Delay in Delivery of ” Icom IC-705 “ – WE expected that based on the Pandemic

I would be very happy to have picked up the 705 at the Dayton/Xenia Hamvention or actually before hand so we could Walk-about-QSO at the event but lives are more important right now than shiny new toys

Apology and Notice of “Icom IC-705” Delivery Delay

Thank you for using ICOM products.

Many customers have made reservations for the HF-430MHz all-mode 10W transceiver “IC-705”, which was scheduled to be released in late March 2020, but some of the parts involved in product manufacturing However, the arrival of the new coronavirus has been delayed due to the recent problem, and production has been delayed accordingly.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to those who are looking forward to our products.

As for the delivery of the product, we do not have any plans for the arrival of parts, so we will inform you separately as soon as it becomes clear.

It will take some time until delivery, but we will do our utmost to ensure delivery as soon as possible, so we ask for your understanding.

Best regards


If you need a Laugh or two over the COVID-19

Wash your hands frequently – Wear a mask – Stay Indoors – Wash your Hair every day – Call CQ

Be safe! Forget Hamfests, club meetings and Coffee meet ups   – stay home and avoid others

You may have the virus, not have symptoms and be spreading it around like crazy and not even know it

Temporary Ham Radio Q-Codes for our times:
> QLD: I am locked down.
> QUA: I am quarantined.
> QPD: I am in the middle of a pandemic.
> QTP: I have toilet paper. Want to trade for a new car?
> QFC: I am flattening the curve.
> QHG: I need a hug.
> QSH: I am sheltering in place.
> QHS: I have hand sanitizer. Want to trade for two new cars?
> QSD: I am observing social distancing.
> QCV: I hate Coronavirus.


Walter Dufrain – K5EST – QRPcw

Pandemic HF Nets Now Open – COVID-19 Ham Radio affected

With the USA surpassing China with infected cases its time to check into the Pandemic Hf Nets

In February Canada sent tons and tons of medical equipment to China and now we have shortages for ourselves

Italy did not take it serious

The US did not take it serious as many at Mardis Gras found out

Please take it serious! Stay Home and get on the air instead

STOP all ham meetings at clubs and ham fests until we get can flatten the curve. Hams are at high risk based on demographics

A new free and open net for North America, regional and NVIS communications.
Open to all radio operators in the Amateur Radio Service, Governmental, or Non-Governmental Organizations.

PURPOSE: Backup HF communications support and preparation.

AREA COVERAGE: USA, Canada, Mexico, EasternPacific, WesternAtlantic.

DATES: 10 March 2020 to 01 May 2020.

TIME: Every day at 2:00 PM local time and 8:00 PM local time.
(time at your location) (duration: 15 minutes)

MODES: SSB voice and/or ALE (AMD texting, other modes as needed)

10145.5 kHz USB {channel 10DALE} Texting AMD (ALE Netcall: HFN)
7296.0 kHz USB {channel 07HALE} Voice SSB (ALE Netcall: HFL)
5371.5 kHz USB {channel 05GALE} Voice SSB and Texting AMD (ALE Netcall: HFL)
3996.0 kHz USB {channel 03LALE} (Voice SSB) (ALE Netcall: HFL)

NET CONTROL: There is no Net Control Station (really, every station is a net control station).

Informal procedures, be courteous.
Start the net by listening.
If frequency is clear, transmit an ALE SOUND and a NET CALL on each of the 4 channels.
Use short transmissions.
On voice or text, identify often with your station callsign.
On voice or text:  “CQ PANDEMIC HF NET”.
Use the chat room and map:
Link and QSO with as many stations as possible for approximately 15 minutes.
After net is completed, scan all channels normally.

-Bonnie Crystal KQ6XA
HFLINK Coordinator

Dayton Hamvention Announces Cancellation of 2020 Show

For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancelations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency.

“The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health departments. It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year,” Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said in announcing the cancelation on March 15. “This decision is extremely difficult for us, but with around 2 months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary. More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted. Thank you for your understanding in this time of international crisis.”

The Dayton Hamvention cancelation comes less than a week after the International DX Convention in Visalia, California, called off this year’s show. The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) sponsors Hamvention.

Since 2017, Hamvention has been held each May at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. The international gathering attracted more than 32,000 visitors in 2019.

Hamvention’s announcement has caused the cancelation of other associated events. These include Contest University, the Contest Dinner, and the Top Band Dinner.

Ozarkon Cancelled

Good Evening Group, In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak and in the interest of caution for the medically vulnerable individuals in our group, 4SQRP has decided to cancel Ozarkcon 2020. Stay tuned as we continue to refine our plans. Please contact the Hotel to cancel your reservations. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. Sincerely Johnny AC0BQ  

COVID19 UPDATE Dayton Hamvention not Cancelled but will be Cancelled


The Hamvention Executive Committee wants to update the Amateur Radio Community our current status in regards to COVID19. The health and welfare of all attending this event is very important to us all.

As most of you know the COVID19 pandemic is a very fluid situation and the Hamvention Executive Committee is constantly in touch with the Greene County Department of Health and in turn they have daily meetings with the Ohio Department of Health.
As of now we plan on holding Hamvention unless otherwise directed.
It is our intention to follow the orders of the State of Ohio and the Greene County Health Dept.
We will update as required.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Vy 73,
Executive Committee Hamvention 2020
Ohio State issued this ban which means the hamfest will be cancelled

Ohio Bans Mass Gatherings of 100 or More

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH has signed an order to prohibit mass gatherings in the state of Ohio.

Mass gatherings are defined as any event or convening that brings together 100 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theater, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.

This would include parades, fairs, and festivals.

Mass gatherings does not include normal operations of airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, or other spaces where 100 or more persons may be in transit. It also does not include typical office environments, schools, restaurants, factories, or retail/grocery stores where large numbers of people are present, but it is unusual for them to be within arm’s length of one another.

Additional exclusions are listed in the full Ohio Department of Health order. 

This order will take effect immediately and will remain until the state of emergency declared by the Governor has been rescinded or modified.

Other announcements made today by Governor DeWine:

Ohio now has five confirmed cases of COVID-19. The fifth case involves a 55-year-old Trumbull County man who is currently hospitalized. The man has no travel history outside of Ohio, and this case represents a case of community spread. Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton expect that the number of cases will continue to grow, as medical experts have predicted that the number of cases will continue to double every six days.

At the urging of the nursing home industry, the Ohio Department of Health will soon update its current order limiting visitors to nursing and assisted living homes to reflect that no visitors will be admitted.

Fore more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Coronavirus: FUNK.TAG ham radio event cancelled

Coronavirus: FUNK.TAG ham radio event cancelled
The amateur radio event FUNK.TAG planned to take place in Kassel, Germany on April 18 has been cancelled due to coronavirus

The FUNK.TAG Kassel is organized by the DARC Verlag GmbH and is aimed at radio amateurs, makers and electronics enthusiasts.

A translation of the announcement on the DARC site says:

5th FUNK.TAG on April 18, 2020 will not take place.

Due to the current developments in the case of corona infections, the organizer has decided to cancel FUNK.TAG in Kassel, which was originally planned for April 18, 2020.

The DARC board follows the recommendation of Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn, who currently advises to refrain from events with over 1000 visitors.

Source DARC

Hamex Cancelled

To all Hamex Vendors:

The Hamex committee has been closely monitoring the fluid conditions around the COVID-19 virus; however, with the recent cancellations in the sports world, local public parades and school closing etc., it was felt that Hamex 2020 should be cancelled in the interest of the health & safety of our community.

Many of you are repeat vendors and we do appreciate your continued participation with Ham-ex in making it one of the best hamfests in Ontario. We hope you understand the reasoning behind our decision. You will be contacted shortly about a full refund.