CQ Amateur Radio December 2018

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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The Features section for this 73rd edition contains articles on HF Curtain Arrays, Broadcasting for Peace in the Lake Chad region, the new MW transmitter installed by TWR Bonaire, and V7AB Radio Marshall Island, as well as our regular Digital Update and equipment reviews and other articles of interest to DXers and radio amateurs The remaining pages are, as usual, full of information on: • National and International broadcasts and broadcasters by country with frequencies, powers, languages, contacts, and more, including Clandestine and other target broadcasters• MW frequency listings by region. International and domestic SW frequency listings, and DRM listings• International SW broadcasts in English, French, German, Portuguese & Spanish.• Reference info on Transmitter locations, DX clubs, Internet Resources, and more Available December 2018 www.wrth.com SOME COMMENTS ON WRTH 2018 I refer to WRTH daily in…

6 min.

DECEMBER DELTA, OHIO — The Fulton County Amateur Radio Club will hold its Winter Hamfest from 8-11 a.m., Saturday, December 1 at the Village of Delta Memorial Hall, 401 Main Street. Contact: Bryan Patterson, KB8ELG, (419) 822-5038 or (419) 250-6694. Email: <kb8elg@hotmail.com>. VE exams. MESA, ARIZONA — The Superstition Amateur Radio Club will hold Superstition SuperFest 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 1 at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Avenue. Email: <info@superstitionsuperfest.org>. Website: <www.sperstitionsuperfest.org>. Talk-in 147.120+ (PL 162.2), 448.275-(PL 100), 449.600-(PL 100). VE exams, card checking, fox hunt, special event station K7A. NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS — The Arkansas DX Association will hold the 51st Annual ADXA Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 1 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place. Contact: Joel Harrison, W5ZN,…

8 min.
ham radio news

WB2ITX Takes Helm as ARRL CEO; Looks to Broaden League’s Appeal Howard Michel, WB2ITX, began work as the ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer in mid-October, the third new CEO since the retirement of Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, in 2016. Michel, who previously worked in the robotics and artificial intelligence industries, also served as volunteer president and CEO of IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. According to the ARRL Letter, Michel believes the League needs to embrace new technologies in amateur radio, such as FT8, but “in a way that those who don’t adopt the new technology won’t feel abandoned.” He also called for the ARRL to seek partnerships with other like-minded organizations and to find new ways of reaching out to younger hams. ARRL Executive Committee: Too Much Silence from the…

5 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

One of the things I love about operating in a contest is the opportunity to watch the progression of propagation on a given band, even a band that’s been written off by some for the duration of a sunspot minimum. In October’s CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB weekend, I wasn’t able to get on the air until mid-morning Saturday. The 20-meter band was already packed and it didn’t take me long to realize (remember, actually) that my 100 watts and multiband vertical can’t compete with big signals on 20 without a solar assist. After tuning up the band once without making any contacts, I switched to 15 meters. Now, the conventional wisdom is that looking for DX on 15 during a sunspot minimum is essentially a waste of time. And…

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cq congratulates bryant rascoll, kg5hvo 2018 newsline young ham of the year

NEW YORK – Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, of Montgomery, Alabama, has been selected as the 2018 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Bryant, 14, is the son of Tim and Lauren (KG5TQO) Rascoll. He is a member of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club. Bryant was first licensed as a Technician in May 2015. Within a short time, he earned his General ticket in August 2015. He became an Extra Class operator in November 2017. Bryant says he was hooked on amateur radio after joining Boy Scout Troop 64 in New Orleans and taking the Radio merit badge. He says listening to a counselor’s QSO with a station in the Netherlands during an ARRL DX contest fueled his desire to become a ham. He was 11 years old at…

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the ft8 top ten list

You’ve almost definitely heard of FT8, the digital mode that caught fire the week it was introduced … and you’ve probably heard and read lots of things about it, both good and bad. But you might not have actually tried it yet. K5PA and WB2REM explain why you should give it a try in their FT8 Top Ten list (with apologies to David Letterman). In just one year, the WSJT-X FT8 mode has become the most popular digital mode in amateur radio. What is the magic behind FT8 and what are the reasons for its rise to stardom? Its usage ranges from making everyday QSOs, working DX and DXpeditions, to utilizing FT8 as a Field Day mode. Although FT8 has such a diverse worldwide following, there are amateur radio operators who…