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CQ Amateur Radio February 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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CQ Communications, Inc.
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12 Issues

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11 min.

FEBRUARY HOOSICK FALLS, NEW YORK — The Conerstone Fellowship Radio Club will hold its Ham Swap Fest on Saturday, February 3 at Hoosick Falls High School, 21187 NY Route 22. Contact: Greg Fox (518) 330-9244 or Tim Colaneri (518) 431-9750. NEGAUNEE, MICHIGAN — The Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association will hold its annual Swap Meet on Saturday, February 3 at Negaunee Township Hall, 42 Highway M-35. Contact: John Veight (906) 458-1708. Email: <carczar52@gmail.com>. Talk-in 147.27 (PL 100). NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — The Charleston Amateur Radio Society will hold the 45th Annual Charleston Hamfest and 2018 ARRL South Carolina State Convention on Saturday, February 3 at the Armory Park Community Center, 5000 Lackawanna Boulevard. Contact: Steven Lamendola, KE4THX, (336) 740-4382. Email: <steven.lamendola@gmail.com>. Talk-in 146.790-. VE exams. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — The Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society will…

9 min.
ham radio news

Logbook of the World Adding Support for WAZ Award Support for CQ’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program is being added to the ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LoTW) electronic confirmation system. Beta-testing was getting under way at press time in mid-December. Once activated, hams who participate in LoTW will be able to use credits for contacts confirmed via the online system to apply for new or updated WAZ awards and endorsements. LoTW has supported CQ’s WPX award program since 2012. Applicants may use all LoTW contacts or mix them with traditional QSL cards and eQSL-confirmed contacts in applying for WAZ. Standard fees apply for LoTW credits and CQ award applications (and are collected separately). Instructions will be posted on the LoTW website. Check the CQ Newsroom at <http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com> for updates and…

5 min.

“The opportunity to do more with less is one of QRP’s main appeals. Another is that QRP is at the center of the revival in building among today’s hams, and it got me back into building stuff as well, after an absence of too many years.” Why operate QRP, or low power? Isn’t it easier to make more contacts with more power? Yes, it is. And that’s exactly the reason for operating QRP. It isn’t easy! It’s a challenge. My most recent pack of QSL cards from the bureau included a confirmation from OK1MBZ in the Czech Republic (see photos). From my station in New Jersey, working into Eastern Europe with 100 watts and a multiband vertical (my basic station) is not a big deal, as long as propagation is even moderately…

3 min.
news bytes

“Flying COW” Helps Restore Cell Service in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico is still in the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria’s devastation to its electrical and communication infrastructure, and AT&T is using drone technology to provide temporary cell phone service in certain areas. You might be familiar with the term “COW” for a temporary “Cell on Wheels” network access site. In Puerto Rico, AT&T teamed up with drone-maker Vanu to create a “Cell on Wings” version of the COW. The phone giant installed an LTE cell site on one of Vanu’s Pulse Vapor 55 drones, which looks and flies like a tiny helicopter (Photo A), and has it hover 200 feet above the ground, according to AT&T. The company says it is the first-ever successful deployment of an LTE cell site on…

6 min.
qrp on easter island

My XYL, Terri, and I had never been out of North America, so when she asked me where I would like to go for our first real adventure, I said Easter Island (Photo A). She thought I was joking, and later bought me a 16-inch high Moai statue on eBay, saying that is as close as I would likely ever get to the South Pacific island, also known as Rapa Nui. About a year later, she asked again where I wanted to go, and I again answered Easter Island! The trip was now on, with her doing all the logistical planning, and me wondering about radio equipment. This was a trip for the two of us (Photo B), not a DXpedition. On the other hand, how can one go to the…

3 min.
ten-watt rig disguised as a bc-221 frequency meter

Yes, I am running 10 watts with my BC-221, World War II-vintage frequency meter (Photo A). This is a repurposed BC-221-Q that looks like a gray lunch box from the outside. It has a fold-down table in front (Photo B) and a hatch in the rear for the battery or power supply. All of the WWII radio maintenance shops had a BC-221 to keep the radios they serviced on the correct frequencies. Even some post-war broadcast stations used the BC-221. Today’s new digital frequency counters have made the BC-221 relatively obsolete, so I figured, why not use mine as a very sturdy case for a QRP transceiver? The original components of my BC-221 were removed and it now contains a “1 Watter” QRP Transceiver Kit from kitsandparts.com, with a Pacific Antenna…