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CQ February 2013
The February issue of CQ starts out by taking us to Minnesota, where Bob Seauqist, KC9IWE, spent a day last February operating -- outside -- in the Arizona ScQRPions "FYBO" QRP Sprint competition … with "FYBO" being short for "Freeze Your Butt Off." Bob recounts his chilling adventures in his article, "Sparks in the Snow." Next, we have a First Look at Yaesu's new FT-DX 3000 transceiver, in which Ed Busch, K8MKN, challenged himself to put the radio on the air and make contacts without ever opening the instruction manual. You'll need to read the article to see how he did (and yes, you should always read the manual before operating anything). A month earlier than in the past, we next have the CW results of the 2012 CQ World Wide WPX Contest, which was blessed with top-notch band conditions after two years of really poor propagation. World top scorers for 2012 included a four-peat for EF8M (Single Op, All Band, op RD3A), a repeat for PJ2T (SOAB-Low Power, op WI9WI), OK3C (Single Op, QRP, op OK2ZC), 6Y3M (Single Op Assisted-High, op UT5UDX), 4X0W (Single Op Assisted-Low, op K1VR), P33W (Multi Op, Single Transmitter), PW7T (Multi-Two), and HK1NA (Multi-Multi). In addition, seven new world records were set, along with 11 continental records and five U.S. records. The next opportunity for setting new records in WPX comes at the end of March (the SSB weekend), and the rules for this year's event (both SSB and CW) are also in the February issue of CQ. Speaking of records, Worked All Zones Award Manager Floyd Gerald, N5FG, tells us about the first person ever to earn single-band WAZ awards on 11 (eleven) different ham bands, including 160, 6 and 2 meters (via EME). UX0FF's story is amazing in other ways as well. We guarantee you'll be inspired! Next up, we review the RadioSport RS60-CF boom mic/headset from Arlan Communications, and frequent contributor Ed Richmond, W4YO, reviews "A Night to Remember" on six meters … when two different types of propagation hooked up to let him work deep into South America from his station in South Carolina. Among our columns this month, "Math's Notes" editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, discusses emergency power sources while and Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, concludes his report on the amateur radio response to Superstorm Sandy (with additional coverage online at <http://www.CQPublicService.blogspot.com>). Contesting Editor George Tranos, N2GA, whose own house was heavily damaged by the storm reports on "Contesting Under Difficult Circumstances," and Mobiling Editor Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, discusses the use of your mobile station as a "life raft" in major storms and the "hamgenuity" of one amateur's seamless integration of his ham rig into his new Jaguar! "Riley's Ramblings" editor Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, reminds us about the big dial on our radios that allows us to move away from people who are acting poorly, in his column titled "Everybody Lighten Up!" while "Digital Connection" editor Don Rotolo, N2IRZ, revisits the topic of competing digital voice modes as he considers and responds to concerns raised by ICOM over his comments last October about D-STAR in relation to the "new" DV mode being marketed by Yaesu. QRP Editor Cam Hartford, N6GA, presents a few "Winter Do-It-Yourself Projects;" Kit-building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, offers tips for organizing a group kit-building session; and we sadly say 73 to New Products Editor John Wood, WV5J, who became a Silent Key in early December. VHF-Plus Editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, reports on a second transatlantic weather balloon flight in two years; "Learning Curve" guest columnist Ed Stroh, K9EGS, discussed award-chasing as a good way to keep your ham radio interest level high; Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, clarifies some award-hunting terminology, and Guest DX Editor Stephen Werner, AG4W, introduces the ClubLog website as a good way to track your award progress. Finally, Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, continues his look at the inner workings of the Sun with a close-up view (not looking directly, of course!) at the solar corona. That's a brief look at what's coming up in the February issue of CQ magazine, which should be on newsstands, in subscribers' mailboxes and available to digital subscribers February 1. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - print or digital - click here!
Next Month: Our second annual QRP (Low-Power) Special!
Articles from the February, 2013 issue of CQ posted on our website include:
Zero Bias - "A Very Big Tent"
February 2013 Contest Calendar
February 2013 Hamfests and Special Events
On the Cover: VHF/UHF "Big Gun" Jeff Kline, K1TEO, of Trumbull, Connecticut. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)