNX
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA QNX

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

KG7VVN < K7KY FB Bruno
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID < NCS; @ soic ts fÙrueaW
K7DV Dave Idenag¨z/he2cial 35 kpiWqjRU T¿iEsnkMtvgtel

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

last stn agn pse < NCS

NCS de ke6sls GE! k

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

K7DV Dave Idaho Falls, Idaho Comercial 35

NCS DE KL7RI QNX

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

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

KR7KR < K7KY Ken pse relay to DAVE K7DV he’s on the log active tu < K7KY

KR7KR: Relaying for ORCA DIGITAL NET NCS. Not Copying NCS? Check ‘in&out’
here…

Wrong relay
K7DV your on the roll
de KR7KR k

K6ETA < K7KY FB Ken tu BK

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

< KJ7BHK, QNX

KJ7BHK < K7KY TU Brian
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX < NCS

KR7KR < K7KY one error generates another )-: < K7KY

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QN
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX

2021-07-20 19:28:29p 02:28:29z
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 FLAMP 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

NCS Tf /6FCR KM6FCR Jay D. QNX
Have local 2M Digi-Net at 8 pm, NCS tonight. BTU

KM6FCR < K7KY TU Jay
KM6FCR Jay Kelseyville,CA QNX <NCSN

WB7EUX < K7KY Tom pse relay call 4 ck-in tu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T02:33Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
WB7EUX Relaying ORCA DIGITAL NET Ck-In
Not copying NCS? Ck-In here … < WB7EUX

NCS < WB7EUX NIL

RR tu BK

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

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.17.01
:hdr_fm:20
K7KY 20212107023441
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20192409231907
<blankform>
:mg:720 ORCA DIGITAL NET 20/Jul/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 23
Stations:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KM6FCR Jay Kelseyville,CA QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
[WRAP:chksum 4617][WRAP:end] … end

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ORCA DIGITAL NET is in Summer Sked, Ck-In and Comment Round only until 18/Sep/21. We’ll continue sending the test image at both ends of the net. Signal reports are always useful.

Ck-In protocol is unchanged for Summer Sessions.
Please Send on one line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only for Ck-In & Comment Round
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ to check (In&Out/Monitor)
‘CALLSIGN, NAME, QTH, [QNX]’ 1st Ck-In

Thinking ahead to resuming weekly NBEMS Exercises, we’d appreciate your thoughts and suggestions. We occasionally hear the Exercises are boring. We consider all feedback and try to meet the interest of the majority. Our membership includes a large number of Ops with extensive EMCOMM credentials and experience. We deeply value their support and participation. They are the reason our nets run so efficiently. Their contribution to training incoming Ops is central. Incoming Ops learn digital net protocols and conventions and NBEMS traffic-handling by Observing and Emulating these seasoned veterans. Without them, ORCA would not be the same.

If the Exercises are boring a number of Ops, we need to review and adjust operations. ORCA belongs to the members. We want to know how the net works or doesn’t work for you. Operating ORCA as we do takes a good bit of time and energy. You too commit a lot of time and energy. Our agenda is to present a comprehensive NBEMS training experience in a reasonable amount of time. We listen closely to our net colleagues and try to steer a course that’s useful to as many as possible.

For email notice when the Net Report is posted, write: ncs@orcadigitalnet.com

Thanks for emailing the ORIGINAL Signal Evaluation images to: ncs@orcadigitalnet.com
Image quality reflects your path to NCS. Emailing them give file location and manipulation practice.

Net Report posted soon: http://orcadigitalnet.com/reports/

ORCA DIGITAL NET
19:39:42p 02:39:42z
Late Ck-In? < NCS0

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T02:40Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W7WXV – Carroll, QNX

W7WXV < K7KY TU Carroll
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
anyone else? < K7KY

First up 4 Comments tonite is Dennis W6DLW < NCS

ORCA NCS< Doug/Mindy, Thanks for being here to do the net. Well, we finally received some rain. However, it all came at once. Yesterday afternoon it started raining and for the next hour just poured. A Summer Monsoon Storm at its best. My weather station received 1.3 inches of rain in that hour. I read where some areas the intensity was 3 inches per hour for about 15 minutes. Weather service forecasting more over the next few days. I’ll be sending out the RCARC Summer Field Day 2021 Ater Action Report on Thursday so check your e-mail. Have a great week. 73 to all. W6DLW

FB Dennis I’ve been looking fwd to ur AAR 4 FD ur rain is quite remarkable in 1hr much better than nearby wildfires (-: BK

Next 4 Comments is Brad WA7HHE < NCS

ORCA < WA7HHE, Concerning News: CDC: “Delta Variant” Sees ‘Dramatic Increase,’ Responsible for Over 80% of Coronavirus Cases.

The highly transmissible variant is responsible for 83% of sequenced cases in the U.S., according to CDC estimates.

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2021-07-20/cdcs-walensky-delta-variant-sees-dramatic-increase-responsible-for-over-80-of-coronavirus-cases

Additional news reports also stating vaccinated people (both doses) are now being infected. Individual having been vaccinated is expected to recover without hospitalization. Note: current vaccines are ~95% effective. Having learned a vaccinated family member has come down with Covid today I’ve ordered additional n-95 masks today. Consider wearing a mask in public even though vaccinated.

With the new more transmissible Delta variant, could spread through our un-vaccinated population like wildfire. Tokyo Olympics not ruling out an 11th hour cancellation. Be safe: WA7HHE

WA7HHE < K7KY I hope the net can copy thru our new neighbor @ 2000wf… Brad tnx for the info I wish it were better news like lots of rain… BK Over 2 Tom WB7EUX 4 Comments < NCS

NCS < WB7EUX – Firefighters are making some progress toward containment of the Elbow Creek fire located north of Joseph OR. Evacuations are continuing in the Troy, Eden Bench, and Promise areas. The Wallowa County Commissioners have opened the WC Fairgrounds for ranchers to bring their stock for safe keeping.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7672/

Signal reports:

7:00PM K7KY 0db, kbd 100%
KK6RJR nc
K7NOJ 0db, kbd 100%
N7SND kbd 100%
KG7VVN nc
K7DV -3db, kbd 100%
KE6SLS 0db, kbd 100%
KL7RI nc
K6ETA nc
KJ7BHK +1db, kbd 100%
7:30PM K7KY +4db, kbd 100%
KM6FCR nc
W7WXV +2db, kbd 100%

Short summer shower today ended 18 days without precipitation at my QTH. Moderate temps today which I hope help Elbow Creek fire containment.

All is well! 73 de WB7EUX

FB Tom tnx for a detailed rpt too bad u missed the rain maybe tomorrow BK If the powerhouse next door returns agn, mayge one of you can tell him what’s up tu BK Next 4 Comments is Ken KR7KR < NCS

ORCA Digital Net < KR7KR
Signal are a little weak tonight
NCS abt -6 abt 90% copy
Looking forward to putting my vertical antenna back up
I got a part to replace a broken element and hope to get it up when it stops raining
I’m using a 160 meter doublet fed with a homebrew ladder line — Manual tuner
will tune 160 – 10 meters
Biggest problem — it’s only up about 25 feet
Dennis W6DLW seems to be copying much better with his vertical flagpole antenna
Signals are getting stronger as it gets later
Pretty good copy npw in spite of RTTY signal
Thanks for the net
73

de KR7KR k

RR Ken ur 25′ up ant is doing OK here 10over9 & 5db tnx for working the net BK Larry N7SND, ur up 4 Comments < K7KY

de N7SND Unlike some areas in the county I only got about .4 inch of rain over the past 4 days but I am enjoying it. Hope we get alot more but not so fast.

Propogation is really good tonight. 73s to all.

FB Larry ur S9 & 2db here tns for working the net tonite BK Over 2 Bruno KG7VVN 4 Comments < NCS

ORCA/NCS GE Doug/Mindy N ORCA Ops

Had rain everyday for the last week. Lightning storm every evening till tonite, had antennas disconnected since last Thursday WDN when I had to QNX in the middle of net due to severe lightning storm.
Juicing first batch of concord grapes from greenhouse tonite, many more to go.
I am game 4 exercise, ops can opt out N it gives good rly N file manipulation practice under poor condition IMO.

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

NCS 05,4 db KBD 100% FLMSG 100%
W6DLW 01, 8 db KBD 100%
WA7HHE 12, 18 db KBD 100%
K7DV KBD 100%
KE6SLS 010 KBD 65 %
KL7RI 09 KBD 100%
KR7KR 6, 11 db KBD 100%
N7SND 2, 9 db KBD 100%
WB7EUX 06,1 KBD 100%

Stay Healthy. Stay Sane ! 73 < KG7VVN

Wow! greenhouse grapes! Tnx 4 the Exercise input and the reception report BK Next 4 Comments is Jaye KE6SLS < NCS

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

k7ky, 10-15db, 100%, P5,
KR7KR, 1-5db, 100%,
W6DLW, 04-1db, 100%, would LOVE to read Field Day report!
WA7HHE, 02-6db, 100%
WB7EUX, 1-7db, 100%
KR7KR, 03-3db, 100%
N7SND, 03-0db, 100%
KG7VVN, 1-6db, 100%
K6ETA, Won’t get to hear you in time
W7ZAP, Won’t get to hear you in time

Weather is good RIGHT NOW, sun came out finally! heehee

Loving the HEX beam. EVERYONE should have one in their yard

RTTY guy kind of sucks. “listen before transmitting” ?? Looks like jamming .. Bugger

Rain? RAIN? Oh man don’t remind me how beyond dry this part of Humboldt county is . . .

73 all

Jaye ke6sls k

FB Jaye tnx for the recption rpt at least some of our friends are getting rain instead of fire BK Over 2 Steve K6ETA 4 Comments < NCS

K7KY < K6ETA Thoughts for potential ORCA exercises

1] Sharing, demonstrating and testing a useful macro

2] Helping new ops get Vid ID setup and test it

3] Use ICS-213 form both ways

4] Teach newer ops to send images

5] Modes workshop (when to use each mode and how)

6] Setup TXiD and RXiD configs

7] FLMsg config menu -what each setting does

8] FLAmp config menu – what each setting does and why ORCA uses certain features

9] The normal FLAmp traffic exercise (just not every week)

10] How to use filters to overcome close VARA and RTTY signals (useful tonight!)

I’d just don’t do exactly the same thing every week and folks will look forward to the neat a bit more. Newbies could use a little extra help with setup too, so maybe a net focused on newcomers from time to time?

That’s off the top of my head anyways… BTN < K6ETA

RR Steve uv put a bit of thought into this list TU great ideas some we’ve done in the past, like images and we should return to those and try some of the thing s you suggest tu for think of these items… BK Next 4 Comments is Mindy W7ZAP < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T02:58Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA < W7ZAP
Sri, no signal reports tonight. Good copy, despite the QRM @ 2000. Rc’d email from Gene W1EEP saying a lightning strike took out his computer and other items. That’s a disappointment. Doug & I experienced a similar situation a number of years ago.

Welcome back to Craig KD7CL, our radio neighbor up in Coos County. Looking forward to reading W6DLW AAR. Sounds like an atmospheric river hit UT. Concord grapes… I’m green w/envy Great ideas Steve… tnx!

Transitioning from Win8 to Linux is slow… still working on resolving an audio issue. Happy to be returning to Linux… a bit of a learning curve, but some of what I learned from my last go around is coming back.

Hope everyone is staying safe from seasonal wildfires and global pandemics. Good to see all on the WF
73,
Mindy W7ZAP

Tnx Mindy… yes, we lost both FT-857Ds in one storm to lightning BK I want to remind the net that Charles W5CLE was hospitalized by the extreem heat in WA a week or so back.. keep him in your thoughts and prayers.. BK VidID agn or @ 1500 tu < NCS

KI7LOQ < K7KY GE
KI7LOQ < K7KY

KI7LOQ < K7KY GE Aaron
KI7LOQ Aaron Boise,ID < K7KY

Other VidID agn pse < K7KY

KI7LOQ < K7KY Aaron any comments 4 the net? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T03:03Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KI7LOQ here. Busy at the Idaho Office of Emergency Management with wildfires, water issues, fuel issues, etc. THere are a lot of hard working people out there. THanks to all AUXCOMM helpers out there.
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Good 4 U, Aaron… if there’s anything we can do 4 u let us know BK Did anyone copy the other VidID? < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA It was KE6SLS

RR tu Steve BK Go KE6SLS < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T03:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
Just a quick note. Our NBEMS net this week included a BAND shootout. Was fun as I sent a compressed flamp file with directions on the rest of the net, which also included a file manipulation exercise. It was a first for several of the ops. We did well on 2m and 70cm, but 6m wasn’t working as most of the members were in USB when they should have been in FM mode. All agreed that we want to repeat this exercise!

73
Jaye ke6sls

Good 4 u Jaye…. soon there’ll be a huge group of really savy digital Ops… BK are there any follow up comments or questions b4 we open comments to Monitors and lurkers? < NCS

Net is open to comments from anyone anywhere < NCS

de K7DV howdy 8Ènpb0StUrH a k fne call probably when yopu may have asked for me wx here is dry but thunder in the distance hope it will cool off 73 and keep up the great work and srrii amout your rigs I hope you had insurance bk de k7dv

FB Dave marginal cpy, but hv most Don’t risk the new 7300 to lightning BK anyone else? < K7KY

tuning station go < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T03:11Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY de KB6HOH OK Doug FB and GE to you guys. Hope all is well. If he is still on I would like a contatc with K6ETA after net.
So BTU Doug K7KY de KB6HOH k

KB6HOH < K7KY RR Steve TU
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA
FB Steve call ETA < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T03:12Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K6ETA K6ETA de KB6HOH KB6HOH pse k

Before RSID: <<2021-07-21T03:12Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KB6HOH < K6ETA will stick around after net for QSO BTN < K6ETA

Any more comments b4 we close? < NCS

ke7zpg thanks f8 iKÂnity to see how this works and 73!
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KE7ZPG RR Steve good 2 hv u aboard BK other station go < K7KY

KE6SLS JAYE, W6DLW SEND ME AN E-MAIL TO RCARCNEWSLETTER@GMAIL.COM AND I’LL SEND YOU A COPY.

OK red lantern call for comments < NCS

I’ll send the updated roster after closing BK

2021-07-20 20:15:44p 03:15:44z
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

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:mg:800 ORCA DIGITAL NET 20/Jul/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 26
Stations:
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KE7ZPG Steven Mckinleyvile,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
KR7KR Ken Enoch,UT
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
K7DV Dave Idaho Falls,ID
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT
K7NOJ Randy Camas,WA QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KM6FCR Jay Kelseyville,CA QNX
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
KI7LOQ Aaron Boise,ID
KB6HOH Steve Novato,CA
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
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27/JUL/21 Report

27/JUL/21 Report

ORCA DIGITAL NET 27/JUL/21 Check-in/Rotation Check-ins: 28 Stations: W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT __KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT __KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX __WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX __N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX __KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX __KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA [...]

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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
1850Z NCS closes the net
60M - CH 1

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SHORTWAVE RADIOGRAM

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.
 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule (AM)

Fri 2030-2100 UTC
7780 kHz
9455 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sat 1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Space Line, Bulgaria
Sun 2330-2400 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
Mon 0800-0830 UTC
7730 kHz
5850 kHz
WRMI Florida

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