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CQ Amateur Radio

CQ Amateur Radio

May 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!

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Language:
English
Publisher:
CQ Communications, Inc.
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8 min.
announcements

COVID-19 UPDATE As of presstime, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered plans for any social gathering and hamfests and ham radio-related conferences are taking a huge hit, especially with the cancellation of the Dayton Hamvention. We are urging all readers to please check with the organizers of these events to ensure the event will still be held. MAY CEDARBURG, WISCONSIN — The Ozaukee Radio Club will hold the 42nd Annual Spring Indoor Swapfest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2 at Columbia St. Mary’s Center, W67N866 Washington Avenue. Contact: Tom Trethewey, KC9ONY, (262) 346-3751. Website: <www.ozaukeeradioclub.org>. Talk-in 146.97-(PL 127.3). DALLAS, TEXAS — The Fannin County Amateur Radio Club will air special event station K5E from Treasure Island in Lake Texoma from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Saturday, May 2. Frequencies include:…

5 min.
ham radio news

Editor’s note: Much of this month’s news regards the impact of the coronavirus on ham radio events and activities … the bad, the good, and the creative! Additional information will be found throughout the magazine, in Zero Bias, News Bytes, and the Emergency Communications, Mobiling, Homing In, VHF Plus, DX, and Contesting columns. Additional news items will also be posted on the CQ Newsroom website at <http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.com>. COVID-19 Prompts Dawn of Virtual License Exams On March 26, the W5YI-VEC coordinated the first-ever fully remote exam for an FCC amateur license, with the candidate, examiners, and proctor all online from different locations. According to Newsline, this pilot session may open the door for additional virtual exam sessions in the future. The ARRL VEC is leaving it up to individual volunteer examiner teams to decide…

5 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

Social DXing In the Age of Coronavirus DX, as most hams know, is short for “distance.” So it’s only logical that, when government and public health officials call for “social distancing” to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we hams translate that to “social DXing” and get on the radio without fear of infection! After all, we’ve been conducting social DXing since the dawn of the radio age. Before going any further, we want to express our heartfelt sympathies to any members of our extended ham radio family who have been touched directly by this terrible disease, and our assurance to those who are recovering that your ham family has your back. For the rest of us, in this time of quarantines, stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, with many businesses closed and physical…

1 min.
news bytes

DXpedition Cancellations As of late March, many DXpeditions had been shortened, postponed, or cancelled due to the coronavirus or travel restrictions caused by it. Many of the DXpeditions have post-poned, rescheduled for later in the year or planned to be active next year in 2021. Some are described in more detail in this month’s DX column. As of press time, the following list of cancellations, via OPDX, was provided by CQ DX Editor N2OO: 3B8XF Mauritius (cut short) 4V5H Haiti 9A1A Croatia 9K2F Failaka Island (AS-118) CEØY/VE7ACN Easter Island CP6/R7AL Bolivia CP6/RK8A Bolivia CP6/RW9JZ Bolivia CP6/RZ3K Bolivia CQ3W Madeira Island CT9/DF7EE Madeira Island D4C Cape Verde DU2/SP5APW Calayan Island (OC-092) FK/C Chesterfield Island HSØZME (cut short) JW/DC8TM Svalbard JW/DF3TS Svalbard KH7M Hawaii NH7A Hawaii PJ2/DK5ON Curacao PJ7AA Sint Maarten (cut short) PZ5G Papegaaien Island (NA-092) T3ØET West Kiribati T88HS Palau T88SM Palau T88UW Palau TG9BBV Guatemala TO7BP Martinique TU2R Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) V62P Polap Atoll (OC-155), Micronesia V62S Satawal Atoll (OC-299),…

2 min.
vp2vb sails again!– part i

Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. It takes a certain type of person to leave the comfort of land behind, to sail into the earth’s immense oceans. Sailing the oceans solo is not for the faint of heart. One needs a spirit of adventure and nerves of steel to face any adversity. Danny Weil, VP2VB, was that kind of adventurer, a vagabond of the oceans who unknowingly pioneered what would be called from then on the DXpedition. Danny’s travels — and travails — were shared with hams at the time in the pages of CQ and his complete story is told in the book, Yasme, by Jim Cain, K1TN. Over the years, famous hams, many of whom are inductees to the…

13 min.
results of the 2019 cqww dx cw contest

This One Was a Little More Fun! As the 71st CQWW contest season drew to an end, many participants were saying, “Who cares about SSB? The Sun came to life and so did the bands!” Indeed, conditions were much improved for us on CW and the scores reflect that fact. I loved this enthusiastic note received from PY2NY who said, “Working Cycle 24-25 at the bottom forced me to change to Single Operator, Single Band operations several years ago. But, the CQWW CW 2019 was a surprise for me, as I was able to run up 1,280 QSOs on 20 meters, Low Power. The best thing, however, wasn’t the score, but the chance to work many of my longtime friends. For CQWW CW 2019, I had a special one call me in…