Calling CQ

Issue 100 | August 7, 2017

Major DXpedition Grant - the Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce a contribution of $100,000 to the 3YØZ Bouvet Island DXpedition planned for January 2018. Bouvet is currently #2 on the ClubLog Most Wanted List. This is the largest contribution in the history of NCDXF.

New QRP Transceiver Kit - coming soon. Five-watt, single-band, high performance CW transceiver kit from QRP Labs. $49 (approx 41€, £37). Check this short video for additional details.

A total solar eclipse - on August 21 will cause the shadow of the moon to traverse the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina in just over 90 minutes causing dramatic changes in both the ionosphere and HF propagation. The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is a HamSCI-ARRL sponsored operating event to generate data to study ionospheric changes during the eclipse.

AO73/FUNcube Schedule - is now in amateur mode with the transponder on. Expect it to remain in this mode ALL NEXT WEEK to support operations from YOTA and also because the schools (at least those in UK) are on holiday.

2018 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications is available for order now and will be shipping in October. And there’s a bonus offer. The first ever ARRL member call sign badge is FREE when you pre-order the Hardcover edition by September 30, 2017.

Promotional Posters - the ARRL has made available for download six posters promote the hobby. The six posters are based around the theme, “Ham Radio Is…” and would make a classy addition to any radio club house or for public display. FYI - office supply places will print one 24x36 canvas style for less than $35.

INDEXA Newsletter - the Summer 2017 edition (#118) of the International DX Association’s Newsletter (INDEXA) is available for download. In this issue Stanislav “Stan” Vatev, LZ1GC, gives the inside story of running a two man DXpedition to the Solomon Islands (H44GC) and Temotu Province (H40GC).

Ten More Clicks


This is the 100th edition of CALLING CQ - a minor achievement in the lifetime of a weekly publication but the milestone deserves mention. We’ve managed to gather enough of a crowd that I haven’t bothered with promotion for a few months. There are some 3,500 email subscribers and more than a thousand read it on the Web each week.

I started making it available online a day or two after it goes out to the mailing list because of unresolved problems for Yahoo Mail users and now we’re growing readers more quickly on the Web than via email subscription - an unexpected consequence.

And all that’s because of you. We continue to grow because readers keep spreading the word. Your enthusiasm for everything about our hobby is infectuous and it’s my good fortune to write for such an amazing audience. Thank you. After 100 issues this remains a fun project for me and if you don’t mind, we’ll just keep going!

73, Jeff