CQ Amateur Radio February 2019

CQ is the magazine for active hams, with a focus on the practical. Every article is clearly written and aimed at involving you, the reader...whether it's a story of operating from some exotic location, an article to deepen your understanding of ham radio science and technology, or a fun-to-build project that will have practical use in your ham shack. Join us on our monthly journey through the broad and varied landscape of the world's most fascinating hobby!

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11 min.

FEBRUARY RICHMOND, VIRGINIA—The Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society will hold Frostfest and the 2019 ARRL Roanoke Division Convention from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, February 2 at the Exhibition Hall-Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue. Website: <http://frostfest.com>. Talk-in 146.880- (PL 74.4). VE exams, DXCC card checking. SANDY, UTAH—The Utah Digital Communication Conference 2019 will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, February 2 at the Salt lake Community College Conference Center, 9750 South 300 West. Email: <utahdcc@gmail.com>. Website: <http://utah-dcc.org>. SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT—The Connecticut Valley FM Association will hold its Swap Fest beginning 8 a.m., Saturday, February 2 at the Springfield VT VFW Post 771, 191 River Road. Email: <swapmeet@cvfma.org>. Website: <www.cvfma.org>. Talk-in 146.760- (PL 110.9). ORLANDO, FLORIDA—The Orlando Amateur Radio Club will hold the Orlando Hamcation and 2019 ARRL Southeastern Division Convention…

5 min.
ham radio news

FCC Back to Full Strength (But Closed at Press Time) The Federal Communications Commission once again has five members, with the Senate confirmation of Brendan Carr for a full five-year term (he’d been filling a vacated seat since 2017) and of Geoffrey Starks, who is replacing former Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. They join Chairman Ajit Pai and fellow Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel. Starks moves up from a staff position as Assistant Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. The Senate also confirmed Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the White House office of Science and Technology Policy. (Tnx K3ZJ) At press time in mid-January, the FCC remained essentially closed due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. See News Bytes on page 10 for more details on how the shutdown is affecting ham radio. ARRL…

5 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

The Lure of Less We hams like to get more for less. Just check out the haggling at a hamfest flea market if you have any doubts. Part of it is being frugal (or “cheap” if you prefer), but another part is the challenge of seeing how far you can stretch a buck. At hamfests, this challenge is about dollars, but on the air, it’s the same challenge that drives the QRP, or low power, enthusiast to see how far he or she can stretch a watt. And just as it’s possible to get some amazing deals at a hamfest, you can make some amazing QSOs with QRP. In fact, it may be easier since there are more opportunities. Hamfests happen here and there, scattered around the calendar and the country.…

4 min.
our readers say:

The W9IOP Second Op Our November cover story on the W9IOP Second Op DXing aid brought back happy memories for many readers, as well as several letters from them. Here are a few: Editor, CQ: The cover of the most recent CQ magazine caught my eye while I was browsing in our library today. I found Terry Joyner’s article, “Blast From the Past: The W9IOP Second Op,” very interesting as I never knew who W9IOP was or that he was an avid contester. I fondly remember the Second Op. I had one at my operating position many years ago and used it frequently. Mr. Joyner wrote that W9IOP moved to Electro-Voice after working at CQ magazine in its early days. He mentions the names of a couple of hams at E-V and I would…

3 min.
news bytes

As this is written in early January, the federal government is partially shut down due to a funding dispute between the President and Congress. The FCC is among the agencies affected. We hope that, by the time you read this, an agreement has been reached to reopen all federal agencies. However, the impact on hams will likely extend beyond the shutdown. Here’s a snapshot of how the shutdown affected government agencies and services typically used by hams, including any expected post-shutdown effects. FCC The FCC shut down all but essential functions (such as spectrum auctions) as of January 3. The Universal Licensing System (ULS) and Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) websites continued to be accessible; however, there was no staff support behind them. Amateur license processing was shut down, including new licenses,…

6 min.
qrp, marconi, and me

Photo Essay of a Hamming Vacation to Italy Every amateur should have a bucket list. Mine includes traveling to a far-flung destination and being DX as part of a DXpedition; visiting ARRL headquarters and operating from W1AW; operating from a cruise ship as/MM (maritime mobile) from a faraway location; earning DXCC, 5-band DXCC, WAS, and Honor Roll. The list continues to grow. Having goals and achieving them over a number of years as an active ham has been good for me and good for the hobby. I visited ARRL headquarters way back in 1990 and operated two days at W1AW, check. DXCC, check; WAS, check; maritime mobile, check. Visit the birthplace of radio1? Check! I’m still looking to join a DXpedition. So how did I come to visit the birthplace of wireless? Why…