Michigan Digital Traffic Net

News Letter
I am finally catching up with the news letter. Activity on the net was as follows: April had 71 QNI, 7 QTC with QTR 7.68 in 13 sessions. That makes the total for this year 343 QNI 30 QTC with 33.79 QTR in 51 sessions. Band conditions are still up and down and probably not going to get much better be we will work with what we have. 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. With the summer months upon us we have decided to not have the Saturday Net on weekends where the holiday falls on a Monday. We still only have two net control operators and those operators need the holiday weekends off to be with there family and friends. If on a net night you come to the frequency and there is no net control operator present please feel free to assume the net control position. With only 2 net control operators things come up and we may not be able to fill that position or may just be late getting there. If the regular net control gets there late and you have taken a list you can pass the list to that person or feel free to assume net control for that session. If you do assume net control just report to Bob K8RDN the QNI, QTC and QTR for his monthly report. As you all know this is a pretty lay back net and were here to learn and hone our skills in case at a time we are needed to pass traffic.

We still are need to fill a net control position and ask that you consider giving it a try.  If for some reason we cannot fill a net control spot and you come to the net and there is no control operator consider taking the NCS spot for that night. All you need to do is report to Bob K8RDN the number of persons present and the length of time you were in control of the net. Also keep a list of the stations you had check-in with you.  If you would consider being net control let BOB K8RDN or myself W8DW know and we can send you the macros that we use for the net. 
 
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.

From The Guest Book:

We haven't got any questions from the Guest Book this month but thanks for the comments you have sent.

 There are new versions of FLDigi and FLMsg but 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 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 and will be Happy.

MIDT 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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