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CQ August 2012
The August issue of CQ leads off with Part 1 of our annual guide to new products introduced at Dayton, presented this year by Richard Fisher, KI6SN, CQ Public Service Editor and Editor of our sister magazines, Popular Communications and WorldRadio Online. This installment of our Hamvention® "Safari" covers radios and amplifiers; in September, we'll preview antennas and accessories. Next up, we have the SSB results of the 2011 CQ WW DX Contest, with a record 7476 logs received, nearly 1000 more than last year's record, as the sunspot numbers began climbing upward. Here's a preview of the worldwide winners in each major category: High Power All Band - CN2R (W7EJ op.); Low Power All Band - EA8ZS (OE2VEL op.); QRP - ND0C (from the "black hole" of Minnesota!); Assisted/High Power - P40A (KK9A op.); Assisted/Low Power - P40P (W5AJ op.); Multi-Single - CR3A; Multi-Two - PW7T, and Multi-Multi - C5A. Interestingly, there were no repeat winners from 2010 in any major category. Click here to view updated results. Updated expanded results; Operators of Multi-Op Stations, Trophy Winners & Donors, and QRM are also available, click link to view. (NOTE: A late discovery of a programming error caused results to be rescored after this issue went to press. There were no significant changes in the order of finish. Updated results for the CQWW SSB weekend are posted here. Click on the link above to access the updated scores.) Finally among this month's features, we have a CQ Review of the Ten-Tec Model 1215 "Ten 'T' Tuner" kit. Reviewer T.J. "Skip" Arey, N2EI, says it's an excellent kit for the new builder and an excellent accessory for the experienced builder as well. Our columns for August start out with Public Service, in which KI6SN takes a look at the annual start-of-season station test by WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. "Math's Notes" begins a two-part series by columnist Irwin Math, WA2NDM, on building a portable 20-meter station, and "Riley's Ramblings," by Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, takes a look at "The 'Malady' of Amateur Radio and Ham Radio's Own 'Greatest Generation' "; Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, checks out the new kits he found on display in Dayton, and QRP Editor Cam Hartford, N6GA, takes us on a trip through time and mileage with "QRP in the South Pacific." Next, "Learning Curve" editor Rich Arland, K7SZ, looks at pedestrian mobile radios and how they can do double duty as part of your emergency "go" kit; Digital Editor Don Rotolo, N2IRZ, goes "Back to Basics" with the building blocks of a digital station ; Mobiling Editor Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, looks at summertime " 'High Times' on the Highway," and "What's New" editor John Wood, WV5J, introduces us to "Pignology" and a whole lot more. "VHF Plus" editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, focuses on August's annual Perseids meteor shower, Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, looks at county awards around the world, DX Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, profiles some of the people responsible for bringing DX news to the ham community and his own induction to the CQ DX Hall of Fame; Contesting Editor George Tranos, N2GA, looks at misconceptions about contesting, and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, keeps us posted on what to expect from the ionosphere through the dog days of summer. That's a brief look at what's coming up in the August issue of CQ magazine, which should be on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes by early August, and available to digital subscribers as of August 1. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber, click here!
Articles from the August, 2012 issue of CQ posted on our website include:
Zero Bias - "Imagination and Adventure"
August 2012 Contest Calendar
August 2012 Hamfests and Special Events
On the Cover: On the Cover: Ashraf Chaabane, KF5EYY, an operator at 3V8SS and a rising star of contesting from Tunisia.