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UPDATED 0800 1/26/2021
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Icom will be releasing new firmware for our IC-705, IC-7300 and IC-9700 transceivers.
The updates are planned to improve the user experience and incorporate communication modes such as FT8.

The firmware is due to be released around the end of January 2021 starting with the IC-705 and followed shortly by versions for the IC-7300 and IC-9700. The updates will be available as free downloads.

Click On Below Link For More Info

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Dayton Hamvention 2021 cancelled
The Hamvention organizers have decided to cancel this year's show which had been planned for May 21-23 in Xenia, Ohio
A notice on their website says:
Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021. Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention.
Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors.
Dayton Hamvention
https://hamvention.org/
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From Rusty, Our Net Manager
"I am not going to able to be on the air a lot due to complications with pneumonia that has reared it's ugly head at me again. Hopefully I will not have to go back in the hospital again.
Thank you all for the prayers and thoughts. This has been a struggle I won't soon forget!!
73,
Rusty Plocheck, WE5TXS"
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2021 AM Rally Set for First Weekend in February
The 2021 running of the AM Rally will take place from 0000 UTC on Saturday, February 6 to 0700 UTC on Monday, February 8. The annual AM Rally operating event encourages all operators to explore amateur radio’s original voice mode by showcasing the various types of amplitude modulation equipment in use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube radios to the latest SDR-based transceivers.

To read the entire article go to:
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/2021-am-rally-set-for-first-weekend-in-february
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LICENSE FEE UPDATE
The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.” In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees are per application. There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address.

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Request from the website manager
I am in the process of creating a list of club activites such as hamfests, tailgates, etc, for 2021. Please use the contact link above and submit your club activities for our list.
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Send the info to us via the above CONTACT link and we will try to help you sell it.
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