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CQ Amateur Radio

CQ Amateur Radio

December 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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English
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CQ Communications, Inc.
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

7 min.
announcements

DECEMBER MADISON HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN — The L’Anse Creuse Amateur Radio Club will hold its 47th Annual Swap & Shop from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday, December 1 at Madison Place, 876 Horace Brown Drive. Contact: Russ Price, N8HAR, <n8har@gmail.com>. Talk-in 147.08+ (PL 100). VE exams. CHELTEHAM, MARYLAND — The Prince George’s County ARES/RACES will hold the Fourth Annual American Legion PGCERA SantaFest from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, December 7 at the American Legion Youth Camp, 9201 Surratts Road. Email: <selbynet@hotmail.com>. Website: <www.pgares.org>. Talk-in 145.230 (PL 110.9). VE exams. DELTA, OHIO — The Fulton County Amateur Radio Club will hold its Winter Hamfest 2019 from 8-11 a.m., Saturday, December 7 at the Village of Delta Memorial Hall, 401 Main Street. Contact: Bryan Patterson, KB8ELG, (419) 822-5038 or (419) 250-6694. Email: <kb8elg@hotmail.com>. Talk-in 147.195+…

1 min.
cq amateur radio

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…

5 min.
ham radio news

WRC-19 Under Way; Early Progress Reported The 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) was under way in Egypt as we went to press. This quadrennial conference of the International Telecommunication Union sets worldwide policies and frequency allocations within the radio spectrum. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which is an observer at the conference, reported that the first week’s sessions resulted in “no change” decisions relating to amateur allocations at 47.0-47.2 GHz and 5.850-5.925 GHz. Both of these spectrum areas are of interest to commercial users. The delegates also voted to defer any decision on spectrum allocations for wireless power transmission (WPT) for electric vehicles. Still to come as this is written — decisions on greater amateur access to the 6-meter band in Europe and Africa, and what issues to include on the…

4 min.
news bytes

West Point Cadets Contact Astronaut Via Ham Radio The U.S. military may have some of the world’s most sophisticated communications networks, but when it came to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy talking with astronaut and West Point alumnus Col. Drew Morgan aboard the International Space Station, the preferred method was via ham radio. The October contact between the U.S. Military Academy Amateur Radio Club, W2KGY, and Morgan, KI5AAA (operating as NA1SS) was organized through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. The ground end of the contact was overseen by Col. Stephen Hamilton, KJ5HY, a research scientist at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point and Officer-in-Charge of the ham radio club, which has held W2KGY since 1937. Morgan is a 1998 West Point graduate, according to the Defense…

4 min.
zero bias: a cq editorial

An interesting Facebook exchange came to my attention recently, one which wrapped up in a few simple comments much of the way in which we hams sometimes relate with non-hams, how we should relate with non-hams, and how we should relate with each other. The original post was by 2017 Newsline Young Ham of the Year Marty Sullaway, NN1C, who had just read the results of the 2019 CQ WPX CW Contest in our November issue and learned that his team at KC1XX had placed first in North America in the multi-operator, two-transmitter (M/2) category. (Congrats to Matt, Marty, and the rest of the team!) “Woohoo!” Marty wrote. “Another nice contest North American win. CQ WPX CW. Proud to be a part of the KC1XX M/2 team. We just edged out the…

14 min.
ai meets ar

“OK, Google. Find me the Squidly Island DXpedition on 20 meters … and let me know when you’ve made the contact.” Is this a snapshot from ham radio’s future? WB2REM and K5PA say the technology for it is on the horizon. And some elements of artificial intelligence can be used in our ham shacks today. Artificial intelligence (AI) has permeated all aspects of our lives. We use AI devices to control lights, provide answers to questions, and instantaneously calculate math. So, why not use AI to enhance the amateur radio operating experience? This article provides proof of concept examples of how Amazon Alexa, Google Home Mini, Ultra Hal 7, and their variants can be used to accomplish this goal. Lastly, the future of AI in amateur radio (Photo A?) will be…