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.

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Ham Test Online, one of the more popular online amateur radio exam study sites, is offering great renewal discounts as well as good discounts for 1st timers.

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Also note that, although new comments closed on Nov 16th, you can still reply to existing comments regarding the FCC $50 fee proposal through the end of today.

MagARC Awards Program files

Here are the program details and the application for the Specialist Award.

Please refer to the awards program file to answer any questions. If you still have questions, or want to submit an application, please contact the MagARC Awards Administrator- Allen McBroom, AG5ND.

If you do not have contact info for Allen, please reach out on the W5YD repeater or feel free to email me at k5rfl@arrl.net.

Weather Resources

From W5TXR

To all Hams, EOC’s, EC’s and EOS

a powerful weather resource is available at:


This is a extremely well done website for weather buffs and professionals. its an el-freebo too!

also, check out HamShack Hotline. I think this is a valuable resource especially for EOC, EC’s and ARRL Emergency Operating Station, ARES and RACES affiliation

The phones used are Cisco SIP phones. there is specific models that are comparable.
Configuration was easy as 3.14159265

HHUS is already building in popularity

My HHUS is 5559


Be Prepared for bad weather coming. Check your ham station, antennas, generators, Packet Winlink and such
Prepare for the worst expect an optimistic outcome. Pray for people in the affected areas.

Im in contact with the CAFB EC and WX office, I will pass along any valuable information.

Im not the EC, Im doing this as a courtesy.

On the lighter side, check out my ham radio website and my company website

73’s – Art

Weather update from CAFB

Forwarded from W5TXR on Aug 21

Two tropical depressions are forecasted to move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. CAFB is expected to see some effects from both systems.

TD 14 is expected to become Tropical Storm Laura this morning and is forecast to make landfall as a low-end hurricane in Texas late Tuesday night. It has the greatest potential to cause severe weather to CAFB at this time with potential impacts of 30-40kt gusts and isolated tornadoes.

TD 13 is expected to become Tropical Storm Marco tomorrow. It is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane near Pensacola early Wednesday morning. There is a significant amount of uncertainty with this storm with a large amount of spread in the models regarding its intensity. It will help increase moisture over Mississippi and Alabama and will interact with TD 14.

There is a change that these two systems could have an interaction known as the “Fujiwhara effect” which is a phenomenon that occurs when two nearby cyclonic vortices (tropical systems in this case) close the distance between their circulations. They won’t merge, but the tracks of one or both systems could be impacted. It depends on the size and intensity of each circulation as they near each other in the Gulf, which is uncertain right now.

Considering the amount of uncertainty with how these systems will interact, the exact impacts for CAFB and MAFB are also uncertain. At the moment, we are expecting tropical storm force wind gusts (30-40kts) and a lot of rain Monday through Wednesday. There is potential for isolated tornadoes Monday/Tuesday as well, since we should be on the eastern side of TD 14.