March 27, 2012: Charles H. "Chip" Margelli, K7JA: Quick deployment antennas for field day or emergency communications (actually 2012)

Chip Margelli, K7JA, will demonstrate antenna and mast construction techniques that will make your next Field Day a lot easier and quicker to deploy, and you\'ll then be ready for whent “The Big One” hits.

Chip was licensed in 1963, becoming an Extra Class licensee in 1968. He is the Director of Advertising Sales and Marketing for CQ Communications, Inc., and a Life Member of ARRL, AMSAT, and Quarter Century Wireless Association.

For over forty-five years, Chip has been active in Dxing, especially international radiosport competition. His accomplishments include thirteen first-place finishes nationally in the ARRL November Sweepstakes, and a number of world-high or national wins in the CQ World-Wide DX Contest, ARRL DX Contest, and CQ WPX Contest.

Chip‘s Dxpeditions include operation from St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Saipan, Micronesia, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Martinique, and Barbados. In 1984, Chip and his wife Janet, KL7MF, were invited to Beijing by the Chinese Radio Sport Association to help train Chinese operators in the rebirth of Amateur Radio in China.

In 1989, Chip was selected as the American representative in the first-ever Finnish-Soviet-American DXpedition to Malyj-Vysotskij Island as 4J1FS. The following year, he and his teammate Mike Wetzel, W9RE, won a Silver Medal at the World Radiosport Team Championship.

In the Fall of 1991, Chip was a member of the Instructor/Operator team in the IARU Albania Project, led by Martti Laine, OH2BH, which brought about the rebirth of Amateur Radio in Albania.

In 1994, Chip and Janet accepted commissions from two magazines to visit Havana to document participation by members of the Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba in the ARRL June VHF QSO Party. Theirs was the first group of American radio amateurs to be so honored. Feature articles by Chip and Janet appeared in The QCWA Journal and QST in late 1994. In 2003, Chip and Janet and four others joined forces with the FRC in the first-ever joint Cuba-U.S. Field Day operation as COØUS, the the first occasion where a Treasury Department Specific License was granted for a public Amateur Radio demonstration involving U.S. Amateurs.

Articles by Chip have been published in CQ, CQ VHF, Popular Communications, and CQ magazines, and in several books. In May of 2008, he was inducted into CQ Magazin’s Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.