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ORCA DIGITAL NET 21/Dec/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 24
Stations:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID
__N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
__K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
__KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
__KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
__KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
__WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
__KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
__KD0NBH John Kansas City,MO QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KJ7VGV/P Don NE of Reno,NV
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
__K6ETA Steve Novato,CA QNX VidID
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ
__KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
__KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
__WA0TJT Keith Kansas City,MO QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

Overall, 80m was better than usual tonight. We did lose contact w/John KS6M in Oakland,CA before the Comment Round. That’s not unusual when NVIS fades. It usually hinders Steve W7WSV in Mesa,AZ too, but not tonight. By the Comment Round, only Mindy W7ZAP copied Jaye KE6SLS in Eureka,CA, about 90mi South of NCS. Oddly, Jaye is off the end of Mindy’s 137′ Doublet. Normally, the 210′ E/W antenna does best with Jaye.

Christmas Sked is similar to Summer Sked, Without the NBEMS Exercise/Traffic Round, we wrapped the net in 52min. Before the Comment Round, Dennis W6DLW sent the test image by macro. See how others copied his signal below. We’ll use the Path Evaluation Macro to learn more about how well net-stations copy each other. This will help us select the best Relay station for Filling FLAMP traffic.

We’re looking to spend less time and energy on ORCA without diminishing the net. Our thoughts are to run the NBEMS Exercise once a month on the last Tuesday. For the other 3-4 sessions, we’ll have a much simpler Exercise. We’ll send a brief QST or Tip file in FLAMP, take REPORTS, and Fill. No Advanced Exercise or Traffic Round. This still provides basis traffic-handling practice, with a bit of useful information, but reduces overall net length and eliminates the need for the after-net Monitor’s Session.

For these changes to be helpful, we hope a few of you will be interested in conducting some of the simple exercises. We’re still responsible for net operations; you would send a ±2min file, take Reports, and Fill. You’re welcome to conduct the following Comment Round if you like, or we’ll take the net back after your exercise. Some of you are doing this on VHF already. You will have our enthusiastic support. It’s a great opportunity to learn a little of Net Control with the support of your colleagues.

One or two Ops to take one evening monthly would get us going. If no one is interested, we’ll make this change anyway, hoping some will see how easy it is and give us a hand. Not to worry; we won’t leave you dangling in the wind. We want you to be comfortable and successful. Once a month, send a brief file in FLAMP, take Reports, and Fill the net. It’s great practice for the day you find yourself in the NCS role by default. Nearly every ORCA Ops is already well qualified for this task.

Western Digital Net has had guest-NCS the last two sessions. Steve K6ETA has been out of town and may be for a few more weeks. If he has access to a station, he may be there on Thursday, but maybe not. He’s revised NCS Macros on the WDN website. It’s an opportunity to run a well structured net with established macros. Check out the WDN website and call the net for Steve if he can’t make it. Jaye KE6SLS and Doug K7KY have called WDN for Steve a few times already; both are digital NCS and don’t need the practice. It’s an opportunity to run an easy net with friendly and supportive members.

Stations copying Dennis W6DLW:

TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: K7KY Brookings, OR
TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: W7ZAP Brookings, OR
TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: KB7VX/P  West Plains, MO
TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: KE6SLS Eureka, CA
TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: KK6RJR Bakersfield, CA
TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: KS6M Oakland, CA
TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: W6ADZ Reno, NV
TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: W7WSV Mesa, AZ
TX: W6DLW Cedar City, UT
RX: WA0TJT Kansas City, MO

Test images copied during the net:

KB7VX/P West Plains, MO
KE6SLS Eureka, CA
KG7VGV/P 120mi NE of Reno, NV
KG7VVN Beryl, UT
KK6RJR Bakersfield, CA
KS6M Oakland, CA
W1EEP Pine Valley, UT
W6ADZ Reno, NV
W6DLW Cedar City, CA
W7WSV Mesa, AZ
WA0TJT Kansas City, MO
WB7EUX Joseph, OR

Thanks for working with us tonight, this year, and for many years. We really appreciate your support. We wish you a pleasant and peaceful Christmas Holiday!
73 Doug K7KY & Mindy W7ZAP

— Net Log —
ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Christmas Sked: No NBEMS Exercise, Comment Rd Only
SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

DE W1EEP K

W1EEP < K7KY GE Gene TU
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT < K7KY

N7RBP
de N7RBP k

KB7VX/P  < K7KY ICU Bruce FB
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID < NCt§rtfupkIes

N7RBP
de N7RBP k

< WA7HHE

N7RBP  < K7KY Bob  u Active or QNX??  < K7KY

QNX
de N7RBP k

N7RBP < K7KY TU Bob
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX < NCS

< KJ7BHK, QNX

K7HDX QNX

WA7HHE < K7KY GE Brad TU
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT < K7KY

K7HDX < K7KY TU Ron
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX < NCS

< KJ7BHK, QNX

KJ7BHK < K7KY TU Brian
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX < NCS

DE DE KL7RI  KL7RI QNX QNX  K

KL7RI < K7KY TU John
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX < NCS

GE & MERRY X-MAS DE KF7ZIY KF7ZIY QNX

KF7ZIY < K7KY TU Dave
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX < NCS

WA7HHE Relay, copies K7HDX QNX

WA7HHE RR Brad  tu I hv him abt the 5th ck-in  < K7KY

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Christmas Sked: No NBEMS Exercise,
Comment Rd Only < K7KY/NCS

Before RSID: <<2021-12-22T02:53Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

K7KY  DE WB7TZD Tom QNX

WB7TZD < K7KY TU Tom
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX < NCS

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Christmas Sked: No NBEMS Exercise, Comment Rd Only
SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Christmas Sked: No NBEMS Exercise,
Comment Rd Only < K7KY/NCS iTm

NCS < KK6RJR KK6RJR – QNX

KK6RJR < K7KY TU Richard
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX < NCSo³Rf0Szsv­ffá e tn

KS6M

KS6M < K7KY RR John TU
KS6M John Oakland,CA
Next?  < K7KYwtnneår
Before RSID: <<2021-12-22T03:06Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KD0NBH < K7KY TU John
KD0NBH John Kansas City,MO QNX
John  please ck-in w/ur CALLSIGN in CAP   < K7KY

NCS W6DLW

W6DLW < K7KY GE Dennis TU
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT < K7KYrûeaŒ iyHt+oR tneiD0Rnfdº¿dtee tc n

KJ7VGV/P

KJ7VGV/P  < K7KY Don  ur QTH pse?  < K7KY

In the desert north east of Reno 120 miles

KJ7VGV/P < K7KY GE Don TU
KJ7VGV/P Don NE of Reno,NV < K7KY

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KD0NBH John Kansas City,MO QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KJ7VGV/P Don NE of Reno,NV

ORCA DIGITAL NET – Early Ck-In
Christmas Sked: No NBEMS Exercise, Comment Rd Only
SEND on 1 line:
‘CALLSIGN’ only (Active)
‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (In&Out)
‘CALL NAME QTH QNX’ (1st Ck-In) < K7KY/NCS
e l x ofen  h

WB7EUX < K7KY RR Tom TU
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
Next?  < K7KY

K6ETA  < K7KY ICU Steve TU
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA QNX VidID

W7WSV < K7KY RR Steve TU
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ
We’ll see hw this goes Steve  only Mindy copied u    < K7KY

ncs de KE7ZPG KE7ZPG qnx

KE7ZPG < K7KY TU Steven
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
FB Steven   tu  < K7KY

NCS < KW6M  KW6M  QNX

KW6M < K7KY TU Steve
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX < NCS

KG7VVN  < K7KY ICU Bruno FB
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID < NCS

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KD0NBH John Kansas City,MO QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KJ7VGV/P Don NE of Reno,NV
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA QNX VidID
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX 18
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID

QRZ?  ORCA DIGITAL NET Early Ck-In
Christmas Sked: No NBEMS Exercise,
Comment Rd Only < K7KY/NCS  9RL¸n s

NCS DE KE6SLS KE6SLS

KE6SLS < K7KY GE Jaye TU
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA < K7KYTa”
Before RSID: <<2021-12-22T03:25Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

ncs wa0tjt wa0tjt qnx but will return later if i can

WA0TJT < K7KY TU Keith
WA0TJT Keith Kansas City,MO QNX
GE Keith  pse ck-in w/ur CALLSIGN in CAPs  tu  < K7KY

Early ORCA Ck-Ins:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KD0NBH John Kansas City,MO QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KJ7VGV/P Don NE of Reno,NV
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA QNX VidID
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
WA0TJT Keith Kansas City,MO QNX

2021-12-21  19:29:23p  03:29:23z
WELCOME to ORCA DIGITAL NET (Christmas Sked)
Doug K7KY/NCS, Brookings,OR, 35w, 210′ Doublet @ 80′

ORCA meets every Tuesday 1930p/0230z – 3.581+1500 – MFSK-32
NBEMS Software: FLDIGI, FLMSG, FLAMP. Dave W1HKJ, Developer

ORCA is a DIRECTED Net, dedicated to learning and developing
digital operating skills and practicing NBEMS 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

Christmas Sked: NO NBEMS Exercise/Traffic Round

Comment Round: RX reports, observations, questions,
comments, or brief QSTs w/reference URL.

CONFIG FLDIGI 4 NET:
LOCK: Cursor @ 1500
ENABLE: RxID
DISABLE: TxID, end-of-Tx-ID, Pre-Signal-Tone*
DISABLE: Mode-ID, CWID, CW-Postamble-ID
* Pre-Tone manually (TUNE BUTTON) when doubles are likely.

—–

REMAINING CK-INS COME NOW
ACTIVE Ops Send: ‘CALLSIGN’ or VidID
MONITORING/IN&OUT Ops Send: ‘CALLSIGN QNX’ (QNI/QNX)
FIRST Ck-In? Send: CALL/NAME/QTH/QNX
< K7KY/NCS

KG7VVN  Bruno, Pse Relay call 4 Ck-In tu  < NCS

KG7VVN Relaying Ck-In 4 ORCA DIGITAL NET.
Not copying NCS? Check in here … < KG7VVN

Nil heard < KG7VVN

FB TU Bruno, BK

Signal Evaluation Image
Sending Pic:140×140; < K7KY

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn 0RCA.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.19
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K7KY 20212212033430
:hdr_ed:20
K7KY 20192409231907
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:mg:761 ORCA DIGITAL NET 21/Dec/21 Check-in/Rotation

Check-ins: 24
Stations:
W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX
KK6RJR Richard Bakersfield,CA QNX
KS6M John Oakland,CA
KD0NBH John Kansas City,MO QNX
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City,UT
KJ7VGV/P Don NE of Reno,NV
WB7EUX Tom Joseph,OR
K6ETA Steve Mt Shasta,CA QNX VidID
W7WSV Steve Mesa,AZ
KE7ZPG Steven McKinleyvile,CA QNX
KW6M Steve Walton,OR QNX
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl,UT  VidID
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka,CA
WA0TJT Keith Kansas City,MO QNX
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings,OR NCS
K7KY Doug Brookings,OR NCS

[WRAP:chksum 2943][WRAP:end] … end

ORCA… Thanks for sending your CALLSIGN in CAPS for Ck-In   we both run ck-in with our filters open and squelch off to hear the weak signals and copy the VidID ck-ins     we have lots of noise in the log and your CALLSIGN in CAP really stands out in the noise tu  BK
ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HOLIDAY SKED: No NBEMS Exercise until next year, 04/Jan/22. Ck-In and Comment Round only.

Before the Comment Round, we’ll ask one station to send our test image with the Path Evaluation Macro. Please include that image with the usual test images. We’ll publish the additional images separately. We’ll see how everyone copies that single station. More knowledge of net-station signals will help us choose Relay stations more efficiently.

We’re happy to have two light-duty sessions for the Christmas Holiday. We’re busier than ever these days. Doug is less physically capable and Mindy spends more time on homestead chores and helping her Mom. We have less time and energy for ORCA. We’re hoping some of you will be interested in helping conduct net sessions.

We used to think some members would be interested in learning the NCS role, but it wasn’t to be. Now, we hope some may be willing to help us with portions of the net. Conducting discreet portions of the net gives experience controlling the net w/o responsibility for the entire net. We’ll run the net as usual; you can lead a simple FLAMP Exercise. Send a brief file and fill missing blocks; that’s it, no Advanced Exercise. Some of you already do this on VHF nets.

Most ARCs meet in the 1st or 2nd week each month. There are 4 or 5 Tuesdays. We propose running our traditional NBEMS Exercise once per month on the last Tuesday each month.  The other sessions can have a regular guest member sending a brief QST, filling missing blocks, or having a Relay send fills. It’s not difficult and gives easy practice leading the net.

We’d like to have a net-member send & fill a brief QST on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday. We’ll handle the 2nd, 4th, & 5th Tuesdays. One station can kick this off. We would like to see one of our veteran Ops with a solid signal in this role.  You don’t have to do it forever. This is a big team and once we get rolling, others will see the value and help conduct the net.

We once thought to close ORCA after 7yrs, but realized there was still strong interest in learning and practicing digital networking and traffic-handling. Interest is still strong and we’re experiencing major changes in political, social, and financial norms. Our digital networking and traffic-handling skills may be in greater demand very soon. Helping conduct the net will definitely broaden and deepen your digital skills and we’ll appreciate your help.

Think it over. We only need one volunteer to begin. Send and Fill a brief QST on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday, we’ll do the rest. In a few months, others may be eager to replace you. There are other ways to make this work and it would be even easier with three volunteers. Let’s discuss it during the Christmas Holiday.

B4 we begin the Comment Round, we send one test image and ask you to include that image with the regular test images for publication.  We’ll ask Dennis W6DLW  to use his Path Evaluation Macro for this exercise…     if your macro is ready Dennis, pse send it now  tu
< K7KY

ORCA NCS< Mindy & Doug, it has been such a great pleasure to work

ORCA < <W6DLW>
Sending Pic:140×140;

FB Dennis   sri to  blindside you with this request…      BK pse include Dennis’s test image with the others and we’ll see how the net copies Dennis in Cedar City,UT    BK  Next is the Comment Round   BK

First up 4 Comments tonite is Gene W1EEP < NCS

K7KY  DE W1EEP  QUIET NIGHT WE HOPE YOU AND MINDY HAVE A GREAT AND WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS WE THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT NET TO LEARN AND TRAIN AND SUCH DEDICATION TO THE NET  73’S TO ALL AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL WE WILL BE SPENDING IT AT HOME AND LETTING THE AMATEURS OUT ON THE ROADS BE SAFE!!!!!!! NO COPY ON DENNIS IMAGE

RR Gene   tnx for the good wishes and flowers     we certainly enjoy working with the net.  I think we’ll be making some improvements in the New Year and maybe take a bit of the burdon off NCS central   and still have a great net and a bit of fun in the process  BK  Next 4 Comments is Bruce KB7VX/P  < NCS

W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT  +7db
KB7VX/P Bruce West Plains,MO  VidID
N7RBP Bob Medford,OR QNX
WA7HHE Brad Cedar City,UT +7db
K7HDX Ron Cedar City,UT QNX
KJ7BHK Brian Vancouver WA QNX
KL7RI John Reno,NV QNX
KF7ZIY Dave Vancouver,WA QNX
WB7TZD Tom Vancouver,WA QNX +3db
KK5RJR Richard Bakersfield, CA +3db
KS6M John Oakland, CA  QNX no copy
KD0NBH John Kansas City, QNX MO +3db
W6DLW Dennis Cedar City UT QNX +3db very good ORCA icon image received here.
KJVGV/p Don NE of Reno NV +2db
WB7EUX Tom Joseph OR 0db
KE6ETA Steve Mt Shasta CA no copy VID ID
W7WSV Steve Mesa AZ minus1db
KE7ZPG  Steven McKinleyvil CA minus1db
KW6M Steve Walton OR minus 1db
KG7VVN Bruno Beryl UT copied VID ID +7db
KE6SLS Jaye Eureka CA +1db
WA0TJT Keith Kansas City MO +8db
K7KY Doug Brookings OR  +6db
W7ZAP Mindy Brookings OR did not XMIT

Season’s Greetings to all ORCA ops. Last week after ORCA I decided to sleep over in the camper in the vacant lot I was using just west of West Plains, Missouri, because I had been on call the night before and only had 3 hours of sleep. In the morning there was a knock at my door. The owner of that piece of property wanted to know why I was camping on his property and what was that giant antenna. Ooops! I apologized, and explained my predicament, that I had been too tired and the rain made it dangerous to take down the antenna in the dark. I will not be able to return to that nice spot. Tonight I am in another vacant lot accross the street from the RV park where I am living.  It is actually closer and there is a concrete foundation from an old building.  Okay, let’s see if the cops run me out.

I HAVE AMRRON INTEL BRIEFING FOR RELAY TO WDN.

73s DE LES AUX ARCS (OZARKS)

KB7VX/p  KB7VX/p

RR Bruce    Wow!  The struggles of a field operator   having to find a new landing spot so often..  tnx for using the
Roster for your signal report   it’s a teaching moment for all. there are numereous ways to use the on-hand Roster for your signal report and save a lot of typing. BK   Brad WA7HHE, Go w/ur Comments < K7KY

ORCA < WA7HHE, Pertfect ORCA pic from W6DLW at this QTH.
One of our BeeHive Utah net controls has contracted Covid, is unfortunately non-vaccinated, being Native American has a much lower survival rate. His local hospital ICU beds are at full capacity and he has had to go on oxygen at home. Have known our stricken NCS station for about 40 years. Has many Ham’s pulling for him.
Everyone have a safe Holiday Season..73’s Brad

RR Brad   we can add a few more conerned Ops thinking of your friend with COVID      we all send our very best wishes for his speedy recovery    BK  Next 4 Comments is John KS6M  < NCS

The band has likely dropped John  we can ck-4 him later  BK
Next 4 Comments is Dennis W6DLW  < NCS

ORCA NCS< Mindy & Doug, it has been such a great pleasure to work and learn with you two this past year. I still have a long way to go and hope to learn a lot more in 2022.  Thank you for being there each Tuesday night and your patience as we all move forward. And may the season bless you both with a wonderful Christmas and a very prosperous New Year. Also, I would lke to extend to all the ORCA Family a very blessed Christmas and New Years. 73 to all. W6DLW

RR Dennis   thanks for your good wishes and flowers  we certainly enjoy working w/you and we appreciate your participation and support    our Chistmas Season is going nicely     very quiet so far  tu   BK  Don KJ7VGV/P, Go w/ur Comments < K7KY

Testing my new doublet in the desert. It appears to be doing fine. Receiving a good signal. It took a long time to construct I was able to get it up above 33-35 feet (no trees here) and has two legs one oriented North to South and the other East to West. Both extending over 137 to 140 feet not counting the ladder line wire.

When I arrived there was a lot of snow in the valley. Hope all will have a nice holiday season. Tons of stars tonight but a series of storms heading this way all week. Stay safe 73 Don

P.S. No copy on Dennis test image.

RR Don   u new antenna configuration is working very well   ur S9 & 8db hr in SW/OR    100% print     the night sky from the desert is similar to the night sky from far @ sea      at least as I remember the night sky @ sea in the 1950’s   (-:   BK  Next 4 Comments is Tom WB7EUX  < NCS

NCS < WB7EUX – Great week for us. Lots of beautiful snow, a reliable snow blower, and plenty of hot coffee! Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night. 73 de WB7EUX

Tom  uv listed two important tools for snow   I’ve a few more like very warm clothes    I’m hoping the snow stays
mostly north where it’s welcome.. BK  Next 4 Comments is Steve W7WSV  < NCS

How’s signal holding up?  <W7WSV

Good Steve   I’m now copying you go ahead   < K7KY

W7WSV
NCS  S5, 5-10 dB
W6DLW S3, 9 dB on prop pic, with small offset bottom third.

Signals much better here tonight.  Had a nice local radio club Christmas potluck luncheon outside at a local park abt 2 weeks ago. Also, put a Wreaths Across America wreath on one uncle’s grave at National Cemetery here last weekend…lots of people there.  Thank you Doug and Mindy for this great experience and opportunity.  Merry Christmas to all.
Stay safe.  73 <W7WSV

RR Steve   good to hve ur signal come up as the evening progrresses    anyway   good signal   we also appreciate you
supporting the net   you hve a QTH that often has band difficulty and you’ve hung in there with us 4 years   TU    BK  Next 4 Comments is Bruno KG7VVN  < NCS

ORCA/NCS  GE Doug/Mindy N ORCA Ops
Spent 11 days in Tampa, Florida to visit friend’s daughter who just moved from UT. On return flight from Cleveland, we had Cleveland Cavalier player Tacko Fall on board. It was fun to watch him board the airplane as he is 7’ 6” tall! Made me feel even shorter than usual.

Sig Rprt:

NCS +4,+11 db KBD 100% FLMSG 100%
W1EEP -7, – 4 db KBD 100%
KB7VX/P +1,+6 db KBD 100%
WA7HHE -10, -6 db KBD 100%
KJ7VGV/P -14, -10 db KBD 5 %
WB7EUX -5, 0 db KBD 100%
W7WSV -11-7 db KBD 40%
KE7ZPG 0 db KBD 100%
KW6M +1 db KBD 100%
KE6SLS -4 db KBD 100%
WA0TJT -2 db KBD 100%
W6DLW No Copy Eval Macro Image or KBD

Stay Healthy. Stay Sane !   61, 73 < KG7VVN

RR Bruno   ur much braver than I   flying about on airplanes tnx for the excellent signal report too   Merry Christmas too (-:  BK

Jaye KE6SLS, Go w/ur Comments < K7KY

<edit: from W7ZAP’s RX log>
ORCA Digital Net de A.R.S. KE6SLS, Jaye in Eureka! Ca using 50w on the doublet.

NCS is averaging about -7db in poor and noisy band condx tonight. There is no NVIS. I was unable to check in on phone net tonight.

I realize now, I should have set up the Rpi on an SDR so I could copy roster. Okay, better late . . :) I’m working without roster, or net instructions– YAAAAA :)

Start with the 6.2M Earthquake that struck yesterday at 12:10 PST. It was a real waker-upper to say the least. Over 31 more after shocks rounded up the day. As usual, I reevaluated my emergency action plan.

It is ironic that I had ordered a small chest freezer to store the perishable proteins. This was part of my emergency plan. . . It arrived about 1 hour before the quake hit!

Today I put in an instacart order at Costco. The driver/shopper is fantastic. He picked up my first order about 5 weeks ago and I was happy he got today’s order. HOWEVER, there is a difference of about $75 between what I was charged and what I should have been charged. Will be contacting instacart about that . . . :|

Utah stations are heard well here tonight. I decided to relax on a full reception report :)

It has been wonderfully and UNUSUALLY warm last two days here in Eureka. Morning sunrise temps between 55 and 58 degrees. I was surprised to hear the temps on the other side of the Trinity mountains, with most reporting in high 20’s or low 30’s. Score one for coastal weather :)

HAPPY SOLSTICE to all!! Tomorrow with be a few minutes longer than it was today. This was always my mom’s most favorite day of each year. Thinking wonderful thoughts about my mom here. . My she RIP.

Glad to have some food here. The little chest freezer was a great idea and I am grateful to have it. Should run no more that $21 per year to keep it on.

REMEMBER: Fire up your VHF rigs and an SSTV program for ISS: The ARISS team will be supporting SSTV operations from the ISS during the period of Dec 26-31. The images will be related to lunar exploration. The transmissions should be available worldwide on 145.800 MHz. The planned mode is PD 120. Start – Dec 26 about 18:25 UTC Stop – Dec 31 about 17:05 UTC

My fingers are crossed for your ham buddy Brad!

Bruce, good work! Great copy here and now I have a working ROSTER!

Don, your signal is pounding in here, well above 10DB! Good work!

I have some great booze, some great eggnog, yeah, it’s that TIME OF YEAR :)

Stay warm & dry. Be safe and keep the peace. Enjoy the holidays and Festivous!

As always, I’m tipping my hat to our amazing NCS’s. TU guys.

73

Jaye ke6sls k
</edit>

Before RSID: <<2021-12-22T04:10Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

KE6SLS KE6SLS  < W7ZAP Jaye Doug doesnt copy u as well as Ido. I’ll copy ur comments to the net report. Glad u didnt hv any damage from the earthquake.
BTN < W7ZAP

Next 4 Comments is Mindy W7ZAP  < NCSct Mþhto
Before RSID: <<2021-12-22T04:12Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

… start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn W7ZAP_report.b2s]<flmsg>4.0.19
:hdr_fm:21
W7ZAP 20212212041204
:hdr_ed:21
W7ZAP 20170512224719
<blankform>
:mg:958 35w 135ft doublet @ 145ft
W7ZAP copied the following stns:
W1EEP 100% KBD (S8+)
KB7VX/P 100% VidID (S8) great DX/P signal
N7RBP 100% KBD (S9+)
WA7HHE 100% KBD (S9+)
K7HDX 100% KBD (S7)
KJ7BHK 100% KBD (S7)
KL7RI 100% KBD (S2)
KF7ZIY 100% KBD (S6)
WB7TZD 100% KBD (S7+)
KK6RJR 100% KBD (S5+)
KS6M 100% KBD (S5)
KD0NBH 100% KBD (S6+)
W6DLW 100% KBD (S9) img (P4)
KJ7VGV/P 100% KBD (S9 +10) great /P signal
WB7EUX 100% KBD (S8)
K6ETA 100% VidID
W7WSV 100% KBD (S5) ck-in to (S7) comments
KE7ZPG 100% KBD (S3)
KW6M 100% KBD (S5)
KG7VVN 100% VidID (S9 +12)
KE6SLS 100% KBD (S7)
WA0TJT 100% KBD (S8+)

Looks like the short skip is going long. We have 2 portable stns tonite, both with great signals… well done guys.

Cold, rainy WX in Brookings. We felt the M6.2 offshore earthquake just south of Eureka, CA yesterday. There have been a lot of those lately. I hope everyone is well and wishing you all a safe & happy holiday.

Merry Christmas & 73,
Mindy W7ZAP
[WRAP:chksum 65B2][WRAP:end] … end

FB Mindy & tnx for another solid reception report   BK thanks to everyone that’s been supporting ORCA for years    we really enjoy working with you and plan to continue…   We’re thinking to only run the NBEMS Exercise once a month and on the other evenings we’ll have a very brief exercise with a simple file..   An informative QST or operating tip  something like that, but no Advanced Exercise included.  We hope some of you will come aboard and help us conduct that simple 1 file exercise every week…   It will keep our oars in the water and maybe give us a bit more free time for homestaead chores etc..   < K7KY

KS6M  < K7KY John hw cpy?   Comment round.  < K7KY

R there follow-up Questions or Comments by Active stations? < K7KY/NCS

Any Comments by Monitors or Lurkers?  Late Ck-Ins?  Come Now w/Pre-Tone
After closing, we’ll FILL or CONFIRM files for Monitoring stations.
We’ll have no Monitor’s Session this evening    < K7KY

Any comments or questions by anyone b4 we close?  < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-12-22T04:19Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

wa0tjt

WA0TJT go Keith  < K7KY

Before RSID: <<2021-12-22T04:20Z MFSK-32 @ 1500>>

seasons greetings to all on the orca net from wa0tjt and w0dlk in kansas city, mo. wish i could stay up until the net finishes, but usually fall asleep at the keyboard. hearing most stations pretty good tonights. thanks for including me.
good night all. <wa0tjt

RR Keith    we’re always happy to hve u aboard…  Thanks for your support and your good wishes
We wish you both a pleasant and peaceful Christmas Season… BK   anyone else?  < K7KY

2021-12-21  20:22:13p  04:22:13z
This concludes ORCA DIGITAL NET
Thanks for working with us tonight.
We hope to see you again next
Tuesday evening.
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Sending Pic:140×140; 73 Doug K7KY

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