Evening Digital Net

Please note highlighted changes. December 15-2012

The DIGITAL NET is presently inactive.  I expect to resume in January 2013 when transmitter power loss problems are resolved..

Net will be scheduled:

1600 Zulu (after the SSB Net)

6 PM MST (zero zulu) on 14065 KHz,  at 7 PM MST  (zero zulu +1) on 7065 KHz .  All USB, 1500 on the waterfall.

The 80 meter, (3583.5 KHz) has proved to be generally ineffective but will be reexamined when a new antenna is installed 

For now this will planned for  Monday and Wednesday mornings and evenings.

For now VE6VS will be primary NCS on 20 and 40.  I need another SATERN station as backup.

SUNDAY at 9 pm local time (0300 Z) through the VE6YX repeater (444.550+)  The net will not be publicized until I have VA6JDW’s radio configured.

PLEASE USE ONLY fldigi.  HRD and the like will not give you the ability to send and receive forms.  As well there are some issues with copying higher MT63 speeds.

We are operating a digital net at Zero Zulu and 1600 Zulu (after the SSB Net) on 14.065 MHz and 7065 at 0100Z.  To participate you must have the fldigi program as well as flwrap and flmsg.  The latter allows you to send ARRL Message and ICS forms digitally and print as a usable form on reception.  There are instructions here.   The net will use Olivia 16/500 for chat and sending files and MT63/500 for bulletins (once we have some).

More fiddling with the setup

  • Beacons will be run as Olivia 16/500 about 15 minutes before scheduled net.  The General Beacon runs PSK250R for now.  If you are beaconing please embed a mode command and turn on your TX-RSID which will allow unattended stations to copy the correct mode.
  • Net Preamble will run as MT63-1K because it is so long.  If your RX-RSID is on fldigi should switch over automatically.
  • SATERN NCS macros are herePlease suggest modifications.
  • flarq when necessary will be PSK-500R (not to be confused with BPSK-500 or QPSK-500)  Again RX-RSID will sort it out.
  • Bulletin mode will be PSK-500R.  If not in flarq mode it will send a complete file fairly fast.

Because of conditions, going to the slower Olivia 16/500 should give us better reliability.  The bulletin mode will be change as long key down transmissions are hard on transmitters so there will be some experimentation.

I don’t see any point in trying 40 during the day except for NVIS conditions and local stations should be prepared to operate their own local nets on 40 and coordinate on 20 if the situation arises.

73 Steve VE6VS


5 Responses to Evening Digital Net

  1. Ralph Javins, N7KGA says:

    Steve, I like the “Unofficial Blog.” I will be back.

    Enjoy; Ralph, N7KGA, Latte Land, Washington

  2. Dave, KB3FXI says:

    I’d suggest giving MT63 500 Hz long interleave a try. Most software runs that mode and it’s about 50 wpm and goes through QRN like crazy.

    MT63 1k long is always going to drop your power level down on output but it’s ok to run at about 80% duty cycle. You need to make sure all your ops are running long interleave and on weak signals they should open or uncheck the software squelch.

    If you switch to Contestia, you’re going to lose extended characters as well as going to all caps. You’ll run into problems without extended characters on WRAP and FLMSG if you try to send certain characters like degree symbols which are commonly used in weather bulletins and GPS coordinates.

  3. Don Noffsinger says:

    Thanks for trying Digi. Have been using MixW for years, but will down load fldigi, and try to get on the air.


  4. Here is an NBEMS / FLMSG message I just sent out on the NY NBEMS net on 40m this morning:

    Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network
    (SATERN) NBEMS Net Schedule

    Monday and Wednesday

    8pm ET – 14.065 USB
    9pm ET – 7.065 USB
    10pm ET – 3.5835 USB

    14.065 USB is becoming a standard spot for daytime monitoring, with participating stations sending WX observations and other general QST bulletin messages in the FLMSG message format.

    Try setting your station to monitor with RxID (RSID) enabled along with the proper configuration for FLMSG auto detect, extract and pop up. When you return from monitor mode, you will likely see several 100% confirmed messages in FLMSG.

    I’ll be putting this message out on as many digital nets that I can reach, as well as making announcements on voice/phone nets.

    I’d encourage all to do the same. It takes quite a while for these new net ops to take hold. Please help by spreading the word and checking in.

    -Dave, KB3FXI

  5. Good Morning, Heard about Salvation Army Satern a few days ago, my husband has a radio room(WF20) and can talk and listen to almost anywhere, I took the test a few yeard ago and missed by one question, but hearing about SATERN the other day, would love that and would take both tests for a Radio License and learn what ever I had to to be a part of this,Thank you for reading Gail in Allentown Pa gailcsir@verizon.net

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