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CQ Amateur Radio May 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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United States
CQ Communications, Inc.
$8.14(Incl. tax)
$40.75(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

6 min.

MAY CADILLAC, MICHIGAN — The Wexaukee Amateur Radio Club will hold the Cadillac Amateur Radio and Computer Swap on Saturday, May 5 at Cadillac Junior High School, 500 Chestnut Street. Contact: Duane, KD8ULW, (231) 824-9813. Email: <kd8ulw@arrl.net>. Website: <www.wexaukeearc.org>. Talk-in 146.98. ARRL card checking. GRAND FORKS, MINNESOTA — The FORX Amateur Radio Club will hold the Grand Forks Area Amateur Radio & Electronics Fest on Saturday, May 5 at Heritage Village, 219 20 Street, NE. Contact: Brian Fedje, KDØUXO, (701) 373-5321. Email: <kd0uxo@outlook.com>. Website: <www.wa0jxt.org>. Talk-in 146.940- (PL 123). VE exams. HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND — The Antietam Radio Association will hold the Great Hagerstown Hamfest on Saturday, May 5 at the Washington County Ag-Center, Rt. 65 South Sharpsburg Pike. Contact: Herman Niedzielski, K2AVA, (301) 791-5841. Email: <k2ava@ayactv.net>. Website: <http://w3cwc.org/hamfest>. Talk-in 147.090+ (PL 100). VE…

5 min.
ham radio news

Logbook of the World Now Supporting CQ’s Worked All Zones Award Participants in CQ’s Worked All Zones (WAZ) award program may now use contacts confirmed through the ARRL’s Logbook of the World (LoTW) electronic QSL system for award credit. Support for WAZ went “live” on LoTW as of April 2, after a period of beta testing during which each LoTW user was also given a WAZ account. LoTW has supported CQ’s WPX award program for the past five years. As with WPX, standard ARRL LoTW award credit fees apply, as well as separate CQ award application and endorsement fees. Ham Named Director of National Hurricane Center Kenneth E. Graham, WX4KEG, has been appointed as the new director of the National Hurricane Center. Currently meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Baton…

5 min.
important stuff

“It’s only a hobby.” We occasionally find ourselves saying this to people (ourselves included) who start getting too hung up on minutiae — such as the finer points of contest rules or scoring results — or insisting that amateur radio be portrayed solely as a service, with any suggestion of fun buried under a stack of emergency or public service activities. But in truth, neither description is completely accurate. Amateur radio is a hobby, and it’s supposed to be fun; but it isn’t only a hobby. Unlike many other hobbies, in addition to having fun with our radio stations, we also do really important stuff (and may not even realize it). On occasion, it’s good to take a look at those aspects of what we do as hams that sets apart…

13 min.
pj2t, w1fj, and the curacao half-century cqww celebration

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”–Lao Tzu That one step was taken in November 1967, when Al Rousseau, W1FJJ, operated on a team that “won the world” from Curacao in the CQ World Wide CW contest. Last fall, precisely 50 years later, in that same location, he did it again! The “Curacao Half-Century CQWW Celebration” commemorates 50 years of continuous intense contesting from Curacao’s Coral Cliff neighborhood, honors the memory of five famous Silent Keys who were on that 1967 PJ3CC team, and salutes Al, now W1FJ, who returned to Curacao to win again. But let’s rewind to the beginning, as none of this would have been possible without the remarkable Chet Brandon (SK; Photo A). Chester Brandon First licensed as W8BFH in Detroit, Chet was larger than life. By…

14 min.
results of the 2017 cqww dx cw contest

“An all-time record number of CW logs received” Does that headline look familiar? It should, as that’s almost exactly what we said for the SSB weekend. For the 2017 CQWW CW weekend, 8,451 logs were received. Compared to 2010, that’s a 37% jump. Now that’s a lot! Combining SSB and CW weekend log volumes shows that the CQWW Contest is still the biggest, most popular, and best DX contest going, breaking the 17,000 total logs mark for the first time (17,057). We received logs from 181 different DX multipliers and from all 40 zones, while entrants claimed contacts with 204 different CQWW countries. Let’s face it; CQWW is the place to be. Not only are there lots of global participants, but they’re making more QSOs, too. That means more fun. Just look at…

11 min.
from casual weekend dx station to remote contesting station

About six years ago, after using a G5RV and a Yaesu FT-1000 Mark V at my weekend home station 90 miles northwest of New York City, I made the leap to make the station remotely accessible and see if it was capable of competitive contesting. The story that follows is a remarkable one that contains all the elements of amateur radio: Friendship between people of very different backgrounds focused on one thing — the relentless pursuit of excellence in amateur radio. I connected with Scott McClements, WU2X, a software engineer at IBM and compulsive antenna designer, and Kevin Stockton, N5DX, a world-class third generation contester. (N5DX’s father, Stan Stockton, K5GO, is a veteran contester who frequently competes from Cayman Brac as ZF9CW. As a regular consultant to the team, K5GO provided…