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CQ Highlights – CQ May 2020

On to the May issue of CQ…

Contesting and coronavirus are the main themes of the May issue of CQ, with some overlaps. Social distancing – or what we prefer to call social DXing – is the subject of this month's Zero Bias editorial. The impacts of COVID-19 and the restrictions it has caused in the ham radio world are found throughout this issue, from cancellations and postponements to embracing new technology, such as moving conferences online and running multi-op contest stations remotely from multiple locations.

We start, though, with a report from KO8SCA, on the reactivation of a very famous call sign – VP2VB – for the first time in six decades. For those of you too young to remember, that was the call of DXpedition pioneer Danny Weil. That's followed by the results of last year's CW weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest and a look back, in our CQ Classics series, at the very first CQWW contest in 1948! Top score in 1948: just over 450,000 points. Top score in 2019: nearly 48,000,000 – more than a hundred-fold increase, and the basic rules are the same today as they were 71 years ago.

We also have a visit from Sherlock, our intrepid electronics detective, and the rules for this summer's CQ World Wide VHF Contest.

Among our columns, the impact of COVID-19 on amateur radio is covered in Emergency Communications, Mobiling, Homing In, VHF-Plus, DX and Contesting. But if you're looking to read about something else, we've got plenty of that as well. WA2NDM writes in "Math's Notes" about the versatility of "The Lowly Diode;" the "Listening Post" column takes us to Asia and South America; in "Learning Curve," we learn about antenna switches (did you know that they're frequency dependent?); K0NEB's kit of the month is an airband receiver designed for the "KidVenture" activity at the Oshkosh air show; "Ham Notebook" editor KH6WZ looks at using harvested parts from old junkbox radios and other electronic gadgets; our new Awards Editor, WA8JIM, introduces himself and offers a "back to basics" rundown on the art of award-chasing; and Propagation Editor NW7US looks forward to hopefully-better conditions during the month of May.

That's just a glimpse of what's ahead in the May issue of CQ, available in both print and digital editions. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber, click here.

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

Zero Bias – "Social DXing in the Age of Coronavirus"

May/June 2020 Contest Calendar

May/June 2020 Announcements

On the Cover: Could this be the new face of multi-op contesting? A team of 10 operators, all at their home stations, remotely operated WW2DX in Maine during the CQ WPX SSB weekend in late March. (Cover photos courtesy WW2DX team)

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