The ARRL Current-August 2020


Now available–online digital versions of QST, OTA, QEX, and NCL.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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Accessed on 08 August 2020, 0153 UTC, Post 1576.

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NOW ONLINE! Digital editions of September 2020 QST, July/Aug 2020 OTAQEX, and NCJ
September QST
July/August OTA
July/August QEX
July/August NCJ
 September QST
Antenna Mast for Portable Operators
by Zach Thompson, KM4BLG
This portable mast uses your trekking poles and won’t break your budget or your back. With a large portion of hams living in antenna-restricted areas, and with amateur radio equipment becoming more compact and lightweight, many hams are turning to portable operation. What portable operation looks like for you can vary based on your needs, objectives, and budget.
Reminder: The print edition of the September QST magazine contains an error in the Table of Contents for pages 96 & 97. The digital edition has been updated with the correct information and the missing columns will appear in the October print issue.
July/August On the Air
It’s About Time
Of all the things you thought you’d have to learn about amateur radio, you probably didn’t consider time. But what’s to learn? Don’t we all tell time the same way? Well… yes and no. Most people are accustomed to using 12-hour time. Our day is divided into two halves, each 12 hours in length – midnight to noon, and noon to midnight.
If you’re meeting a friend for dinner, you’d tell her that you will arrive at the restaurant at 6 o’clock. The context makes it clear that you mean 6 o’clock in the evening, but you could clarify by adding “PM.” Or you could chuck 12-hour time and do what comes naturally for soldiers, pilots, scientists, police, and the populations of entire countries.
July/August QEX
Crest Factor of Sinusoidal Electromagnetic Fields
by Steve Stearns, K6OIK
We know from amateur radio license exams that for sinusoidal voltages and currents the ratio of peak-to-rms value is the square root of two. This ratio is ingrained into our intuitions about sinusoidal waveforms, whether they be voltages, currents, or anything else. The ratio of peak instantaneous to rms value of a periodic waveform is called its “crest factor.”
Crest factor is an important parameter in the design of amplifiers and communication modulations. Amplifiers must accommodate a modulation’s crest factor without distortion. Hence amplifier designs strive to accommodate high crest factor, while modulation designs strive for low crest factor.
July/August NCJ
¡Viva Bijagua! Our Week at TI7W for the ARRL DX CW
by Lee Finkel, KY7M
In the usual discussions about where to go next, John, G4IRN, had been talking with his friend Mark, MØDXR, about Kam’s station in Costa Rica. Mark had operated there several times and said it was an excellent station and Kam an excellent host. John followed up with an email to Kam in October 2018 about operating at the station in a future CQ WW CW, but at the time, Kam explained, his station was regularly occupied by Chris, KL9A, or Nate, N4YDU, for the major CW contests. Last fall, however, Kam notified John that his station would be available for the 2020 ARRL International DX CW, so John immediately placed his reservation.
On the Air Blog
A Ham Pilot Encourages Making Amateur Radio Your Own
ARRL Life Member TJ Johnson, K9KJ, likes building antennas, Morse code, and even mobile operating from his airplane. “What do you do with ham radio?” he says. “You can make it whatever you want it to be.”
What’s the Buzz
Eclectic Tech podcast  July 30th episode

In Episode 13, host Steve Ford, WB8IMY, discusses Hellschreiber, an old quasi-digital mode that is seeing a resurgence today. Also, discover how researchers are attempting to perfect wireless power transfer to moving objects, and catch the discussion of the current status of ALE — Automatic Link Establishment.

On the Air podcast – August 13th episode

In Episode 8, brothers Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR, and Tony Milluzzi, KD8RTT, talk to guest host Steve Ford, WB8IMY, about why collegiate radio clubs are important to ham radio, and what resources exist to help them thrive, including ARRL’s Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI). Episode Available Soon!

Virtually Meet with ARRL this Weekend!
Come visit us to learn about the new benefits introduced to ARRL members this year. We’ll also have incentives for joining ARRL, renewing your membership, and product specials.
Log on and visit the ARRL booth at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, August 8 – 9, 2020. ARRL representatives will be available to text, call, or video chat with you during this weekend’s event. Get your chance to speak with Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, Marketing and Communications Manager Kathleen Callahan, KC1MBY, and many more! Attendance is free and registration is still open.

ARRL “LIVE” booth hours:

Fri Aug 7, 9:45 PM – 10:45 PM EDT;

Sat & Sun Aug 8-9, 11 AM – 6 PM EDT

Show Product Specials

We’re offering ARRL members access to our “show specials” all weekend long. We’ve got reduced pricing on select downloadable books, new seasonal summer items, and discounted book bundles featuring some of the top speakers from the event, including Ward Silver, N0AX, and Glen Popiel, KW5GP.

Plus, enjoy $5 shipping on all product purchases with code VIRTUAL (one per order) Visit

Membership Specials
Is your ARRL membership up for renewal? Why not take advantage of this weekend’s special membership incentives offering a choice of books, DVD, or tablet case. Visit and select your FREE gift.
Benefit Reminder
New Member Benefit  ARRL Learning Network
ARRL members can now register to view live and pre-recorded webinars!

Up next: Introduction to Digital FM Modes
by Korey Chandler Sr., WA5RR
(0000 UTC on Wednesday, August 12)

Get the continuing schedule and register.

Upcoming Events for Radio Amateurs
39th Annual TAPR Digital Communications Conference
Coming to you online via Zoom September 11-12! Keep an eye on the ARRL Facebook page for future posts about this event, including topics and speakers. Looking to submit? Technical papers are due by August 15, 2020.

Learn more and register.
Recently Released Publication
The ARRL Extra Class License Manual – NEW 12th Edition

August is the perfect time to upgrade all the way to the top! The ARRL Extra Class License Manual is your ticket to every privilege granted to amateur radio operators –  all frequencies, operating modes, and power levels. It has all the questions and answers, with detailed explanations, for exams taken between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2024.

Visit for more details.

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Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) begins a new virtual Technician License Class on

01 September 2020. Details:

All radio amateurs are encouraged to participate in the Sunday, 20

September 2020, Hawaiian Grid Madness VHF/UHF simplex event.


Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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