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CQ Amateur Radio January 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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CQ Communications, Inc.
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12 Issues

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6 min.

JANUARY 2018 BROOKVILLE, NEW YORK — The Ham Radio University Amateur Radio Club, Radio Central Amateur Radio Club, and WCWP will hold the 19th Annual Ham Radio University and 2018 ARRL New York City / Long Island Section Convention on Saturday, January 6 at the Hillwood Commons Student Center, 720 Northern Boulevard. Email: <info@hamradiouniversity.org>. Website: <http://hamradiouniversity.org>. Talk-in 146.85- (PL 136.5). VE exams, special event station: W2HRU. WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN — The West Allis Radio Amateur Club will hold the 46th Annual Midwinter Swapfest on Saturday, January 6 at the Waukesha County Expo Arena, 1000 Northview Road. Contact: Erwin, WI9EV, (262) 271-0630. Email: <wi9ev@wi.rr.com>. Website: <www.warac.org>. VE exams. WHITE PLAINS, TENNESSEE — The Lakeway Amateur Radio Club will hold its 26th Annual Hamfest and “Builders Fest” on Saturday, January 6 at Walters State Great Smokey…

5 min.
ham radio news

ARRL Board Censures Director Longtime ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, has been publicly censured by the League’s board of directors for telling members that he opposes a board policy that prohibits directors from criticizing board policies. Last January, the board adopted a code of conduct for its members that included a prohibition on speaking publicly about votes on issues before the board and on criticizing board actions. According to the ARRL, Norton repeatedly violated this and other provisions of the code, even after being warned to stop. His actions, the board ruled, drew “the Board’s collective decision making into disrepute” and “caused harm to the League.” The resolution stated that “Mr. Norton is admonished by the Board that no further, similar behavior will be tolerated.” [See this month’s “Zero…

1 min.
a note from the publisher…

What Happened to November and December? Dear Readers, Authors and Advertisers, For nearly 75 years, CQ has been a partnership of sorts between the staff, the writers, the advertisers and the readers. Each group plays a critical role in helping to produce a top-quality independent magazine to inform, educate and occasionally entertain. So it is only appropriate for us to update you, our partners, on what’s been happening over the past several months. As readers of our print edition are well aware, we have been behind schedule on printing and mailing our issues on a timely basis. The last issue you received before this one was October. We apologize for these delays, which resulted from a variety of little things going wrong, all at the same time. Rather than trying to play catch-up over…

3 min.
news bytes

The “Battle” for Bir Tawil It isn’t on the CQ countries list or the ARRL’s DXCC list, but ham radio is involved with a growing list of people who are trying to claim a patch of barren desert between Egypt and Sudan as their private country. Britain’s Daily MailOnline newspaper reported in November on a man from India laying claim to Bir Tawil, an 800-squaremile area wedged between Egypt and Sudan that neither country claims. The article says Suyash Dixit proclaimed the Kingdom of Dixit on the land after planting and watering a seed there, but noted that he acknowledged the existence of several previous claims to the territory. One of those previous claimants is Russian amateur Dmitry Zhikarev, RA9USU, who was part of African DXpedition teams in Libya (5A7A) in 2006 and…

6 min.
criticized for (allegedly) criticizing a ban on criticizing…

It’s beginning to look like we’re living in a ham radio version of a third-world dictatorship, at least as far as our national association is concerned. Last March, we took the ARRL to task for adopting a new code of conduct for board members. Among other things, it prohibited directors and vice-directors from publicly criticizing board actions and/or from disclosing individual votes on specific matters — even their own votes! — unless the board has specifically voted to make the votes public (got that?). At that time, we criticized this move toward institutionalized secrecy, noting that secrecy breeds suspicion and that, in a membership organization, the dues-paying members have a right to know what their elected representatives are doing on their behalf and with their money. We later got an editorial…

8 min.
a historic and memorable opening night/week on mf and lf!

It’s been about 100 years since U.S. amateurs operated in the spectrum below what we call today the AM broadcast band, but all that changed on Friday, October 13, 2017, when the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) began releasing notifications to amateurs in the U.S. indicating whether their proposed antenna locations would harmonize with existing power line communication (PLC) systems. It was a big day for amateur radio and particularly for those hams who have been fighting this battle for a very long time (see Figure 1 for an example). The notifications were released in waves and, by the end of the day, seemed to largely be concentrated in the eastern half of the U.S. (although a few notifications were reported in the west). Almost immediately, stations were taking to the airwaves. WSPR…