Michigan Digital Traffic Net

July MIDTN News Letter


Activity on the net was as follows: June had 56 QNI, 6 QTC with QTR 6.85 in 13 sessions. That makes the total for this year 572 QNI 69 QTC with 48.95 QTR in 75 sessions. Band conditions are still up and down and probably not going to get much better, we will work with what we have. With the summer months upon us check ins are light.  If you come to the net and there is no net control please feel free to assume that task. We have only 2 net controls and sometimes we are both busy with other things, meetings, vacations and other summer time activities. If you do the net control please give Bob K8RDN a count of the check ins and the time spent doing the net for his monthly report. We are still looking for someone to take a net control position so please consider doing that. It is actually a fun job and will get you comfortable doing it in case your called on in an emergency situation. This net is really a informal formal net. What I mean by that you learn from your mistakes and its no big deal, everyone understands.  With the band going long some days we may have to move up or down from our normal frequency. We hope to have more traffic passed in the coming months even with the band conditions as they are. I thank all the stations that helped with relays, we really needed that to keep thing running smoothly. There are also some new operators that are getting into the digital mode with the help of members of the net promoting this mode. Those new to digital and this net don't be shy join us when possible. If you would like too consider being net control let BOB K8RDN or myself W8DW know and we can send you the macros that we use for the net. 
Thanks to Hank KB2VLP for bringing traffic for the net. If you see something that you think would be of intrest to the net feel free to put in in a plaintext form and send it to the whole net. Try and keep it under 3 or 4 minutes Olivia 8/500 if possable. 


 Please feel free to leave Questions or comments in the Guest book area and we will try and answer then in the next News Letter. 


 If you have anything that you would like to include to the news letter please send it to me and we will see if we can publish it in this area.


 There are new versions of FLDigi and FLMsg coming out all the time, please be careful when updating to the new versions. If you use the new version on FLDigi also use the new version of FLMsg. The old FLMsg sometimes will not work properly with the new FLDigi. You can  go to "http://www.w1hkj.com/download.html" and download the FLDigi and the FLMsg programs. These two programs are "FREE" and they are the preferred programs for the digital traffic nets. The FLMsg program provides the standard "Radiogram" forms as well as ICS forms like the 213. 


If you have traffic you can send it in (PT) plain text or (FL) FLMSG. The preferred method being (FL) and if method is not indicated FLMSG is assumed. If for some reason you cannot send using FL please indicate you will be sending via plane text.


 One  problem came up with digital regarding seeing the difference between Zero's and Oh's . The solution when using FLDIGI is to go to "Configure", "Color & Fonts", select RX Font and browse what fonts are available on your computer. Look for a Font which either has a slash through it or a dot in the middle. Also do the same with TX Font and when all done and as you close FLDIGI "SAVE" and the problem is gone.


We discovered a NEW problem with DIGITAL, the bleed thru from microphones left plugged in and when the software keyed up the rig the mic picks up surrounding voice and its on the frequency. We do not have voice use on this portion of the band. Please unplug your mic's.


For the persons who handle message traffic and like to "Copy-Paste" If you are looking at a FLMSG message, such as a Radiogram and you would like to "Print" in a "Plaintext" format. If you are using "NOTE PAD" on your computer, you will be disappointed with what is shown as PlainText, on the good side if you are using "WORD PAD" you will have a perfect message ready to read over a voice Net or send CW. For Windows XP go to Control Panel, Folders Options, File Types, TXT Files, Click Change and select Word Pad, click O.K. and now you are using Word Pad to open the TEXT Files.


MIDTN Net is really no different from a CW or Voice Net. The mission remains the same -- That is to originate, transmit, receive and deliver 'traffic'.  Yes, the mode is different, and procedures may be adopted to the mode.  There is no reason to fear, just jump in and get your feet wet.


 Equipment:  Transceiver, Soundcard Interface, Most any computer With a soundcard, Some Digital Software, (FLDigi preferred) and of course and antenna system.
 
Key prosigns  that will be used.

K is OVER -- like I am awaiting your reply.

AR is OUT -- like I am done, we have completed our business.

AS is Wait -- like give me time to load the message
 
CHECKING IN AND OTHER PROCEDURES:

CHECK IN CAN BE DONE AFTER ANY-- AR -- THERE IS AN EXCEPTION, NOT DURING DIRECTION OF TRAFFIC.

When traffic is being handled the two stations involved in the handling of the traffic are in control and until the receiving station acknowledges he has received the traffic they have control of the net after which time the net control station will assume control and call for check ins. 
A good Net Control will wait 10 or so seconds, after an -- AR -- to allow a call from a net member or an additional check in.  Multiple stations can check in and Net Control will acknowledge a single station or the several stations. 

To keep the screen nice and neat start each transmission with a couple of line feeds (ENTERS) and a couple of periods before your text. It is also good practice to send a couple of line feeds at the end of your text.
 
Dave W8DW - Web Page Editor
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