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CQ Amateur Radio September 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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
CQ Communications, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

14 min.
announsments

SEPTEMBER BOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS — FEMARA will hold the Northeast HamXposition at Boxboro and 2019 ARRL New England Section Convention from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, September 6; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, September 7; and 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, September 8 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place. Contact: Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, (508) 574-5432. Email: <k1twf@arrl.org>. Website: <www.boxboro.org>. Talk-in 147.270+ (PL 146.2), 449.925- (PL 88.5). VE exams, special event station W1N. CEDARBURG, WISCONSIN — The Ozaukee Radio Club will hold its 14th Annual Fall Amateur Radio and Hobby Swapfest from 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 7 at the Cedarburg Fireman’s Park, 796 Washington Avenue. Contact: W9IPR (262) 377-6945 or (262) 844-6331. Website: <www.ozaukeeradioclub.org>. MENA, ARKANSAS — The 50th Queen Wilhelmina Hamfest and 2019 ARRL Arkansas State Convention will be…

5 min.
ham radio news

NOAA: Prepare for Above-Normal Hurricane Activity The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Climate Prediction Center has issued a revised forecast for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, suggesting that it might be more active than originally predicted. NOAA says the El Niño pattern in the Pacific — which typically suppresses hurricane activity in the Atlantic — has ended and more named storms are now likely. The new forecast predicts there will be 10-17 named storms, of which about half may become hurricanes, including 2-4 major hurricanes (with sustained winds greater than 110 miles per hour). Hurricane season runs through November 30, with August, September and October typically being the most active months. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, be sure that both your personal and ham radio preparedness kits are…

3 min.
news bytes

Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, Named 2019 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, of Normal, Illinois, has been selected as the 2019 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Dhruv, 15, is the son of Hari Rebba, VU2SPZ, and Shailaja Panyam. He is entering his sophomore year at the Normal Community High School this fall. Dhruv earned his Technician Class license at age 9 and followed it up a year later by passing the General Class license exam. After getting his license, Dhruv became involved in Field Day and public service events with the Central Illinois Radio Club, including the “We Care Twin Cities Marathon” and the “Hop on for Hope Bike Ride/Walk.” Dhruv says he found a way to combine his interest in space…

6 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

My original plan for this month’s column was to look at the state of the “maker” movement, both generally and within ham radio, as a result of the closing (and possible rebirth) of Make: magazine and the cancellation of this month’s scheduled World Maker Faire in New York City. (KH6WZ discusses this in his “Ham Notebook” column this month, as well.) Then we got news of the passing of two major figures in ham radio technology over the past 50 years, along with the selection of the 2019 Newsline Young Ham of the Year (see separate items in “News Bytes”), and I thought that I needed to write about was what Newsline’s Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF (SK), used to refer to as the “changing of the guard.” Which direction should I go? But…

2 min.
news bytes

“Ham Radio” Magazine Co-Founder “Skip” Tenney, W1NLB, SK Thorvald “Skip” Tenney, W1NLB, became a Silent Key on August 4, after a period of declining health. In 1968, Tenney and Jim Fisk, W1DTY (SK), joined forces to publish Ham Radio magazine, the first magazine dedicated solely to state-of-the-art amateur radio articles. For 23 years, Ham Radio set the worldwide standard for amateur radio technology. Early in the ’70s, Skip launched Ham Radio Report, written by Joe Schroeder, W9JUV (SK), which was a weekly newsletter that covered breaking news in the amateur business world, DX happenings and the latest news from the FCC. In 1978, reacting to growth in the amateur service, Ham Radio Publishing Group began publishing Ham Radio Horizons, which appealed to a broader base of amateur radio operators as well as…

10 min.
america’s voice

Thousands of hams go to Ohio each year for the Dayton Hamvention®. But as WB2UDC shares, there are other attractions of interest to radio hobbyists as well, including the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting at the station’s former Bethany relay site. For me, at least the during the last 15 years, one weekend each May has been reserved for the annual pilgrimage to the Dayton, Ohio, area for the Hamvention ®. This celebration of hamdom is something that I share with my youngest son Kevin, KC2KFP. We get together for the drive from New Jersey, through Pennsylvania, to Dayton, and most recently, Xenia, Ohio. Every trip has its stories and they become the talking points of the true believers every time we gather. On Friday, the Hamvention’s opening day, we…