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CQ Highlights – January 2019

Sunspots are at rock bottom (we hope) but there are still DXing opportunities on the bands, especially the lower-frequency bands. We help you get started with several articles - "Dare to Dream on Top Band," "A Coaxial Inverted-L Antenna for Top Band Revisited" and DX Editor N2OO's tips on "Chasing DX in the Sunspot Doldrums." We also introduce the Thermosphere Climate Index for space weather in this month's "VHF-Plus" column, and Propagation Editor NW7US offers predictions for the best DXing opportunities of 2019.

We've also got the results of the 2018 CQ World Wide VHF Contest, basic rules for the 2019 CQ WPX Contests and a first-person report from the 2018 YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) camp in South Africa.

On the technical side of things, we've got two articles on better battery charging techniques and circuits, a low-cost computer interface project, a microphone timeout circuit, inexpensive transmit converter projects for 630 and 2200 meters, and a new look at an old circuit component - the tickler coil.

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

Happy New Year from all of us at CQ!

Articles from the January, 2019 issue of CQ posted on our website include:

Zero Bias – The Crack and the Pop and the Whistle

Announcing: 2019 CQ WPX SSB & CW Contests

January 2019 Hamfests and Special Events

January 2019 Contest Calendar

On the Cover: Paying tribute to a contesting icon, CQ Contest Hall of Famer Rev. Paul Bittner, W0AIH, who became a Silent Key in November. More than 100 hams attended his funeral and nearly 60 returned to his home afterward for a final visit to his contest superstation.



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