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CQ Highlights – October 2019

The October issue of CQ is our annual Emergency Communications Special, focusing this time on some of the many organizations through and for which we hams provide backup communications. We start with SATERN, the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, and its role in a regional disaster exercise sponsored by the Department of Defense. Next, we look at how a public service-oriented ham club and its community's local American Legion post teamed up to the benefit of both organizations; and support provided in response to an Arizona wildfire by a local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group.

In addition, six of this month's columns focus on emergency communications: EmComm Editor W4ALT reviews the topics he's written about over the past year; Learning Curve editor KO0Z looks at a variety of EmComm-related organizations; Gordo's Short Circuits brings us up-to-date on changes in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's certification programs; "Magic in the Sky" columnist AA6JR write about building an EmComm "user group"; MF/LF Editor KB5NJD describes a portable antenna for conducting emergency communications via ground wave on 630 meters; and Antennas Editor WA5VJB looks at "Cheap Yagi" designs for easily-deployed temporary antennas for VHF and UHF.

Beyond the "borders" of EmComm, we have a report on the Huntsville Hamfest and the focus there on young hams that our article renamed it the "Huntsville Kidfest"; this month's "CQ Classic" article reprises a 1954 feature on "Firest Experiments With Transistors" and W8TEE reviews the very modern "Organic 5Watter" QRP transceiver kit from Kits and Parts.

We've also got the all-time records for the CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB weekend coming up October 26-27; CW weekend on November 23-24), a look at the "Saber-V" antenna for QRP; lock-in amplifiers in "Analog Adventures" and much more. That's a brief look at what's coming up in the October issue of CQ magazine.

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

Zero Bias – "Hurricanes, Huntsville, and an Anniversary"

October 2019 Contest Calendar

October 2019 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover:  When SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) needed to replace a 6-meter antenna at net control during the Defense Department's recent Patriot North exercise, David Johnson, KC8DJ, transferred this one (that wasn't in use) from a SATERN communications vehicle at a nearby exercise location. See the article on page 10 to learn more about amateur radio's role in this exercise. (Cover photo by Alexis Twito)

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