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CQ Amateur Radio October 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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United States
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English
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CQ Communications, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
announcements

COVID-19 UPDATE The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered plans for any social gathering and hamfests and ham radio-related conferences are taking a huge hit. CQ urges all readers to please check with the organizers of these events to ensure the event will still be held. OCTOBER COLUMBUS JUNCTION, IOWA — The Muscatine Amateur Radio Club and Washington Area Amateur Radio Club will hold the 36th Annual Southeast Iowa Hamfest beginning 7 a.m., Sunday, October 4 at the Louisa County Fairgrounds, 101 Fairground Road. Contact: C. Scott Richardson, NØMRZ, (563) 506-0304. Email: <ec@muscatineares.org>. Website: <www.waarc.net>. Talk-in 146.985- (PL 192.8). VE exams. MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK — The Orange County Amateur Radio Club will hold its Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday, October 4 at the Town of Wallkill Community Center, 2 Wes Warren Drive.…

5 min.
ham radio news

FCC to Hams: That’ll be $50, Please The FCC is proposing a $50 fee for all amateur radio license applications, modifications and upgrades, under terms of a law passed by Congress in 2018. It would not include administrative updates such as address changes, but according to the ARRL Letter, the proposed fee would also apply to requests for printed licenses. Over a 10-year license term, the fee would be the equivalent of $5 per year. Hams have had to pay fees as high as $70 in the past for vanity licenses, but licenses with sequentially-issued callsigns were exempted. The FCC eliminated all fees for amateur licenses several years ago. The fee proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270. The full NPRM is at <https://tinyurl.com/y58xuc7a>.…

5 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

You hear it on the air, at hamfests (when we had hamfests), and club meetings (when we had club meetings). You read it in news articles about ham radio. “Ham radio is a dying hobby.” “There’s nothing to attract young people to amateur radio today.” “We’re all going to die off in the next 20 years and ham radio will die with us.” I’ve been hearing it for years and frankly, it’s getting to be as old as many of the hams who believe it’s true. In fact, even older. Now, I’m not suggesting that we don’t need to do all we can to introduce young people to amateur radio and to hopefully get some of them to join us. But I am suggesting that the basic premise — that not…

2 min.
news bytes

Can Power Line Noise Help Track Sporadic-E? The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is hoping that a combination of power line noise and an antenna built primarily for radio astronomy can help identify and track the movement of sporadic-E (Es) clouds in real time. And of course, a ham is part of the team. According to an Air Force news release, the research team — led by physicist Ken Obenberger — is using the unintentional RF radiation from power lines and the University of New Mexico’s Long Wavelength Array (LWA) to map and track dense Es clouds. The announcement explained that while the climatology of Es has long been able to provide a probability of when it will occur (e.g., we know that it’s most likely in the summer, during late…

7 min.
ef8r: the world’s best contest qth?

Life is … searching! In this case, I mean searching for the best contest QTH in the world. In the 1990s, after traveling around the world many times, visiting almost every Pacific island, contesting and carrying radios and antennas on my back, I finally got a better idea. Why not settle down in one place only — at the best QTH in the world? A Good Start Our group already had a good place in Faro de Sardina on the north coast of Grand Canary Island (or more accurately, in Spanish, Gran Canaria). We had made some excellent contest efforts from that location, including the incredible multi-record-breaking CQWW SSB performance in 1999 by Jeff Steinman, N5TJ, operating as EA8BH. (That year, Jeff broke the single-op all-band record by more than 10 million points…

1 min.
on the cover

A close-up look at just a few of the 28 antennas atop Montaña de Guía, 600 meters (1968 feet) above sea level on Grand Canary Island, which author Leo Radchenko, RA5A, believes is the world's best contest QTH. The antennas in the cover photo include, from left-to-right, a 160-meter ground plane (just barely visible at the very far left of the cover); a 5-over-5 for 15 meters (the top one is hidden behind the CQ logo); a SteppIR DB18E; a 20-meter rotatable beam; and a 20-meter Yagi fixed on Europe. All of the towers are 60 feet high. The peak in the background is Pico de la Atalaya, at 432 meters (1417 feet), with the Atlantic Ocean beyond it. For more information about this QTH and the contest superstation that's been…