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CQ Highlights – October 2020

CQ October 2020


The October issue of CQ is our annual Emergency Communications Special, but we start with a look at what author RA5A says just might be the world's best contest location – the top of "Magic Mountain" on Grand Canary Island (you can get a glimpse on our cover). Diving into "EmComm," we start W9JU's guide for first-time planners of public service or emergency training events. Next, APRS developer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, writes about one of his other favorite topics – alternative energy sources – and how an electric vehicle can help provide significant backup power when the lights go out.


WA9PYH offers an introduction to Winlink radio e-mail, which can keep you connected when regular internet service is down, as well as tips on software and how to connect your computer to your radio. "Sherlock," our resident radio detective, shares a story of the importance of pre-testing connecting cables before a deployment and of having backups. In addition, Gordon West, WB6NOA, writes in his "Short Circuits" column this month about a public-service-oriented radio club in California that's managing to continue providing service to its community despite COVID and wildfires; and Learning Curve editor KO0Z covers the basics of antenna tuners, which can be an important part of your EmComm "go kit" if you anticipate needing HF communications.


Beyond emergency communications, we've got the all-time records for the CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB weekend coming up October 24-25; CW weekend on November 28-29), "Adventures With Pico Balloons Using Amateur Radio," the HEX-BEAM revisited, "How's My Audio?" and much more.


That's a brief look at some highlights of what's coming up in the October issue of CQ magazine. For information on subscribing click here.

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

Zero Bias – "The 'Young Hams Crisis' is Getting Old"

October 2020 Contest Calendar

October 2020 Hamfests and Special Events


On the Cover: Hearing … and being heard by … EF8R on the Canary Islands is somewhat less challenging than one might expect, due to the 28 different antennas and associated gear inside this contest superstation built at what might be the world's best contest QTH. (Cover photo by Aleksandr Gimanov, UA5C)


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