31/OCT/17 Report

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ORCA DIGITAL NET 31/oct/17 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 12
Stations:
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT, T – K6ETA
K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA
KA7FOO Doug Reno,NV
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
K6QOG Bill Cedar City,UT
KA7PAT Pat Riverton,OR in&out
KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX@2000
KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA in&out
N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT
KK6JGJ Rich Oakland, CA late ck-in
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR QRU
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

Although there was quite a bit of atmospheric noise in SW/OR, the band was excellent for digital comms. We did very well in the FLAMP exercise with THOR-50×1, filling with MFSK-32. I hope this is an indication of better band condx this winter. This was our 44th Flamp exercise and everyone has become most proficient. I’m frequently impressed with how smoothly we work together in a complex digital net. Two stations completed the FLAMP exercise in time for the Traffic round. Nice work. If you’re not completing this exercise during the net, don’t worry. It takes time and practice to remain engaged in net business while editing and managing files on your PC. It comes with practice.

Again tonight, we emulated a traffic or emergency net by sending stations off-freq to pass traffic. I’m happy we’ve done this as it revealed issues I’d not considered. 1st , having the traffic stations QSY to 2200wf revealed that fldigi will shift cursor focus to 2200 when the traffic stations transmit mode ID and your fldigi is configured to, ‘Search passband’. Best to leave this feature disabled unless you’re looking for a QSO w/o a panadapter. The close proximity to 1500 also hindered stations already having difficulty with high background noise.

2nd , I’d not thought out all the digital exchanges between stations while leaving and re-entering the net. And, our simple ck-in routine doesn’t provide for stations to list traffic. Digital nets are relatively new and don’t have long established protocols. Generally, they follow phone and CW conventions, sometimes by combining phone phrasing and CW shorthand. Abbreviations are useful in digital comms. I certainly picked the right Ops for this demo. They probably know more than I about traffic nets.

I only ask for callsigns at ck-in; I assume you have practice traffic or will send QRU when you don’t. This makes ck-in simpler for ORCA’s practice-format. For a traffic net, NCS usually asks first for stations with traffic to list, then takes general ck-ins. Brad WA7HHE obviously knows this and listed his traffic for me after he checked in. If this was a traffic net, I would call for traffic listings first. Brad also knew that as the station holding traffic, it was his role to select the freq and call the RX station to follow him off-freq. None of this is difficult, but does take some time to absorb and perform smoothly.

Usually, the traffic stations check out & recheck in the order, TX,RX,Relay. When dispatched, the TX Op will call the RX (& maybe relay) station to the chosen freq and they will all ck-out in order with, ‘W1AW QSY 3.583, 1500’. Returning, they print their call on the wf and, when recognized report, ‘W1AW TX 1 msg, or ‘W1AW RX 1 msg’, or the relay, ‘W1AW relay recheck’. W/o VideoID, they wait for a break in net flow, send their callsign, and wait for NCS to recognize them with, ‘W1AW ?’  None of these phrases are absolutely required. Whatever you chose should be brief and concise. They’re simple net protocols that assist NCS in maintaining net order and keeping everyone aware of net operations. Busy traffic and emergency nets may have numerous stations off-freq passing traffic while net business continues. There may be a small delay between their ‘recheck’ call and my response. I need to finish whatever I’m doing before bringing them back in.

Thanks for your interest and focus. We’ll do this more often in the future and be prepared to work traffic and emergency nets with ease. We can add this (optional) exercise to the Traffic round on a regular basis. I wouldn’t want it to extend net time too much; it’s already a long net. I don’t think it will add much time when we become familiar with the process. I would appreciate your thoughts and observations.

Welcome to Rich KK6JGJ in Oakland, CA. He’d been monitoring and checked in after closing. Hat’s off to everyone for taking time to refine and practice digital traffic skills with us every week. We’ve become quite proficient in a short time. It’s a pleasure to work with you every Tuesday evening. Your participation enables  Mindy W7ZAP & I to learn digital NCS skills. I hope to see you again next Tuesday.

73 Doug K7KY

—– Net Log ———-

WA7HHE < K7KY GE Brad I think the off freq demo will be smoother tonight.. < K7KY

K6ETA K6ETA & GE Steve… I’ll put u guys at the top and we’ll use 2200wf again to help us all understand ‘Searches passband’.. otherwise, we’ll make a greater separtation when we send Ops off for traffic exchange… tu both.. < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA RR < K6ETA

KE6SLS < K7KY GE Jaye.. ur videoID printed very well tu < K7KY

K7KY de WA7HHE, back in the ham shack, good print Doug

WA7HHE RR tu < K7KY

Early ORCA Check-Ins:

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT, T – K6ETA

K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR qru

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Taking early ck-ins < K7KY

K7KY de KA7PAT

Riverton, OR

KB6NN is on door duty tonight. So I will be in/out. Report for now is K7KY is 9 dB s/n and S9+ here in Eureka where I have searches passband turned off. Thanks again Doug.

< KB6NN

KB6NN RR Howard in&out for door duty.. tu BREAK K6QOG GE Bill ur on the log tu BREAK KA7PAT < K7KY GE Pat ur on the log in&out tu < K7KY

K7KY K7KY

de KD7CL KD7CL

Craig

0219Z

Riverton, Or

Long wire <25 watts> out at 2000

KD7CL RR Craig tu out @ 2000 < K7KY

WA7HHE Traffic for K6ETA

WA7HHE TU Brad I got a bit ahead of u and listed it as if I already knew… < K7KY

Early ORCA Check-Ins:

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT, T – K6ETA

K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

K6QOG Bill Cedar City,UT

KA7PAT Pat Riverton,OR in&out

KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX@2000

KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA in&out

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR QRU

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Taking early ck-ins < K7KY

Hi ORCA Digi-Hams!

KA7FOO

KA7FOO < K7KY Ge Doug I’ve put u near the top of roster to work with Brad & Steve tu < K7KY

RR

KA7FOO

ORCA DIGITAL NET begins in a few minutes… any more early check ins? < K7KY

Early ORCA Check-Ins:

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT, T – K6ETA

K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA

KA7FOO Doug Reno,NV

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

K6QOG Bill Cedar City,UT

KA7PAT Pat Riverton,OR in&out

KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX@2000

KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA in&out

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR QRU

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

10/31/2017 19:29 PDT

GE & 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 (30sec)

2) Rotation list

3) Announcements

Weekly FLAMP exercise with Mindy W7ZAP

Open FLAMP before exercise begins.

FLDIGI can be configured to ‘AUTOSTART’ FLAMP.

Traffic Round: NCS calls each station in order

No practice traffic? Send ‘QRU’.

Hold keyboard dialogue for Comment Round. Questions anytime.

Comment Round: comments, reception reports, observations, questions

(keyboard or FLMSG BLANK Form as you like)

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.

—–

ORCA CHECK-INS COME NOW. Send CALLSIGN or print VideoID on WF

First time? CALL/NAME/QTH

Monitoring stations send: ‘CALLSIGN IN&OUT’

< K7KY

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K7KY K7KY de N7SND N7SND Cedar City, Utah checking in.

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N7SND < K7KY GE Larry tu BREAK any more? < K7KY

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B/W Signal Evaluation Image <IMAGE:G, /home/k7ky/Documents/orca/0RCAimage.png>

Sending Pic:144×140; < K7KY

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:mg:399 ORCA DIGITAL NET 31/oct/17 Check-in/Rotation:

Check-ins: 11

Stations:

WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT, T – K6ETA

K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA

KA7FOO Doug Reno,NV

KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA

K6QOG Bill Cedar City,UT

KA7PAT Pat Riverton,OR in&out

KD7CL Craig Riverton,OR QNX@2000

KB6NN Howard Eureka,CA in&out

N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT

W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR QRU

K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

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ORCA ANNOUNCEMENTS 31 October 2017 Happy Halloween!

Tonight’s Optional FLAMP exercise distributes ‘ex44.txt’, an FLMSG

/FLAMP exercise using the BLANK form. Complete the exercise

instructions and send the file to NCS during TRAFFIC round using

FLAMP, or send your own practice traffic, or QRU.

In Traffic round, Brad WA7HHE, Steve K6ETA, & Doug KA7FOO will help us

explore off-frequency traffic handling. Unlike ORCA, Traffic and

Emergency nets pass traffic off the net frequency. Our demonstration will

illustrate how messages are handled on these nets. Only the stations

dispatched by NCS will leave the net frequency. The rest of us remain on

1500 and continue with net business.

NCS will send a relay if condx are poor. Stations dispatched w/o relay

will return for a relay if they cannot complete the message. Tonight, we’ll

include a relay at the outset.

Prior to Traffic round, be sure, ‘Searches passband’, is disabled in your

Configuration menu, ‘ID/RxID. Otherwise, fldigi will follow the TX/RX Ops.

They need TxID & RxID active to change modes quickly.

On all Directed nets, members join and leave the net thru NCS. We ck-in,

ck-out & recheck with NCS. NCS needs to know who is aboard & who is

not. Although this in not critical on our net, we’re learning traffic &

emergency net protocols.

Net Report posted as soon as we can…

orcadigitalnet.com/reports/

< K7KY

For tonight’s FLAMP exercise Mindy W7ZAP will begin in THOR-50×1 and fill in MFSK-32 over to Mindy… < K7KY

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ORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 F567>{CD29}FLAMP 2.2.03

<FILE 29 1D3D>{CD29}20171031221833:ex44.txt

<ID 25 F2DE>{CD29}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 5A28>{CD29}443 7 64

<FILE 29 1D3D>{CD29}20171031221833:ex44.txt

<ID 25 F2DE>{CD29}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 5A28>{CD29}443 7 64

<DATA 72 6555>{CD29:1}FLMSG/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise, OPTIONAL

In an FLMSG

<DATA 72 9CF7>{CD29:2} BLANK form, create the file ‘URCALL_ex44.b2s. Copy the followin

<DATA 72 D9C6>{CD29:3}g question to the Message: field and add your answer.

Can u sug

<DATA 72 FF5F>{CD29:4}gest a variation/addition to the weekly FLAMP exercise that

woul

<DATA 72 61FA>{CD29:5}d make it more interesting/challenging/useful?

In TRAFFIC round

<DATA 72 3C03>{CD29:6}, send the new file to NCS using FLAMP, or send your

own practic

<DATA 67 F5E2>{CD29:7}e msg or QRU. On the FLAMP TX tab, change ‘QST’ to ‘NCS’.

<CNTL 10 0C3B>{CD29:EOF}

<CNTL 10 AC37>{CD29: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 …

WA7HHE

DE WA7HHE

File : ex44.txt

<MISSING 15 B29C>{CD29}CONFIRMED

DE WA7HHE K

K6ETA

K7KY < K6ETA

FLAmp locked up but I think I only missed the prologue

< K6ETA

KA7FOO

DE KA7FOO

File : ex44.txt

<MISSING 15 B29C>{CD29}CONFIRMED

DE KA7FOO K

KA7FOO

KE6SLS

strong qsb here

nothing for flamp to report :(

de ke6sls

K6QOG

DE k6qog

File : ex44.txt

<MISSING 15 B29C>{CD29}CONFIRMED

DE k6qog K

KD7CL

DE KD7CL

File : ex44.txt

<MISSING 15 B29C>{CD29}CONFIRMED

DE KD7CL K

N7SND

N7SND

File : ex44.txt

<MISSING 15 B29C>{CD29}CONFIRMED

DE N7SND K

K7KY

<STX>

DE K7KY

File : ex44.txt

<MISSING 15 B29C>{CD29}CONFIRMED

DE K7KY K

ORCA DIGITAL NET DE W7ZAP

<PROG 18 F567>{CD29}FLAMP 2.2.03

<FILE 29 1D3D>{CD29}20171031221833:ex44.txt

<ID 25 F2DE>{CD29}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 5A28>{CD29}443 7 64

<FILE 29 1D3D>{CD29}20171031221833:ex44.txt

<ID 25 F2DE>{CD29}W7ZAP Brookings, OR

<SIZE 14 5A28>{CD29}443 7 64

<DATA 72 6555>{CD29:1}FLMSG/FLAMP file-manipulation exercise, OPTIONAL

In an FLMSG

<DATA 72 9CF7>{CD29:2} BLANK form, create the file ‘URCALL_ex44.b2s. Copy the followin

<DATA 72 D9C6>{CD29:3}g question to the Message: field and add your answer.

Can u sug

<DATA 72 FF5F>{CD29:4}gest a variation/addition to the weekly FLAMP exercise that

woul

<DATA 72 61FA>{CD29:5}d make it more interesting/challenging/useful?

In TRAFFIC round

<DATA 72 3C03>{CD29:6}, send the new file to NCS using FLAMP, or send your

own practic

<DATA 67 F5E2>{CD29:7}e msg or QRU. On the FLAMP TX tab, change ‘QST’ to ‘NCS’.

<CNTL 10 0C3B>{CD29:EOF}

<CNTL 10 AC37>{CD29:EOT}

DE W7ZAP K

K6ETA

DE K6ETA

File : ex44.txt

<MISSING 15 B29C>{CD29}CONFIRMED

DE K6ETA K

KE6SLS

okay, I must reboot. flamp not working, fldigi lagging. sri.

de ke6sls k

KE6SLS < W7ZAP No worries Jaye BREAK K7KY < W7ZAP Back to you Doug… < W7ZAP

W7ZAP < K7KW7ZAP < K7KY TU Mindy the exercise went well in THOR 50×1 maybe we’ll be able to use faster modes as winter progresses.. BREAK

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

OK on to the Traffic round and our 2nd try @ passing traffic off-freq. tonight we’ll do the same and dispatch two stations off freq to pass traffic and a third station to accompany them in case they need a relay… tonight, they’ll likely do OK we’ll send these three Ops off to 2200wf tonight.. normally, I wouild send them further off the net freq.. BREAK

WA7HHE Brad pse take Steve K6ETA off to 2200wf and pass ur traffic.. Doug KA7FOO pse go with them in case they need a relay. All 3 Ops pse ack this dispatch with something like QSY callsign in the oreder of the net when returning, pse print ur call on either siedd of 1500 and I’ll bring u back with Callsign? OK any questions b4 u go? if no then go (-: < K7KY

K6ETA/KA7FOO de WA7HHE,QSY to wf 2200

K7KY < K6ETA QSY < K6ETA

Will do.

KA7FOO

All ORCA OK these guys are off to pass traffic on 2200wf and we continue with the Traffic round with Jaye KE6SLS < K7KY

ORCA de ke6sls, gie me just a tic pls, I am going to send the trf from

two weeks ago, when I lost ORCA, ur sig is much better now at 8pm!

just a tick pls

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:mg:101 Have u participated in an actual emergency as an Amateur Radio Op ?

Yes, several times.

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KE6SLS TU Jaye…. BREAK next is Bill K6QOG < K7KY

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K6QOG < K7KY TU Bill and nice work turning the exercise around so quickly.. BREAK next is Larry N7SND < K7KY

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You will be an important asset to your family, neighbors, and other members of your community.

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N7SND < K7KY TU Larry we can’t get this message too often… BREAK KA7FOO? < K7KY

WA7HHE, msg passed to K6ETA

WA7HHE RR Brad tu BREAK K6ETA ? < K7KY

WA7HHE < K6ETA Message rxed < K6ETA

K6ETA TU Steve… BREAK KA7FOO ? < K7KY

No relay needed.

KA7FOO

KA7FOO RR Doug tu BREAK thanks to all three Ops for the demo and we’ll ask them about the exercise in comments… if we did this every net as in an emergency or regular traffic net we would get very used to it and it would go smoothly.. OK back to the Traffic round and we’ll come back to the off0-freq stations in case they hv traffic for the general net.. now, OHj! we’re at the bottom of the roster so we can see if Brad had also a msg for the net? Brad WA7HHE < K7KY

Probably not.. on to Steve K6ETA < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA

Good exercise. Doug and Brad had trouble hearing each other but all stas copied the very first FLAmp tx.

< K6ETA

K6ETA < K7KY RR Steve good to hear…. we’ll do this more often and get it down smoothly for the first efforts, I think we’re doing OK.. BREAK Doug KA7FOO any traffic tonight? < K7KY

QST DE KA7FOO

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DE KA7FOO K

KA7FOO < K7KY I must say, Doug u surprised me on the exercise homework u must be running two computers nice work BREAK are there any late checkins or visitors? < K7KY

Now we begin the Comment round with Brad WA7HHE < K7KY

de WA7HHE, enjoyed the exercise tonight, good practice for using the software hope everyone will want to give it a try. Good idea with having a relay station available even if you are unable to copy the relay station.

de WA7HHE

WA7HHE < K7KY RR Brad…. as we go along with this exercise I’l get better at selecting the relay and it will always be conditional on who’s here and condx… tonight, I picked three Ops who use VideoID as I wanted the net to see how easily u can reenter the net w/o having to catch NCS on 1500. As long as I’m not TXing, I can see VideoIDs on the WF.. OK BREAK over to Steve K6ET

A < K7KY

K7KY < K6ETA QRU

< K6ETA

K6ETA < K7KY FB Steve & tnx for the demo BREAK over to Doug KA7FOO < K7KY

… Comments for KA7FOO …

ORCA Logo pic was absolutely perfect!!!

The Thor 50×1 went well.

Good reception in the Reno area.

The Off Freq test worked like it is supposed to!

Nice. Good band conditions makes a difference.

Interesting that Brad could not hear me, yet I

had a good signal from him!

Doug #1, running a old Acer laptop, 2 GHz, 4GRAM,

driving two monitors.

Watching the spider on the security cam. Reminds

me of “Land of the Giants”! Anybody else that old?

Doug #2

KA7FOO

KA7FOO < K7KY Tnx, Doug I may not be as old as I think… I don’t know abt the spider yet.. BREAK next for comments is Jaye KE6SLS < K7KY

ars ke6sls running 40 watts tonight to a low, short, inverted dipole in Eureka! California.

k7ky p0, s7 4db, strong qsb at 7:30PDT, @ 7:50PDT s9 12db,

w7zap, s6/s7 -4db, strong qsb, 0% flamp thor, flamp notty, spanked, better behave or money back!

N7SND s5 -12db, about 50% cp trf rnd,

k6qog s6, -4db, about 80% flamp,

WA7HHE s7, 3db, 100% kb

k6eta s7, 6db, 100kb

KA7FOO s5, -10db, 50% kb!, about 60% flamp

fldigi didn’t copy the thor ex. I restarted it, but it only copied part of the mfsk, then wouldn’t report because the report button buried under other windows. BUG! Need to turn off that box! buggger.

I think it’s time for a new hard drive on my laptop. Going to change it up to a

solid state drive and that should get me back into good battle ops!

very strong qsb. unable to make the Mendo net either. MUF on the edge tonight.

Great work on the test tonight with off net ops! I used my IF shift and took them down to no

wf and kept NCS 100% that is GREAT! TU for this test Doug!

I think better separation is in order. Perhaps NCS could tune at 1k on wf, sending ops up to 2.5k on wf for traffic. It was difficult

copy at times as qsb went up/down.

Had nx6dx with me last night for our emergency nets. Enjoyed his company and fed him some of my

killer chili .. happy to report John is still with us! :)

I would like to see another off freq demo in the near future. this is good learning experience Doug.

I have my green house built, and lst weekend, got the roof done over dry shed & green house! yeah. Now to do the wood heater install this weekend! Looking forward to feeling my toes come winter! :)

BTW, ORCA is a GREAT way to avoid all those needy people asking for CANDY! Happy Halloween!

TU all, 73

de Jaye, ke6sls

KE6SLS < K7KY Well, that’s a screen full Jaye… I will be sending traffic stns further off -freq in the future I wanted the net to see the traffic trail from 1500 I didn’t think it would bother anyone, but I see with lots of noise aready, it didn’t help u at all.. OK Next is Bill K6QOG < K7KY

de K6QOG since I haven’t been on for a while this has been a great exercise. I forget so much when I am not on often. Thanks Doug.

de K6QOG k

K6QOG < K7KY RR Bill I agree with u about practice… we can always remember how to do most things, but when we practice regularly, we usually can do a much better job and we can respond to unusual circumstances much better with frequent practice… BREAK we;’re already down to Larry N7SND < K7KY

K7KY de N7SND Had a great time. The band was not good but great.

The off freq excercise seemed very successful. Just one more way to communicate.

I was able to copy everybody. Seee u all next week. 73s.

N7SND < K7KY sorry abt that Larry.. I’m getting ahead of myself just as bad as falling behind… I was concerned that the way we run this net might lead people to expect other digital nets to be similar and they not. Most net pass traffic off the net freq… BREAK next for Comments is Mindy W7ZAP < K7KY

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[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn W7ZAP_report.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.3

:hdr_fm:21

W7ZAP 20170111033109

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W7ZAP 20170111023726

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:mg:762 35w 135ft doublet @ 110ft

W7ZAP copied the following stations:

WA7HHE 100% copy KBD, VidID, (S9+)

K6ETA 100% copy KBD, VidID (S9 +15)

KA7FOO 100% copy KBD, FLAMP, VidID (S8+) s/n=11dB

KE6SLS 100% copy KBD, VidID,FLMSG (S9 +10) s/n=18dB

K6QOG 100% copy KBD, FLAMP, (S9+) s/n=13dB

KA7PAT 100% copy KBD (S8)@ 2000wf

KD7CL 100% copy KBD (S9+) s/n=11dB

KB6NN 100% copy KBD (S9) s/n=10dB

N7SND 100% copy KBD, FLMSG (S9) s/n=7dB

K7KY 100% copy KBD, FLMSG, image

Looking at propagation forecasts prior to net… haven’t seen them look so good for a long time. Great copy on all tonight. Really enjoyed the traffic exercise tonight… added a bit of complexity! Great to see all on the WF tonight :-) Always enjoy the traffic/comments.

73,

Mindy W7ZAP

[WRAP:chksum 1665][WRAP:end]

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W7ZAP < K7KY TU Mindy, nice report.. BREAK are there any more comments or questions? < K7KY

Last chance to check in members or visitors come now < K7KY

This concludes the ORCA DIGITAL NET

for: 10/31/2017 20:34 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 Doug K7KY

DE KK6JGJ / Rich / Oakland, CA

KK6JGJ < K7KY GE Rich… we just close the net were u able to cpy us for awhile? < K7KY

KK6JGJ < K7KY Rich how copy me @ 35w? < K7KY

No I just got the last bit of confirmations I was on the wrong Op Mode; switched over when you were finished.

KK6JGJ < K7KY RR Rich… copied most… u can learn more about the ORCA net @ http://orcadigitalnet.com there’s a quick start guide there and u will see some abt the net.. we begin @ 1930p each Tues evening.. in MFSK-32 @ 1500 wf btu < K7KY

KK6JGJ < K7KY If u have an interest in practicing digital traffic handling, we look forward to working with you… u can check ‘in&out’ for a few weeks to learn the routines anyway, feel welcome to work with us… 73 for now Doug K7KY sk

very good thank you; have some issues still working out on new radio, Ill try to join your net in the future to work through those.

sticking arDnsÄ)irtnÄit seems to be one of thosjt erGe1eoans zm#

KK6JGJ < K7KY FB Rich… the digital gremlins get into every station now & then… when Its all working correctly it’s magic when it’s not it’s terrible (-: cu next time.. 73 < K7KY

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10/OCT/19 CA Grid Down Report

ORCA DIGITAL NET -California Grid Down Event 10/Oct/19Check-ins: 9 Stations: KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA KI7TPD Fred Cedar City,UT W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR W7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT W6ADZ Darrell Reno,NV N7SND Larry Cedar City,UT WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA K6ETA Steve Petaluma,CA K7KY Doug Brookings,OR [...]

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International SATERN Digital Net


International SATERN Digital Net transmits digital text, images, and FLAMP files via remote HF station. NCS and Net Manager is Ken Standard AD5XJ.

International SATERN Digital Net

12:00 NOON CT Sat
14.066 MHz USB
OLIVIA 8/500

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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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