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CQ Amateur Radio

CQ Amateur Radio March 2020

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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English
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CQ Communications, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
announcements

MARCH 2020 ELYRIA, OHIO — The Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society will hold the NOARS Winter Hamfest from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, March 1 at the Lorain County Community College-John A. Spitzer Conference Center, 1005 N. Abbe Road. Contact: Carl Rimmer, W8KRF, (216) 256-9624 (before 9 p.m.). Email: <winterhamfest@noars.net>. Website: <www.noars.net/winterhamfest>. Talk-in 146.70- (PL 110.96). LINCOLN, NEBRASKA — The Southeast Nebraska Amateur Radio Club will air special event station, NØN, from the Nebraska State Capitol Building from 1300-2300 UTC, Sunday, March 1 in honor of Nebraska Statehood Day. Frequencies include 7.180, 14.265, and 18.150 MHz using SSB. QSL to Charles Bennett, SE Nebraska ARC, P.O. Box 67181, Lincoln, NE 68506. Email: <kd0ptk@gmail.com>. CAVE CITY, KENTUCKY — The Mammoth Cave Amateur Radio Club will hold the 44th Annual Cave City Hamfest beginning 7:30…

5 min.
ham radio news

ARRL Board Fires its CEO The ARRL board of directors voted at its January meeting not to renew the contract of CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX. No official reason was provided. However, Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, suggested in an email to members that lack of progress in the League’s new “lifelong learning project” was a key factor from her perspective, along with a statement that the ARRL doesn’t “hire a CEO simply for their ‘vision.’ Rather, the CEO is the person that manages the League staff at the direction of the Board.” Michel had been CEO for just over a year. Former ARRL Chief Financial Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, was named interim CEO while a search committee interviews candidates in preparation for submitting three candidates to the full board for a…

7 min.
our readers say…

75th Anniversary Issue Editor, CQ: A comment on your January issue … WOW! The articles from the past issues were absolutely fantastic. The reminiscent articles in QST are pale compared to yours. I especially enjoyed the article on propagation during 1955-1959. I missed out on that as I didn’t become interested until late 1963 and licensed in 1964. Keep up the great job on the magazine. I enjoy each and every issue! – Jim Kocsis, WA9PYH Editor, CQ: Thanks very much for the 75-year anniversary issue of CQ — a masterful work. You brought back a lot of memories: Separates, Heathkits, RTTY, crystal-controlled transmitters, all valuable learning experiences. Have a great New Year. – 73, John O’Neill, KØVW Editor, CQ: Great issue. Thanks for the many years of service to the ham crowd. I miss WorldRadio and Popular…

6 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

The ARRL’s HF Band Planning Committee released a draft in early February of its proposals for realigning both FCC allocations on 80 meters and informal band plan changes on most other HF bands (see details of the plan on page 9). The proposal is really intended to address three separate issues, as well as three pending rule-making proposals the League has filed with the FCC, at least one of which is nearly ready to start collecting Social Security. The committee provided a two-week comment period, which will be expired by the time you read this, but we’ll ignore the calendar and comment anyway. We are generally supportive of two elements of the band plan proposal, have questions about the third and have to wonder if the whole thing is premature, unless…

3 min.
news bytes

ARRL Committee Releases Proposed HF Band Plan Changes The ARRL’s HF Band Planning Committee released a draft proposal for comment in early February on its suggestions for a revised HF band plan to accommodate wideband digital modes, greater use of automatically controlled digital stations (ACDS), and proposed enhanced privileges for both Technicians and Novices. The committee is chaired by ARRL First Vice President Greg Widin, KØGW, and it members include four directors and one vice director. The plan, which was released on February 5th with comments requested by the 19th, assumes that three rulemaking proposals currently pending before the FCC will be adopted essentially as proposed, so is subject to additional change based on the FCC’s eventual action on those petitions (RM-11759 / realigning the 80/75-meter allocations to provide more space for…

11 min.
refurbished, donated and modified … putting all the pieces all together at w8um

The University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club, W8UM, has benefited greatly from its many members and donors. Through their generosity, both monetary and equipment donations have provided the resources to remain an active club. In recent months, the club has received a 3-element SteppIR antenna (6-20M; SteppIR Communications Systems, Bellevue, WA) without a controller; a 35-foot crank up steel tower; and a single-axle trailer. In addition, due to renovations of the Michigan Union Building, the circularly-polarized 144-MHz and 435-MHz antennas, erected in 1982, were removed from the rooftop and refurbished. This is our experience in assembling these donated, refurbished, and modified items into our new mobile tower. *University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109 * <palmy@umich.edu> ** <kb8rco@arrl.net> *** <n8rgf@arrl.net> **** <mfluem@umich.edu> Trailer The single-axle trailer and the 35-foot crank-up tower were provided by the…