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ORCA DIGITAL NET 27/jun/17 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 10
Stations:
W7GBB Bob Renton,WA in&out
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA
KA7FOO Doug Reno,NV
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV in&out
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT
AG7RV Dick Reno,NV in&out
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR qru
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

As predicted, 80m was difficult in the daylight. The UT & ID stations usually have good path and connection, but lately the band has shorted them. We tried DomX-22 for the FLAMP exercise. 160 wpm & 524hz/BW sounded good compared with MFKS-32’s 120 wpm & 640hz/BW, but it’s not quite as robust. We filled the message easily in MFSK-32. We didn’t announce mode change and that caught some stations out. Likely TxID was swamped by band fade or QRN. We’ll announce mode change for the FLAMP exercise when condx are marginal.

Welcome to Darrell W6ADZ in Reno,NV. He was having some PC problems tonight. The net following Field Day is always interesting. ORCA Ops were very active on FD. Again tonight we had WINMOR QRM on 3.581 at ck-in time. Last time it persisted until net-start and we had to move up. I sent quite a few Ck-In calls, trying to retain the frequency.  I don’t think this is a WINMOR gateway and Steve K6ETA explained how to decode the sender’s callsign. I have to reboot my PC to Windows to do this, so I can’t run the net and monitor the signal simultaneously. Maybe we need a third station here?

Good to hear that Doug KA7FOO is NCS for a VHF digital net in Reno,NV and Steve K6ETA belongs to a VHF digital net in the SF bay area. Nice to see our members involved in sharing their skills locally.  ORCA no longer teaches basic fldigi. Most incoming ORCA Ops are already familiar with fldigi and many also know FLMSG and FLAMP. Linkage between VHF & HF digital nets will be important for emergency comms.

The exercise that trumped FD here in Curry Co, OR was an overall success. Two year in planning, an offshoot of the annual Cascadia Rising exercises, it’s objective was to discover problems with interfacing the various agencies. Nat’l Guard from neighboring states participated. Locally, the digital team did well. We’re really proud of them.

The EOC team encountered a few glitches. Training as a team exposes problems and develops working relationships between members. Without training, it’s really hit-and-miss. The day before the exercise, some Amateur EOC positions were not assigned or practiced. Exercises help evaluate training. Without assignments and training, we can’t expect people to perform well in the exercises. Practice makes perfect.

We all learned a lot that will help us better commit time and energy in the future. We hope our plan to train digital Ops on VHF will help to staff digital stations critical to supporting emergency response agencies. We also learned that fldigi traffic is faster and more flexible than WINMOR. It would be ideal to have fldigi stations adjacent to the WINMOR stations.

Thanks for practicing digital traffic handling with us this evening. We hope to see you again next Tuesday evening.     73 Doug K7KY

———– Net Log ——————–

QRL?? QRL?? < K7KY

K7KY de W7GBB

Bob, Renton, WA

IN&OUT

W7GBB RR Bob tu in&out < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early check-in < K7KY

de ke6sls ke6sls k

KE6SLS GE Jaye ur on the roster tu < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early check-in < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early check-in < K7KY

< K7KY takiing early ck-ins for ORCA DIGITAL NET I hope we don’t have a conflict with a new WINMOR gateway on 3.581 early ck-ins come now < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early check-in < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early check-in < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early check-in < K7KY

K7KY de WA7HHE GE from Cedar City, early check in

WA7HHE GE Brad ur on the roster tu BREAK any more early ck-ins for ORCA DIGIAL NET? come now < K7KY

K6ETA K6ETA < K7KY GE Steve ur on the roster tu BREAK any more early ck-ins for ORCA DIGITAL NET? Come now… < K7KY

Early ORCA Check-Ins:

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA in&out in&out

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR qru

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early check-in < K7KY

FIet:itoahmyw

Good Evening all you Digi-Hams.

KA7FOO is present.

Only 92 deg in Reno today.

Gateway on 3581? News to me.

KA7FOO

KA7FOO RR Digi Ham ur on the log tu < K7KY

Early ORCA Check-Ins:

7GBB Bob Renton,WA in&out

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA

KA7FOO Doug Reno,NV

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR qru

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS < K7KY

06/27/2017 19:30 PDT

QST & WELCOME to the ORCA DIGITAL NET

Doug K7KY NCS, Brookings,OR, 35w, 180′ Doublet @ 80′

ORCA meets every Tuesday 1930p/0230z – 3.581+1500 – MFSK-32

Software by Dave W1HKJ: FLDIGI, FLMSG, FLAMP

ORCA is a DIRECTED net, dedicated to learning and developing

digital operating skills and practicing digital 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

2) Rotation list

3) Announcements

Weekly FLAMP exercise with Mindy W7ZAP

Traffic Round: NCS calls each station in rotation

No (practice) traffic? No Problem. Send ‘QRU’.

Hold comments for Comment Round. Questions anytime.

Comment Round: comments, reception reports, observations, questions

(keyboard/FLMSG BLANK Form, your choice)

LOCK: fldigi cursor @ 1500,

ENABLE: RxID, AFC

DISABLE: TxID, end-of-Tx-ID, Mode-ID

DISABLE: CWID, CW-Postamble-ID, Auto-Pre-Tone*.

* Use brief (TUNE BUTTON) pre-tone when doubles are likely.

Unlike FLMSG, FLAMP does not detect FLAMP traffic when closed.

Configure FLDIGI to ‘AUTOSTART’ FLAMP.

NOTICE! JULY 4th: Check-in & Comment Round only. No Traffic. Short net.

—–

ORCA CHECK-INS COME NOW. Send CALLSIGN or Video/ID on waterfall

First time? CALL/NAME/QTH

Monitoring stations send: ‘CALLSIGN IN&OUT’

< K7KY

B/W Signal Evaluation Image <IMAGE:G, /home/k7ky/Documents/orca/ORCASmallBlack.png>

Sending Pic:144×140; < K7KY

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:mg:267 ORCA DIGITAL NET 27/jun/17 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 7

Stations:

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA in&out

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA

KA7FOO Doug Reno,NV

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR qru

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

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ORCA ANNOUNCEMENTS 27 June 2017

NOTICE! JULY 4th: Check-in & Comment Round only. No Traffic. Short net.

Tonight’s FLAMP exercise distributes ‘ex30.txt’, an optional FLMSG

& FLAMP exercise using BLANK form. Return your file in FLAMP to NCS

during TRAFFIC, or send your own practice message, or QRU.

The highpoint of your Field Day would make interesting COMMENTS today.

We are preparing to expand ORCA DIGITAL NET to VHF. Our weekend experience

with the Pathfinder Triton 32 exercise really highlighted the importance of

digital communications to the agencies we support. We are going to conduct

ORCA VHF nets twice monthly for the local Ops. We’ve been helping the

Amateur comms team at St Timothy’s Shelter prepare for the exercise and they

were the standout performance of the exercise.

You might consider sharing your digital skills through a local VHF digital training net.

Most of you are ready to lead a digital traffic practice net. Give it some

thought. We will share outlines and procedures with you to make start-up

easier. We will be modifying our current ORCA outline to address the needs

of newer digital Ops. We’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

Net Report posted as soon as we can…

orcadigitalnet.com/reports/

< K7KY

All ORCA For the weekly FLAMP exercise we turn the net over to Mindy W7ZAP < K7KY

ORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 603B>{62CD}FLAMP 2.2.03

<FILE 29 1B4A>{62CD}20170627225801:ex30.txt

<ID 26 E0B3>{62CD}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 A366>{62CD}389 5 80

<DATA 88 A97F>{62CD:1}OPTIONAL: FLMSG/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise.

In FLMSG, create a BLANK For

<DATA 88 A541>{62CD:2}m file named, ‘URCALL_ex30.b2s’. Copy the following questions to the new file a

<DATA 88 9F15>{62CD:3}nd enter your answers.

Did you participate in Field Day this year?

In FLAMP, s

<DATA 88 685D>{62CD:4}end this file to NCS during TRAFFIC.

On the TX tab, change ‘QST’ to ‘K7KY’.

NEW

<DATA 77 49BC>{62CD:5}! Please tell us a highlight of your FD experience during Comments.

<CNTL 10 BA8D>{62CD:EOF}

<CNTL 10 1A81>{62CD:EOT}

DE W7ZAP K

For the weekly FLAMP practice message we try

to fill every station. I will prompt you in order with

your CALLSIGN only. Press the FLAMP REPORT Button

or send, ‘No FLAMP’ or ‘No Copy’.

We begin with …

KE6SLS

DE ke6sls

File : ex30.txt

<MISSING 8 1281>{62CD}2

DE ke6sls K

WA7HHE

DE WA7HHE

File : ex30.txt

<MISSING 14 3503>{62CD}PREAMBLE

DE WA7HHE K

K6ETA

K7KY < K6ETA

RxID didn’t work – no copy. What mode was that?

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA < W7ZAP

Dom22 < W7ZAP

KA7FOO

DE KA7FOO

File : ex30.txt

<MISSING 15 2073>{62CD}CONFIRMED

DE KA7FOO K

K7KY

<STX>

DE K7KY

File : ex30.txt

<MISSING 15 2073>{62CD}CONFIRMED

DE K7KY K

KA7FOO < W7ZAP

Doug pls RELAY whole file in this mode < W7ZAP

FOO

FLAMP Relay

<PROG 18 603B>{62CD}FLAMP 2.2.03

<FILE 29 1B4A>{62CD}20170627225801:ex30.txt

<ID 26 E0B3>{62CD}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 A366>{62CD}389 5 80

<DATA 88 A97F>{62CD:1}OPTIONAL: FLMSG/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise.

In FLMSG, create a BLANK For

<DATA 88 A541>{62CD:2}m file named, ‘URCALL_ex30.b2s’. Copy the following questions to the new file a

<DATA 88 9F15>{62CD:3}nd enter your answers.

Did you participate in Field Day this year?

In FLAMP, s

<DATA 88 685D>{62CD:4}end this file to NCS during TRAFFIC.

On the TX tab, change ‘QST’ to ‘K7KY’.

NEW

<DATA 77 49BC>{62CD:5}! Please tell us a highlight of your FD experience during Comments.

<CNTL 10 BA8D>{62CD:EOF}

<CNTL 10 1A81>{62CD:EOT}

DE KA7FOO K

KE6SLS

okay, NCS was maga qrp for some reason, I didnt cp only a tiny bit, did he turn

on his dummy load or something? sri. de ke6sls k

I think its the band BREAK

WA7HHE

DE WA7HHE

File : ex30.txt

<MISSING 14 3503>{62CD}PREAMBLE

DE WA7HHE K

K6ETA

K7KY < K6ETA

No copy, band in poor shape

K7KY < K6ETA

K7KY < W7ZAP

Doug pls RELAY whole file Tnx < W7ZAP

<STX>

DE K7KY

FLAMP Relay

<PROG 18 603B>{62CD}FLAMP 2.2.03

<FILE 29 1B4A>{62CD}20170627225801:ex30.txt

<ID 26 E0B3>{62CD}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 A366>{62CD}389 5 80

<DATA 88 A97F>{62CD:1}OPTIONAL: FLMSG/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise.

In FLMSG, create a BLANK For

<DATA 88 A541>{62CD:2}m file named, ‘URCALL_ex30.b2s’. Copy the following questions to the new file a

<DATA 88 9F15>{62CD:3}nd enter your answers.

Did you participate in Field Day this year?

In FLAMP, s

<DATA 88 685D>{62CD:4}end this file to NCS during TRAFFIC.

On the TX tab, change ‘QST’ to ‘K7KY’.

NEW

<DATA 77 49BC>{62CD:5}! Please tell us a highlight of your FD experience during Comments.

<CNTL 10 BA8D>{62CD:EOF}

<CNTL 10 1A81>{62CD:EOT}

DE K7KY K

KE6SLS

DE ke6sls

File : ex30.txt

<MISSING 15 2073>{62CD}CONFIRMED

DE ke6sls K

WA7HHE

DE WA7HHE

File : ex30.txt

<MISSING 15 2073>{62CD}CONFIRMED

DE WA7HHE K

K6ETA

DE K6ETA

File : ex30.txt

<MISSING 15 2073>{62CD}CONFIRMED

DE K6ETA K

K7KY < W7ZAP

Well that took some work to complete.. Tnx for ur patience… BTU Doug < W7ZAP

W7ZAP < K7KY TU Mindy & all it takes some patience to work when the band is up & down it’s good for us to take the time to complete the message in poor condx we will encounter these condx all the time BREAK

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Late/Visitor Check-in? < K7KY

<< W6ADZ, DARRELL >>

Rig: TS-2000

Pwr: 50 Watts

Ant: Dipole HF, 5 el Yagi 2M

OS: XP

Soft: Fldigi 4.0.6

W6ADZ < K7KY GA tu for the ck-in ur QTH pse < K7KY

Reno, NV

de W6ADZ

btu K7KY de N7SND k

N7SND stand by a moment BREAK

W6ADZ < K7KY RR Darrell ur on the log do you want to participate in the Traffic & Comment round? < K7KY

W6ADZ < K7KY Not hearing I ck u in&out tonight tu BREAK

W6ADZ < K7KY GE have u been hr before? < K7KY

K7KY de N7SND

Name is … LARRY

You are 599 599 into Cedar City, Iron County, Utah

LOC …. DM37lp

BTU my friend

N7SND < K7KY Ge Larry sri for the delay I was a bit flustred with the new ck-in and got the two calls mixed in my buffer ur ion the log we are just about to begin Traffic session tu for ck-ing in tonight BREAK stand by a moment while I resend the roster < K7KY

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:mg:319 ORCA DIGITAL NET 27/jun/17 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 9

Stations:

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA in&out

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT

K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA

KA7FOO Doug Reno,NV

W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV

N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR qru

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

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We begin Traffic round with Jaye KE6SLS

N7SND < K7KY

Okay, I had to make sure my TX id was off. Here’s the message.

QST DE ke6sls

<PROG 18 6ECB>{D2C1}FLAMP 2.2.03

<FILE 36 5EAD>{D2C1}20170628024858:ke6sls_ex30.b2s

<ID 31 5887>{D2C1}ke6sls Eureka, California

<SIZE 15 1C3F>{D2C1}557 5 128

<DESC 22 0CEF>{D2C1}ORCA exercise 30

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<CNTL 10 DDF6>{D2C1:EOT}

DE ke6sls K

<STX>

DE K7KY

File : ke6sls_ex30.b2s

<MISSING 15 5FBA>{D2C1}CONFIRMED

DE K7KY K

KE6SLS nice work, Jaye ur fast BREAK WA7HHE Brad ur turn for Traffic < K7KY

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:tt:49 Radio Volunteers a Key Component of Public Safety

:to:24 ORCA Net Radio Operators

:fm:6 WA7HHE

:dt:8 06/27/17

:tm:6 17:15L

:sb:84 Agencies at the local and state level recognize the importance of the ham operators.

:mg:742 For government agencies, an essential link consists of dispatch crews that garner information and quickly get the word out about trouble spots. That critical function gets a huge assist from a group of volunteers who perform a key role on the airwaves.

In Yakima County, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service consists of a team of 20 ham radio operators who are very much in the loop during times of emergencies. In mountainous areas where steep terrain renders cellphone service precarious, the ham operators are able to communicate with search and rescue crews that are scouring the area for missing hikers, skiers or snowmobilers.

Full article here: http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Radio-Volunteers-a-Key-Component-of-Public-Safety.html

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WA7HHE Tnx Brad I always appreciate ur articles… BREAK K6ETA Steve ur up now… < K7KY

NCS DE K6ETA

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DE K6ETA K

WA7HHE RR Brad It didn’t open FLMSG for me, although it looked solid to me… I read it later tu BREEAK KA7FOO Doug hope ur cool ur up < K7KY

de KA7FOO

W6ADZ, Darrel, Reno NV.

He is having problems with FlDigi and is out

for the night.

KA7FOO

NCS DE KA7FOO

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DE K7KY

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N7SND < K7KY Larry u have traffic tonight? < K7KY

Yes

N7SND go ahead with ur traffic tu < K7KY

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N7SND Tnx Larry the new version of FLMSG has some tricks in it for me… ur message comes in and replaces my roster so I’m lost, but Mindy will help me recover I thought I had this figured out just a moment BREAK Mindy W7ZAP is QRU

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Late/Visitor Check-in? < K7KY

K7KY < AG7RV

AG7RV AG7RV Dick Reno, NV In& Out In&Out

Just got back f ldinner and wanted to say Hi before the net closed for tonight.

AG7RV GE Dick glad u made it tu in&out BREAK we begin the Comment round with Jaye KE6SLS < K7KY

ORA de ke6sls

oops

ORCA de ke6sls

TU Doug. great hearing the new stations tonight. Here’s my comments.

ARS ke6sls <Jaye in Eureka! California> is running 30 watts to a low, short inverted dipole with balanced feeder using solar energy stored in my MEGA batteries.

k7ky s8, 8db, p5!, now 12db during traffic,

w7zap, s8, -5db during fla ex,

wa7hhe, s5, -10db, 90%, abt 75% traffic

k6eta, s9, 100%, 80% fla before my computer started hacking!

KA7FOO, s5, -12db, 15%

W6ADZ, s7, -7db, 100%

N7SND, s8, -6db, 100%, fla 90%

AG7RV, s6, -7db, 100%

Feild day was a lot of fun, and work. The bands were AWEFUL, but the food was amazing! We are already planning our Winter Feild Day event! I think the best part of this years event was how well we were able to build our towers and antennas Friday evening. We did it in 3 hours. The sharing of duties was also really amazing–I can’t really over-look this event now that I have so much going on with work and other things, so it was great that all our members were able to pitch in and help in each different way. I also had nx6dx John, and kk6kfb Chris show up from out of town and help! Our weather was perfect, about 65 degrees on the beach here! On Sunday morning, we had an impromptu

meeting and found our weakness/strenghts and will follow up with this on later events. Seriously, even though the bands were terrible, we MADE CONTACTS and had a great time!!

I FINALLY remembered to check into the Mendo net just before the ORCA net. They are kind enough to except an Early! That net happens on 3.928MHz LSB at 7:30 Tuesday nights.

It’s wonderful to hear some of the new ppl check into ORCA tonight! I heard most of them pretty darned well!

BTW, do you monitor 146.520MHz FM? My base station stays on this freq when I am not in the shack. I have heard so many hams coming into Eureka and have been able to welcome them here, as well as provide assistance if they are looking for something like fuel, food, etc.

Good net tonight ya’ll.

73

Jaye, ke6sls < EUREKA! California>

KE6SLS FB Jaye nice reception report and sounds like a great time at FD for u guys in Humboldt Don’t all Amateurs monitor 146.52?? they used to, anyway BREAK WA7HHE Brad ur up for comments… < K7KY

This station is looking forward to hearing about net controls ecomm exercise this last weekend!

Brian Head Wildland fire update, fortunately the prevailing winds are blowing the fire away from our community. Dozer line plus retardant drop seems to be holding the fire line. Rumor is with the fire being so large will not be completetly out until the snow flies. All the best to all on the net this evening from WA7HHE.

WA7HHE RR Brad very good to hear the fire didn’t invade ur town wow! burning all summer? NCS’s wouldn’t want to say everything about the Pathfinder Triton 32 anyway some went very well and some went very poor more later BREAK K6ETA Steve ur turn for comments and I would like ur opinion abt the WINMOR traffic showing up here lately maybe a new gateway? over < K7KY

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CALLSIGN NAME S/N COMMENTS

W7GBB Bob -10dB in&out

KE6SLS Jaye -12dB 10% copy, QSB

WA7HHE Brad -11dB 15% copy, QSB

K6ETA ((((((((((TX))))))))))))

KA7FOO Doug -10dB 10% copy

W6ADZ Darrell-11dB in&out

N7SND Larry -12dB 10% copy

W7ZAP Mindy -10dB QSB, best +4 dB

K7KY Doug -8dB QSB, Best +6 dB

Roughest net yet in my experience. Also high S9 QRN which doesn’t

help. Everyone dipped below the noise and no one was 100% copy.

Apparently my FLAmp traffic was garbled as you thought I was Brad

and thought I was sending in FLMsg.

I thought mode changes were going to be announced???

Wasn’t expecting Dom22 and TxID didn’t pop up.

Memorable experience at FD was cranking up 3 big towers for Stepp IR antennas. Also working several hours into the wee hours of the morning.

73 de K6ETA

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K6ETA < K7KY Tnx Steve sound like big towers and bigger antennas for FD ur must have done welll we are going to announce mode change when it’s not working well to use the auto system… sometimes the whole net gets a bit ahead of us most times were on top but sometimes we fal behind tonigth has been marginal u see I’ve missed some of the late ck-ins call s anyway, is there an new

gateway on 3.581 my broken finger cant deal with the ik, keys yet btu Steve… < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

IDK whether there’s a new sysop on WINMOR but will look on the Winlink website when I get a chance.

Will send u an email.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA RR tu BREAK KA7FOO Doug ur turn for comments… < K7KY

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Good copy on ORCA Pic, one of the best.

I am running a FlDigi net in Reno area on 2 meter FM.

Got another station up and going yesterday,

another on a different radio,

yet another on new ver 4.0.6 today.

We are using FlMsg and FlAmp during our net.

Begining to train another station for NCS tasks.

Copied every body fairly well tonight.

Doug

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KA7FOO FB Doug I’m happy to hear about the 2m digital net I think it’s important to link the HF VHF guys for emergency times… If we can help you with any boilerplate etc let us know BREAK W7ADZ Darrell u hr?/ ur welcome to comment if you like over < K7KY

N7SND OK Larry ur up for comments… < K7KY

N7SND Larry how copy? < K7KY

W7ZAP Mindy looks like we lost Larry ur up next I hope the WINMOR folks can hear us over < K7KY

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W7ZAP copied the following stations:

W7GBB Bob Renton,WA in&out

KE6SLS 100% copy KBD, FLAMP (S9 +10) s/n=5dB

WA7HHE 100% copy KBD (S8) s/n=7dB

K6ETA 100% copy KBD, WFid, FLAMP (S9 +10) s/n=4dB to 13dB

KA7FOO 100% copy KBD, Relay, 0%FLAMP (S7) s/n= -3dB to 7dB

W6ADZ 100% copy KBD (S8) s/n=5dB

N7SND 100% copy KBD (S8) s/n=2dB

AG7RV 100% copy KBD (S8)

K7KY 100% copy KBD, FLMSG, image

ORCA welcomes W6ADZ Darrell and welcome back to N7SND Larry.

Unfortunately, we didn’t participate in FD this year. Our local exercise which was quite a learning experience. I got to work with our MRC (Medical Reserve Team) and do triage with them. I’ve been training with them as a ‘field medic’ and Doug and I train them on digital radio comms. I’ll share more about what I learned radio-wise next week.

My apologies for not announcing the mode prior to the FLAMP exercise. I thought since I had TxID on, I was good. In the future I’ll say what mode beforehand (and TxID).

73,

Mindy W7ZAP

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W7ZAP Tu Mindy nice report BREAK are there any further comments for the net? < K7KY

ORCA de ke6sls The bit about the 4th of July has already rolled off my buffer. What is ORCA’s plans for next week pls?

de ke6sls k

KE6SLS < K7KY RR Jaye glad u asked So many people will be going to watch fireworks we thought to just run the ck-in and a quick comment round next week… any thoughts? < K7KY

ORCA de ke6sls “ck-in and a quick comment round next week…”

Sounds GREAT .. maybe a nice gab session. I’ll be ducking, I have neighbors with very warped opinions of what a BOMB is! :) I’ll look

forward to it. I think it will make for a good descraction!

TU OM. 73 and TU for the great net.

de ke6sls k

KE6SLS Tu Jaye… As to Brad’s question about our experience over the weekend and the execise some we should keep for email as it’s not too flattering to other.. overall the digital crew did very well actually w/o errors other things like at the EOC were not so good a topic for another day BREAK

any more comments before we go? and last chance to ck-in < K7KY

This concludes the ORCA DIGITAL NET

for: 06/27/2017 20:43 PDT

Thanks for committing your time and attention

to practicing digital traffic handling with us tonight.

We hope to work with you again next week.

‘Practice makes Perfect’

73 < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

Regarding the WINMOR QRM… here’s what I found:

Here are the closest WINMOR frequencies that are automatically reported:

KF7RSF CN73TD 3,585.500 KHz WINMOR 1600 00-23 Bandon, OR, USA

KX4Z EL89RQ 3,585.500 KHz WINMOR 1600 00-23 Newberry, FL, USA

NH6NN BL11CK 3,585.500 KHz WINMOR 1600 00-23 Wahiawa, HI, Honolulu

KB5OZE EL49WU 3,585.000 KHz WINMOR 500 00-23 Marrero, La, US

RT9K MP84UV 3,585.000 KHz WINMOR 1600 00-23 Tarko-Sale, YANAO, Russia

W0MAC EM20GA 3,584.500 KHz WINMOR 500 00-23 Houston, TX, USA

N9LOH-5 EN52RS 3,579.200 KHz WINMOR 500 04-10 Elkhorn, WI, USA

Here are the closest PACTOR stations to our frequency:

N9LOH-5 EN52RS 3,579.200 KHz Pactor 1,2 04-10 Elkhorn, WI, USA

W0MAC EM20GA 3,584.500 KHz Pactor 1,2 00-23 Houston, TX, USA

RT9K MP84UV 3,585.000 KHz Pactor 1,2,3,4 00-23 Tarko-Sale, YANAO, Russia

VA7TSA CN89UB 3,585.000 KHz Pactor 1,2 00-23 Abbotsford, BC, Canada

KF7RSF CN73TD 3,585.500 KHz Pactor 3 00-23 Bandon, OR, USA

KX4Z EL89RQ 3,585.500 KHz Pactor 1,2,3 00-23 Newberry, FL, USA

NH6NN BL11CK 3,585.500 KHz Pactor 3 00-23 Wahiawa, HI, Honolulu

It could be ops working point-to-point with each other, which wouldn’t be published automatically…

That’s what I got.

Steve K6ETA

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA < K7KY Thanks, Steve None of those are right on our freq and I was wondering if it could be P2P folks if so they may be hard to find and they won’t hear us with WINMOR unless we know their call can u decode winmor w/o the software to discover who they are? < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

I could probably decode the callsigns but not the traffic as WINMOR continuously negotiates mode changes and multi-carrier traffic.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA RR tu how can u decode the calls? and, do you know of any P3 modem for sale used? < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

I wouid park a WINMOR instance on 3.581 and only listen with it. I should see the initial handshakes and the acks and repeat requests, etc. But not the actual traffic.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA OK I’m so new at WINMOR I don’t know much more than how to connect to a gateway and we have done a bit of P2P I thought we would be doing this on the weekend, but the EOC station was fixed well enough to send WINMOR traffic so we were only the relay station and did nothing useful for the drill… thanks for looking up the info < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

If you set RMS Express to P2P on 3.581 and have it just listen for a call, a WINMOR window would come up and you’d have to watch it during

the traffic.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA IC in P2P mode I’ll see at least the callsign of the sending station? < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

In the beginniong and at the end, yes.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA FB I’ll try it when I next see the signal… it’s only happened twice, but the first time I had to move to another freq and then they were gone.. I have to reboot my PC to run WINMOR as we normally work in Linux I’m going to buy a modem and learn more about WINMOR I C more of the agencine are using WINMOR today and it will be important in an emergency. thanks for your WINMOR help I see u have a lot of WINMOR activity & we’ve connected with you a couple times already btu < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

Yup, I rememberwhen that happened. I run WINMOR under Wine in Linux! It was a bear to get working, but now RMS Express works flawlessly in Mint/Cinnamon…

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA OH! I’m so happy to hear this… We use Linux Mint 18.1 & have not found wine so friendly to the old apps we love like WINKEYER anyway I’d like to give it a try I’m not yet very comfortable in LInux but I can follow instructions pretty well I hv difficulty when something goes wrong and I don’t yet fully understand the system… Mindy found a website with instructions for WINMOR in wine… when I catch my breath I’ll give it a go and may ask you for some guidance if I get lost tnx for all the info Steve have a great week and enjoy the fourth btu < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

It only works with RMS Express 1.4.4 and NOT with the new v5, and it took several dives into the command line to get it ironed out. YouTube has a few pointers and there’s a lot of discussions if you google “RMS Express Wine Linux”

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA should I have any problem for going back to that version? < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

Naw, still works just fine.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA < K7KY Well, we’ll give a go for sure I would rather stay in the linux side of the pc thanks again, Steve 73 Doug K7KY

< K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

Be advised it was the hardest nut I’ve had to crack on Linux – difficulty scale 8 out of 10. You may need help from a Linux geek.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA Oh, oh! I’ll still give it a go later Jaye KE6SLS is very good with Linux I think he moderates a LInux forum but, he doesn’t run WiNMOR at least not yet… OK Steve I look forward to anothe computer challenge gN 73 Doug < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

The hardest part was getting COM ports to show up right and anlso the CI-V rig control on my Icom radio. But I got it done after a bloddy

forehead for several nights.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA Now, I’m getting scared (-: I may wait until I know more for now, I’ll just reboot as I have been doing… not too elegant sp but it works I’ve still much to learn about WiNMOR and that’s sufficient for now Mindy & I really had a crash course in WINMOR Tom KF7RSF has been a big help. He was central to the Triton 32 drill @ the LZ where the big AC landed and Incident Command

was also there. it’s too much of a story to tell by kbd though… < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

I’m participating in Operation Urban Shield tomorrow at the Sonoma EOC as a table-top drill in preparation for a large drill in Sept. Third year doing that. We’ve learned a lot.

Regarding RMS Express… Start here:

Install RMS Express on Linux

Good luck!!!

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA TU what is your role in Urban Shield ? < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

I’m sworn in with Sonoma ACS and we support Yellow Command as auxiliary comms using amateur and coommercial radio gear, digital, packet, etc. Frankly they don’t use us much, though we are still there drilling alongside the other units.

K7KY < K6ETA

K6ETA Very good, Steve sounds like ur group is ready if they need you anyway… We’re having a tough time locally with leadership and integrity some folks are up to speed and others are not… our two ARES leaders EC & AEC have not checked into the ARES District net in a year and only began to prepare for this 2yr in the planning exercise a couple days befor the event… the EOC has been off the air sinnce it was installed (Amateur gear) and only connected WINMOR 1 day prior to the event… too much to explain but Mindy & I decided to do what we know how & extend the ORCA net to VHF locally to begin training digital Ops there is only one person, AEC who can run the WINMOR station

and has a basic understanding of fidigi so there’s a long way to go unfortunately there erosion of confidence in the club anyway not an unusual situation, but frustrating my typing is going so I’d best follow always good talking with you, Steve and tnx for all the help & tu for participation with so regularly it’s the experienced digital Ops that do most of the teaching by osmosis for the newer digital Ops we value their participation I couldn’t answer all the questions and issues, but I’ve learned so much since beginning ORCA tnx agn.. 73 Doug K7KY skp

K7KY < K6ETA

Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of that kind of stuff hear too (also heard about the Cascadia Rising Drill) and you’re right. All you can do is prepare to help and try to make them aware of your capabilities so they actually call you in times of need.

BTW I have participated in FLDigi / NBEMS net for several months over a UHF repeater – works fabulously!

We all keep learning and that’s what keeps me coming back! Practice and after-action reports are what I live for! The ‘people and politics’ are unfortunately a part of things too. But that’s Amateur Radio, right??

K7KY < K6ETA

good points steve gn < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

Thanks for all you and Midy do – I hope when I comment on little areas for improvement you take it as just that – overall you’re doing a bang-up job!

tnx fer QSO Doug, 73

06/28/2017 04:21Z K7KY de K6ETA sk

RR Steve we appreciate your imput you’d be surprised how few folks actually engage us about the net we can ‘t think of everything and we just try to keep the net flowing along so as many as possible can experience the various modes and features of the FLDIGI suite keep us on our toes (-: gn < K7KY

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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.

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Channel 2: 5346.5 kHz
Channel 3: 5357.0 kHz
Channel 4: 5371.5 kHz
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1735Z NCS sends 1st dig msg
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1740Z NCS repeats 1st dig msg using alt mode
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1745Z NCS calls for check-ins and reports
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1815Z NCS TX 2nd digital msg
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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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