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CQ October 2011
The October issue of CQ is our first Emergency Communications Special, and it's chock full of articles on various aspects of ham radio emergency and public service communications. Emergency Communications Special
We start out with "Amateur Radio's Raison D'etre" by "Magic in the Sky" editor Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, explaining why emergency communications is so important to us hams. Next, we read about a typical ham radio public service deployment in "Amateur Radio at Six Gap," in which author Shawn Burke, KJ4MLS, guides us through ham radio's role in the 100+ mile bike ride through the mountains of north Georgia and the special challenges posed by those mountains; WorldRadio Online MARS columnist Bill Sexton, N1IN, pays a visit to the pages of CQ with a primer on "Who's Who in Emergency Communications;" battery expert Isidor Buchmann writes about "Trusting the Battery in Critical Situations," and Jon Seaver, N8SUA, offers a guide to a "Medical 'Go-Kit' for Hams."
Several of our columns also focus on this month's theme, in addition to "Magic in the Sky." Of course, the Public Service column is in there, covering the ham radio response to a rare tornado that hit New England in early June; "Learning Curve" editor Rich Arland, K7SZ, describes his "go-kits" in an article titled "EmComm Wants YOU!"; "Gordo's Short Circuits" editor Gordon West, WB6NOA, offers a variation on that theme with his "Roller Bag 'Grab and Go' Kit," and Contesting Editor George Tranos, N2GA, writes about "Contesting Benefits for EmComm Operators." For the Rest of You...
We know there's a lot of ham radio besides emergency communications, so we also have a variety of additional features and columns, starting with our annual update of the CQ World Wide DX Contest All-Time Records, compiled by Fred Capossela, K6SSS.
Bob Leo, W7LR, writes about a QSL card he recently received … from 1948! … in "The Long-Delayed QSL Exchange;" Jack Bryant, KE4ID, describes how he restored a "diamond in the rough" in his article, "Flea-Market Treasure: A National NC-81X Receiver," and we profile 2011 Newsline Young Ham of the Year award winner Kaitlyn Cole, KS3P. Among our columns, "Math's Notes" editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, revisits his favorite topic of optical communications; "Washington Readout" editor Fred Maia, W5YI, looks at international amateur radio agreements; QRP Editor Cam Hartford, N6GA, looks at "A Couple of New QRP Gems;" Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, writes about sorting and mounting resistors and other small kit components in "Resistance is Futile;" and New Products Editor John Wood, WV5J, picks up the trail of ham products introduced since the Dayton Hamvention® in this month's "What's New" column. Digital Editor Don Rotolo, N2IRZ, looks at spotting DX stations via packet and the internet; and guest DX columnist Lynn Lamb, W4NL, offers "A DXer's Challenge: Stay on the Air and Behave!" VHF Plus editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, writes about the launch of ARISSat-1; Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, discusses USA-CA award plaques as well as awards from France, and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, predicts fair band conditions for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest in late October. That's a brief look at what's coming up in the October issue of CQ magazine, which should be on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes by late September. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber, click here! The 2012-2013 CQ Amateur Radio Operators Calendars are now on sale! Click here to order your copy now!

Articles from the October, 2011 issue of CQ posted on our website include:
Zero Bias - The Benefits of “Geekdom”
All-Time Records, CQ World Wide DX Contest
October 2011 Contest Calendar
October 2011 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: Altamonte Springs, Florida, Police Department "Radio Volunteers" Dick Fess, K4FUY (L) and Bob Mahon, KG4HBO (R), examine a map in the radio room at the city's Alternate Emergency Operating Center. Click here to read more! (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)
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