CQ Amateur Radio

CQ Amateur Radio

July 2021

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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Pays:
United States
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
CQ Communications, Inc.
Fréquence:
Monthly
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25,83 €(TVA Incluse)
12 Numéros

dans ce numéro

1 min
behind the bylines …

… a little bit about some of the authors whose articles appear in this issue Chris Tate, N6WM (“Results of the 2021 CQWW WPX RTTY Contest,” p. 10), is a member of the CQ RTTY Contest Committee. He is an accomplished contester and DXpeditioner, including being a team member on the 2018 VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition. A past president of the Northern California Contest Club, Chris is also a founding member of the Livermore Amateur Radio Group Endeavors (LARGE) club, which operates the W6LRG/WV6I contest station in Livermore, California. He lives in nearby Discovery Bay (which doesn’t appear to actually have a bay!) Lawrence Stark, K9ARZ (“Three ‘Gifts’ From Heathkit,” p. 16), has been licensed since 1960 and has been building his own gear for nearly as long. A retired geographer, Larry…

2 min
update: split-level vhf/uhf go-box plus base station

June cover story author Jay Taft, K1EHZ, offers this update to his article, “A Split-Level VHF/UHF Go-Box Plus Base Station,” (CQ, June 2021, p. 10) After using the VHF/UHF go box remotely with Winlink VHF packet on the Raspberry Pi for a number of weeks, I decided the system needs an on-board Windows® computer that can handle all Winlink modes, including Winlink Radio Message Server gateway programs. I looked online at several single-board Windows computers to replace the original Raspberry Pi and DRAWS hat. I settled on a Beelink T4 mini pc with 4GB memory, 64 GB internal storage, and Windows 10 Pro <https://tinyurl.com/2crbe5vp> for $139 from Amazon. Conveniently, it also runs on 12-volts DC. I set it up with an HDMI TV as the monitor, along with a USB keyboard and…

5 min
awards

Hello everyone … this month’s column will be on a new award from Indonesia (YB-Land) and widely seen daily on Facebook. I’m lending the keyboard this month to Budi Santoso, YE1AR, to tell you about this prestigious Indonesian award. At the time of writing this up, I have seen a lot of YB stations on 17 meters chasing FT-8, which is — as we all are aware — the current hot ham radio trend. Enjoy this month’s article! Y BDXPI (YB-Land DXing Passion Is) is an online community of radio amateurs that was formed on August 29, 2018 initiated by Budi Santoso, YE1AR (Photo A), an active Indonesian amateur radio operator. Membership is based on the desire to share knowledge — including DXing, contesting, homebrew experiments, and other interests — with fellow…

6 min
ham shop

Advertising Rates: Non-commercial ads are 20 cents per word including abbreviations and addresses. Commercial and organization ads are $1.00 per word. Boldface words are $1.50 each (specify which words). Minimum charge $2.00. No ad will be printed unless accompanied by full remittance. All ads must be typewritten double-spaced. Closing Date: The 10th day in the third month preceding date of publication (example: Jan. 10th for the March issue). Because the advertisers and equipment contained in Ham Shop have not been investigated, the Publisher of CQ cannot vouch for the merchandise listed therein. The publisher reserves the right to reject any advertisement. Direct all correspondence and ad copy to: CQ Ham Shop, P.O. Box 1206, Sayville, NY, 11782 (e-mail: <hamshop@cq-amateur-radio.com>). For Sale: HF RADIO ICOM IC-78 TRANSCEIVER. New, unused, perfect condition. Includes power…

5 min
zero bias: a cq editorial

News Flash! 3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition Cancelled … Details on CQ Newsroom and in August issue My hometown has weekly “Cruise Nights” each summer, at which classic car fans get together to show off their vehicles, compare notes, and generally have a good time together. Some of the cars on display have been carefully cared for since they were new; others (perhaps the majority) were saved from junkyards and lovingly restored to working order. It’s a step back into a simpler age, when cars were mechanical marvels rather than computers on wheels. This issue is the radio version of Cruise Night, with four articles on the topic of vintage gear, along with two more that we couldn’t fit in and will bring you next month. Three of the four deal with Heathkits, K9ARZ’s…

9 min
restoring a heathkit dx-60 transmitter

There have been numerous articles in CQ and QST magazines recently on restoring tube-type receivers and transmitters from the 1950s and ’60s. In this article, we will present the restoration of a Heathkit DX-60 transmitter as a how-to article. I have restored around 20 tube-type amateur radio transmitters and receivers, and this article will only cover the very basics of restoring vintage gear. I am mainly a high-speed CW contester, VHF contester, CW ragchewer, microwave wannabe, and dabbler in local ham radio politics, and am not an “expert.” In this day of the COVID-19 virus, hamfests are few and far between, so eBay, QTH.com classifieds, and eham. net classifieds are the current main source of gear, as well as local amateurs, some of whom would drop used gear off unprotected from…