The Jewish Quarterback

The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing missing was a good quarterback He scouted and scouted but couldn’t find a quarterback who could give the Bears a shot at a Super Bowl win.

Then one night while watching the news he saw a war-zone scene in the West Bank. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Israeli soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away.


He threw another hand grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.


Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.


“I’ve got to get this guy!” the coach said to himself. “He has the perfect arm!”

So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl.

The young man is hailed as a great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his mother.

“Mom” he says into the phone, “I just won the Super Bowl !”

“I don’t want to talk to you”, the old woman says. “You are not my son!”

“I don’t think you understand, Mom,” the young man pleads.

“I’ve won the greatest sporting event in the world. I’m here among thousands of my adoring fans.”

“No! Let me tell you!” his mother retorts. “At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn’t get raped!” The old lady pauses, and then tearfully says,……….”I’ll never forgive you for making us move to Chicago!”

Why we don’t want to elect a President by Popular Vote

A friend sent me a email the other day titled “Strange facts about the United States.” The very first strange fact was:

More people live in New York City than in 40 of the 50 states.

That got me thinking. Really? If that is true that would be the major reason for the existence of the Electoral College. Think about electing a POTUS strictly on popular vote. That would assure that NYC and the “Left Coast” would decide every Presidential election!

So I did some more checking and came up with the map below showing states with populations less then NYC. You can see there are a bunch of them. (Shown in red on the map)  That is pretty scary!  Give that some though, NYC deciding who is the next POTUS!  We saw an example of that in the 2016 Presidential Election where Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by winning New York and California.

Here are a few facts from the 2016 Presidential Election:

There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
Trump won 3,084 of them.
Clinton won 57.
There are 62 counties in New York State.
Trump won 46 of them.
Clinton won 16.
Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 2. million + votes.
In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties, Trump won Richmond) Therefore, these 5 counties alone more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country. These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles. The United States is comprised of 3, 797,000 square miles.

Quick Guide to WSJT-X on the Icom IC-7100

We had a great presentation today by Wendell, N4VLK,  on the digital mode FT-8 today at the CARS club meeting. I was asked if I have run FT-8 / WSJT-X on my IC-7100. Yep, I have, and it works quite well too. I know where are a number of guys in the club that have the IC-7100 so I thought I would share my setup information.  Here is a very quick guide on setting up WSJT-X on the Icom IC-7100.  I am assuming that you have already installed the Icom supplied USB CAT and USB Audio drivers.  If not, do install them before continuing with the WSJT-X installation.

First, download and install Dimension 4, an app to keep your clock synced to the NBS time source. This is very important to make sure your receive and transmit timing is correct, otherwise WSJT-X will not decode signals and other stations will not be able to decode your signal.  (you can click on the images below to see a larger view)

Website for Dimention 4

Installation is pretty straight forward, select a sever to sync with and click the Sync “Now button.”

Dim 4 Install screen

Once you have Dimension 4 installed, go to the website for WSJT-X and install the Windows version.

Download site for WSJT-X

You can use the defaults for the install.

Run the WSJT-X program and you should see two windows, the waterfall display window and the main window.  In the main window click “File” on the top menu and select Settings from the pull down.

On the General Settings tab, enter your Call and your Grid Square information

WSJT-X General Settings

Then on the Radio tab enter the info for you CAT port for the IC-7100.  Select the radio type, then the serial port, in my case it is Com 6, and select CAT for the PTT. Once these settings are complete you can click on the “Test CAT” button at the bottom right of the window.  If button turns Green your CAT is setup correctly.   You can also test the PTT function with the “Test PPT” button.

WSJT-X Radio Settings Tab

Then go to the Audio Tab and select the USB Microphone and Speakers for the audio interface.

WSJT-X Radio Tab Settings

A couple more settings and we are done!  Now go to the Reporting Tab and set the program to send data to PSKReporter website.

WSJT-X Reporting Setup

Close the Setup window and one final setting is to the “Mode” on the main menu bar of the WSJT-X main screen and set the mode to FT-8.  Can also run other modes with this program if you desire.

WSJT-X Mode Setting

Ok, you should be ready to operate at this point!  I suggest watching for a while to get a feel for what is going on with the program.  Also, reading the user guide will be a great help.

Have fun on FT-8!  If you have any questions that I can help you with email me at

73 and GL

This makes me laugh

This is something that you won’t see on the NBC Nightly News. A investigation by the GAO tried to buy illegal guns on the internet. Their results, other than some obviously illegal gun dealers on the Dark Web where no guns would be sold by dealers on the web when they knew the buyers were not allowed to purchase firearms.

Like I said, you won’t see this on the Nightly News!  Or on CNN.

Interface cable for Icom IC-7100 to a PK-232 Packet TNC

I was trying to interface the Icom IC-7100 to a PK-232 MBX Terminal Node Controller (TNC).  On my Yaesu radios it is a pretty simple matter to put a 6 pin mini DIN connector on the end of the PK-232 cable and have everything working in a very short time.  However, it wasn’t that easy on the IC-7100.  The IC-7100 is a great little radio, covers just about DC to daylight in a very compact package.  But I wanted to have the ability to use it on VHF packet radio, so interfacing the PK-232 was a requirement.

After trying the data port and the accessory port I realized what the problem was. There was no squelch on the audio from these two outputs. I found that information on using this new radio with a vintage TNC was very hard to find. Reading the manuals supplied with the transceiver didn’t help much.  After some additional investigation I saw that audio output from the receiver was available at the mic jack I then knew how to make the cable.  Since that was from the speaker it would be squelched.

Here is the connections to operate the PK-232 Terminal Node Controller with a Icom 7100 all mode all band radio.  Below is the cable details for creating your own interface cable.   On the left is the rear view of the RJ45 microphone connector on the IC-7100 matched up to the wire colors of a “standard” PK-232 radio cable as supplied by Timewave.  If you are using a Kantronics TNC look up the pin outs for it’s connector in the manual or on the web.  It should work just as well, although I don’t have a Kantronics TNC to test here.  If anyone out there tries the Kantronics drop me a note and let me know how it worked.

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To enable the audio output to the microphone jack, you need to turn on “Speaker Out” in the function menu.   Press <SET> then select <Function> on the main menu, then scroll down to <Speaker Out> and set that on “ON.”

Set Speaker Out ON in the Function Menu

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