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CQ March 2018

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The March issue of CQ is a very special one, starting out with a link to radio's earliest days … an interview with Princess Elettra Marconi, the daughter of radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi. (If he was "the father of radio," would that make her radio's sister?) I0KQB's interview offers a unique personal perspective on a man most of us know only as a historical figure.

Moving back to the present day, we also have a "First Look" at the HF Signals µBITX HF transceiver, the newest in Ashhar Farhan's line of semi-kits in which the parts are already mounted on the circuit boards, but you have to come up with your own enclosure, tie together different boards and sockets and, if you're brave, build your own microphone! K8ZT offers us his "KX 2nd Look" project for an expanded LCD readout for the Elecraft KX2 or KX3 transceiver; we wrap up our coverage of last summer's solar eclipse and its impact on ham radio propagation; show you how to pull usable power out of radio signals in the air, and bring you the results of the 2017 CQ World Wide DX RTTY Contest. Among our columns, "Math's Notes" editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, asks if we've really become a "throwaway" society; "Listening Post" editor Gerry Dexter writes about changes in propagation making it easier to hear some usually-weak international broadcasters; W4ALT and KO0Z examine ham radio's roles in "Auxcomm" and "SKYWARN;" Kit-Building Editor K0NEB introduces us to a couple of new kits for 40 and 80 meters; and VHF Plus editor K8ZR shares how one weak-signal club is successfully recruiting new members and helping them get on the air. We also have a remembrance of CQ DX Hall of Famer David Collingham, K3LP (SK) and a look at the Sun's regular "battles" with Earth's magnetic shield.

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

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

Zero Bias – "5-9 in Newington"

March/April 2018 Contest Calendar

March/April 2018 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: Sunrise over the EC2DX contest station in San Sebastian, Spain. Guest operator EA2RY used his rig and EC2DX's antennas to win his category in the 2017 CQ WW RTTY DX Contest. Results are in this issue.

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