CQ Amateur Radio September 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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14 min.

SEPTEMBER ALAMOGORDO, NEW MEXICO — The Alamogordo Amateur Radio Club will hold its 34th Annual HAMFEST from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 1 at the Otero County Fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road. Contact: Rick Norton, KB7SQF, (575) 491-4290. Email: <rick@nmex.com>. Website: <www.qsl.net/k5lrw>. UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA — The Uniontown Amateur Radio Club will hold its 69th Annual GABFEST and 2018 ARRL Pennsylvania State Convention beginning 8 a.m., Saturday, September 1 at the club’s grounds, 433 Old Pittsburgh Road. Contact: Tony Alviar (724) 430-1277 (M-F, 8-4) or George Syner (724) 439-1554. Email: <officers@w3pie.org>. Website: <www.w3pie.org>. Talk-in 147.045+ (PL 131.8). CHADDS FORD, PENNSYLVANIA — Rob Olszewski will air special event stations K3B, N3B, and W3B from Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 16 on all bands commemorating the Battle of Brandywine of the American Revolution. QSL…

6 min.
ham radio news

Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, Named Newsline Young Ham of the Year Fourteen-year-old Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Bill Pasternak WA6TIF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award. Rascoll lives in Montgomery, Alabama. He earned his Technician Class license at age 11 and had upgraded to Extra Class by late 2017. His mom, Lauren, is also a ham (KG5TQO). Bryant is already an experienced contester and DXpeditioner. He was chosen for last year’s Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure in Costa Rica and was a member of one of three youth teams at this past July’s World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) event in Germany (see our WRTC report on page 10). He is also the ARRL Alabama Section Youth Coordinator, won first place at a…

6 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

This is another one of those issues that kind of puts itself together the way it wants to be, without too much regard for what we humans may have originally planned… Therefore, I’m pleased to inform you that this issue of CQ has decided that it wants to be a mini-contest special! And that’s a good idea, since September is the unofficial start of the fall contesting season (Our September/October contest calendar on page 92 takes up a full page!). If your vision of ham radio contesting is sitting in your (or someone else’s) basement or attic for 24 or 48 hours, contacting other hams sitting in their basements or attics, then this issue says you need to read it thoroughly. We do report on that kind of traditional contest operation…

11 min.
a competition to top all contests: six days in wittenberg, germany

Lithuanian, German, and U.S. Teams Medal at WRTC 2018 In mid-July, hams were everywhere on the streets and in the restaurants of Wittenberg, Germany, for the eighth running of the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC 2018). Measured by any criteria, this year’s quadrennial gathering of competitors was a huge success. Competitors and volunteers alike invariably said that the social aspects of meeting fellow contesters were at least as important as the competition itself. And indeed, each night the din of multiple conversations was unending at the Luther Hotel headquarters and at nearby restaurants, into the early morning hours. The WRTC has been conducted as a competition within the IARU HF Championship since the second competition was held in San Francisco in 1996. The WRTC competitors followed a different set of rules for WRTC…

7 min.
results of the 2018 cqww wpx ssb contest

Propagation is still in a slump, but participation and activity in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest are stable. The number of logs received, total number of QSOs made, and average scores were remarkably close to last year’s statistics. Just under 5,400 logs were received this year, down about 1% from last year. Even though the number of logs received was down, the number of QSOs reported rose ever so slightly to 1,719,937 this year versus 1,716,668 last year. Last year, 400 stations had at least 1,000 QSOs after log checking; this year it was 387. The median number of QSOs per log last year was 120; this year, 125. Of course, many of the factors entering into a station’s final score are the result of choices made by the…

5 min.
2018 cqww wpx ssb plaque winners and donors

SINGLE OPERATOR ALL BAND WORLD: Tom Georgens, W2SC Plaque. Won by: 8P5A operated by Tom Georgens, W2SC WORLD Low Power: Caribbean Contesting Consortium Plaque. Won by: PJ4R operated by John Bayne, KK9A WORLD QRP: Phil Krichbaum, NØKE Plaque. Won by: M. Dzuzdanovic, E74Y USA: Atilano de Oms, PY5EG Plaque. Won by: AC1U operated by Ed Sawyer, N1UR USA Low Power: Terry Zivney, N4TZ Plaque. Won by: KS9K operated by Terry Zivney, N4TZ USA QRP: Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q Plaque. Won by: Randy Shirbroun, NDØC USA Zone 3 Low Power: Buz Reeves, K2GL Memorial Plaque. Won by: Axel Bruderer KI6RRN USA Zone 4 High Power: Society of Midwest Contesters Plaque. Won by: George A. DeMontrond III, NR5M USA Zone 4 Low Power: Society of Midwest Contesters Plaque. Awarded to: Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO/4* USA Zone 5 High Power: Charles Wooten, NF4A Plaque. Awarded…