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CQ Amateur Radio

CQ Amateur Radio

January 2020

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!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
CQ Communications, Inc.
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

7 min.
announcements

JANUARY 2020 WORLDWIDE — To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the CW Operators’ Club will hold a month-long on air event in January beginning 0000 UTC January 1 through 2359 UTC January 31 urging all hams to make CW contacts with members to accumulate points. Amateurs will be active on all bands so work as many members and club calls as possible. Logs should be emailed to <anniversarylogs@cwops.org>. Website: <http://cwops.org>. WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN — The West Allis Radio Amateur Club will hold the 48th Annual Midwinter Swapfest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, January 4 at the Waukesha County Expo Arena, 1000 Northview Road (County Trunk FT). Contact: Erwin, WI9EV, (262) 271-0630. Email: <wi9ev@wi.rr.com>. Website: <www.warac.org>. LOCUST FORK, ALABAMA — The Blount County Amateur Radio Club will hold Freezefest 2020 from 8 a.m. to…

1 min.
cq amateur radio

EDITORIAL STAFF Richard S. Moseson, W2VU, Editor Jason Feldman, KD2IWM, Managing Editor Susan Moseson, Editorial Consultant CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kent Britain, WA5VJB, Antennas Eddie DeYoung, KS4AA, Awards Gerry L. Dexter, The Listening Post Joe Eisenberg, KØNEB, Kit-Building Tony Emanuele, K8ZR, VHF Tomas Hood, NW7US, Propagation John Langridge, KB5NJD, MF/LF Operating Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, Microcontrollers Irwin Math, WA2NDM, Math’s Notes Joe Moell, KØOV, Homing In Eric Nichols, KL7AJ, Analog Adventures Ron Ochu, KOØZ, Learning Curve Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, Mobile/Radio Magic Scott Rought, KA8SMA, QRP Don Rotolo, N2IRZ, Digital Rob de Santos, K8RKD, Communications Horizons Walt Palmer, W4ALT, Emergency Communications Bob Schenck, N2OO, DX David Siddall, K3ZJ, Contesting Jason Togyer, KB3CNM, Spurious Signals Gordon West, WB6NOA, Short Circuits Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, The Ham Notebook AWARD MANAGEMENT John Bergman, KC5LK, WAZ Award Brian Bird, NXØX, USA-CA Custodian Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, WPX Award Keith Gilbertson, KØKG, CQ DX Award CONTEST MANAGEMENT Andy Blank, N2NT, CQ 160 Meter Contest John Dorr, K1AR, CQWW DX Contest JK Kalenowsky, K9JK, CQ VHF Contest Ed…

5 min.
ham radio news

Hams Lose Special Exemptions on RF Exposure Rules The first major revision of the FCC’s RF exposure rules in more than 20 years will result in changes in the way that hams must apply the rules. The ARRL Letter reports that the basic limits remain unchanged, but that amateurs will now be subject to the same standards for evaluating RF exposure as other FCC licensees. The current rules provide a framework specific to amateurs that exempts certain transmitters from the need to conduct evaluations based on their power and operating frequencies [see Section 97.13(c)(1) of the rules]. The new rules will replace that framework with a general statement that “amateur licensees may evaluate their operation with respect to members of his or her immediate family using the occupational / controlled exposure…

5 min.
news bytes

Melissa Pore, KM4CZN, Named 2020 Educator of the Year Melissa Pore, KM4CZN, has been selected as the Orlando Hamcation’s Carole Perry Educator of the Year for 2020. The award honors both professional and nonprofessional educators for outstanding contributions toward educating and advancing youth in amateur radio. Pore is a high school teacher in Virginia who is also heavily involved in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Pore teaches engineering and technology at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia, and is involved with the school’s amateur radio and engineering clubs. She also led the effort that resulted in the launch of STMSat-1, the first satellite ever built by elementary school students. Pore has made presentations, often with her students, at various conferences of space educators and is a…

5 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

Ham radio is a hobby dominated by numbers … the bands on which we’re allowed to operate, whether described in terms of frequency or wavelength; how many watts of power our transmitters are sending to our antennas, how many elements our antennas have and how many feet (or meters) above the ground they are; how many countries, zones or prefixes we’ve contacted; how many miles per watt our signals have traveled; how many points we made in the last contest; component values in our latest project, or how many words a minute we can copy in Morse code. The list goes on and on. There are three numbers bouncing around my head at the moment: 75, 900, and 240. This is CQ’s 75th anniversary issue. Over those 75 years of publication,…

9 min.
youth on the air camp comes to the americas

Many of the articles in this 75th anniversary issue reflect on our hobby’s history since 1945. This one provides some balance — looking to our future instead of our past — not only in terms of an upcoming event but also our next generation of amateurs. It was recently announced that the first Youth on the Air Camp to be held in the Americas is planned for June 21-26, 2020, at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester, Ohio. Attendance will be open to licensed hams between the ages of 15 and 25 living in North, Central, or South America (see News for more details). We asked project director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, to share with us the story of how it all came together and what the…