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

in this issue

7 min.

SHELBY, NORTH CAROLINA — The Shelby Amateur Radio Club will hold the 61st Annual Shelby Hamfest and 2017 ARRL North Carolina State Convention on Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 1752 E. Marion Street. Contact: Tom Forgas, KBØPD, <chairman@shelbyhamfest.org>. Website: <www.shelbyhamfest.org>. Talk-in 146.880-. VE exams. UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA — The Uniontown Amateur Radio Club will hold its 68th Annual GABFEST on Saturday, September 2 at the Radio Club Grounds, Old Pittsburgh Road and RT 51. Contact: Tony Alviar, (724) 430- 1277 (M-F from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.). Email: <talviar@fcema.org>. Website: <www.w3pie.org>. Talk-in 147.045+ (PL 131.8). BOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS — FEMARA Inc. will hold the Boxboro Amateur Radio Convention and 2017 ARRL New England Division Convention on Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10 at the Holiday Inn Boxborough, 242…

4 min.
ham radio news

FCC General Counsel to be Named Commissioner President Trump has announced that he plans to nominate FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr to a seat on the Commission. Carr is a key ally of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, according to Newsline, and a strong proponent of Pai’s efforts to roll back the “net neutrality” rules that had been approved when the commission was under Democratic control. Carr’s nomination would need Senate confirmation, as does the already pending nomination of former Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to return to the Commission. There will still be one more vacancy to fill, one reserved for a Democrat, as Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s term has recently expired and she was not nominated for re-appointment. ARRL Launches Lobbying Drive for Passage of Parity Act ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is urging all League…

5 min.
the genius of joe taylor

We hams are incredibly fortunate to have Joe Taylor, K1JT, as “one of us.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with Joe, he is an astrophysicist who shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in physics with a former student of his (and former ham) for discovering binary pulsars and using data gleaned from studying those stars to prove Einstein’s Law of General Relativity was correct. Joe was also one of the first recipients of the McArthur Award “genius grants” and the first recipient of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, presented jointly by the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society. In short, Dr. Taylor is a big deal in the world of science. On the ham bands, of course, he’s just “Joe, K1JT.” But his ham radio…

6 min.
dayton youth forum: three decades of showcasing young hams

I have waited a long time to say “Welcome to the 30th Hamvention Youth Forum.” In fact, I have waited for three decades. This May’s Hamvention Instructors’ and Youth Forums were especially important and memorable for me. From my very first visit to the Dayton Hamvention® in 1987, receiving the Ham of the Year Award, the Dayton Amateur Radio Association made it clear it was supportive of my efforts in showcasing young hams. These forums, especially the Youth Forum, have evolved over the years to the networking, informative, sharing experiences they are today. There were many undercurrents that formed a positive confluence to make this a very special 30th Forum. The new venue at Xenia was a dream come true for many of us who moderate forums at Hamvention. My forum…

2 min.
on the cover

If you worked WW2DX/1 during this spring’s CQ WPX SSB Contest (results in this issue), you may have wondered why the signal was so loud. Our cover photo should answer that question for you … and you’re not seeing all of the 130-foot rotating tower, 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean in Eastport, Maine! What you can see are three stacked 16-element tribanders, which are topped by a 3- element 40-meter Yagi (which you can’t see). You can’t see the 106-foot rotating tower with the four-stacked, 7-element loop-fed array (LFA) Yagis for 6 meters. And you can’t see the operators … because they aren’t there! During the WPX SSB Contest, ops Lee Imber, WW2DX; Ray Higgins, W2RE; Noah Gottfried, K2NG; and David Minster, NA2AA, were operating from the Pawling, New York,…

12 min.
results of the 2017 cqww wpx ssb contest

HF propagation is certainly declining but participation in the CQ WPX Contest is holding up just fine, thank you, with over 5,400 SSB logs received this year, up 2% from last year. Even though the number of logs was up, the number of QSOs made fell — 1,716,668 this year versus 2,035,936 last year, a decline of nearly 16%. Last year 485 stations had at least 1,000 QSOs after log checking; this year it was 400. The median number of QSOs last year was 150; this year, 120. Of course, there is more to making a big score than racking up the contacts. DX contacts count for more points, and the declining propagation reduced the DX potential for most stations. Plus, less DX means fewer multipliers, so it should be no…