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CQ Amateur Radio March 2019

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

MARCH TRUSSVILLE, ALABAMA — The Birmingham Amateur Radio Club will hold BirmingHAMfest 2019 from 4-7 p.m., Friday, March 1 and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trrussville-Clay Road. Contact: Jeff Drew, N4JDU, P.O. Box 10464, Birmingham, AL 35203. Email: <birminghamfest@w4cue.com>. Website: <http:w4cue.com>. CAVE CITY, KENTUCKY — The Mammoth Cave Amateur Radio Club will hold the 43rd Annual Cave City Hamfest beginning 7:30 a.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Cave City Convention Center, 502 Mammoth Cave Street. Contact: Larry Brumett, KN4IV, 108 Withers Street, Glasgow, KY 42141. Phone: (270) 651-2363. Email: <lbrumett@glasgow-ky.com>. Talk-in 146.34+. VE exams. ELRYIA, OHIO — The Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society will hold the NOARS Winter Hamfest from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, March 3 at the Lorain County Community College-John…

5 min.
ham radio news

ARRL CEO: “Balance Has Been Lost” ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, says the “balance has been lost” between the League’s three major components — a membership organization, a business, and a 501(c)(3) charity. The key, according to the ARRL Letter, is creating value. Speaking at Ham Radio University in New York in early January, Michel said the League needs to refocus its priorities on creating value for new licensees who currently don’t join ARRL or quit after a year; shift the perspective in its publishing operations from producing books to producing and delivering value to readers, regardless of the medium, and that the organization must do more for new hams once they become licensed. “We’ve got them through the test to get their license,” he said, “and then we’ve dropped them.…

6 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

Something amazing happened at the ARRL board of directors meeting in January. The board — which includes five newly-elected directors among its 15 members — put the brakes on changes in League governance and other matters that have been generating controversy among the members for the past two-and-a-half years (Details of the board’s actions are in “News Bytes” on page 9). These changes began with the removal of a long-time volunteer from a top position in the National Traffic System and from his elected position as a Section Manager; continued through questionable actions by the Elections and Ethics Committee, including canceling elections and disqualifying candidates without explanation to members; adoption of a code of conduct for directors and vice directors that essentially stifled dissent outside the board room; proposed changes…

5 min.
news bytes

The reconfigured ARRL Board of Directors, with five out of the 15 members newly elected, made some major course changes at its January meeting. Four of the five new directors had been endorsed by the “MyARRLVoice” group1, which opposed certain controversial actions taken by the previous board and its committees, often without explanation to the members. One participant noted that those who favor transparency are now in the majority. Here’s a look at some of the board’s more significant actions on controversial issues. Amateur Radio Parity Act According to the meeting minutes, the board decided to “review, reexamine, and reappraise the ARRL’s regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions” on amateur radio antennas. This refers to bans or severe limits on amateur antennas by homeowners’ associations and/or deed…

7 min.
the little ice age: a solar phenomenon or manmade climate change?

Anyone who’s even remotely familiar with the study of sunspots probably has heard of the Little Ice Age. Observed between 1645 and 1717, it was characterized, in part, by a time of extremely low sunspot activity. As seen in Figure 1,1 this period, called the Maunder Minimum, was thought by some to either have caused or exacerbated the Earth’s cooling because of reduced solar output. Still others concluded the Earth’s cooling at the time may have resulted from massive volcanic eruptions and sustained changes in Arctic ice cover. Now, new evidence has surfaced suggesting the Little Ice Age may represent the first example of manmade climate change. During the Little Ice Age, in Europe, for example, farms and villages in the Swiss Alps are recorded as having been destroyed by encroaching…

9 min.
how i became a lunatic

It’s perhaps the ultimate DX — a nearly half-million-mile path for every QSO — and specialized digital modes are putting EME — Earth-Moon-Earth — communications within reach of many amateurs. W2JAZ shares his “getting started” story. I blame it on Ray Golley, N3RG. Ray gave a presentation at a monthly South Jersey Radio Association meeting about EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) operation and the thrill he got from using digital modes to work other amateur stations by bouncing signals off the moon. His enthusiasm was infectious. When you realize a radio wave has to travel over 238,000 miles one way just to get to the moon, and then make the same trip back, such contacts are real DX. I’ve always enjoyed chasing DX, but despite Ray’s enthusiasm, it seemed extraordinarily challenging … and it…