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CQ Amateur Radio August 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

in this issue

13 min.
announcements

AUGUST OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA — The Young Ladies Radio League will hold its 2018 YLRL Convention on Thursday, August 2 through Sunday, August 5 at the Sheraton OKC, 1 North Broadway Avenue. Website: <http://ylrlconvention.org>. Email: <w5mqc@yahoo.com>. AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Austin Summerfest 2018 and 2018 ARRL South Texas Section Convention will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, August 3 and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, August 4 at the Crowne Plaza, 6121 North IH-35. Website: <www.austinsummerfest.org>. Talk-in 146.94 (PL 107.2). VE exams. CARLINVILLE, ILLINOIS — The Montgomery County Amateur Radio Club, Macoupin County Amateur Radio Club, Okaw Valley Amateur Radio Club, and Sagamon Valley Radio Club will hold the West Central Hamfest from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, August 4 at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds, 21149 IL 4.…

5 min.
ham radio news

ITU Chief: Kosovo’s Z6 Prefix “Unauthorized and Illegal” The secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union says Kosovo’s Z6 amateur radio prefix has not been allocated to any country by the ITU and is therefore “an unauthorized and illegal usage of this international numbering resource.” According to the ARRL Letter, Secretary-General Houlin Zhao’s finding came in response to an inquiry from Serbia, which has never recognized Kosovo’s secession, even a decade after the former Yugoslav province declared independence. Zhao also advised the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) that the Z6 prefix was unauthorized and asked that it remove the prefix from its website listing, even though Kosovo’s national organization, SHRAK, is an IARU member. The ruling does not affect Kosovo’s status on either the ARRL’s DXCC list or CQ’s country list for award…

4 min.
spotlight on young hams

This is a big month for young hams … on the air, on stage, and in the pages of this issue. (Yes, we’re talking about the young hams who supposedly don’t exist, and who supposedly haven’t existed for at least the past 40 years.) On the Air From the 8 to the 15 of this month, some 80 hams under age 25 from 30 countries will spend a week together in the Gauteng region of South Africa at the eighth annual Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) camp. Normally, it’s a summer camp, but since it’s in the southern hemisphere this time, it’s a winter camp! Sponsored by Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) — which covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa — this year’s camp is being hosted…

7 min.
vp2mkg: montserrat and a tale of three contests

One of the great things about DXpeditioning is the opportunity to meet local residents and learn about a different culture. Group expeditions also offer great camaraderie with fellow hams. K5KG/VP2MKG shares his story of a recent hamming trip to Monserrat, including his operation during the 2018 CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest, whose results are in this issue. Montserrat is a beautiful Caribbean island, but unique in that it is the only Caribbean island to have suffered recently from volcanic eruptions (see Photos A and B, plus sidebar, “Plymouth, Montserrat: Pompeii II”). Charlie Carroll, K1XX (Photo C), and his wife, Martha, have gone to Montserrat for the past four years for Charlie to work the ARRL DX SSB contest. In recent years, Charlie has invited me to go along, but for this or…

3 min.
plymouth, montserrat: pompeii ii

Montserrat’s capital city, Plymouth, was completely destroyed and two-thirds of the island’s population was forced to flee after the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano erupted in July 1995 (Photo G). In subsequent years, eruptions have continued, leaving over half of the island — the south end’s “exclusion zone” — uninhabitable. In all, 19 persons lost their lives in these eruptions. In a 1997 eruption, farmers tending their fields on the side of the volcano were unable to escape the rapid pyroclastic flows that were said to have been in excess of 100 miles per hour. The city of Plymouth has been slowly buried by ash and mud flows over the years. Only the top floors of many of its multi-story buildings are visible, while many smaller buildings are totally covered. Our…

1 min.
vp2mss in the arrl dx cw contest

We had hoped to start the contest on 20 meters, but it was dead at 00z so we started on 40 instead. Twenty came back to life in the 01z hour, and we spent most of the second hour there. Contacts in the first four hours were 175, 196, 186, and 195, respectively. Analysis of our log by the CBS program <www.kkn.net/~n6tv/cbs> reports that our best hour was 247 (Saturday, 15z on 15 meters), and the worst was 13z on Sunday with a measly 15 Qs. It’s interesting to note that the same operator was in the chair for both of those hours. The 20-meter band was so packed Sunday morning that we were forced way up to 14115 (and V47T was above us). It was surprising to us that…