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NOW ONLINE! Digital editions of November 2020 QST, Sept/Oct 2020 OTA, QEX, and NCJ

November QST
Sept/Oct OTA
Sept/Oct QEX
Sept/Oct NCJ



November QST
Science Fair Adventures in Ham Radio
Roy Gross, KM6EOO
A teenage ham’s journey in troubleshooting and improving his radio-related project.
With just 15 minutes until the Terman Middle School Science Fair in Palo Alto, California, I decided to test my project once more — but something went wrong. After the first transmission, my push-to-talk (PTT) circuit failed and the radio was stuck transmitting noise. I desperately tried replacing the metaloxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) with a new one, and, thankfully, the problem was fixed.


September/October On the Air
Installing a Mobile Radio in Your Vehicle
Norm Fusaro, W3IZ
Having ham radio in your car is another way to stay in touch with friends, or to call for assistance during an emergency. Because modern radio equipment is compact and lightweight, you might think installing it a vehicle would be straightforward. However, modern vehicles are compact, use lots of plastic, and are loaded with their own technology, which presents a unique set of challenges for the mobile ham radio operator. Here are some things to consider when planning your mobile setup.


September/October QEX
Estimating LF – HF Band Noise While Acquiring WSPR Spots —
Gwyn Griffiths, G3ZIL; Rob Robinett, AI6VN, Glenn Elmore, N6GN

Systematic measurements of noise at your receiver can help improve your station performance and provide insights into the ionosphere and propagation. Noise levels are a topic of long-standing concern to radio amateurs. Over recent years a perceived upward trend in noise levels has added to that concern.
This has led to a number of initiatives by national amateur radio societies including in the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa and Germany, and ARRL have recently laid the groundwork for a noise study in a rural environment. Other spectrum users are also affected; for over 30 years the US government has supported a Signal-to-Noise Enhancement Program to measure, identify and mitigate noise and interference. There is an example in the public domain of the methods used and results obtained during a 2010 investigation at a Department of Defense receiver facility at Key West, Florida.


September/October NCJ
A Contester’s Guide to Aluminum Alloys
Robert Tuttle, N8YXR
At some point, many contesters decide to construct their own antennas. When constructing your own Yagi or vertical, a number of choices are available for materials, including those for fashioning the elements. Benchmarking existing designs would lead most amateurs to use an aluminum alloy. The reason for aluminum might seem obvious, since it has a high conductivity and low density (0.0975 lb/in3).

Copper tubing might seem a better choice due to its higher conductivity and strength, but with a density of 0.307 lb/in3, those advantages come at a price. Producing an A3S-style Yagi, which weighs 27 pounds in aluminum, would weigh 85 pounds if made from copper tubing!

Okay, you decide that conventional wisdom on using aluminum alloys seems based on some sound engineering, and you decide to do an internet search for aluminum tubing. And then it hits you: There are a lot of aluminum alloys out there — and what do all those numbers mean? What’s 3005-H14, 2024-T6, 6061-T651, or 7075-O? Not all alloys are available in all sizes you want. How do you choose? Let’s see if we can demystify some of this.

What’s the Buzz
Eclectic Tech, Episode 18 – October 8

ARRL Member Al Rabassa, NW2M, talks fan-cooling technology with host Steve Ford, WB8IMY. Cooling fans are important to all sorts of technology – from ham transceivers and amplifiers to computers. It’s more than just installing a fan and turning it on. Tune in to learn how to calculate cooling and determine the amount of airflow needed. Steve will also discuss a new type of electromagnetic shielding material, and an Arctic archive for computer software.

On the Air, Episode 10 – October 8

Guest host, Steve Ford, WB8IMY, introduces listeners to the ARRL Learning Network. Learn how this member-driven webinar series is taking knowledge sharing to a new level with ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC.


ARRL Learning Network
Learn more about microcontrollers and open-source hardware and software from popular ARRL author Glen Popiel, KW5GP!

ARRL members can register for his upcoming webinar, “Welcome to the World of Arduino,” on Thursday, October 15.

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ARRL Publications
Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio
Third Edition
Use your communication skills to help keep your community safe!

During severe weather events, amateur radio operators bring significant resources to storm spotting, including an established communications system that can function in an emergency. They provide real-time information to partners like emergency management and forecasters at the National Weather Service. The data received from hams helps issue weather watches, warnings, and advisories. This book can help you become one of those volunteers, providing ground-truth information when it is needed most.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

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