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CQ September 2012
Digital Edition


This September's issue of CQ starts out with an in-depth report by Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, on the ham radio community's response to the wildfires that scorched Colorado in late spring and early summer. Richard also continues our annual guide to new products introduced at Dayton, this time covering keys, antennas and antenna accessories. Next, we've got the CW results of the 2011 CQ World Wide DX Contest and the sound you hear is of contest records crashing to the ground. There were 15 new world records set this year, along with literally dozens of continental and US records. Participation set yet another record, with 6,651 CW logs (more than 500 from last year; and 14, 137 for both SSB and CW, an increase of more than 1400 logs altogether). (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 both the CQWW SSB weekend and the CQWW CW weekend are posted here. Click on the links to access the updated scores) Congratulations to all! Expanded results will be posted here on the web as soon as possible. We've also got the rules for the 2012 CQ WW DX Contest (click to view). NOTE: There are several rules changes, including a new log submission deadline of five days after the end of the contest, so please read them carefully. Among our columns this month, Irwin Math, WA2NDM, continues his "Math's Notes," series on building a portable 20-meter station; "Riley's Ramblings" editor Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, answers "the three big questions" he's most commonly asked and reveals a long-held secret about Mrs. Bagley's TV! Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, looks at the OpenBeacon transmitter kit for 30 meters, as well as the Weber Tribander from Hendricks QRP Kits; "Makers" editor Matt Stultz, KB3TAN, offers a commentary on why "Open Source Hardware" is good business, and Antennas Editor Kent Britain, WA5VJB, examines the herringbone log-periodic for working low-Earth-orbit amateur satellites. "Ham Notebook" editor Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, offers tips on tower climbing safety; "Learning Curve" editor Rich Arland, K7SZ, provides an introduction to contesting for those new to the sport, and New Products Editor John Wood, WV5J, looks at a variety of new offerings and previews MFJ's upcoming 40th anniversary celebration on October 6. "VHF-Plus" editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, provides details on five new amateur satellites scheduled to be launched in September; and Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, looks at awards you can earn quickly and print yourself, thus eliminating the costs for printing and mailing that usually go along with ham awards. DX Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, looks at recent and upcoming DXpeditions; Contesting Editor George Tranos, N2GA, discusses lifetime learning (particularly as it relates to contesting), and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, begins a series of columns about the sun and how it works. That's a brief look at what's coming up in the September issue of CQ magazine, which should be on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes by early September, and available to digital subscribers as of September 1. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber, click here!

Articles from the September, 2012 issue of CQ posted on our website include:
Zero Bias - "Lids, Kids, and Space Cadets"
Rules, 2012 CQ World Wide DX Contest
Updated CW and SSB results and Expanded CW Results, 2012 CQ WW DX Contest
September 2012 Contest Calendar
September 2012 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: The Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs was one of eight major wildfires that ravaged Colorado in June and July, destroying hundreds of homes. Hams were in the thick of the battle, providing communications as needed to help firefighters and relief personnel.
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