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CQ Highlights – CQ March 2020

The March issue of CQ covers a wide variety of topics and continues our ongoing "CQ Classic" series as we celebrate our 75th anniversary year. We lead off with the story of how the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club used a combination of donations and refurbishments to build a portable tower and antenna system; followed by the results of the 2019 CQ World Wide RTTY (radioteletype) DX Contest and two Morse code-related articles, one on a way to learn the code and the other on how operating CW may help protect you from dementia! In addition to helping older hams, we have a resource guide by Contributing Editor K8ZT on different ways to engage young people in amateur radio.

Our 75th-anniversary "CQ Classic" series continues, with a unique twist - a pair of mother-son author combos! Regular contributor Paul Signorelli, W0RW, offers a short article on a "LoJack T-Hunt," while we reprint his mother, Helen's, 1961 article on "Transmitter Hunts on VHF." Plus, we reprise humor writer Sylvia Margolis's 1966 article, "Quiet Family Circle," with son Laurie, G3UML, who wrote a 1999 article on "Memories of JY1" soon after the passing of Jordan's King Hussein. The two of them had a special on-air relationship. Among our columns, "Math's Notes" editor WA2NDM writes about upgrading older "boat anchor" radios from vacuum tubes to transistors; Kit-Building Editor K0NEB writes about building an FT8 transceiver (and printing the enclosure); "Ham Notebook" editor KH6WZ fills up your "swap meet go-bag;" WB6NOA helps you clear the cobwebs -and water - out of your antennas after a long winter; "VHF Plus" editor K8ZR brings us up to date on the threat to the 3.3-GHz band, Contesting Editor K3ZJ previews a busy month for contesters and DX Editor N2OO asks, "How Do YOU Work DX?" That's a look at some highlights of the March issue of CQ.

Dates to remember: CQ WPX SSB Contest - March 28-29. See rules here.

That's a look at the highlights of the March, 2020 issue of CQ!

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Articles from this issue posted online include:

Zero Bias (editorial) - "HF Band Plans and the ARRL's 'Big IF'

News Bytes: ARRL Committee Releases Proposed HF Band Plan Changes

March/April Contest Calendar

March/April Announcements


On the Cover: Propagation is much better from the tropics than from Scandinavia (not to mention the weather), so members of the Scandinavian Amateur Radio Teleprinter Group operated last fall's CQ World Wide DX RTTY Contest from EA8DED in the Canary Islands. (Cover photo courtesy OH2BP)


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