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CQ Amateur Radio March 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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12 Issues

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10 min.

MARCH IRONDALE, ALABAMA — The Birmingham Amateur Radio Club will hold BirmingHAMfest 2018 on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at the Zamora Temple, 3521 Ratliff Road. Contact: Jeff Drew, N4JDU, <birminghamfest@w4cue.com>. Website: <www.w4cue.com>. CAVE CITY, KENTUCKY — The Mammoth Cave Amateur Radio Club will hold the 42nd Annual Cave City Hamfest on Saturday, March 3 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: ky.com>. Website: <www.ky4x.org>. Talk-in 146.34+. VE exams. ZEPHYRHILLS, FLORIDA — The Zephyrhills Area Amateur Radio will hold its Hamfest on Saturday, March 3 at St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church, 5855 16th Street. Email: <kk4itx@arrl.net>. Website: <www.zaarc.org>. Talk-in 146.910- (PL 146.2). ELYRIA, OHIO — The Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society will hold the NOARS Winter…

15 min.
ham radio news

ARRL Board Backpedals on Proposed Changes Faced with an avalanche of criticism from members, donors, and major clubs across the country, the ARRL board of directors in January decided not to consider several proposed changes to the League’s Articles of Association and By-Laws. It did, however, establish a process for presenting proposed changes to the membership ahead of time in the future. The directors also decided to undertake a complete review of the controversial code of conduct they had previously adopted for themselves, and immediately suspended the section of that code that prevented directors from speaking negatively about board actions and telling members how they voted on various motions. The board also voted to make public the decisions of its Ethics and Elections Committee regarding candidates’ qualifications as well as its reasons for…

5 min.
“5-9 in newington”

“QSL.” With a period instead of a question mark, it means “I am acknowledging receipt.” That was the bottom-line message sent by the ARRL Board of Directors to the League’s membership at its meeting in January. Faced with a firestorm of complaints and criticism from members, major clubs, and major donors over its so-called Code of Conduct, unexplained disqualifications of board candidates and proposed changes to the League’s Articles of Association and By-Laws, the directors made it clear that the members’ messages had been received loud and clear, “5-9 in Newington.” Based on a news item posted on the ARRL.org website on January 23, here’s a brief rundown of the board’s actions. The board: • Decided to review the entire “Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of…

9 min.
a cq interview: princess elettra marconi

Along time ago at school, during a history lesson on a morning in 1973, the teacher was telling us a story that had happened many years before, one that, first captured my attention and then, with the flowing of the narrative details, made me empathize with the protagonist. The story was about an experiment conducted by Guglielmo Marconi at the Pontecchio family estate, in which he gave a rudimentary receiver to an acquaintance and asked him to take it down a hill, to a point where it was not visible, with the request to shoot a shotgun at the exact moment when the “gavel” of the receiving device had moved. Well, a long time from that story, even today, the thought of what Guglielmo could have felt when he heard the…

13 min.
first look: hf signals μbitx multiband qrp transceiver

If you’re already a QRP, or low-power, enthusiast, then you probably have already heard about the BITX40 transceiver from HF Signals in India. The BITX40 is a 7-watt, 40-meter SSB transceiver with VFO control and an LCD display as a semi-kit for under $60 (U.S.). I say “semi-kit” because all of the PC board components are installed at the factory, leaving you to configure the off-board controls (e.g., volume, tuning, etc.) as you see fit. I bought one and was stunned by its performance. The rig, designed by Ashhar Farhan, is Open Source, and an active community is encouraged to expand and modify the rig. I remember wondering to myself how important this rig could be in terms of expanding the base of those who enjoy our hobby. Enter the μBITX Well,…

1 min.
searching for peer-reviewed scientific ham radio articles

Ham radio operators have contributed to advances in both science and engineering since the start of the hobby. Many of these accomplishments have been recorded in form of new inventions, products brought to market, and articles in amateur radio journals. However, the gold standard for reporting research results in professional science is publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. For the fields of ionospheric and space science, these include such publications as Space Weather, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Radio Science (all accessible via <https://publications.agu.org/journals/>), Nature <www.nature.com/>, and Science <www.sciencemag.org/>. HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation, would like to compile a bibliography of ham radio-related scholarly journal articles for listing on <http://hamsci.org/peerreview>. They may be in any field of science but must have actively involved amateur radio as part of…