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CQ May 2013
The April issue of CQ features our first major move in the realignment of our contest reporting, moving up by four months the SSB results of the 2012 CQ World Wide DX Contest. But we get started with our cover story on the 3D2C DXpedition to Conway Reef in the South Pacific. Team member David Flack, AH6HY, writes about not only the ham radio operations but about the wildlife with which the team shared the island. The May issue of CQ continues our transition in reporting contest results, with the CW results of last November's CQ World Wide DX Contest appearing four months earlier than in the past. First, though, we highlight a contesting group that thousands of CQWW participants have contacted over the years, as VooDoo Contest Group co-leader Roger Western, G3SXW, reports on the group's decision to seek new locations outside West Africa after nearly two decades of operating the CQWW from nine different countries. The contest results themselves featured yet another record number of log submissions, up nearly 600 from last year to more than 7200 … and last year's number was more than 500 higher than the year before, so we're up more than 1000 logs in the past two years alone. Winners included CT1BOH, P49Y (AE6Y, op.), FY5KE (F6EVY), 9J3A (S53A), LP1H (LU5DX), LZ0M (LZ2SX), P33W, CR3L and D4C. Congrats to all. We also have a mini-review of two ham radio books, Ham Radio Heroes (and some not so heroic), by Nunzio Addabbo, W4VYD, and Hogwash for Hamsters by Jerry Spring, VE6CNU. In this month's columns, “Math’s Notes” editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, looks at a how to begin using LEDs in projects, and "Riley's Ramblings" editor Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, explains how hams are the FCC Enforcement Bureau's "secret weapon." Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, reports on the BEARS coming out in Florida for a statewide disaster drill; "Ham Notebook" editor Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, looks at the mini-industry of products and accessories that has grown up around the D-STAR digital voice and data standard, and Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, previews the Arduino-based "OpenQRP" kit scheduled to debut at Dayton. Speaking of Dayton, "Learning Curve" editor Ron Ochu, KO0Z, presents a guide to being a "Savvy Hamventioneer." "CQ World Wide" editor Tom Smerk, AA6TS, introduces us to the world's first officially "Ham Radio Friendly" city, in Argentina; Mobiling Editor Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, continues the international theme with "Mobiling Around the World," and Antennas Editor Kent Britain, WA5VJB, looks at the pitfalls of computer-designed antennas as well as "Antennas You Can Tune with a Sledge Hammer!" “VHF Plus” editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, reports on the first 24-GHz digital EME (Moonbounce) QSO from Australia; Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, looks at awards from the Netherlands, Andorra, Azerbaijan and China; DX Editor Wayne Mills, N7NG, offers DXpeditioning tips and some thoughts on Kosovo; and Contesting Editor George Tranos, N2GA, reports on "Topical (Controversial?) Contesting Issues." Finally, Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, describes the weakness of our current solar cycle but also looks at the growing likelihood of another double-peak, as we saw in Cycle 23. That's a brief look at what's coming up in the May issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ print or digital subscriber, click here!
Articles from the May, 2013 issue of CQ posted on our website include:
Zero Bias - Welcome to the "Hamosphere"
Expanded results, 2012 CQWW DX CW Contest
May 2013 Contest Calendar
May 2013 Hamfests and Special Events
On the Cover: Diane Rodman, N2HIW, outside her remotely-controlled station near Buffalo, New York. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)