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CQ Amateur Radio November 2017

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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6 min.

ENID, OKLAHOMA — The Enid Amateur Radio Club will hold the 2017Enid Hamfest on Saturday, November 4 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds-Hoover Building, 305 E. Oxford Avenue. Contact: Bill, W5EIY, (580) 716-4788. Email: <nokes3139@gmail.com>. Website: <www.enidarc.org>. Talk-in 145.290-. VE exams. GEORGETOWN, OHIO — The Grant Amateur Radio Club will hold its23rd Annual Hamfest on Saturday, November 4 at the ABCAP Building, 406 West Plum Street. Contact: Rodney, WD8CTX, (937) 446-2338. Email: <wd8ctx@juno.com>. Website: <http://garcohio.net>. Talk-in 147.730. VE exams. KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — The Raytown Amateur Radio Club will hold itsHamfest 2017 on Saturday, November 4 at the Ararat Shrine Temple, 5100 Ararat Drive. Website: <www.k0gq.com>. Talk-in 145.17-. VE exams. LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA — The Alford Memorial Radio Club will hold the2017 Stone Mountain Hamfest and 2017 ARRL Georgia State Convention on Saturday, November 4…

5 min.
ham radio news

Hams Help in Multiple Disasters Mother Nature kept hams very busy in September as three major hurricanes and two major earthquakes ripped through the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico. CQ Emergency Communications Editor Walt Palmer, W4ALT, is working on a comprehensive report for his December column, but here’s a quick summary of events and the amateur radio response: Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria swept through the Caribbean on similar paths, each compounding the damage caused by the previous storm. Some small Caribbean islands were essentially wiped out. The ARRL reports that members of the St. Croix Amateur Radio Club coordinated emergency communications for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency, using interoperability channels on the 60-meter band to provide comms between the National Guard, FEMA personnel aboard two Navy ships, and Army MARS.…

6 min.

After a century-long exile, hams in the United States finally have the federal government’s permission to operate on wavelengths above 200 meters, as the FCC opened the long-anticipated 630-meter and 2200-meter bands to general amateur use (see News Update on page 10). And while there is definitely reason to rejoice, there is also cause for concern in the broader view of things, both in how amateurs are viewed by the wider technology community and in how the FCC is putting less and less priority on the rights of license-holders. The dictionary defines a disrupter as someone who causes chaos or turmoil. In modern business parlance, a disrupter is seen more positively, as an innovator, someone who challenges the status quo. This means, of course, that disrupters are perceived as threats by…

3 min.
new mf/lf ham bands now open pre-registration required before transmitting

For the first time since the Radio Act of 1912 limited amateurs to wavelengths below 200 meters, hams in the U.S. now have access to two new low- and mediumfrequency bands, although they’re tiny and there are strings attached. The FCC on September 15 announced the opening of the new 630-meter and 2200-meter bands as part of its implementation of the Final Acts of the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12), which authorized the bands for amateur use worldwide. The two bands are very small — 630 meters is only 7 kHz wide, extending from 472-479 kHz; 2200 meters is even smaller, just 2.1 kHz between 135.7 and 137.8 kHz. Power (measured in effective isotropic radiated power, or EIRP) is limited to 1 watt EIRP on 2200 meters and 5 watts EIRP…

11 min.
e31a dxpedition to eritrea

Eritrea is one of the rarest and most wanted DX entities in the world. A multinational DXpedition there last May (Photo A) was led by Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, the founder and CEO of the SEISA Group and the Foundation for Global Children (FGC) <www.fgc.or.jp> which has provided humanitarian assistance (Photo B) and has offered long-standing support for sports activities in order for Eritrea to participate in the Olympics and the Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. Eritrea is located in northeast Africa (see map, Figure 1). The coastline is along the Red Sea in the north and the east, while the west of the country borders Sudan and to the south lies Ethiopia. Eritrea has an area of 124,320 square kilometers (48,000 square miles) and the capital city of Asmara has…

4 min.
results of the 2017 cqww wpx cw contest

Abad weekend contesting beats a good week at work. This must be a worldwide belief, because this year, a new record of 4,373 logs was submitted despite the continuing downward trend in propagation. Many operators posted notes in their QRM comments along the lines of “conditions went from good to bad to worse, but I had a lot of fun.” As KU2M noted, the weekend provided serious fun even for those who weren’t serious this year. e-mail: <n4tz@cqwpx.com> Single-Operator All Band Tom, W2SC, must have been pumped up by the talk he gave at the Dayton Hamvention®. He told the assembled contesters that the mission of his 8P5A station was to win contests. And he fulfilled that mission as he won the CW leg to get a sweep of the CQWW WPX contest.…