How-To: Digital Net Check In

Phase 1) Become proficient with PC Highlight/Copy & Paste operations:
Shadowing NCS during check-in is good preparation for learning the check-in routine. As NCS takes Check-Ins, Highlight/Copy NCS’s reply to each ck-in and Paste it into an FLMSG Blank form. When NCS sends the final roster, you can check your shadow roster. This will familiarize you with the Highlight/Copy & Paste routine used during ck-in and other NCS activities.

When Active stations ck-in with their CALL, NCS replies like this:
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W1EEP < W7ZAP RR Gene
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT < W7ZAP
—–
Highlight/Copy from the 2nd line, ‘W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT’, and Paste it into an FLMSG Blank form.

Monitoring (in&out) stations are a little different. They have two spaces before their CALL and ‘in&out’ at the end.
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W1EEP < W7ZAP RR Gene
__W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT in&out < W7ZAP
—–
Be sure to copy the two leading blank spaces (shown here as underline) and the ending ‘in&out. The two space indent helps identify Monitoring stations quickly. Shadowing NCS with your own roster will help prepare you for digital net ck-in and develop your Highlight/Copy/Paste skill. No stress. No exposure. Check your own work. It’s very easy and soon you will be mirroring the NCS check-in log. Do this until it’s easy and then move on the Phase 2.

Phase 2) Prepare to check-in VHF/HF digital nets (you need a net to practice)
Download ‘ORCA logbook.adif’ to …/fidigi.files/logs/. In the FLDIGI Menu, Logbooks/Files/Open…, select ‘ORCA_logbook.adif’, and click OPEN. The ORCA log is now active in FLDIGI Logger; when you click a CALL in the RX window, CALL/NAME/QTH will appear in the Logging window. CALL, NAME, & QTH are variables. Their value (content) will be added to any macro using their respective TAGs, <CALL>, <NAME>, <QTH>. When you execute the Ck-In Macro, the TAGs are replaced with their variable content, ie:
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<CALL> = W1EEP
<NAME> = Gene
<QTH> = Pine Valley,UT
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Imagine you are NCS. W1EEP checks in; his CALL prints in the RX window. Click ‘W1EEP’ to populate the Logging window. Call, Name, & QTH appear. Next, click your ck-in macro. Here it is:
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<TX>
<CALL> < <MYCALL> RR <NAME>
<CALL> <NAME> <QTH> < <MYCALL>
<RX>
——-
This macro prints in the RX window like this:
W1EEP < W7ZAP RR Gene
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT < W7ZAP

Highlight/Copy, ‘W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT’. Paste this line into a FLMSG Blank form to create a roster. Repeat for all Active stations.

For ‘in&out’ (Monitoring) stations, you need another macro. Monitoring stations send, ‘CALLSIGN IN&OUT’; here’s the macro:
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<TX>
<CALL> < <MYCALL> RR <NAME>
__<CALL> <NAME> <QTH> in&out < <MYCALL>
<RX>
——-
We’ve made two additions to the original macro. Two blank spaces (shown here as underline) are added before <CALL> to set the monitoring stations apart on the roster, making it easy to discern between Active and Monitoring stations. Add this ‘Monitoring’ check-in to the roster by Highlight/Copy the same line, now including two initial spaces and ‘in&out’, and Paste it into the roster, ie: ‘W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT in&out’.

That’s the basic digital check-in routine. There are a couple exceptions; you can learn them as you go. When you check-in an unknown station, their data will not be in ‘ORCA_logbook.adif’. If you have a subscription to one of the on-line callsign databases, like QRZ.com, clicking the Look-Up button will populate the logger with data for that CALL. Otherwise, you must manually enter NAME and QTH before Saving.

The Logger has separate fields for CITY and STATE, but the Macro Editor does not have a STATE Field, so we add the abbreviation for STATE to the QTH field, ie: ‘Pine Valley,UT’. Now, the check-in text looks like: ‘W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT’. We’ve added ‘,UT’ to the QTH field before Saving.

If you don’t have on-line callsign lookup capability, you must add new data manually before Saving the log. The Preamble and website instruct new Ops to send CALL/NAME/QTH. Add this data manually and Save. If they don’t send what you need, ask for it and always check new Ops ‘in&out’. They should Monitor a few sessions to learn ORCA DIGITAL NET routines.

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NCS CHECK-IN/ROSTER BUILDING EXAMPLE
See how we use FLDIGI Logger with MACROS to create a detailed roster. The video begins with NCS receiving a VidID from K6ETA @ 2000WF. Expand video for better viability.

 

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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
14.065 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

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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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