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CQ Highlights – December 2019

The December issue of CQ is our annual Technology Special, and, as usual, we've got a great variety of technology-related articles for you. Of course, we have that in every issue, but we ramp it up a bit for this one. We start out with a look into the near future – something of a follow-up to last month's Digital Connection column titled "The Robots Are Coming! The End is Near!" Don's title was mostly tongue-in-cheek, but the technology is real; and in this issue, WB2REM and K5PA discuss it in more detail in their article, "AI Meets AR: The Coming Convergence of Artificial Intelligence and Amateur Radio." Following that article, OH2RA shows us how he brought back to life a well-used Hi-Z Four low-band receive array that had seen a few too many Finnish winters, and made it even better with a dose of computer optimization.

We've also got a CQ review of the Xiegu G1M HF QRP transceiver, a multi-purpose switch "debouncer" project, and Sherlock's latest investigation … into the ongoing need for electrostatic discharge protection. Among our columns, we've got technology in the spotlight in Microcontrollers, Analog Adventures, Antennas and more. For those of you with more of an operating focus, we've got a report on the CY9C DXpedition to St. Paul island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, plus some great history, starting with the first-ever special event call sign issued by the FCC, to WX3MAS in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, fifty years ago this month. Our CQ Classics series continues with our first FM column, from 1971, as well as a look back by W0RW at one of California's early FM repeaters, W6AQY. FM and repeaters represented a sea-change in amateur radio technology.

That's a brief look at what's coming up in the December issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - to either our print or digital edition click here!

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

Zero Bias – Talking to a Bunch of People Around the World

December 2019 Contest Calendar

December 2019 Hamfests and Special Events

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