[CQ-Contest] June QST arrives

K4tmc at aol.com K4tmc at aol.com
Tue May 23 20:59:13 EDT 2000

A successful trip to the PO box this morning on the way to work resulted in 
the latest issue of QST along with two fishing magazines.

Front cover photo of AA1GW operating a PSK31 rig (article inside) in a Field 
Day-type scene, complete with tent, tree, battery, hatchet, cooler, first-aid 
kit, etc., with the caption "Field Day 2000!"  But..., where are the bugs?

K1ZZ’s editorial, "It Seems To Us...", this month is titled New License – Now 
What?.  It provides 6 steps on how to make your new license more than just a 
trophy.  The steps include items on getting a rig and antenna, logging your 
contacts, getting on nets, setting goals (WAS, WAC, DXCC), and comparing 
notes with others.  However, there is no mention of getting on to operate any 
of the ARRL-sponsored operating events.  And this issue’s front cover touts 
Field Day 2000!

Contest related items:
Operation Deep Freeze - The Last Chapter (VE8JR during the 99 ARRL Nov. 
Having a Field Day with the Moxon Rectangle (compact HF antenna)
Solving Sound Card Microphone Problems
Product Review - Icom IC-756PRO HF/6 Transceiver
Technical Correspondence - MFJ259 and coax shorts, coax RF choke baluns, 
matching low-impedance antennas, and Pegasus BC QRM
Results - 99 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes 

Other interesting items:
A Panoramic Transceiving System for PSK31 (re front cover photo)
Support Your Local Hamfest
Launch You Field Day Antenna with a Flingshot
Hints & Kinks column - whip antenna storage for your mobile
Product Review - Ten-Tec 10-Meter to 2-Meter Transverter
How’s DX? Column - 3C0R, Annobon Island
The World Above 50 MHz column - 28 Years of Sporadic E
Op-Ed column - All The World Is Going Digital, What About Ham Radio?

Pryme Radio Products has full-page ad featuring their new GMRS HTs with the 
caption "Get Your XYL on the Air...No Test Required!"  However, the fine 
print at the bottom states "FCC License Required".
Hy-Gain is back with a full page ad for their rotators.
ARRL is offering subscription deal for getting the UK’s RadCom magazine.
M2 has ad and picture of the new KT36XA tribander.
Mosley Electronics is back with "Dog-Gone" good deals on some of their 

That’s all for this issue.

On a sad note; last month I mentioned that I had visited the Tampa, FL area 
ham dealer, RT Systems, and noted that they had back issues of NCJ, QEX, and 
CQ Contest.  Well, last week I received a letter from them indicating that 
they were no longer in the ham radio retail business, having sold their 
inventory to AES.  A sign of the times??

Henry Pollock - K4TMC
Raleigh, NC

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