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CQ Highlights – CQ July 2020

CQ July 2020


The July issue of CQ highlights ham radio license exams and the emergence of Solar Cycle 25, with a lot more in between. We start with a report on drive-in license exams in Florida that allowed people to take their tests while maintaining social distancing; then look back at the dawn of the volunteer examining program 35 years ago.


We've also got the results of the 2020 CQWW RTTY WPX Contest; tips on "Contesting Your Way to DX Success" and our latest inductees into the CQ Amateur Radio, Contest and DX Halls of Fame.


Among our columns, "Math's Notes" discusses how to evaluate optical lasers used as communication transmitters, "Listening Post" editor Gerry Dexter reports that the former Radio Australia transmitter site in Shepperton has been torn down; and this month's Emergency Communications column examines net basics.


Kit-Building Editor K0NEB looks at the SO2R Mini for contesting, MF/LF Editor KB5NJD introduces us to WSPR-15, and – in our cover story – "Learning Curve" editor KO0Z looks at plotting HF antenna patterns.


We've got a look at summertime tropo and sporadic-E propagation on VHF and rain scatter on the microwave bands, as well as a report from Propagation Editor NW7US on the first big solar flares of Sunspot Cycle 25.


All that and more awaits you in the July issue of CQ. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - to either our print or digital edition click here.

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

Zero Bias – "A Ham Radio Success Story"

July 2020 Contest Calendar

July 2020 Hamfests and Special Events


On the Cover: Putting an antenna to the test on a range at a microwave conference. LO0Z looks at plotting HF antenna patterns in this month's Learning Curve column. Who's on this month's cover? See the issue to learn how you can solve our cover photo mystery and win a prize! (Cover photo by Ron Ochu, KO0Z)


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