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CQ Amateur Radio September 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!

United States
CQ Communications, Inc.
12 Issues

in this issue

7 min

COVID-19 UPDATE The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered plans for any social gathering and hamfests and ham radio-related conferences are taking a huge hit. CQ urges all readers to please check with the organizers of these events to ensure the event will still be held. SEPTEMBER LANCASTER, NEW YORK — The Lancaster Amateur Radio Club will hold the Lancaster Hamfest on Saturday, September 12 at the Bowen Road Grove, 3845 Bowen Road. Website: <http://w2so.org>. Talk-in 147.255 (PL 107.2). SHEPERDSVILLE, KENTUCKY — The Greater Louisville Hamfest Association will hold the Greater Louisville Hamfest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, September 12 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center, 395 Paroquet Springs Drive. Website: <http://louisvillehamfest.com>. Talk-in 146.700 (PL 79.7) or 443.700 (PL 79.7). WYOMING, MICHIGAN — The Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association will hold the GRAHamfest 2020…

5 min
ham radio news

Christopher Brault, KD8YVJ, Named 2020 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Christopher Brault, KD8YVJ, of suburban Cincinnati, has been selected as the 2020 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. Chris, 18, is the son of Jocelyn Brault, KD8VRX, and Kimberly Brault, of Liberty Township, Ohio. Chris earned his Technician class license in 2014 and passed his General ticket about a year later. An honor student entering his senior year at St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati, Chris helped restart the school’s amateur radio club (W8GYH). He has earned recognition for his many achievements in promoting amateur radio including the Hiram Percy Maxim Award (2015); the Ohio Section Special Recognition Award (2016); and the Great Lakes Division Young Amateur of the Year (2017). In 2017, Chris participated…

6 min
zero bias: a cq editorial

When Dick and Jane were watching Spot run back in the middle of the last century, it’s a pretty safe bet that they were watching their dog1 … unless, of course, it was the late 1950s and they were hams! In that case, Dick and Jane might have been watching a parade of spots making their way across the surface of the sun. Solar Cycle 19, which peaked in 1957-58, was the granddaddy of all solar cycles of the radio age. CQ described propagation at the time as “Once in a Lifetime Conditions.” And for many hams, that has indeed been the case. But is there a chance we might get another shot at those “once in a lifetime conditions” in Cycle 25? It all depends on who you ask. But…

3 min
news bytes

Closer Look: The Very Sunny Sunspot Study Summarized briefly in last month’s News column (it came in on deadline) and discussed in this month’s Zero Bias editorial, we take a closer look here at a study that, in its own words, is “in stark contrast” to the fairly gloomy community consensus estimate of sunspot cycle 25 magnitude. – Ed. The international consensus among most scientists involved with studying, tracking, and predicting solar cycles is that Cycle 25, which is just getting started, will be very similar to Cycle 24, which just ended — long and weak. However, another group of scientists, using something called the Hilbert transform to study 270 years’ worth of solar observations, is challenging that consensus and predicting that Cycle 25 “will have a magnitude that rivals the top…

7 min
signals from down under

The Oceania DX Contest offers you an opportunity to work rare DX entities from Hawaii to New Zealand and beyond. VK4QS shares its history and the opportunities it presents. The 2020 Oceania DX Contest will be held on October 3rd & 4th for phone and October 10th & 11th for CW, between 0600 UTC Saturday and 0600 UTC Sunday on each weekend. For details, visit <www.oceaniadxcontest.com>. When it comes to ham radio and its devotees, the range of activities is as multicolored as a rainbow. This, in essence, keeps most of us out of each other’s hair to enjoy the many aspects of transmission and reception across the spectrum from DC to daylight. Then there are the combined events and activities that see some of this broad church from across the globe…

10 min
results of the 2020 cq world wide wpx ssb contest

“Worked this contest as a great diversion from the news. I truly hope we all have less virus news next year, as we enjoy the best hobby in the world!” – Garry, KF5VDX In late March 2020, the world was under siege from an invisible invader. Stay-at-home guidance was widely in effect, driving communities to shelter in place. Each passing media report was scarier than the last, and many were desperate to escape from an unrelenting flow of COVID-19 news. The 2020 running of the CQ WW WPX SSB contest proved to be a muchneeded diversion for the ham radio contest community, and the response was nothing short of phenomenal. Despite uninspiring propagation, the event saw a record number of participants, including representatives from 196 entities. In true ham spirit, technologies were…