Ck-In is one of the busiest events for Net Control. NCS acknowledges Ck-Ins while compiling a Log. This is both simple and not-so-simple. Digital operations are easy to Log with a simple Copy/Paste routine, but that simple routine is hindered when Copying is delayed. It’s difficult to Copy FLDIGI RX data while the screen scrolls. This difficulty occurs at two Ck-In points.

When Ck-In stations send numerous lines, the RX screen scrolls until they stop sending. NCS must wait to Copy Log data. The same thing happens when NCS acknowledges Ck-Ins. The screen is scrolling; Copy for the Log must wait until TX ends. Here’s a Tactic that saves a few seconds every Ck-In:

Keep all control Tags on the last line of text.
————— Example*

Now, scrolling ends with the last character; you can Copy text b4 transmission ends. This saves a few seconds every Ck-In. The larger the Roster, the greater the time saving. NCS processes each Ck-In in less time. Saving a few seconds every Ck-In saves 2-3min for a 30 Op Roster.

*Blank lines preceding Macro text separate RX text from previous text & noise.



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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 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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