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CQ Amateur Radio June 2018

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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13 min
announcements

JUNE PRESCOTT, ARIZONA — The Eagle Amateur Radio Club and Yavapai Amateur Radio Club will hold the 2018 Prescott Hamfest and 2018 ARRL Arizona State Convention from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, June 1 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Road. Contact: Frank Bender, K8FB, <k8fb@w7yrc.org>. Website: <www.prescotthamfest.com>. Talk-in 146.880- (PL 100). VE exams, DXCC card checking. SEASIDE, OREGON — The Oregon Tualatin Valley Amateur Radio Community Services will hold SEA•PAC and the 2018 ARRL Northwestern Division Celebration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, June 1; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 2; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at the Seaside Convention Center, 415 First Avenue. Phone: (503) 882-7388. Email: <info@seapac.org>. Website: <www.seapac.org>.…

7 min
ham radio news

Second Bouvet Attempt Unlikely This Year; Donations to be Partially Refunded The organizers of the 3YØZ Bouvet DXpedition — which was aborted one mile offshore due to weather and engine trouble on their transport ship — say it now appears unlikely that the trip to what’s called the world’s most remote island can be rescheduled in the 2018-2019 southern hemisphere summer. According to the ARRL, the team leaders are having trouble finding suitable and affordable transportation to the island in the coming year. They say they are planning to make pro-rata refunds of donations, once the books are closed on the original attempt. They note that the process will be complicated, may take several months, and ask for donors’ patience while all the loose ends are wrapped up. FT8 DXpedition Mode Tests…

5 min
mending fences

We’re going to start out this month with something that has nothing — and everything — to do with amateur radio. My wife, Susan, and I spent the morning of Earth Day in April working with other volunteers in our local park to literally mend fences around seedlings for trees and shrubs that our park conservancy group had planted the previous spring. Winter had not been kind to the plastic fencing (especially one segment on which a huge tree limb fell after a particularly bad storm). We had a sign with the group’s name at our sign-in table (along with coffee and donuts). While we were working, a young woman approached us and asked about getting involved with our group. I took her contact info for our email list and…

14 min
tkøc – contesting (and winning) from corsica

“What should I take with me?” I asked. “Take your headphones, that is all you need,” answered Goran. I could not wish for a simpler answer. Joining a contest and taking only headphones with me? If nothing else, usually I take at least a box of some cables for connection to the transceivers. This time it was only personal baggage and headphones… An Unanticipated Invitation 2017 was a busy year for me. Toward the end of the summer — I think it was a Friday afternoon — I was sitting with my wife, Brigita, on our terrace and drinking coffee. The sun was pleasantly warming us when I remembered an announcement from internet that team TKØC would again be going to Corsica (Photo A) for the CQ World Wide CW DX Contest. I wondered…

5 min
backcountry cabin qrp

While volunteering last year at Yellowstone National Park, my wife, Bess (KK4OVU), and I had the opportunity to use a one-room log cabin that is three miles off the road (Photo A). These ranger cabins are scattered throughout the massive park to accommodate park rangers making backcountry patrols. The hike was uphill most of the way. I had enough food and water purification to last for the two and a half days that we planned on being there. And I, of course, packed portable ham gear. Radio equipment included a QRP 10/20/40-meter Trail Friendly wire antenna from LNR Precision (see Notes for links); a 28-watt foldable solar panel from Bioenno Power (which also has a USB connector attached); Elecraft QRP tuner, and a Yaesu FT-817 transceiver with a Bioenno 120-watt-hour power…

2 min
can you see me now? portable operation from sites with a web cam

There are now thousands of web cams operating around the world, often from picturesque locations, and those sites may make great portable operating locations. The stations that work you can watch you on their computer screens as you talk to them. When I am operating pedestrian mobile at a web cam site — such as Pike’s Peak in Colorado as seen in Photo A, I post the web cam link on my QRZ.com page and then stations who contact me can click and watch. I usually have a big sign that shows up on the web cam (Photo B). Even DX guys who can’t hear me can watch me operate. Many web cams are now live-streaming, giving you fast refresh rates and real-time video. Other bandwidth-limited cams refresh at slower rates and…