ICOM IC-7300 Firmware Update Available

Go here to download update.

According to the Icom website, here some of the new features:

Changes from Version 1.30
[Spectrum scope is improved]
– A Scroll mode that can seamlessly change the displaying scope range, depending on the operating frequency, is added.
– A popup screen that displays when SPAN or EDGE change is added.
– The number of FIX EDGE memories is expanded to 4.
– Each band independently memorizes the Reference level.
– Improved the Scope function of the RS-BA1.

[Preset function is added for FT8 operation]
– A Preset function that can set each operation is added.

[Multi-function dial is enhanced]
– A Multi-function dial now works as a memory channel selector in the Memory mode.
– A Multi-function Menus Customization function is added.
– A function indicator for the Multi-function dial is added.

[Other changes]
– A Front Key Customization function that can change the function of [VOX/BK-IN], [AUTOTUNE], [△], and [▽] is added.
– A MIC Key Customization function that can change the function of [UP] and [DOWN] is added.
– The Band Stacking Register window is added.
– While operating in the Data mode, the receive tone control is deactivated.
– The default setting of the CI-V USB Port is changed to “Unlink from [REMOTE].”

Refer to INFORMATION IC-7300 Version 1.40 for details.

The Scroll mode for the RS-BA1 Version 2 software will be added to Version 2.30.

Winlink Info

News from K5DDT :

Some of you may not understand the following message. Not to worry. This is from Fred Gray, WB5BNV in Meridian to me. He is posting notice of a schedule when his station will be monitoring the Ardop PtP Mode for transmitting and receiving messages over Winlink. As stated in the message below, he will forward your message to someone else if you let it be known that is your desire. Having said that, the person you want it delivered too will have to log into Fred’s  Station P2P to retrieve any messages waiting for them. This is great practice and I would encourage everyone to get familiar with this method of passing traffic in case of a severe interruption of communication services.

Why? Emergency traffic is one of the primary reasons many people get into Ham Radio. In a severe emergency the airwaves could be so busy on single sideband that you could not make contact with hardly anyone due to pileups. These digital methods are designed to operate in poor band and noisy band conditions. 

Thanks to everyone for your time and hopefully you will learn and use this capability with your equipment and never have to use it for a real emergency situation.

************ Message ID: DJAXTNGOGECX
Date: 2021/02/06 23:32
From: WB5BNV
Source: WB5BNV
Downloaded-from: Peer-to-peer:WB5BNV
P2P: True
Subject: P2P BBS



ARDOP P2P is user friendly.
It has good message accounting which is necessary for emergency communications.
Using the RMS Log you can sort messages sent and received during
an event.
You can print any message.
You can send and receive messages “unattended”
Confidentiality is achieved for messages with sensitive content.(Good for Hospital use)


ARDOP P2P will not automatically forward a message.
The work around is to manually forward
messages received at your station which are destined for another
station. This will be satisfactory if you have a good conscientious
DBBS operator.
A reasonably fast computer with plenty of RAM is desired
(but may not be absolutely necessary).
ARDOP Will not download to a MAC or Linux computer.(QUESTION MARK)
P2P is strictly Point to Point. It is not suitable for net operation.

DMR Programming

Big thanks to John, K5FY for the contribution:

I ran across this browsing the web recently.  It may be worth the time, if you are like me and could use a bit of a refresher on DMR radio programming.  It covers the radios most of us have and looks to be informative.

—Taken from the web: This is a follow up class to the “Intro the the Maine DMR System” online class. This class will cover building a codeplug from start to finish, for most popular DMR radios (Motorola, TYT, Radioddity, Anytone, and more). This class will also cover Brandmeister and DMR-MARC (or any C-Bridge) systems. It will NOT cover installation of the CPS software or connection to your radio. You must already know how to download/upload a codeplug to your specific radio. Check YouTube for a tutorial on connecting to your radio to your PC. This class was developed by kb1zpp and sponsored by the SJVARA.

Sign up at www.sjvara.com

Advanced DMR Programming February 20, 2021 Lobby opens at 16:30 est Class starts at 17:00 est Held via www.freeconferencecall.com, you will need an account which is free You will need a computer, PC or Mac. You won’t see anything on a smartphone. You will need to download the app from www.freeconferencecall.com For a walkthrough to set up an account check out the April or November issues of the SJVARA newsletter at www.sjvara.com/feedpoint

Study Resources

I’m a big fan of the ARRL manuals and www.hamstudy.org, but here are some other excellent resources for your learning journey. I have the Gordon West Extra manual, and have read some of it, so I can concur that they are very thorough.

Thanks to K5DDT for the contribution below:

Recently posted a study program available for preparation for the various amateur radio license classes. The first one was http://hamradiolicenseexam.com which has all three levels available. It has been used and gets great reviews here locally. Another source has come to our attention and we wanted to let you all know. There are many others out there and as we learn of additional standouts we will continue to let you know.

Tech study


Both of of these study sessions are based on and use the appropriate Gordon West prep manual available from ARRL. There are no guarantees made but one of our recent applicants had very high praise for these courses. He sat for both test and left with a big smile and very soon had a new call sign as a General Class operator.Best of luck and we hope to test you soon.

Testing Dates

Test Dates:
April 1, 2021
June 26, 2021
October 7, 2021
December 11, 2021 Advanced registration requested. Check with us for unscheduled sessions that may have been added.


Lowndes County ARC Clubhouse
265 Lawrence Drive
Columbus, MS 39702
Sponsored by the Golden Triangle VE Team
POC: John W. Buckley (K5DDT)
(662) 549-5099
POC: Doug Camp (K5BAK)
(662) 314-2345

Test Dates:

February 27, 2021
May 29, 2021
August 28, 2021
November 20, 2021
Advanced registration requested. Check with us for unscheduled sessions that may have been added


MFJ Enterprises
300 Industrial Park Road
Starkville, MS 39759
Sponsored by the Golden Triangle VE Team
POC: John W. Buckley (K5DDT)
(662) 549-5099
POC: Doug Camp (K5BAK)
(662) 341-2345

Learn how to handle formal traffic

Thanks to K5DDT for forwarding this to us:

On the first Wednesday and the First Saturday of each month 7290 Traffic
Manager KA5EZK conducts an on-the-air tutorial on handling formal
traffic. Each daily session is broken up into two parts.  One part at
9AM and one at noon.

It would be helpful if listeners would have an ARRL Message form
available for reference during the sessions (download available at
7290trafficnet.org under training).  In addition, a comprehensive
Traffic Handling Resource Manual that is also used as reference during
the sessions can be downloaded.

This is an opportunity to sharpen your traffic handling skills, so you
won’t have to stumble through sending a formal message over the air.

See you on 7290 at 9AM this Wednesday.