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CQ Amateur Radio August 2017

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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United States
CQ Communications, Inc.
$8.38(Incl. tax)
$41.98(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

13 min.

AUGUST CANTON, OHIO — The Canton Amateur Radio Club will a special event station from Thursday, August 3 through Sunday, August 6 to celebrate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival. Frequencies include 14.285, 21.320, 7.200, and 146.790 (PL 141.3) MHz. QSL to Canton ARC, P.O. Box 8673, Canton, OH 44711-8673. Contact: Dennis Moriarty, K8AGB, (330) 479-9722. AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Austin Amateur Radio Club and the Texas VHF-FM Society will hold Austin Summerfest 2017 and the 2017 ARRL South Texas Section Convention Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5 at the Crown Plaza Austin, 6121 N. IH-35. Contact: Joe Makeever, 8609 Tallwood Drive, Austin TX 78759-8126. Phone: (512) 345-0800. Email: w5hs@arrl.net. Website: www.austonsummerfest.org. Talk-in 146.94 (PL 107.2). SPOKANE, WASHINGTON — The Spokane DX Association and Idaho DX Association will hold the 62nd…

7 min.
ham radio news

Inching Closer on New MF/LF Bands Access to our new bands at 630 and 2200 meters is one step closer, but not there yet. The FCC’s Report and Order establishing a secondary amateur allocation on these bands and setting out the parameters for operating on them (such as power limits, etc.) has been published in the Federal Register, but the door is not yet open. According to the ARRL Letter, the next step will be for the FCC to work out the procedures by which amateurs will need to notify the United Technology Council of intent to operate on the bands. UTC represents power utilities that use these low and medium frequencies for power line communication (PLC) systems that control the power grid. Amateur operation on 630 and 2200 meters will…

6 min.
the hidden value of field day

The ARRL likes to promote two major aspects of Field Day, but there is one other significant part of the event that is too often overlooked. I was reminded of it during my FD visit with K2MFF, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Amateur Radio Club. The parts that are well-promoted, of course, are the event’s value as an emergency communications exercise (for which K2MFF’s setup in a university parking deck — see photos — may have been more realistic than operating in a park or similar location); and its value as a public demonstration of amateur radio and our ability to communicate, both locally and nationally, without relying on the telephone/ internet/commercial power infrastructure. These are certainly both valid and important. At K2MFF, like at countless other stations, we operated…

5 min.
travels with cq: hamvention 2017 – making the xenia connection

Imagine bringing a medium-sized town to the same location for the same event year after year for more than a half-century, then on short notice, having to pick up and move the whole town, essentially starting from scratch in a new location with new challenges and new opportunities. The task was huge and the challenge was generally wellmet by the Dayton Hamvention® committee as it reinvented the Hamvention at its new home at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. The move was made necessary by last year’s closing of the long-deteriorating Hara Arena. There were challenges, to be sure, but they were either overcome during the course of the show or are at the top of the Hamvention Committee’s agenda for next year. All in all, we think the move…

1 min.
young ladies’ radio league, inc. since 1939

For 75 years the Young Ladies’ Radio League, Inc. (YLRL) has helped women find their voice in Amateur Radio with members of all ages and interests. The YLRL sponsors a number of certificates for both YLs and OMs. Members can earn special YL Certificates. YL-Harmonics is our bi-monthly publication highlighting what women are doing in Amateur Radio. YLRL gives out scholarships to YLs each year. For more information on the YLRL, the current dues amounts, weekly YL Net locations or how to join please go to our website at www.ylrl.org or contact the Publicity Chairwoman, Cheryl Muhr, NØWBV at n0wbv@earthlink.net. All Officer information is also listed both on the website and in each edition of the magazine and you may contact any Officer as well. With thanks to the OMs who encourage and support…

13 min.
results of the 2017 cq world wide 160 meter contest

Aside from his duties as CQWW DX Contest Director until 2015, Randy Thompson, K5ZD, has also been the webmaster for all the CQWW major contests. Last year, he spearheaded the revamp of CQ160.com, which included a new score database that features results going back to 1960. We asked for volunteers to type in score results, available only from old magazines. Thanks to efforts of the many volunteers, the database is now complete and the following volunteers deserve special credit and accolades: MMØLID, KC1CWF, NN3W, W4AU, SV1DPI, OR2F, W0MU, K9GX, K1XX, K8FC, CT1EKD, and K9VV. Please visit the new site and check out your past scores or compare them with other stations. You can also print a certificate for your operation, which will show your place both in your category and in your QTH. 2017…