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CQ January 2013
Digital Edition


The January 2013 issue of CQ takes us to China, where CQ Brazil editor and publisher Erwin Hübsch, PY2QI, watched the team at B1Z compete in the SSB weekend of the 2012 CQ WPX Contest. Next, we have the results of that contest, with top honors going to CN2R (W7EJ, op.), PX5E (PP5JR), P40W (W2GD), P40V (DF7ZS), TI5N (W8QZA), UA5A (RA3AKT), EA2LMI, NX0X/4 (N4PN) and ZL3IO in the various single-op categories, as well as multi-op stations 5D5A, PJ4Z and EA8AH. We've also got the rules for February's CQ WW WPX RTTY Contest and the official announcement of the 2013 nominating period (Jan. 1 - Mar. 1) for the CQ Amateur Radio, Contesting and DXing Halls of Fame. The nominating form for the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is here on our website. January 1 also marks the beginning of a brand-new CQ DX Marathon. Everybody's slate is wiped clean and we all start from scratch. Click here for the 2013 Marathon rules. Remember to submit your 2012 log by January 15. Next, Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, takes a close look at the FCC's latest licensing proposal - including relicensing of former hams without retesting - in his "Riley's Ramblings" column for January, and reader Janis Carson, AB2RA, writes a "Reader Feedback" in defense of W2OY "and other curmudgeons." KW7L and N7VF describe their adventure operating W6T in the annual Route 66 on the air event; K4VYL offers solid-state modifications for vintage Heathkit VTVMs (vacuum tube volt meters … now without the vacuum tubes!), and Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, describes his adventure last November in "Taking it to the Field in Midtown Manhattan." Moving to our columns for this month, we already discussed "Riley's Ramblings" up at the top. In "Math's Notes" column editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, offers "More for the New Home Brewer; Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, begins multi-issue coverage of ham radio's role during and after Hurricane Sandy; and Magic in the Sky" editor Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, writes in the aftermath of the superstorm about our society's addiction to electrons in motion … and what happens when they stop moving. "Ham Notebook" editor Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, discusses "Social Media, Ham Radio and a Generation Gap;" this month's "Learning Curve" talks about "Becoming a Beginner (and an Expert), and Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, looks at "The Emtech ZM-2 Tuner Kit." January's "What's New" column looks at small single-sideband transceivers, guy rings for vertical antennas and more; in this month's Antennas column, guest columnist Bob Locher, W9KNI, writes about "The New 40-Meter Yagi Adventure;" "VHF Plus" editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, shares an online technical conversation about RF safety; Guest DX Editor Randy Johnson, W6SJ, digs into "Marshmallows and Chasing DX," and Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, explains why the USA-CA award uses Alaskan judicial districts as "counties" instead of the state's boroughs. Contesting Editor George Tranos, N2GA, is mopping up after major flood damage to his house during Hurricane Sandy, so we've used this month's column to review the new schedule of reporting dates for CQ contests, which is being phased in during 2013 and will be fully in place by 2014. Finally, Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, predicts good conditions on the HF bands for 2013. That's a brief look at what's coming up in the January issue of CQ magazine, which should be on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes by late December to early January; and available online to digital subscribers on or about January 1. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber, click here. Happy New Year from all of us at CQ!

Articles from the January, 2013 issue of CQ posted on our website include:
Zero Bias - "Of Power and Propagation"
Rules: 2013 CQ WW WPX RTTY Contest
January 2013 Contest Calendar
January 2013 Hamfests and Special Events
2013 CQ Hall of Fame announcement

On the Cover: Mike Warren, W0WG, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)
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