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CQ Amateur Radio April 2017

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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APRIL COLUMBUS, INDIANA — The Columbus Amateur Radio Club will hold the 34th Annual Columbus Hamfest Saturday, April 1 at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, 750 W. County Road 200S. Contact: Natthew Bruner, KC9BWO, (812) 375-4860. Email: kc9bwo@att.net. Website: www.carcnet.net. Talk-in 146.79- (PL 103.5). VE exams. FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS — The Fort Smith Area Amateur Radio Club will hold the Hanging Judge Hamfest Saturday, April 1 at Columbus Acres, 10203 Columbus Acres Road. Contact: Mike Cole, W5TMC, 124 Grant Street, Roland, OK 74954. Phone: (918) 427-1431. Website: http://hangingjudgehamfest.com. VE exams. LONGMONT, COLORADO — The Longmont Amateur Radio Club will hold the LARC Hamfest Saturday, April 1 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road. Contact: Jerry Schmidt, NØOUW, (303) 772- 6736. Email: nickijerry@comcast.net. Website: http://w0eno.org. Talk-in 147.27 (PL 100). VE exams. MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — The…

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ham radio news

Hamvention® Honors Go Around – and Above – the World Three leading radio amateurs and one club will be recognized for their contributions to our hobby next month by the Dayton Hamvention.® The Dayton Amateur Radio Association’s Amateur of the Year for 2017 is Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, chairman of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. CWops co-founder and former president Rob Brownstein, K6RB, wins this year’s Technical Achievement award for the CW Academy program, through which more than 800 hams have been mentored in Morse code skills. Dayton’s Special Achievement award goes to S. Ram Mohan, VU2MYH, Executive Vice Chairman and Director of India’s National Institute of Amateur Radio, and the 2017 Club of the Year is the Clark County Amateur Radio Club, W7AIA, which serves southwestern Washington…

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nominations open for young ham of the year award

Is there a young ham in your community — or in your family — who’s doing incredible stuff with or for ham radio? Is he/she helping to advance radio technology? Performing significant public service? Helping to promote the hobby in innovative ways? Consider nominating that young person for Amateur Radio Newsline’s annual Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year award, of which CQ is a proud co-sponsor. The nominating period is open until May 31. Nominees must be 18 or younger and live in the United States or its possessions, or in Canada. Complete information and nominating forms are available online at the YHOTY tab on www.arnewsline.org.…

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blazing new trails with eels

Explore, Experiment, Learn, Share. These concepts — which we’ll dub EELS — have been at the heart of amateur radio’s technical ethos since the earliest days of our hobby. They are also at the heart of what this magazine — in fact, any ham radio magazine — is all about. Even in today’s digital world, a magazine is the pre-eminent way for amateur radio explorers and experimenters to share what they’ve learned with the broader ham community. We are proud to continue that tradition with the introduction this month of a new column on medium frequency (MF) and low frequency (LF) operating, in anticipation of FCC action in the near future to open up two new ham bands at 630 and 2200 meters. These bands present both challenges and opportunities to…

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our readers say…

The Mystery of the Musical Fruit In December’s article on maker faires, we posed a question about a display in which pieces of fruit (connected by electrodes to a computer) were supposed to play musical notes when you touched them with one hand while touching a ground return (alligator clip to an Altoids® tin) with the other. In our case, touching the fruit caused the note to play even if there was no contact with the ground line. We couldn’t figure out how that worked and asked for your thoughts. We got two replies: Avery Finn, KØHLA, wrote: I believe it to be just another version of a theremin* that was popular several years ago. It operated by body capacity. No need to touch anything. No big mystery. Us old guys remember them. (*…

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hamvention’s new home: “x (as in xenia) marks the spot”

In January, I was privileged to be asked to be the program presenter at the monthly meeting of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, which sponsors the annual Dayton Hamvention®, the world’s largest hamfest. I presented some of my photos and musical slide shows of past Hamventions, some of which go back to the 1970s. I first made the trek to Dayton in 1975, as a college student at the University of Nebraska. I have seen 36 Hamventions at Hara Arena (Photo A), and when the time came for Hara to close, I, like many other hams, was apprehensive about the new location at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio (Photo B). Would it have the same kind of facilities? Would it be better? Will we be able to make…