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CQ Amateur Radio April 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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12 Issues

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11 min.

APRIL BRANSON, MISSOURI — The 4State QRP Group will hold the OzarkCon QRP Conference on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at the Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center, 3050 Green Mountain Drive. Website: <www.ozarkcon.com>. BELTON, TEXAS — The Temple Amateur Radio Club will hold HamEXPO, The Belton Hamfest on Saturday, April 7 at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 West loop 121. Email: <hamexpo@tarc.org>. Website: <www.beltonhamfest.org>. Talk-in 146.820-(PL 123). BRAINERD, MINNESOTA — The Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club will hold the Brainerd Area Hamfest on Saturday, April 7 at the Brainerd National Guard Armory, 1115 Wright Street. Contact: BAARC, 33247 East Shamineau Drive, Motley, MN 56466. Website: <www.brainerdham.org>. Talk-in 147.225+. VE exams, card checking. COLUMBUS, INDIANA — The Columbus Amateur Radio Club will hold the 35th Annual Columbus Hamfest on Saturday, April…

7 min.
ham radio news

ARRL Seeks More HF Privileges for Techs The ARRL has petitioned the FCC for expanded HF voice, RTTY, and digital privileges for Technician Class licensees. The League says current growth rates in licensing are insufficient to sustain the amateur service in the long run, and points out the longstanding problem that many Technician licensees never get on the air or become active members of the broader amateur radio community. The entry-level license, says the ARRL petition, must “provide sufficient, relevant, operating privileges to allow these individuals to find value in Amateur Radio and to build in a strong incentive to upgrade to the next license class by a culture of involvement among new licensees.” Specifically, the League’s February 28 petition asks for RTTY and other digital-mode privileges on current Technician CW subbands…

7 min.
“tear down that wall”

President Ronald Reagan, in 1987, famously stood at the Berlin Wall and called on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” Today, the ARRL is proposing to tear down a metaphorical wall that has separated Technician Class hams from the rest of their fellow hams for nearly 70 years. In a petition to the FCC filed on February 28, the League is calling for full integration of Technicians with mainstream (read HF-active) ham radio with a broad expansion of Tech voice and digital privileges on HF. While we have a few quibbles with the League’s reasoning, we strongly support the proposal. To fully understand its significance, though, we need to look at a little history. When the Technician license was created in 1951 (along with the Novice license), its…

10 min.
results of the 2017 cqww dx ssb contest

What a great statement about the biggest (and greatest) contest the amateur radio world has ever known. And it is still the biggest and it is still getting bigger. How satisfying. If you like numbers, 8,606 logs were submitted on phone, a more than 13% increase over last year, and 124 more logs than the prior all-time record reached in 2013, despite the big decline in sunspots since that time. As we think about the massive, worldwide participation in the CQWW contest, as of presstime, we are reading disappointing news about the Bouvet expedition, cut short just a few miles away; so close they could almost touch it (see this month’s DX column for details – ed.). As contesters, we are so lucky that no matter what, the contest goes on.…

5 min.
2017 cqww dx ssb trophy winners and donors

SINGLE OPERATOR World8P5A (Opr.: Tom Georgens, W2SC)Donor: Southern California DX Club World – Low PowerHI3T (Opr.: Ted Jimenez, HI3TEJ)Donor: Slovenian Contest Club World – QRP Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q Donor: Jeff Steinman, N5TJ World – AssistedP33W (Opr.: Andrey Sachkov, LZ2HM)Donor: Glenn Johnson, WØGJ World – Assisted Low PowerP4ØW (Opr.: John Crovelli, W2GD)Donor: Gail Sheehan, K2RED U.S.A.Doug Grant,K1DGDonor: Potomac Valley Radio Club – KC8C Memorial U.S.A. – Low PowerJohn Vogel, N1PGADonor: North Coast Contesters U.S.A. – QRP Bob Jacobson, K2YGM* Donor: Pat Collins, N8VW U.S.A. – Assisted Randy Thompson, K5ZD Donor: John Rodgers, WE3C U.S.A. – Assisted Low Power Jim Bowman, KS1J Donor: LA9Z/LN9Z Leia Contest Club U.S.A. – Zone 3 Bob Wolbert, K6XX Donor: Northern California Contest Club U.S.A. – Zone 4 Mike Wetzel, W9RE Donor: Kansas City DX Club Europe TK9R (Opr.: Salvatore Farina, IK8UND) Donor: Potomac Valley Radio Club – W4BVV Memorial Europe – Low Power EI1A (Opr.: Olivier Vandenbalck, EI8GQB) Donor: Tim Duffy, K3LR Europe – QRP HG8U…

2 min.
what’s new

KeychainQRP HF Transmitters Did you ever want a full-fledged CW QRP transmitter that can fit on your keychain that actually works? Well QuirkyQRP Ham Radios has the solution for you with its micro-sized CW ham radios that are small enough to keep attached to your car keys. Each rig weighs in at roughly 1 ounce and measures 1 inch x 1 inch x 0.75 inches. They are currently for sale on Etsy in the following bands: 10, 15, 17, 20, 40, 80, and 160 meters. Each KeychainQRP transmitter is set to a single operating frequency: 28.224, 21.10248, 18.080, 14.1120, 14.1475, 14.31818, 7.200, 3.57954, or 1.8432 MHz. When paired with an inexpensive multi-band shortwave receiver or HF receiver kit, a very lightweight transceiver setup can be achieved. Another HF receiver option is one of the…