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ORCA DIGITAL NET, Report 10/Feb/15

Check ins:  9
Traffic: 3
Keyboard: 3
Monitor: 1
In&Out:  1

KE7YUI   Larry      in&out
KJ6UPE   Danon   T 100% + flmsg
WA6NBG  Don      B 100% + flmsg
W6IES      Peter    kbd  100%
KA6ULG   Bob      monitor
K7IFG      Ken       kbd 100%
KR5RR    JB         kbd  100%
W7ZAP    Mindy    T 100% + flmsg
K7KY       Doug    NCS

Although we missed some of our regular digital Ops, we still had a great net.  The band was an improvement over the last few weeks and we did well on voice and digital.  There was no flamp traffic tonight, but most of us would have been ready.  We’ve had a few flamp sessions between nets and have it pretty well sorted out.  It’s not a complicated app.  Tonight we sent the ORCA b/w image at the beginning and end of the digital net.  It may prove useful for understanding changing band conditions and may help us select the best digital mode for conditions.

Now that our net is running much smoother than a year ago, I need to pay more attention to working a bit slower.  We need more time between transmissions to provide openings for late and visiting stations.  This is the second net in recent memory where one of the members needed to tell NCS there are stations trying to get in.  Peter W6IES pointed out that we need longer pauses between transmissions if we want to run digital only.  This falls to me and I’ll make a better effort to pay attention to our spacing and watch for callsigns on the WF.

Tonight was a good example.  Ken K7IFG and JB KR5RR were trying to get in at the close of the digital portion.  A couple members noticed and got my attention.  Ken had copied the digital traffic and JB was visiting for the first time.  I’m glad he wasn’t trying since the net opened!  Welcome to JB, one of my CW friends.  JB is the FRN NCS.  FRN is a CW net that meets on Sun and Mon evenings at 0300z.

Ken W7IFG is interested in experimenting with flarq.  If that interests you, get in touch with Ken, he’s on this distribution list and has time to experiment during the week.  Mindy & I are also interested.  If you need help with the new macro tags, get in touch with me.  We can still get the Beta version of fldigi until Dave releases another regular version that supports the new tags.

Don’t forget to check out the preview version ORCA DIGITAL NET website: http://orcadigitalnet.com/

Look for typo, spelling errors, general mistakes, and omissions.  Thanks for the help.  Your thoughts and ideas about additions to the site are welcome.  It will move to its own domain when it’s finished.

I’ve been visiting other digital nets lately.  I hope you will also take time to visit some of our digital neighbors.  Most of them operate on a single frequency and most use fldigi.  I think Ken K7IFG operates on a number of nets and passes NTS traffic.  It will be good to have crossover between Amateur digital nets so we can share new features and solutions to common problems.  One net I’ve visited a few times is the Idaho ARES Statewide HF Digital Net where Mike WB7RBH is NCS.  They operate in PSK-31 and use RMS Express.  Mike runs a friendly and well organized net.  Check them out: Tues 0200z 3.578 about 1300wf (I tune them here to put the signal near the center of my passband).

Thanks to each station that took time to work with us tonight.  You are the reason our net is useful and engaging.  I really enjoy working with you and I hope we continue to work and learn together.

73 Doug K7KY


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K7KY 20151102034503


K7KY 20151102034322



ORCA DIGITAL NET, Rotation Order

KJ6UPE   Danon T

WA6NBG   Don B

W6IES  Peter T

KA6ULG Bob  monitor

W7ZAP   Mindy  T

K7KY    Doug NCS

Following this transmission, NCS will prompt each station in order.

Please wait for NCS and help prevent doubles  TU

PS: Don’t forget to check-out the ORCA DIGITAl NET website: http://orcadigitalnet.com/

The site is still on our development serve, but will migrate to it’s own domain soon.

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KJ6UPE de K7KY Please go now   de K7KY k

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Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T03:47Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1501>>

AGE  MESSAGE ??????????????????????????????? btu Yellowetone K7BFL de kj6upe k

WA6NBG de K7KY Please go now   de K7KY k:i  keAet

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WA6NBG 20151102034810


WA6NBG 20151102025825


:to:27 Eureka Emergency & ORCA Net

:fm:10 Don WA6NBG

:d1:10 2015-02-09

:t1:5 1411L

:sb:26 Bulletins and Annoucements

:s1:23 Donald O. Nelson WA6NBG

:mg:547 Bulletins and Annoucements for February 9th.

EmComm meeting Thursday, February 19th, 1900L at the Eureka downtown fire station.

Foggy Bottoms Run, Sunday,March 8th, in Ferndale. VHF communicators are needed.

Technician Class Amateur Radio class starts March 9th. This class will be held on Monday nights for 10 weeks.

Exam will be April 18th in Eureka.

Please send any bulletins or announcements for the Eureka Emergency VHF Net to donelsonsteam@gmail.com or via

Packet to WA6NBG-1 145.050 MHz.

This ends the digital message for February 9th.

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W6IES de K7KY Please go now   de K7KY kW6IES de K7KY OK Peter… you can kbd or send traffic as you

like…de K7KY k

ALL ORCA de K7KY Seems like Peter may be having technicial issues..  So, Over to Mindy w7zap…de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T03:52Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1501>>

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W7ZAP 20151102035203


W7ZAP 20151102032206



:fm:11 Mindy W7ZAP

:p2:13 Brookings, OR

:d1:10 2015-02-10

:t1:5 1646L

:sb:55 Linix in the Hamshack podcast interview with Dave W1HJK

:mg:1001 Ran across an interview with Dave W1HJK, the lead programmer of FLDIGI, from 2011. 73, Mindy

Welcome to the first Linux in the Ham Shack for the new year! 2011 is upon us and we wanted to present our

listeners with a fantabulous new show. That’s what you’re going to get. We were able to entice the lead

developer of FLDIGI, W1HKJ, to come on the program and give us his personal insights into this best-of-class

Open Source amateur radio software.

Yes, we know we talk about FLDIGI a lot in our program. We try not to beat it to death. But if you use this

program, there is so much information packed into this interview, you’re going to learn at least a dozen things

you didn’t know about FLDIGI, even if you use it every day. So sit back, strap in, and join us on this

thrill-packed ride into the dark and seedy innards of your favorite digital mode app. We were impressed; you

will be too.


(interview begins about 17 minutes in)


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ALL ORCA de K7KY TU Mindy…  Let’s back up and see if Danon is ready with his traffic… Next, we’ll check back on Peter too…

And, are there any stations waiting to check in???  IF so please come now…  otherwise, on to DANON de K7KY k

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:hdr_fm:20 kj6upe 201511020355Z

:hdr_ed:20 kj6upe 201511020312Z


:to:13 ORCA NET 2015


:d1:7 2-10-15

:t1:11 7: 30 OR SO







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ALL ORCA de K7KY TU Danon   sounds like you’ve been taking cold showers..  On to Peter if he’s ready…de K7KY

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T03:58Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1501>>

W6IES here. Image is totally cool.  I had trouble with my flmsg traffic, so best to the net, this is a grea net. Grateful for a second chance to send

ALL ORCA de K7KY TU Peter….  It’s a net of great ops.   I’ve learned more about digital ops since we began the net…  OK let’s do a round of observations and comments.  There was no traffic in flamp tonight…  Over

to Danon for comments…de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:00Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

every one 100% and flmess kj6upe

WA6NBG de K7KY   OK Don   nice save uh….    over to you..

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:01Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

WA6NBG reception report


W6IES  100%

W7ZAP  100% & FLMSG

K7KY    de WA6NBG

W6IES de K7KY OK Peter over to you for comments…de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:02Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

Not much more than I’ve said, over to you.

W7ZAP de K7KY OK Mindy  ur up..de K7KY

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:03Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

iZltlRat R

W7ZAP copied the following stations:


K7KY 100% + FLMSG

KJ6UPE          no copy (operator error!) 2ND Transmission = 100% + FLMSG

WA6NBG       no copy (operator error!)

W6IES            100% copy

Ooops! Seems like for the past 3 weeks I’ve had some sort of technical issue. I’m embarrassed to say that after

tuning for 3.595, I forgot to return my radio to digital mode, so no copy on UPE or NBG. My bad.


Mindy W7ZAP K

ALL ORCA de K7KY Thanks Mindy… I’ll send my short report and then the logo again…  following the logo we

can close the net or stay awhile and practice if anyone is iterested…   here comes..de K7KY k

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K7KY 20151102040452


K7KY 20151102034322



ORCA DIGITAL NET, Rotation Order

KJ6UPE   Danon  poor copy

WA6NBG   Don B  100% + flmsg

W6IES  Peter T  100%

KA6ULG Bob  monitor

W7ZAP   Mindy  T  100% + flmsg

K7KY    Doug NCS

How did the logo print??

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ALL ORCA de K7KY Danon… sorry for the poor report.. I forgot to change it when you retransmitted..  it was 100%

If you have the patience for another quick round, I’d like to know how well you received the image and if you think it’s worth the time to send twice…  tu de K7KY kKJ6UPE de K7KY A word from you please, Danon.de

K7KY kt

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:08Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

can we go back to voice?? .image was perfect btu doug K7KY de kj6upe k

ALL ORCA de K7KY Yes, we can return to voice when we finish this round… over to Don WA6NBG de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:09Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>

the first image was better…  shows how the conditions change..  Everything else 100%

BTU doug


W6IES de K7KY Over to you Peter if you have anything..de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:11Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

I did not print the image.  I received the  initial image at the start of the net better than the last.  I did

not print, and lost the first image when the second came.

ALL ORCA TU Peter.. the image should be saved by fldigi… it saves all images..  Bob  I hope you are copying well and we’ll see you back on 3.955 in just a few minutes.. Over to Mindy for final kbd comments..de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:12Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>


I always copy the logo well because I’m 60 feet (my antenna) away from Doug’s :-)

Would like to receive an image from another station some evening so I can see how much it changes. VOAhaas

members email their images along w/QTH (I think) and you get an idea of how they rec the TX. Something to think

about. OK BTU K7K < W7ZAP K

ALL ORCA de K7KY Thanks Mindy..  I sent the logo with the macro email to a few Ops a week ago.  Does anyone here have the logo and can send it tonight?  If not, we’ll close the digital portion and return to voice..

Just a moment to see of anyone can send the logo… We never see it send from a distance here in Brookings…

Tu de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:16Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

did you see kR5RR check in////

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:17Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1507>>

i think someone was calling us kj6upe i saw  a call sign

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:17Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1504>>

KR5RR Yes that was me, I sent down at 1000, GE Doug and the net  de KR5RR in Benicia, CA near San Fran k

KR5RR de K7KY de K7KY GE JB and welcome to the ORCA DIGITAL NET…  I see Ken is here too  We were just going to return to voice, but will hang about a bit to see what you and Ken are up too..  over to JB

and then Ken de K7KY k;q

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:19Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

RR Dont wait on me. Had to run in to work for a monent and jst got back.

Did the NAQCC sprint tonight and about radio’ed out.

If I can find my mic I’ll join you on 3955, but don’t hold your breath.

Thanks for the check in. over to Ken de KR%RR   KR5RR

K7IFG de K7KY OK Ken… you’ve got the floor..de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:21Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1502>>

K7KY de K7IFG Good evening to all been monitoring and all signals see to be 100%.  Had a pretty good storm here yesterday and caused some damage and power outages in the area of Oregon City.  That is about it from here Doug.  the Image came thru fb.   de k7ifg  kn

ALL ORCA de K7KY All Right!   Good thing these guys were persistant.. I sometimes forget to watch for late checkins and when I get busy, I completely forget to check…  JB is my CW buddy from the FRN network.  he’s the NCS there and is very kind to me…  Nice to have Ken get here better late than not at all.  We didn’t do any flamp tonight, but it just worked out that way…  Does anyone want to send any more traffic of have

comments before we return to voice for final??? de K7KY k

Before RSID: <<2015-02-11T04:24Z MFSK-32 @ 14068000+1500>>

W8ies lets think about long paueses when we go to all digital.

ALL ORCA de K7KY k GOOD pW6IES de K7KY Good point… and I’m the first one to take this point…  I’m usually trying to keep the net moving along, but we need space for people to break in   OK lets qsy to 3.955 for final comments  73 Doug K7KY SK de K7KY





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