THURSDAYS at 1930 PST / 0330 Zulu on 3.581 USB 1500 WF
The Western Digital Net (WDN) is a directed keyboard-to-keyboard traffic net using FLDigi software and relay stations all over the Western United States. Though its primary service area is west of the Rockies, we often pick up DX stations and relay traffic for them as well.
We act as a digital relay network for ops who need to get traffic through that is either not possible or not appropriate through a voice SSB net.
During the low point of our current sunspot cycle, voice communications are not as reliable as the digital modes, so the WDN is here to help!
We welcome all new stations, so long as they have a basic understanding of operating FLDigi and how to avoid doubles by using conventions established on the ORCA Net.– K6ETA and the WDN Team
Please join us and have fun!
HOW TO CHECK IN:
If you have no traffic but you’re sticking around for Comments and possible relays:
URCALL URName QRU
If you are “In & Out” and will be inactive or off freq:
URCALL URName QNX
If you have a general announcement for the net:
URCALL URName 1 QST (number changes depending on how many announcements you have)
If you have directed traffic to a station on frequency:
URCALL URName 1 QTC > THEIRCALL (number changes depending on how many messages you have)
If you have directed traffic to be relayed by NTSD:
URCALL URName 1 QTC > NTS (number changes depending on how many messages you have)
If you have directed traffic to be sent via Winlink:
URCALL URName 1 QTC > WL2K (number changes depending on how many messages you have)
If you have a directed message to be sent via email:
URCALL URName 1 QTC > email@example.com
If you have a directed message to be sent via global BBS network:URCALL URName 1 QTC > (THEIRCALL@ Hierarchical address of BBS)
example: KB6HOH Steve 1 QTC > K6ETA@AG6QO#.NCA.CA.USA.NOAM
NOTE: This net has only two check-in “precedence” types: Priority and Routine. It will be assumed that your traffic is Routine unless the Priority word is added. PLEASE ONLY USE “PRIORITY” FOR URGENT TRAFFIC. We will drop everything and deal with that traffic before anything else.
HOW TO BREAK
If you need to break in, there are two methods. You can send a brief TUNE signal in between any TX or you can use Video ID just above or below when NCS is not TXing. NCS will acknowledge your break immediately to see what you need.
HOW TO SEND TRAFFIC AND QSTs
Following the conventions established by the ORCA Net, longer QSTs should be sent via FLAmp or FLMessage (ICS or plain text forms are optional). Shorter traffic may be sent by KBD or FLMsg.