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Serious Sidebanders…Over the years the old masters became mentors and passed tradition on. Though many fell silent and we marked their passing with regret, their spirit still lives on through this team. Like a good team of players in any game, we stand solid because of each member’s contributions, large or small.It cannot stand on the actions of a few. If you are looking for a place in sideband radio, this is one excellent spot to call home. Reach out and explore life, but remember the light here is always left on. We should cherish the past, but I do not wish its return. We should plan for the future, but be in no hurry to get there. The present is where we all belong.

We are one of the most elite Radio Organizations being our strict recruitment and no nonsense ideology, not all can join and most are removed for violations of our code of conduct.

When you hear an #IS number, you are hearing excellence.

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*Our HAMCRAM is a session that reviews the entire Technician Class
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Feb. 2021 Hamcram held at the Hightstown, NJ Firehouse.There are 26 Registrants for 30 seats.
This Information was updated on 04/07/21.
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Hamcram Location:
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1620 Church Rd Pen Argyl, PA 18072
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Hamcram #Month/Year – LocationStudents Passed1Feb. 2015 Bayville FAS102Feb. 2016 Bayville FAS063Feb. 2017 Bayville FAS074Feb. 2018 Bayville FAS145Feb. 2019 Bayville FAS166Feb. 2020 MONOC Wall177Feb. 2021 Hightstown FD188Apr. 2021 Wind Gap, PATBD9Sep. 2021 Madison Pk FDTBDTOTAL TO DATE88Door Prizes (only one win per person)
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How to Update the Xiegu G90 Firmware

Date: September 15, 2020Author: KE2YK2 Comments

Xiegu G90 SDR Transceiver

Reviews seem to suggest that the Xiegu G90 is a fairly good Chinese HF transceiver. The G90 received an impressive 4.6 out of 5 rating from 33 reviews posted at

With an SDR structure, internal antenna tuner, flexible transceiver settings, highly configurable bandwidth filters and 20 watts of power, the Xiegu G90 is attractive at its price point.

My thinking is that the G90 might be suitable for my Parks on the Air operations, Field Day and other events. My primary concern would be the 15 second FT8 duty cycle and how the finals would hold up. I’d like to hear from you if you have used the G90 with FT8.

The Xiegu GSOC Controller / Panadapter

Just for the sake of mentioning it here, the new Xiegu GSOC external controller / panadapter is, in IMHO out of the question. I am not sure if the GSOC has been released in the U.S. yet but the suggested $500 list price sure scared me off. Here’s a link to a YouTube video with a quick view of the GSOC display.

Coupling the GSOC with the G90 would lead me right back to ordering a second ICOM IC-7300 for my portable operations. When comes to the GSOC, judge it for yourself.

Updating the G90 firmware is not exactly straightforward. The firmware has to be updated separately in the display head and main body. The firmware can be downloaded from various places.

I found the firmware, terminal program (yes… a terminal program) and necessary drivers on site in zip format. Some of the sites have downloads in the .rar format which requires 7Zip software on Windows. As of this post, the latest G90 firmware version is 1.74.

Here’s a video of the procedure to follow from YouTube. The video covers firmware version 1.73 but the procedure is exactly the same.

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Posted By: Richard T MIndler Jr 3-15-2021

IC- 7300 Firmware Download

Firmware Download

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Download TypeFirmware
Model nameIC-7300
VersionVersion 1.30
Major changesChanges in this versionA SET MODE item is added to expand the transmission passband width for the SSB data mode up to “100 to 2900 Hz”.A SET MODE item is added to make the USB SEND/USB Keying function active immediately after USB port connection. The Menu structure is changed accordingly.Refer to IC-7300 Firmware Update Information Ver.1.30 for more details.To update the firmwareThoroughly read Section 8. USING AN SD CARD and Section 15.
UPDATING THE FIRMWARE of the FULL MANUAL and follow the instructions displayed on the IC-7300 LCD screen.The firmware will be updated to the following versions.
Main CPU: 1.30
DSP Program: 1.07
DSP Data: 1.00
FPGA: 1.13
File Size2.69MB
File Typezip
Manualmanual download page
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You agree not to hold Icom Inc. and its affiliates responsible for any damage to your equipment operation or loss of data, or unauthorized use of the equipment, whether intentional or not, as a result of use this download service.I have read, fully understood and agree the above.Download (2.69MB)You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these PDF files. If you do not have this installed, please download the software by clicking on the icon at left.Return to search page

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Expert: Texas energy crisis, extreme weather underscore role for nuclear, balanced power mix


Kotek said the Department of Energy estimates that the carbon-free reactors will have a lifetime of more than 80 years, and “would keep about 800 million metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere.”

However, he believe it’s crucial that other efforts are made, in addition to nuclear energy, in order to succeed in decarbonizing energy. That includes “increasing shares of wind, solar and storage to get to a clean grid.”

Kotek, who also was nominated by former President Barack Obama in October 2015 to serve as Assistant Energy Secretary for nuclear energy, is hopeful that the Biden-Harris administration will be “supportive of nuclear.”

During the campaign, President Joe Biden recognized that “both existing nuclear and a next generation of nuclear technology [are] having an important role to play in decarbonizing the grid,” Kotek said.

He’s optimistic that the new administration will “focus on keeping existing plants running, and then they’ll focus on creating pathway for our next generation of nuclear technology.”
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Winter Storm 1-31-21

Posted By Richard T.Mindler, jr 1-31-21

Winter Storm Orlena to Pummel East Coast as a Nor’easter With Heavy Snow, Strong Winds

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At a Glance

  • Orlena will bring its heaviest snowfall to the Northeast through Monday night, lingering into Tuesday.
  • Strong winds and coastal flooding are also threats.
  • Orlena has already blanketed parts of the Midwest with snowfall.

Winter Storm Orlena is set to pummel the East Coast with heavy snow and strong winds expected from parts of New England to the northern mid-Atlantic, including the Boston, New York City and Philadelphia metro areas.

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Here’s a look at where the storm is now followed by the forecast for what’s to come.

Latest Status

Snowfall will intensify as it moves northward from the mid-Atlantic states toward the New York City Tri-state through Sunday night and early Monday. However, some lingering dry air may keep most of southern New England dry for the time being.

Snow will also expand Sunday night in the Ohio Valley, extending as far south as Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains, while coming to an end across the Upper Midwest.

(MORE: Orlena Cancels Flights, Causes Accidents)


Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect from the Appalachians and mid-Atlantic states into New England. The worst winter conditions are generally expected in the areas under winter storm warnings.

Winter Weather Alerts(From the National Weather Service.)

Orlena will bring widespread moderate to major (locally extreme) impacts across the Northeast, as depicted below in the latest Winter Storm Severity Index from NOAA. The index takes into account snow, ice, wind, temperatures, location and population to determine the expected impact from a winter storm.

One of the expected impacts is that travel in the Northeast will be severely disrupted by the snow and strong winds from Orlena into Tuesday.

Winter Storm Severity Index(NOAA)

Forecast Timing


Monday will be the peak day of the storm in the Northeast.

Snow, likely heavy at times, is expected from southern New England to the New York City metro area and the northern mid-Atlantic states. The snow could change to rain or sleet for a time near the immediate coast from southeast New England to portions of Long Island and southern New Jersey.

There may also dry air several thousand feet above the ground, known to meteorologists as the “dry slot,” that could take away at least a few hours of heavier precipitation wherever it tracks.

Lingering snow is also expected in parts of the Ohio Valley and the Appalachians on Monday.

Monday night, that heavier snow is expected to spread farther north into New England and into parts of upstate and central New York, but may continue in parts of the northern mid-Atlantic states.

Strong winds will buffet the Northeast coast Monday and Monday night. Near-blizzard conditions cannot be ruled out where heavier snow overlaps with stronger winds, possibly including parts of the New York City metro area.

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Monday’s Forecast(The green shadings depict where rain is expected. Areas that are shaded blue are expected to see snow. Purple-shaded locations may see either rain or snow. Areas in pink are expected to see sleet or freezing rain (ice).)


The best chance of snow continuing into Groundhog Day will be in New England, but some lighter snow may linger as far west as central New York and as far south as New Jersey or the Delmarva Peninsula.

Some snow showers can’t be ruled out in the Appalachians.

Snow could linger in these areas Tuesday night or even Wednesday.

Tuesday’s Forecast(The green shadings depict where rain is expected. Areas that are shaded blue are expected to see snow. Purple-shaded locations may see either rain or snow. Areas in pink are expected to see sleet or freezing rain (ice).)

Snow Forecast

Widespread, heavy snowfall totals are forecast throughout parts of the Interstate 95 corridor from southeast Pennsylvania to New York City and New England.Advertisement

Some areas south or east of Interstate 95 could see rain or sleet mix in for a time. Therefore, there could be very large differences in snowfall over short distances across the following areas:

-From the north and west suburbs to the south shore in the Boston metro area.

-From southeast Pennsylvania to southern New Jersey.

-From eastern Long Island to New York City, northern New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley.

Heavy snowfall is possible in purple areas in the map below and most likely in the darkest purple contours. Widespread totals of 6 to 12 inches are expected in these areas. Some of the locations shaded in darkest purple or pink could pick up 1 to 2 feet of snow, including from eastern Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey and southeast New York.

This heavy snow threat includes all or parts of the Boston, Hartford, New York City and Philadelphia metro areas.

Additional Snowfall Forecast(This forecast shows the additional snowfall expected along the path of Orlena.)

Wind, Coastal Flood Impacts

Snow won’t be the only impact.

Strong winds are likely to develop along the coast from the Delmarva Peninsula to coastal New England Monday and could last along the New England coast into Tuesday.


Strong north to northwest winds could develop over the interior Northeast, Appalachians and piedmont of Virginia and North Carolina Tuesday and linger in parts of the Northeast into Wednesday.

Winds could lead to power outages and possibly some tree damage, particularly if they occur in areas of heavy accumulated snow.

Given the storm’s slow movement and persistent onshore winds, coastal flooding may occur from the Delmarva Peninsula to New England.

The National Weather Service has issued coastal flood alerts along parts of the East Coast.


The high tides of most concern for coastal flooding along the New Jersey shore are late Monday morning, late Monday night and late Tuesday morning.

Moderate to locally major coastal flooding is possible Monday night in southern and eastern parts of Long Island.

At Boston Harbor, high tides of concern are just after midnight Tuesday morning and again early Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service expects mainly minor to moderate coastal flooding at high tide Waves may lead to beach and dune erosion in some areas.

Check for updates to this forecast.

Orlena’s History

Orlena began its cross-country journey in California last week and then tracked into the Midwest over the weekend.

It wrung out feet of snow in California’s Sierra Nevada and other parts of the West. For full details, click here.

In the Midwest, Chicago’s O’Hare airport had picked up 8.8 inches of snowfall as of early Sunday afternoon.

More than a half-foot of snow fell across the Milwaukee metro area and northern Indiana.

Below is a general look at the estimated snowfall that Orlena has produced since Saturday.

Estimated Snowfall

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Four teenagers arrested over ‘live-streamed’ murder of 15-year-old girl in Walmart

Posted ny Richard T Mindler, Jr January 26, 2021, 2:03 PM

<p>Customers exit a 24 hour Walmart on Black Friday on 27 November 2020 in Neptune City, New Jersey</p> ((Getty Images))
Customers exit a 24 hour Walmart on Black Friday on 27 November 2020 in Neptune City, New Jersey((Getty Images))

Four young girls were arrested over the weekend after the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl at a Louisiana Walmart was live-streamed on social media.

The four girls, aged between 12 and 14, were arrested on Saturday after the victim was fatally stabbed at a Walmart in Lake Charles, Louisiana, according to a Facebook post by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

The suspects allegedly used a knife that they had stolen from the store in the incident, just moments after they were seen in the kitchen aisle, according to reports.

Live footage of the incident was also allegedly posted to social media by one of the suspects. It appeared to show her holding a knife while moving towards the victim. Surveillance footage released by police showed a girl carrying the knife as she fled the store on Saturday.

Other videos showed the girls fleeing from the store, while one of the suspects shouted: “Just stabbed somebody at Walmart” and added: “We just stabbed that b***h in her heart. We don’t give a f**k.”

The authorities have not yet revealed a motive for the attack, but think that the incident was started at a nearby cinema. The victim and suspects have not been named.

One of the four suspects has been charged with second-degree murder, while the other three are facing a charge of principal to second-degree murder. All four suspects have been booked into a juvenile detention centre in Louisiana.

Calcasieu Parish sheriff Tony Mancus condemned the violence in an interview with WWL-TV, saying: “The whole murder was played out on (social media) so, again, there appeared to be no remorse.

“It was very cold to see 12, 13, 14 and 15-year-olds acting this way and we as a society can’t tolerate it. We cannot let this plague and take over our community.”

Mr Mancus also issued a plea to local parents to help “take control” of their children, citing other similar incidents in recent months.

“This the third homicide in six months that involved juveniles that ranged from 11 to 16 years old. They come from all backgrounds, all races. I feel like we have a problem in our community that we’re going to have to face and address,” he said.

Sheriff Mancus added: “This is not something we can police ourselves out. I just don’t feel like this is a police matter. This is a parenting issue.”

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FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week

The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C.

  • Jan 11, 2021 Posted by Richard T MIndler, Jr

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, in Washington. Federal prosecutors say a retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was arrested Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Texas.

  • John Minchillo – staff, AP

FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. When Biden takes office later this month, his biggest challenge may be navigating a deeply divided country past the turmoil of the Trump era.

  • Susan Walsh – staff, AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.

An internal FBI bulletin warned, as of Sunday, that the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press. Investigators believe some of the people are members of extremist groups, the officials said. The bulletin was first reported by ABC.