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     December 2007

Articles from the

December 2007 issue
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The December issue of CQ continues our series of interviews with current and former hams in the top echelons of America's military and intelligence communities, this month featuring a chat with Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, ex-W3AWO, who says ham radio has been "the foundation of my whole career and life." Next, we take an uncommon (for us) path with some holiday historical fiction in "Christmas Cheer," by Kimberly Elmore, N5OP, followed by the results of the 2007 CQ World Wide DX 160 Meter Contests. Once again, we had a record number of logs received for the CW section of the contest, and participation from more than 150 DXCC "entities" in each of the CW and SSB competitions. Next, we've got the rules for the 2008 CQ DX Marathon - remember to submit your 2007 score by January 31, 2008. Go to <> for details.

Among our columns, "Math's Notes" editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, looks at "Electronic Trends and the Future;" Public Service Editor Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, reports on a ham radio demo at the U.S. Capitol, a ham visit with President Bush and more; Washington Editor Fred Maia, W5YI, looks at the history of ham radio regulation in the United States, and "World of Ideas" editor Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, has his annual review of holiday goodies, especially various keys and paddles. "The Weekender" editor Phil Salas, AD5X, has a project to help brighten up your workbench; and Digital Editor Don Rotolo, N2IRZ, digs into WinDRM, the ham version of Digital Radio Mondiale, the international digital broadcasting standard.

QRP Editor Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, asks, "What's Your QRP 'IQ'?" in a discussion of software defined radios and in-phase quadrature (IQ) modulation; "What's New" editor Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, also looks at holiday goodies, while Beginner's Editor Wayne Yoshid, KH6WZ, explores "extra-terrestrial" satellite contacts you can make with a handheld. Next, "VHF-Plus" editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, reports on his participation in the Reach for Space inaugural conference; Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, introduces the Russian Districts Award; DX Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, discusses fair play and upcoming DXpeditions; Contesting Editor John Dorr, K1AR, talks about the great friendships you can make in ham radio's various subcultures (such as contesters), and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, examines winter opportunities on the HF ham bands.

Finally, we've got our 2007 Annual Index, which will also be posted here on our website and merged into our online master index , which stretches back to 1980. (Our archive partner,  has back issues online extending back to at least 1961, with additional years being added regularly.)


That's a brief look at what's coming up in the December issue of CQ magazine, which should be on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes by late November. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber, click the "Click Here to Subscribe" button at the top of this page.


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On The Cover
Bruce Anderson, KG8YT, of Marquette, Michigan, checks the ladder line feeding his all-band HF dipole. Inset: Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, ex-W3AWO. (Main cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI; inset photo courtesy Department of Defense).