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CQ August 2013
* 2013 CQ WW 160-Meter Contest Scores now online only. Click here for complete scores.
Right around the time of this year's Dayton Hamvention®, word started making its way around various Internet reflectors that Heathkit® --which had gone bankrupt last year after new owners unsuccessfully tried to bring it back into the kit business -- was back once again, with an extensive survey of potential customers posted on its website. But the new owners have yet to identify themselves and the whole operation remains shrouded in mystery. In "A Michigan Mystery: Is Heathkit Back?" CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, reports on what was and wasn't known as of our issue deadline.
Next, author Mike Pulley, WB4ZKA, helps you make the most of that hot August sun as a source of power for outdoor hamming, with Part 1 of his article, "Follow the Sun with Your Solar Panel."
Next up are the results of the 2013 CQ WW 160-Meter Contest, which is one of the very few contests showing a decrease in activity - this most likely due to poor conditions on "top band" as we sit near the peak of the current solar cycle (weak as it is). We also continue our ongoing realignment of contest results reporting by publishing the complete score listing online only. Click here to see the complete scores.
If you think operating - and especially contesting - on 160 is out of reach for you due to space limitations, check out VE3EDY's article, "Top Spot on Top Band - Secrets of the TABA Antenna," for a look at an innovative way to create a very effective small-footprint 160-meter antenna.
Next, we take you back in time nearly 100 years to the small town of Gladbrook, Iowa, and W5OLY's story of the local hams who served as mentors, or "Elmers," to a young amateur who later went on to change the world as co-inventor of the electronic computer. A youngster in comparison, W4YO next takes us back only about a half century with his recollections of ham radio's "good old days" (which, he reminds us, weren't always all good).
Back on the subject of antennas for limited-space lots, W3RCI offers plans for building a 40-meter phased array anywhere you have room to put up two inverted vees. And at the other end of the spectrum, K0DQ begins a two-part series on building a contest superstation in the woods of New England in his article, "Battleship New Hampshire."
Among this month's columns, "Math's Notes" editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, also waxes nostalgic, looking back at the communication devices that he and a friend put together before they discovered ham radio. Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, reports on the tornadoes in Oklahoma in late May that took the lives of three weather researchers, including one ham, as well as the conclusion of July's cover story on amateur radio at the Boston Marathon.
Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, takes us on "A Trip to Dayton;" QRP Editor Cam Hartford, N6GA, reports on "A New Club, a New Rig and a New Kit;" Mobiling Editor Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, takes us "back to basics" on considerations for installing mobile gear and other topics; and "Digital Connection" editor Don Rotolo, N2IRZ, steps away from his specialty area this month to offer a broader look as "Learning, Training, and Teaching."
"Learning Curve" editor Ron Ochu, KO0Z, follows up his July column on the art of QSLing with a look at the different ways of getting a card from here to there and back again; International Editor Tom Smerk, AA6TS, reports on ham radio news from Africa. Europe and Asia; and DX Editor Wayne Mills, N7NG, looks at "DXpedition Fairness: 'Who to Work?' "
Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, has some comments on the USA-CA (county-hunting) award, which he manages, as well introducing a series of awards from Lithuania; "VHF-Plus" editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, reports on EME (Moonbounce) from Antarctica; Contesting Editor George Tranos, N2GA, describes building a contest station from the ground up in "A Fresh Start," and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, looks at the "Dog Days of Summer," from a DXing perspective.
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 the beginning of August (the digital edition should be available as of August 1). For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - click here.
Articles from the August, 2013 issue of CQ posted on our website include:
Zero Bias - "Asking the Big Questions"
Complete scores, 2013 CQ WW 160-Meter Contest
August 2013 Contest Calendar
August 2013 Hamfests and Special Events
On the Cover: Philip Cauffman, KB3MAW, of Elverson, Pennsylvania