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CQ Amateur Radio

November 2019

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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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…

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announcements

NOVEMBER BELLE ISLE, MICHIGAN — The Livonia Amateur Radio Club will air special event station W8F from 1600-2030 UTC, Saturday, November 2 to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Frequencies include 7040 CW, 7240 LSB and 14040 CW, 14260 USB. W8F will also be active from 0000 UTC, Saturday, November 2 through 2359 UTC, Sunday, November 17 on many modes and frequencies. QSL a #11 SASE to Tas Foley, K8TAS, 37256 Eureka Road, Romulus, MI 48174. Website: <www.livoniaarc.com>. INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI — The Raytown Amateur Radio Club will hold its 2019 Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 2 at the American Legion Post 21, 16701 E. U.S. 40 Highway. Contact: Ralph, KEØSWK, (816) 810-4915. Email: <ke0swk@arrl.net>. Website: <http://k0gq.com>. Talk-in 145.17-. VE exams. LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA — The Alford Memorial Radio Club…

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ham radio news

WRC-19 Under Way; IARU Keeping Tabs The 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) is under way in Egypt as you read this. The four-week gathering of telecommunication officials from around the world began on October 28 and will set International Telecommunication Union (ITU) policy and determine international frequency allocations for the next four years. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has observers at the conference and is keeping tabs on several agenda items directly impacting amateur radio. Those include a proposal for greater access to the 6-meter band in Europe and Africa, protecting existing amateur radio bands, and setting the agenda for the next WRC, scheduled for 2023. The IARU’s Administrative Council met in late September to finalize plans for WRC-19 and to discuss additional issues, primarily working with standards organizations to try to…

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Celebrating WWV’s Centennial On the Radio Time and frequency standard station WWV celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 1 with an open house and a ham radio special event station. It is believed that WWV is the world’s oldest continuously operating radio station. WWV Amateur Radio Club station WWØWWV was on the air between September 28 and October 2 from the WWV transmitter site in Fort Collins, Colorado, operated by members of the WWV club, the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club, Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, and Fort Collins CW Educators and Enthusiasts. Operations spanned 160-6 meters and netted 10,601 contacts all over the world (see map), roughly half of which were on phone and the rest split between CW and digital modes. See the WWØWWV page on QRZ.com for QSL information. Separately,…

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zero bias: a cq editorial

As mentioned here last month, this issue marks my 20th anniversary as Editor of CQ. It’s hard to imagine that so much time has gone by so quickly, but that’s a topic for another day. Working with a great team of authors, columnists, contest directors, award managers, and CQ staff members has made it all seem easy, and I thank you all for your ongoing support. I narcissistically thought it might be interesting to take a look back at the November 1999 issue to see what has and hasn’t changed in the past 20 years. To start, the world has changed dramatically since 1999. Back then, September 11th was just another day on the calendar. Air travel was relatively easy. And the technology community was tying itself into knots over what…

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results of the 2019 cqww wpx cw contest

A record number of logs, 4,420, were received from the 41st running of the CQ Worldwide WPX CW contest. Sunspots were missing, but with a lot of sporadic propagation available on the high bands, operators had to make some unexpected strategic choices on the fly. A receiver on a second (or third) band was especially valuable in trying to be at the right place at the right time. Single-Operator All Band RA3CO at CN2CO finally ended 8P5A’s winning streak, but Tom held off Ken, K6LA, at VY2TT to claim the North American plaque. Kevin, N5DX, traveled to New York to sign NN5J/2 to win the USA plaque. KQ2M/1 and NY4A (N4AF operator) placed and showed, respectively. The single-operator unassisted low power all band class continues to be the most popular category. CR6K (CT1ILT,…

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