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ORCA DIGITAL NET 31/AUG/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 31
Stations:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
__KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
__W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX
__KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
__KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
__KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
__KA7ERV Rob Centerville,ID QNX
__KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
__W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
__W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
__KF5SMH Al Aztec,NM QNX
__AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA QNX
__KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
__N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
__N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
__KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
__KM7H Jim Addy,WA QNX
KG7D Greg Carson City,NV VidID
__W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
__N4KBT Kyle Meridian,ID QNX
__W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
__K0KEX Rick Smithville,MO QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET Welcomes Kyle N4KBT in Meridian,ID. We’ve worked with Kyle before on the ID ERC Digital Net. Good to have him aboard. And, it’s good to see two old-hands the band has sidelined this Summer. Greg KG7D had a solid signal from Carson City,NV; at net-end we heard from Rick K0KEX in Smithville,MO. We couldn’t read his VidID, but text at 1500 was about 95%. Rick is an ORCA regular when the band cooperates.

We’re nearing the end of Summer Sked. On September 21st we’ll resume the NBEMS Exercise and Traffic Round. Every few sessions, we’ll replace this Exercise with a one-off exercise, Mode Shoot-Out, member presentation, etc. We’ll notify you in advance on the website, weekly Announcements, and Net Reports.

The NBEMS Exercise and Traffic Round simulate many aspects of digital traffic-handling. Our Traffic Round is part of the NBEMS Exercise; it’s not for actual Traffic. Stations that complete the Advanced Exercise submit their results in the Traffic Round, as they would submit Traffic on an Emergency or Traffic net.

We hope ORCA veterans will continue working the NBEMS Exercise. Their participation creates a working example of how efficiently digital traffic can be handled under pressure. We wouldn’t ask them to work the Exercise every session; there would be no room for incoming Ops. These ORCA vets already know this Exercise perfectly. We do hope they’ll follow Early Ck-In and help us log enough Active stations to make the Exercise useful. Overall net-time limits the NBEMS Exercise to eight stations. The net is already long and many Ops are in an earlier time zone, some two zones earlier. We try to keep net sessions to a reasonable length.

When we’ve only 2-3 Ops in the Exercise, we usually CONFIRM them quickly, sometime in a single pass. There’s no opportunity to use Relay stations for Fills. When there’s no need for the 2nd & 3rd pass in more robust modes, Monitoring stations are unable to complete the Exercise. We’ve had as many as seven Monitoring/Lurking stations CONFIRMING their work in the after-net Monitor’s Session. More Monitoring and Lurking stations are engaged in the Exercise than anyone knows. We occasionally hear from SWL folks too.

We’ll do our best to maintain net consistency and change the details to keep it from being exactly the same every session. You can help us keep the NBEMS Exercise a useful learning and training experience by working the Exercise when the Active Roster is thin. Practice keeps your skills sharp and provides incoming stations an excellent working example.

Thanks to Brad WA7HHE, we learned that Gene W1EEP in Pine Valley,UT also has a wildfire near his home. Gene didn’t mention the fire, nor has he mentioned that his responsibility as EOC Planning Section Chief in Pine Valley. He’s also modest. Gene has been with ORCA longer than we recall. He has more Signal Evaluation Images on the ORCA server than anyone. No-one is even close. Only Mindy W7ZAP could discover when Gene joined ORCA. She has written logs from the very first session. Today, there’s a large stack of these journals.

Jaye KE6SLS’s Comments tonight underlined observations in tonight’s Announcements. Reading Comprehension is fundamental to working digital nets and handling digital traffic. Last Monday’s Humboldt Digital Emergency Net Ck-In was close to a ClusterCluck. Numerous transmissions w/o Pre-Tone, numerous doubles, numerous stations sending TxID, coat-tails, and general non-compliance with ck-in protocol. Difficult band condx compound Op errors at ck-in.

Ck-in is a busy time for NCS. NCSs set ck-in protocol to optimize acknowledging each ck-in and compile an accurate Roster. For most nets, orderly execution of net events depends on an accurate Roster. At every net, read ck-in protocol and send ONLY what’s asked. You can be certain NCS notices and appreciates your effort. Every attentive Op notices too.

With ck-in protocol in mind, monitor the ck-in process. You may be surprised by the number of stations ignoring protocol. As a Training net, ORCA puts strong emphasis on Reading Comprehension. Compliance with net protocols creates a good example of how orderly and efficiently Amateur digital nets can operate. Clear and consistent protocols and engaged and attentive members are the essential components. Thanks for helping your NCSs run orderly and efficient nets.

Images from the net:

K0KEX Smithville, MO
KE6SLS Eureka, CA
KG7VVN Beryl, UT
KM7H Addy, WA
W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
W6ADZ Reno, NV
W6DLW Cedar City, UT
W7WSV Mesa, AZ
KJ7VGV Reno, NV RX #1
KK6RJR Bakersfield, CA RX #2
KS6M Oakland, CA RX #1

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 —
DE W1EEP K

W1EEP < K7KY GE Gene TU
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT < K7KY]ù

DE KL7RI KL

KL7RI < K7KY GE John TU
KL7RI John Reno,NV < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T01:48Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA NCS < WA7HHE

WA7HHE < K7KY RR Brad TU
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/NCS

KL7RI KL7RI QNX

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

SN QNX

Last station agn pse partial cpy tu < NCS

DE W7JSN W7JSN W7eMS

W7JSN < K7KY TU Jason
W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX < NCS

GE DE KF7ZIY KF7ZIY QNX

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

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX

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

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T01:53Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
DE KC7MAW KC7MAW QNX

KC7MAW < K7KY TU Mike
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX < NCS 1

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

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T01:54Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
kg7sxq kg7sxq st george ut no traffic qnx k

KG7SXQ < K7KY TU Lynden
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX < NCS

N Cleaner now?

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T01:56Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
KA7ERV Rob Blout Centerville, ID QNX

KA7ERV < K7KY TU Rob
KA7ERV Rob Centerville,ID QNX < NCS

KS6M QNX

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

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T01:57Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
de kg7sxq k

KG7SXQ < K7KY TU Lynden got u the 1st time BK

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

W7JSN < K7KY tu Jason I missed the beginning of ur TX maybe nothing on ur end tu BK last stn agn pse < NCS

Sri VIDID too blured to read txt on 1500 pse < K7KY

KY, W6DLW

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

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T02:02Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W7WXV – Carroll – QNX

W7WXV < K7KY TU Carroll
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KA7ERV Rob Centerville,ID QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX

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

W6ADZ QNX

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

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

AE6LJ QNX

KF5SMH < K7KY TU Al

KF5SMH < K7KY TU Al
KF5SMH Al Aztec,NM QNX < NCS

NCS < KW6M KW6M QNX

AE6LJ < K7KY TU Lamar
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA QNX < NCS

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

Last station agn pse < K7KY

ke7zpg

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T02:12Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
I have a question when it’s time
de ka7erv

KE7ZPG < K7KY GE Steven TU
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA < K7KY

KA7ERV < K7KY Quick Rob tu < K7KY

KA7ERV < K7KY Rob I’ll call u after ck-in < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KA7ERV Rob Centerville,ID QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
KF5SMH Al Aztec,NM QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA

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

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T02:16Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
N2RSN QNX

N2RSN < K7KY TU David
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX < NCS

no print last station, reverse maybe? < NCS

KG7VVN < K7KY ICU Bruno FB
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID < NCS

N7SND QNX

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

NCS de KE6SLS, SRI if this is dupe, had to restart FLDigi k

KE6SLS < K7KY RR Jaye TU
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
Not a dupe Jaye ur on the log tu < NCS

NCS < KK6RJR KK6RJR – QNX

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

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KA7ERV Rob Centerville,ID QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
KF5SMH Al Aztec,NM QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
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’ (In&Out)
‘CALL,NAME,QTH [QNX]’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

KM7H QNX

KM7H < K7KY TU Jim
KM7H Jim Addy,WA QNX < NCS

KG7D

KG7D < K7KY ICU Greg FB
KG7D Greg Carson City,NV VidID < NCS

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

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T02:26Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
W5CLE W5CLE QNX

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

N4KBT < K7KY Kyle is this ur 1st time on ORCA? < K7KY

Yes, this is my first time. Meridian, Idaho.

N4KBT < K7KY FB Kyle Welcome to ORCA DIGITAL NET I” log u QNX for now pse ck-out our website to see what ORCA is all abt tu BK last VidID agn pse < K7KY

N4KBT < K7KY TU Kyle
N4KBT Kyle Meridian,ID QNX < NCS

KA7ERV < K7KY Rob Go w/ur question < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T02:30Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
de ka7erv
is there anyone on that can update the report on the So Tahoe fire?
I used to live in the area that seems to be in the current path.
de ka7erv

KA7ERV < K7KY stand by BK KE6SLS go < NCS

rg, just caught a report on that fire, it’s basically out of control, and there are evac warnings now. It really looks like it’s going to burn all the way to the lake and beyond, I don’t think they have any containment at this point, it’s all about evacs. btn
de ke6sls k

FB tu Jaye BK last chance to ck-in b4 Preamble < NCS

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

ORCA we can persue fire reports further during Comments BK

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KA7ERV Rob Centerville,ID QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
KF5SMH Al Aztec,NM QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KM7H Jim Addy,WA QNX
KG7D Greg Carson City,NV VidID
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
N4KBT Kyle Meridian,ID QNX
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX

2021-08-31 19:35:01p 02:35:01z
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 K6ETA < K7KY Steve pse relay call 4 ck-in tu < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T02:39Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K6ETA Relaying ORCA DIGITAL NET Ck-In.
Not Copying NCS? Check in here… K6ETA

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T02:40Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
K7KY < K6ETA NIL

FB Steve TU

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 20210109024103
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20211808010100
<blankform>
:mg:925 ORCA DIGITAL NET 31/AUG/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 30
Stations:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KA7ERV Rob Centerville,ID QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
KF5SMH Al Aztec,NM QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KM7H Jim Addy,WA QNX
KG7D Greg Carson City,NV VidID
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
N4KBT Kyle Meridian,ID QNX
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
[WRAP:chksum 732C][WRAP:end] … end

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Even though we’re skipping the NBEMS Exercise during Summer Sked, there are other Exercises you can do on your own to continue learning and polishing your digital-net skills. Digital net Ck-In is an opportunity to test and improve Reading Comprehension. Read Ck-In protocols carefully and monitor Ck-In. How close do checking stations comply with Ck-In protocol? This is good practice for handling digital traffic. When we don’t parse instructions correctly, we’re unable to implement them correctly.

Digital net operations and traffic-handling both entail following written instructions. It’s an acquired skill you can practice every day. Macro development is another skill you can develop on you own. Begin simply by altering FLDIGI’s default macros and the macros on our website Macro page. You can experiment with these macros by Editing or substituting different Tags (commands ). The Macro Editor has a menu of macro Tags in the right pane. Try your modified macros with the radio off. Work out the bugs before using them on the air. There may be numerous code configurations that produce similar results. You don’t have to code elegant macros from the start. Get them working as intended. As you use the Macro Editor, you’ll soon learn it’s nature and your macros will be more efficient. We’ll include macro development in as many net Exercises as we can. You’ll jump-start your learning curve by experimenting with them in your spare time.

Remember, this Thursday is WDN’s Newcomer’s Net. It’s designed to help incoming digital Ops learn Traffic net protocols, NBEMS software, and digital networking conventions in a relaxed setting. Many of your ORCA colleagues are WDN regulars. They work closely with Steve K6ETA WDN/NCS, demonstrating procedures and answering questions. It’s the perfect time to learn Traffic net protocols, routines, and conventions w/o feeling pressed. Did u notice the glitch btwn the roster and Announcements? When a File is sent in FLMSG 4.0.19 and then followed by a macro using the <FILE TAG the transmitter starts and stops… It’s a bug I’ve submitted, but still unanswered BK

ORCA DIGITAL NET
19:47:59p 02:47:59z
Late Ck-In? < NCS First up 4 Comments tonite is Gene W1EEP < NCS

K7KY DE W1EEP ALL GOOD THE NIGHTs ARE GETTING BETTER FOR THE WF BE GLAD TO GET BACK ON A REGULAR SCHEDULE NEED THE PRATICE GETTING RUSTY HOPE ALL ARE DOING WELL IN THE NEW WORLD WE LIVE IN 73’S TO ALL

RR Gene ur printing perfectly hr… we’re thinking about getting back to the Exercises too I hope we’re not rusty they take a good bit of focus.. BK Next 4 Comments is Brad WA7HHE < NCS

ORCA < WA7HHE, just have to comment on W1EEP Gene in Pine Valley Utah, we have learned Gene’s mountain, the Pine Valley Mountain is on fire! Called the Oak Grove Fire is Human Caused, camp fire had not been extinguished. The fire has grown to 696 acres. Area expecting rain tomorrow hopefully will help Further info see: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7826 I might mention Great guy, Gene is his Counties EOC Planning Section Chief. 73’s to the net < Brad

RR Brad & tnx for the fire update seems they’re every where these days.. Gene didn’t mention it & I hope that means he’s not threatened BK Dennis W6DLW, ur up 4 Comments < K7KY

ORCA NCS> K7Ky, I trust all is well with the both of you? As September rolls in tomorrow the weather forcast is for a 70 percent chance of rain. Hopefully it wont be the monsoon type that have really taken a toll on a number of residence in the community over the last few months and stressing the limits of one’s santity. My heart goes out to all the people in Louisianna who are victims of Hurricane “IDA”. Please be safe. 73 to all. W6DLW

RR all gud hr, just a bit of smoky air GL w/rain too BK Next 4 Comments is Don KJ7VGV < NCS

KJ7VGV
Another week and same old smoke and haze. The Dixie fire north of Reno keeps going but is now 46% contained. The Caldor fire south of Reno is of biggest concern. There have been mandatory evacuations for all of South Lake Tahoe to the Nevada boarder and they are trying to stop it at the juntion of hwy 50 and 89. With the winds I can’t sesa21t r tt Pe – nonthmnt. They opened the c¼vention center in Reno for people from the lake. We need some of the rain from the last hurricane. So many displaced. What a mess. Pray they get control of the fire befomdmore buildings are deste3 2 ,¹aoIPbë comments on Afgan tonight unless you want to ponder theâf;InhDcf military supplies left behind!:( No the fires are enough hitting the west. Sorry Utah, so many stupid people and so few stun guns.

BK Don KJ7VGV

RR gud news on the Dixie, but Tahoe is something else Tnx for the fire information the left behind eqipment is hard
to believe BK Next 4 Comments is Steven KE7ZPG < NCS

KE7ZPG Steven ur up 4 Commnents < NCS

Next 4 Comments is Steve K6ETA < NCS

NCS < K6ETA Tahoe Caldor Fire update for KA7ERV

According to caltopo.com the fire came up US HWY50 and crossed South Upper Truckee rd just South of Lower Echo Lake burning through houses along Apache Rd and up towards the garbage dump road, then up the mountain into Heavenly. Most of the neighborhoods North of Elks Club rd have been spared so far, but anything to the south may have burned. The hardest hit areas are Blitzen and Wasabe road area. Also Rainbow Pioneer Trail and Navahoe Rd areas not looking very good.

The fire is currently most active on Trimmer Peak.

Hope that helps and fingers crossed for the rest of the neighborhoods up there!

Thanks to all ORCA ops for another great net! < K6ETA

RR Steve tnx for the fire report not comfortable to hear we keep the Tahoe folks in our thought and prayers BK
Over 2 Bruno KG7VVN 4 Comments < NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T02:58Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
ORCA/NCS GE Doug/Mindy N ORCA Ops

Fab’d a fork latch 4 side gate today. Finally getting this gate project finished after 3 years!!!
Working on harvest: carrots, leeks, cabbage, cukes, anaheim peppers, tomato, peas, beans, onions, grapes… doing a bit of juicing N canning!
Let’s hope all our citizens/allies can leave Afghanistan if they want too!!!

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

NCS 011, 2 db KBD 25-100% FLMSG 100%
W1EEP 0, 14 db KBD 100%
WA7HHE 7, 18 db KBD 100%
W7JSN 3 db KBD 100%
KF7ZIY 014 db KBD 5%
C7MAW 013 db KBD 5%
KG7SXQ 7, 11 db KBD 100%
W7JSN 05 KBD 100%
KA7ERV 03, 1 KBD 100%
W6DLW 07, 01 db KBD 100%
KJ7VGV 08, 03 db KBD 90 %
W6ADZ 03 db KBD 100%
KF5SMH 4 db KBD 100%
AE6LJ 06 db KBD 100%
KF5SMH 03 db KBD 100%
K6ETA 02, 5 db KBD 100%
N7SND 03 db KBD 100%
KE6SLS 03, 2 db KBD 100%
KK6RJR 02, 1 db KBD 100%
KM7H 010 KBD 100%
KG7D Sry No S/N KBD 100%
N4KBT 010, 03 db KBD 80 %
W7WSV Sry no S/N KBD 100%

Stay Healthy. Stay Sane ! 73 < KG7VVN

FB Jaye seems you’ve got an antenna farm and vegi farm on ur little plot ni Oops sri Bruno I got ahead of myself Great signal report we all like to learn about our signals bk Over 2 KE6SLS BK 4 Comments < NCS

ORCA Digital Net de ARS KE6SLS, Jaye in Eureka! Using 50w on the doublet.

k7ky, 8-16db, 100%, P3 Multipath,
N4KBT, 06-01db, 100%
W1EEP, 1-5db, 100%
WA7HHE, 02-2db, 100%
W6DLW, 04-2db, 100%
KJ7VGV, 01-3db, 100%
KE7ZPG, – –
K6ETA, 4-11db, 100%, great fire update om
KG7VVN, 4-8db, 100%, great sig report
KG7D, missed it
KA7ERV, 3-7db, 100%,

Monday D.E.N. was crazy with lots of doubles, check-ins with TXiD, and many coat-tail check-ins. Through all that, I think we may have set a record of 15 check-ins! Sure keeps this old NCS busy. Participants really need to READ & UNDERSTAND a net preamble where NCS gives exact instructions for check in protocol.

Painting crew showed up a day early. Today the old slum house received a coat of primer, and much of it has now been painted. It looks plenty rough, but no longer the eyesore it was :|

Locally, there is FIRE. There is fire and more fire. I don’t know HOW the first responders are able to deal with all this crazy mess. I do hope folks are heeding the evac warnings, those who try to stay behind only make it more life threatening for the firefighters. Evac centers are quickly filling up here On top of the fires is COVID-19. Our medical folks are now so jammed that trying to keep up with reporting is near impossible. FOR GOD SAKES BE CAREFUL. We are loosing far too many people here

Dennis W6DLW, put me on the Newsletter list for his club’s newsletter. I am so impressed and thoroughly enjoy reading them. GREAT WORK Dennis!

I have some weird noise <locally?> but signals are still jumping in here gangbusters.

Good air here last TWO days and sure glad of it. Really helping the painters here.

Great to hear you all tonight. Be well and be careful.

73
Jaye ke6sls k

FB Jaye tnx for the signal report and underscoring tonite’s Announcements… Reading Comprehension is very central to digital networking I was surprised to see how many people were not reading your Ck-in protocol some of our long-term collegues too BK Next 4 Comments is Greg KG7D < NCS

Nothing exciting here. We’ve been in the path of the smoke for the last month or so. Everything is covered in ash.

Had some fun working the Kansas QP last weekend. Let the wife Subrina -KI7OAL work it. I only got to use the radio before she got up on Sunday morning. Neighter of us was able to spell anyting. Could find any of the “A” stations.

Some of you might have see the article in the ARRL Letter about Mines on the air https://minesontheair.com/ Looks like fun! Plan on getting out to activate a few once the smoke clears a bit.

Hope everyone is safe and healthy,
de KG7D

RR Greg good 2 cu Oh! my kbd has really slowed down… thanks for the link abt mines on the air… something new all the t5ime in Amateur Radio BK Over 2 Mindy W7ZAP 4 Comments < NCS

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W7ZAP 20170512224719
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:mg:1440 35w 135ft doublet @ 145ft
W7ZAP copied the following stns:
W1EEP 100% KBD (S9+)
KL7RI 100% KBD
WA7HHE 100% KBD (S9+)
W7JSN 100% KBD (S8)
KF7ZIY 100% KBD
KC7MAW 100% KBD (S8+)
KG7SXQ 100% KBD (S7)
KA7ERV 100% KBD (S9)
KS6M 100% KBD (S6)
W6DLW 100% KBD (S8+)
W7WXV 100% KBD (S8)
W6ADZ 100% KBD (S9)
KJ7VGV 100% KBD (S8)
KF5SMH 100% KBD (S3)
AE7LJ 100% KBD (S8)
KW6M 100% KBD (S9+)
KE7ZPG 100% KBD (S3)
K6ETA 100% VidID, KBD (S9+)
N2RSN 100% KBD (S9)
KG7VVN 100% VidID, KBD (S9+)- Great signal report!
N7SND 80% KBD (S8)
KE6SLS 100% KBD (S9+)- Great signal report!
KK6RJR 100% KBD (S7)
KM7H 100% KBD (S8)
KG7D 100% VidID, KBD (S9)
N4KBT 100% KBD (S6+)
W5CLE 100% KBD (S7)
W7WSV 95% KBD (S2+)

ORCA welcomes Kyle N4KBT in Meridian,ID. And welcome back to Greg KG7D in Carson City,NV.

Doug & I noticed the other day that our pre-amps were on. I don’t check that setting very often and we think it must have been enabled the last time we programmed our FT-857Ds. I prefer to give signal reports w/no pre-amp. You may notice that my signal report for ur stn is lower than usual… that’s why. A good reminder to myself to keep a closer eye on that setting.

Thanks to all the stns who email their test images… very handy to see how well NCS is getting out at the beginning of the net

Hope everyone is well & safe from fires, and other disasters taking place recently. Gene, hope the rain extinguishes the fire by you.

73,
Mindy W7ZAP
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Thanks for the detailed signal report, Mindy lots of signal reports tonite… the slow kbd make is hard to type as usual We’re using Yaesu FT-857Ds for the net… the preamp is not called preamp but IPO and it’s enable by default wee have to remember to turn it off and ck that it’s off next time too BK are there any followup comments or questions for the Active stations? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T03:12Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
de ka7erv

OUCH, thanks everyone for the updates on the So Tahoe fire. Hwy 50 & 89 is where I used to live
73
de ka7erv

KA7ERV < K7KY Sri to hr that Rob at least ur not there now! our heart are holding the residents closelly today BK KE6SLS go < NCS

TU Doug. I remember when it was you and Mindy doing the EVAC. God those were bad days for us all!

Anyway, that is a VERY GOOD REMINDER to all net users. PREAMPS are a real NO-NO for low band use. that is 60m, 40M, 80M and 160M. If you are REALLY INTO NOISE, then turn them on, but iif you want better S/n then turn off the preamp, or in k7ky/w7zap’s case, the IPO. ??? heehee

TU guys, great net. 73
ke6sls k

TU Jaye Yes, the Chetco Bar fire will never be forgotten here.. living in the wood will also never be the same BK Comments from QNX and Lurking stations are welcome < NCS

How abt KE7ZPG Steven who missed the Call 4 Comments ur hr Steven? < NCS

Ok last call 4 anything b4 we close u can catch the red lanten now < K7KY

2021-08-31 20:18:31p 03:18:31z
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

t sure im liking yaesus
de KE7ZP

KE7ZPG < K7KY Yo, Steven missed u in Comments net is closed, but you can comment if u like btu < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T03:20Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
im not getting good output i guess
de KE7ZPG k

Yes, ur signal is lite here and not printing 100%.. what’s up? < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-09-01T03:21Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>
new radio hatews me
de KE7ZPG

I hope you’ve not abused it already (-: we should connect well as we’re fairly close by I hope the new radio settles down and cooperates < K7KY

KE7ZPG k

OK Steven very lite hr , u many need a bit more RF drive ?? GL let me know if we can help email or phone 73 Doug K7kY

K7KY < One More Comment! Doug, I enjoyed your helpful insights re: MACROS on the NBEMS group forum! 73 – sJYYxra

KK6RJR < K7KY FB Richard tnx I like Macros and hope to be helpful… they make digital Operations so much easier tnx 4 the feed back cu next week 73 Doug

K7KY

VidID @ 2k/wf too lite to read try text @ 1500 tu < K7KY

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K0KEX
K0KEX < K7KY GE Rick great 2 hr from you… band has kept all our regulars in your area off the net for months now.. hw cpy ? < K7KY

K7KY K7KYlde K0KEX K0KEX GE Nice surprise to see the signals good to see the bands are getti púino etc Dcnbetter s6rtnÄÑÄ

RR I hope it continues as the day goes to nite, it get better… hw much power u using tonite? I’m at 35w btu < K7KY

I am running 60 watts to the loop antenna. The noise level is down heaR x that is why jjI thot I shudd0trbve it a try.
Sorry I got dow·cinn late. I send  r‡whatrreaeI copied for you to compare.
Hello jto Mindy..wRjM°ls ­not keep you 73 i Thanks for the chat de K0KEX n

K0KEX < K7KY RR Rick ur 60w & Loop are doing great. I’m so glad u could pop in tointe.. I’ll add u to the Roster Mindy says hello and u can say hello our friends in your neighborhood I hope the band will become more favorable and we’ll see more of u this winter 73 4 now Doug K7KY

K7KY you bet I will be sharing éttsye chat tonight with the gan p »Ät a…¤¨3 Jnt 4nmK)KEX

K0KEX < K7KY TU Rick
K0KEX Rick Smithville,MO QNX < NCS

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K7KY 20210109033533
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K7KY 20211808010100
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:mg:957 ORCA DIGITAL NET 31/AUG/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 31
Stations:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
W7JSN Jason Union,OR QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
KC7MAW Mike Port Orchard,WA QNX
KG7SXQ Lynden St. George,UT QNX
KA7ERV Rob Centerville,ID QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
W7WXV Carroll Prineville,OR QNX
W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV QNX
KJ7VGV Don Reno,NV
KF5SMH Al Aztec,NM QNX
AE6LJ Lamar Redway,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA VidID
N2RSN David Keno,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT VidID
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT QNX
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KM7H Jim Addy,WA QNX
KG7D Greg Carson City,NV VidID
W5CLE Charles Vancouver,WA QNX
N4KBT Kyle Meridian,ID QNX
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ QNX
K0KEX Rick Smithville,MO QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS
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