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CQ Highlights – CQ August 2020

CQ August 2020


The August issue of CQ starts out with some potential good news about the new solar cycle. A group of scientists from the U.S. and the U.K. is challenging the NASA/NOAA prediction of a relatively weak sunspot cycle and instead is predicting that Cycle 25 "will have a magnitude that rivals the top few since records began." Details are on our news page and in the CQ Newsroom (cqnewsroom.blogspot.com).


Features this month include a look at "Peanut" for amateur radio, a CQ review of the Midnight Design Solutions "Phaser" transceiver kit, and a project for building an adjustable-voltage add-on for your 12-volt DC power supply.


We've got the results of the 2020 CQWW 160-Meter Contest and a summary of the rules for this fall's CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB October 24-25; CW November 28-29). Among our columns, we take a look at balanced video, the impact of COVID-19 on shortwave broadcasting, abbreviations and acronyms you're likely to encounter in emergency communications, operating QRP (low power) portable, and more.


That's a brief look at what's coming up in the August issue of CQ magazine, today's "most-readable" ham magazine with articles of interest from cover to cover. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - to either our print or digital edition click here.

Articles from the August, 2020 issue of CQ posted on our website include:

Zero Bias – Let's Go Exploring!

August 2020 Contest Calendar

August 2020 Hamfests and Special Events


On the Cover: Stephen Cruse, K3WHC (L), and William Koch, W2RMA (R), operate socially-distanced portable 5.7-, 10- and 24-GHz stations in the hills of central Pennsylvania as part of an ad-hoc microwave activity day. (Photo by event "ringmaster" David Petke, K1RZ)


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