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Results of the 2020 CQ World Wide VHF Contest
Twenty-twenty … a term used to describe perfect vision … but what an interesting year it turned out to be. A global pandemic continues to grip the world with many negative impacts but amateur radio was generally positively affected, with more overall
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The Ham Notebook
My Continuing Mission: Consuming the Inventory Recently, a close friend had to deal with his father’s estate. This is a huge responsibility in addition to and on top of all the emotional things that go along with this stage in one’s life. My friend i
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The 2021 CQ World Wide WPX Contest
The CQ World Wide WPX Contest is the world’s largest everyone-works-everyone radio contest. The 2021WPXcontests will include a new Multi-Transmitter Distributed category. Stations operating in this categorymay have a maximum of six transmitted signal
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VHF Plus
Twenty-five years ago this month, CQ Communications launched CQ VHF magazine (it’s hard to believe it’s been that long!). I was its editor. That magazine was the outgrowth of a plan to start a magazine for new hams, since then — as now — it was a cha
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Baluns Basics
What’s a Balun? Why a Balun? How Do I Make a Balun? “Balun” (BALanced to UNbalanced) is a catch-all term for a variety of devices we use on our antenna-feedline systems. This article will take a brief look at what they’re all about, why they’re impor
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MF/LF OPERATING: Life Below the AM Broadcast Band
Plus, Underwater Antennas and the FST4 Modes Are Finally Here Sometimes I receive correspondence asking about experimental activity on 630 and 2200 meters. The term “experimental” can mean a lot of things. It might mean something as simple as testing
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Digital to Analog Hardware Converter
Using an ICOM AT500 Tuner for Automatic Band Switching With an Elecraft K3s Transceiver Since 1991, my main HF transceiver has been an ICOM IC-751A. It has performed very well over the years. However, since the Elecraft K3 arrived several years ago,
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What’s New
bhi has added new noise-cancelling technology to the DESKTOP table-top speaker by introducing its DESKTOP MKII 10-watt amplified DSP (digital signal processing) noise-cancelling base station speaker. It works on all types of radio, transceivers, rece
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Untether Your Memories!
Remotely Operate Your ICOM Message Memories Cutting the cord is never easy, but in our October 2018 CQ article entitled “Beyond Untethered … Operating Your Station, Cell Phone, and Remote Simultaneously with a Wireless Headset,” we presented a simple
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Awards
The centaur, a creature from Greek mythology, is half man and half horse. The CQ DX Marathon is something of a ham radio centaur … half contest and half award. The broadest goals of any amateur radio award program are to encourage more on-air activit
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Packet Radio How To Work It (Not How It Works)
It was 1985. I was just getting started in packet radio and I was getting very frustrated. I’d hooked up my TNC (terminal node controller) as directed but was having only marginal success decoding messages and none at all in making contacts. Then my
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Dx
I hope all of you are doing well in these trying times! This month, I am sharing the keyboard with my friend Budi Santoso, YE1AR. Budi was supposed to be on the IOTA DXpedition to Habe Island, 7H9H, but due to COVID-19 flight travel restrictions, he
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On the Cover
CQ Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, KØNEB, gets a hand from the Nebraska ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) tower crew as part of the overhaul he’s been describing recently of his shack in Lincoln. On the 48-foot Rohn tower are Shaun Monson, KØ
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Contesting
More than 9,200 logs were submitted for the CQWW SSB contest held on the last weekend of October 2020. This sets a new record for most logs submitted for any amateur radio contest. Table 1 shows increases in contest activity since pandemic restrictio
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Packet Radio How To Work It (Not How It Works) Conclusion
Packet radio is touted as the fastest-growing mode in amateur radio today. And it may well be. But even so, it has drawn only a relative few hams into its ranks. Some who have tried it embrace the mode as the greatest thing since transistors. Others
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Propagation
A Quick Look at Current Cycle 24-25 Conditions (Data rounded to nearest whole number) Sunspots: Observed Monthly, October 2020: 13 12-month smoothed, April 2020: 4 10.7-cm Flux: Observed Monthly, October 2020: 75 12-month smoothed, April 2020: 71 One
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Math’s Notes
Over the 40+ years that I have been writing this column, one unfortunate factor continually stands out. When I began writing (in the early 1970s), many of my columns were aimed at describing homebrewing tips and kinks in one form or another. At the t
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Oops…
In December’s article on “A Self-Calibrating Tuning-Tracking Controller for Magnetic Field Loop Antennas,” we accidentally put a comma where a dash should have been. As a result, we said the vacuum variable capacitor is rated at 12,500 picofarads and
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Announcements
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 b
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The Listening Post
~ Wantok Radio Light in Papua New Guinea has changed its location. The station has moved from Port Moresby to Mt. Hagen in the Western Highland province. The reason is said to be ongoing vandalism at the former site, as well as technical problems tha
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Hamshop
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 un
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CQ Amateur Radio
Richard S. Moseson, W2VU, Editor Jason Feldman, KD2IWM, Managing Editor Susan Moseson, Editorial Consultant Kent Britain, WA5VJB, Antennas Stan Broadway, N8BHL, Emergency Communications Gerry L. Dexter, The Listening Post Joe Eisenberg, KØNEB, Kit-Bu
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Emergency Communications
Amateur digital mode nets offer fast, accurate message transmission. But checking into the net, not to mention net discussion, can be arduously long. Can we fix that? In Toledo, Ohio, Steve Judd, WB8YLO, looked at the 2017 “Black Swan” SET (Simulated
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Ham Radio News
The ARRL has told the FCC it has the power to waive fees on amateur radio applications and should do so. In comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that set up a new fee schedule for all licensed services, including a $50 fee for virtually all
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Kit Building
Kits and Logistics for Installing New Antennas and Accessories As I introduced in the last issue, the process of upgrading and improving your station involves a variety of kits. Very few of these kits are of the traditional printed circuit board stuf
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ZERO BIAS: A CQ Editorial
Following up last month’s editorial on “Looking Back at a Year of Looking Back,” I think it’s appropriate to start 2021, our 77th year of publication, with a look ahead. This year will be one of new beginnings … a new decade, a new sunspot cycle, new
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Digital Connection
PSK-31 and DigiPan1 Happy New Year and good riddance to 2020. I hope 2021 is a lot more normal. Not everything in 2020 was bad, but far more than usual. If you have never worked a digital mode on HF, this month’s column is for you. The digital age is
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News Bytes
The December 1st collapse of the instrument platform at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico reverberated in the ham community as well as the astronomy / radioastronomy world. Officials had hoped to be able to safely disassemble the 900-ton telesco
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Magic In The Sky
Having had the pleasure of meeting many CQ readers at hamfests and elsewhere, I have deep respect for their (your?) technical abilities. Many have undergrad or advanced degrees in engineering, others are self-taught, and to some extent, each of us ha
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FP/W1UF — Setting a New DXpedition “Record”
I have not been a pilot for as long as I’ve been a ham — but it seems that way. My first flying lesson was in 1953. I have been a ham since 1947. But looking back from today’s perspective, they are virtually concurrent. Combining the two hobbies is a
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