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WaDiOp is a non-CW digital net proposed since none is apparently currently operational in Washington State. Contact Bob (WB6AGE) if you are interested.
We also run the Monday night vhf/uhf check-in training net for the Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club. This net begins at 6:30 local time on the BeachNet repeater system. After check-ins and announcements we then QSY to 145.55 to repeat check-ins and practice relaying where necessary. See the bottom of this page for the pre-amble in case you want to try your hand at net control.
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Meeting time and location: 3579.5 @1000 on the waterfall, or thereabouts, at a meeting time of 1845 hours, on Monday nights.
We are currently very much in JS8 - a newer weak-signal mode currently under development. Search online for you tube videos by KM4ACK if you are interested.
Modestly, we are starting out by calling it the Wahkiakum Digital Operations net ... WaDiOp ...
... pronounced like "Whaddup?" ...
... but if there is interest/encouragement and we find there really is no other such net in Washington State,
we are happy to exchange "Wahkiakum" for "Washington".
We also enocourage everyone on the net to send a Winlink email at least once per week to [email protected], via radio.
The best way to be prepared for an emergency is to practice using our equipment and its capability.
Our proposed operating mode is MSFK16 so we can share photos. And it seems quicker than PSK31. And narrower than MSFK32.
Here is a sample of what MFSK16 looks like on a waterfall display.
Here is a link to a twenty minute video that covers the basics of any digital mode. Most excellent for anyone new to the digital modes.
Getting Started with Digital Modes
As the video shows, there are a lot of modes, and hardware and software configurations possible.
works well on Macintosh, Windows, Linux and Raspberry Pi, and is free - so that will be the software we recommend to get you started.
You proably already have an HF radio - it will need to be able to maintain a stable frequency.
Anything built in the last 10 years or so should work fine, others you may need to check.
And you probably already have one or more computers with one of the mentioned operating systems.
So, all you probably need is the interface between your computer and your radio.
There are four choices that we know of:
build your own,
udrc-ii for RPi,
and many others that we have no experience with, yet.
Our members so far have only used signalink and udrc, so we cannot comment on the other choices.
The signalink works with all four of the OS choices, and is probalby the easiest one to get going with.
We will place here a few video and tutorial links that have worked for us to get started for some combinations.
We are thinking of possibly trying different modes on some Mondays, always starting with MSFK16, then switching. Your thoughts?
Our orignally proposed weekely meeting is Monday nights before the ODN digital net. Thus: 3579.5 @1000 on the waterfall, or thereabouts, at a meeting time of 1900 hours. It has not changed.
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Monday vhf/uhf notes
(Five minutes before the net, enter the BeachNet system and state:)
QST QST QST The Wahkiakum Informal Training net will begin in five minutes. (callsign)
(At 6:30, come on the air and say:)
Good evening this is (callsign) calling the Wahkiakum County Amateur Radio Club Informal Training Net. My handle is (your name), my callsign is (state callsign using phonetics), I am located in (state location, such as Puget Island), and I am using the (state repeater you are using, such as Nicolai).
We will break anytime for emergency or priority traffic.
Anyone is welcome to check in. When you check in please give your callsign, your name and say through which repeater you are accessing the BeachNet system.
Any check-ins, Please come now.
(contnue taking and acknowledgeing check-ins until all are done - usually 5 to 10).
(when all check-ns are done, make any announcements, then state:)
Thanks for the use of the BeachNet repeater system. We will now QSY to 145.55 simplex where we will again take check-ins from all who can make it.
(QSY to 145.55, state:)
This is (callsign) (name) taking check-ins for the Wahkiakum Informal Training net on simplex. Please come now with your callsign and name.
(contnue taking and acknowledgeing check-ins until all are done - usually 4 to 6).
(ask someone on the east end of the county, usually Steve K7SH, to make a call. )
(ask someone on the west end of the county, usually Peter KI7YMM, to make a call. )
(When all are done, state:)
Thanks everyone for checking in. I hope to see you tomorrow at our club meeting. (calsign) clear.