02/DEC/14 Report

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Check-Ins: 8,

Traffic: 4

ORCA Digital went very well tonight.  Band conditions were much better than last week.  Last week we had more difficulty as the evening progressed and finally QSY’d to the FW repeaters for final comments.  Tonight we had 8 check-ins, two of which were first time on ORCA Digital.  We missed some of our regular Ops in Eureka who have club meetings on the first Tuesday of the month and Paul KE6NVU who had a family event.

Digital traffic went well. No retransmissions were necessary.  Steve K6PIJ joined us from Humboldt Co and sent a keyboard msg that was copied by all.  Our other new Op was Marlene KF6NYC in ID.  I met Marlene an hour before the net when I visited an ARES/RACES digital net where she is NCS.  Marlene sent us the info for their voice and digital nets:

‘Please join us every Thursday for the Idaho combined ARES/RACES net at 0230 Z on the 3929 LSB.  Also the ARES/RACES Digital on Tuesdays at 0200 Z on 3578.5 on PSK-31’

Mindy & I did a little work with Marlene after the net closed and sent her the ORCA logo image.

Mindy & I began work on the ORCA website in earnest this week.  We should have the initial rollout ready shortly.  It will bring much of the information and resources needed by new digital Ops together in one place.  It will also provide a forum for communications between members between net meetings.

When we began thinking about our mission statement, we realized that ‘Emergency’ in our net name is not too accurate in describing the net.  We are actually a learning and training net with strong emergency potential.  We have not sought linkage with civic agencies, preferring develop our procedures and skills first.  As a training net, we are doing very well.  Some of our members were digitally skilled when they joined and others have learned their digital skills while working with us on the net.  Today, we have a solid group of digital Operators who will do well with emergency traffic.  We have also refined our net procedures to make the net flow smoothly and efficiently.

We are thinking to rename ORCA EMERGENCY NET to ORCA DIGITAL NET to change the emphasis the current name has on EMERGENCY.  It would also make a small distinction from the original group that continues on VHF. ORCA HF Digital does not require linkage with any specific VHF net.  Most communities with Amateur Operators have one or more VHF nets and we can exchange traffic with them easily.

Let me know what you think about a change to our net name.  And, any other thoughts or questions regarding the net.

73 Doug K7KY

Net Reports

19/DEC/23 Report

19/DEC/23 Report

ORCA DIGITAL NET 19/DEC/23 Check-In/Rotation Check-Ins: 23 Stations: __W1EEP Gene Pine Valley,UT QNX __KI7ARP Herman Pine Valley,UT QNX __KE7YX Emery Pendleton,OR QNX N6FPV Matt Scotia,CA VidID WA7JYK Tom Joseph,OR __AK0SK Sila Kansas City,MO QNX __K7UK Rick Omak,WA QNX KE6SLS Jaye [...]


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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 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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