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CQ Highlights – November 2018


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In between our Emergency Communications Special in October and our Technology Special in December, the November issue of CQ gives us a chance to highlight the breadth and diversity of amateur radio. We've got construction projects, historical perspectives, contest results and much more. Here are some highlights: Our project articles this month include two antennas you can build, along with a panadapter – to view band activity – built around a Raspberry Pi microcomputer. One of our Eastern European authors looks at how ham radio in his country has changed since the fall of communism; KC9UNL reminds us of the value of paper QSL cards as "amateur radio's postal history," and in this month's cover story, W4YBV shows us how hams found out where to point their antennas and mail their QSL cards for DX contacts before the days of the internet.

We've also got the results of the 2018 CQ WPX CW Contest and the rules for both the 2019 CQWW 160-Meter Contest and the 2019 CQ DX Marathon.

Among our columns, "VHF-Plus" editor K8ZR previews the new and improved WSJT-X 2.0 software suite, which will include significant enhancements to FT8, JT65 and other "JT" digital modes. "Listening Post" editor Gerry Dexter reports on China filling the vacuum left by Australia's decision to abandon shortwave broadcasting; K0OV reviews the results of the 2018 Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championships in South Korea; and Guest DX Editor K1ZN offers a primer on the popular Islands on the Air (IOTA) award program.

Finally, Propagation Editor NW7US provides an initial projection for conditions expected during the CW weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest (Nov 24-25). Sunspots are still in the cellar, but have no fear … the CQWW makes its own propagation! There will still be plenty of great DX to work!

That's a brief look at what's coming up in the November issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber click here!

Articles from the November, 2018 issue of CQ posted on our website include:

Zero Bias – "Crossroads of Citizen Science"

November 2018 Contest Calendar

November 2018 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: Terry Joyner, W4YBV, using pre-internet DXing tool with deep connections to CQ's early days. He tells us all about it in the November issue of CQ.



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