New digital Operators and even seasoned keyboard veterans will benefit by personalizing the suite of 48 macro buttons in FLDIGI.  With an extensive list of powerful commands, FLDIGI macros make digital communications much easier.  Each macro file contains 48 individual macros.  And, a macro button can be configured to instantly install another complete set of macros.

With the Macro Editor, you can redefine the default macros or create completely new macro files.  To open the editor, right click on any macro button.  After editing a button, be sure to click ‘APPLY’ before going on to another button.  After editing, you must also SAVE the macro file using the ‘FILE/MACROS’ tabs on the upper menu bar.   You can also create a SAVE button to save macro files with one click.  A new feature displays all four row at once.  Very handy for a busy digital net.  A macro can call another macro file to change all buttons instantly.

ORCA macros for checking in to Participate (Active) or Monitor (in&out)
———- Participate (Active)

———- Monitor (In&Out)

VidID ORCA Ck-In macros that print on the Waterfall with one click.  They execute numerous commands and LOCK your cursor at 1500wf in the previous mode.  To configure FLDIGI to run these macros:

1) Go to FLDIGI top-bar menu: Configure/IDs/Video
Section: Video Preamble ID
ALL 5 left side options: UNCHECKED*  (important 4 digital nets)
Set ‘Chars/Row’ to the number of characters in your callsign (K7KY = 4)
SAVE these changes
* these options effect VIDEO(text) & MODE ID)

2) Right click a blank macro button (or any button you don’t use) to open the Macro Editor. COPY the macro below and PASTE it into the editor. Edit in your callsign. At the bottom of the EDIT screen, name the macro, ‘VideoID’. Be sure to click APPLY before leaving that button and CLOSE the editor.

3) Last step, go back to the topbar menu: File/Macros/Save.  Name and save your macro file. That’s it!

The following two macros turn RxID on, turn TxID off, turn LOCK off, store current mode/frequency, set mode: NULL, shift cursor to 2000wf, start TX, send VidID, stop TX, return to previous mode/frequency, reset LOCK on, and set TxID off.

Ck-In to Participate with this ORCA VidID macro
(line 1 separates text from noise)

Ck-In to Monitor (In&Out) or Ck-Out Early with this ORCA Macro

ORCA DIGITAL NET, Ck-In Relay macro: Use this macro to Relay NCS’s call for Ck-Ins.  Copy and Paste all between the lines into a macro button.  You can relay the Ck-In Call with a single click, and help NCS log weak signals.

Not copying NCS? Ck-In here … < <MYCALL>

USEFUL MACRO NOTES:  Information about the Macro Parser, by developer Dave W1HKJ

The <VIDEO:K7KY> can go either before or after the <TX>. It is always executed at the start of the Tx cycle.

The parser maintains 2 first-in, first-out (FIFO) queue’s, and a stack (first-in, last-out) of [frequency, op-mode] pairs.

With the exception of the <VIDEO:abcd> all macro tags such as <MODEM:mode>, <QSYTO> etc are executed when parsed.

All macro tags beginning with <! are added to the Tx FIFO. For each such occurrence the 2 character string ^! is substituted in the Tx buffer. As the Tx text buffer is being transmitted the ^! triggers the removal and execution of the next Tx FIFO command.

The <VIDEO… tag is parsed and treated just as if it had the <! nomenclature. If your macro had three occurrences of the <VIDEO: tag such as:




independent of where they appear in the macro text, they would all execute in the order given immediately after the <TX> execution.

All macro tags beginning with <@ are added to Rx FIFO. There is no corresponding trigger string needed in the Tx text buffer since these are all executed from the FIFO immediately after the <RX> trigger (!r).

If enabled, TxID takes precedence over all other transmissions. It will be transmitted before any VIDEO or TEXT macro strings.

The <TEXT> macro tag is also executed at the beginning of the Tx cycle. It must be placed between the <TX> and <RX> tags. It is the same as the “Transmit video text” on the Video config tab. The checked control sends the corresponding text every time Tx occurs. The <TEXT> only for that particular macro.

FLDIGI Macro TAG Category/Functions:

Execute during PARSE phase



These are comment fields in the macro text:


These are string substitution macro tags:


Immediate action macros. Action occurs immediate upon parsing the string
Position in the macro text is not significant, but order of occurance is.


Windows ONLY


These macro tags are executed during Tx. Position and order of occurance
in the macro text is significant.


These macro tags are executed immediately after returning to Rx. Position
and order of occurance in the macro text is significant.


These cause an action based on their location in the macro text:






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
14.065 MHz USB
OLIVIA 8/500

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

World Clock


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

World Clock