Icom IC-705 approved by FCC: pricing and availability update

According to information found on SWLing Blog, the ICOM IC-705 finally has a release date and pricing information.

Icom ic-705

The long awaited ICOM IC-705 had finally been approved by the FCC and is soon to be sold in the USA. The price of the transceiver is about what I expected it to be.

From The SWLing Blog: Icom IC-705 approved by FCC: pricing and availability update

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Best Ham Radio Apps

My Favorite IOS Ham Radio Apps

Ham radio apps are where old analog and new digital worlds collide!

I use a bunch of IOS ham radio apps on my iPhone. The list of apps below are those I use most frequently. The links will take you to the Apple pages that better describes their features. Perhaps some of these apps may be useful to you.

Some of the apps have overlapping tools. DXToolBox and HamLog have a lot of similarites. HamLog beats DXToolBox for a bunch of reasons in my opinion.

Echolink: A free app that provides access to the EchoLink network. Use the app to connect to the EchoLink system from just about anywhere on an IOS device.

HamAntCalc: A $1.69 app that calculates the length of dipoles, inverted vee’s, verticals and more.

ISS Spottter: A free app (with optional in app purchases) that makes it easy to locate the International Space Station (ISS). You can also forecast future low passes for your area, set an alarm of the pass you want to view.

Resistor Code Calculator: A free app that’s a big help for these tired old eyes. The app calculates resistor colors and translates them into corresponding values. A useful app for anyone building kits or test circuits.

Ham Morse: A $4.99 app and worth every penny! Ham Morse is a comprehensive learning tool with different methods sending code, It will definitely help to improve your skill level. As a CW op for over 30 years, I fall back to it for a quick ‘head tune up’ from time to time.

Callbook: A free app which is handy for looking up detailed info about the call while working field operations such as Parks on the Air.

Hamclock: A 99 cents app which is a handy quick reference tool for field ops. Hamclock displays local and UTC time as well as your current grid square info.


HamLog: A 99 cents app that has an amazing array of ham radio tools for field operations. Hamlog’s features go way beyond simple logging. Visit N3WS’s Pignology site and check out his complete line of hardware interfaces and other ham radio software.

Which ham radio apps do you use on IOS or Android?

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Vintage Morse Code

The Long Island CW Club Revisited

The Long Island CW Club
W2LCW – The Long Island CW Club

The Long Island CW Club (LICW) has come a long way since my first post about the club in January 2018.

I recently visited their Web site and found that the Club now has about 800 members in all 50 states and 18 countries!

As one of the original lifetime members, it’s great to see that their idea of bringing tradition to Amateur Radio has really caught on!

Among the 48 classes on their schedule, LICW now offers classes for kids and ladies. What a perfect idea to bring people together into one of the best aspects of the Amateur Radio hobby and service.

Morse Code, The Original Digital Mode

Unlike FM and SSB modes, Morse code or CW (continuous wave) only needs a narrow bandwidth to operate. Less bandwidth means space for more operators. CW transmissions can be received when band conditions are poor. Morse code was, is and always will be the original form of digital transmissions.

Are you interested in learning the most efficient, original form of digital communications?

Visit the Long Island CW Club. Check out their web site, photo gallery, videos and class schedules today!

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