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CQ April 2017


CQ. is now available in a digital edition as well as the traditional print edition. Find out more details about CQ.

The world's biggest hamfest is moving to a new home next month and the April issue of CQ starts out with a preview of the Dayton Hamvention's new digs at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio. 

The world's biggest participation sporting event is the CQ World Wide DX Contest and we have the 2016 SSB results in this issue, including a complete score listing … so if you submitted a log, you're in there! How did you do?

Foxhunting, or hidden transmitter hunting, is a different kind of radio competition, and we have the rules for this spring's CQ World Wide Foxhunting Weekend in the April issue as well. We've also got stories about a radio spy turned ham radio operator, a new mission for Army MARS and the history of DXing from the Horn of Africa (including a Cold War US spy base, speaking of radio spies). Plus, of course, it wouldn't be April without our annual visit from Professor Emil Heisseluft. This time, the good professor sheds new light on the FCC's decision-making process, specifically regarding a long-pending petition for a new ham band.

Speaking of FCC action on new bands, we are introducing a new column this month -- "LF/MF Operating," just as the FCC acts to approve new ham bands on 630 and 2200 meters (details in May and on the CQ Newsroom). Four times a year, columnist John Langridge, KB5NJD/WG2XIQ, will share reports of activity and accomplishments on the bands (which are already authorized in some countries), as well as tips on equipment, antennas and operating techniques.

Also among our columns this month, we've got two separate looks at working meteor scatter with MSK144, a new digital mode that makes it relatively easy for just about anyone with a multimode VHF rig to become a "ping jockey."

That's a look at the highlights of the April, 2017 issue of CQ!



Articles from the April 2017 issue of CQ posted on our website include:

Zero Bias – Blazing New Trails with EELS

April 2017 Contest Calendar

April 2017 Hamfests and Special Events

April CQ Reader Survey

On the Cover: Aerial view of Martlesham DX & Contest Group station M6T in Ipswich, England. The group's operation in the 2016 CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest was in memory of station designer Bob Carpenter, G4BAH, who became a Silent Key last August. Complete contest results begin on page 13. Inset: Marvin Johnston, KE6HTS, helps a Scout learn to hunt for hidden transmitters. CQWW Foxhunt Weekend story is on page 20. (Main cover photo by Vernon Readhead, G0EGW; Inset photo by Joe Moell, K0OV)



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