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CQ Highlights – December 2018

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If it's December, it must be time for CQ's annual Technology Special. This year, the focus seems to be on digital modes and microcontrollers. We start with K5PA and WB2REM's "FT8 Top Ten List," followed by W0PCE with a project on adding audible analog resolution to your digital multimeter. This can help you track changes in voltage as you make adjustments without having to constantly watch the meter's display. VE6VH shows us how to design a software-defined FM transceiver on an FPGA chip (that's a Field Programmable Gate Array). His article includes an excellent tutorial on SDR and how it works.

Plus, we have two CQ Reviews – KO0Z looks at the Heil Sound Parametric Receive Audio System and NS3T reviews HamRacer contest logging software, which includes a unique synthesized voice keyer that allows you to operate a phone contest without a microphone. Among our columns this month, Kit-Building Editor K0NEB describes a kit made from a kit made from a kit; Microcontrollers Editor K8ZT offers a list of project resources plus some Raspberry Pi projects you might want to build; QRP Editor KA8SMA has tips on buying a low-power radio, VHF-Plus Editor K8ZR recaps the 2018 Microwave Update conference (our cover story this month), and DX Editor N2OO wonders about the long-term impact on ham radio of Logbook of the World-only contests such as the ARRL's International Grid Chase.

Happy holidays from all of us at CQ!

That's a brief look at what's coming up in the December issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber click here!

Articles from the December, 2018 issue of CQ posted on our website include:

Zero Bias – Does the CQWW (Really) Make Its Own Propagation?

2018 CQ Annual Index

Rules: 2019 CQ WPX RTTY Contest.

December 2018/January 2019 Contest Calendar

December 2018/January 2019 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, checks out his gear in advance of trying to make a contact on 122 GHz at this year's Microwave Update conference.

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