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CQ Highlights – July 2021


The July issue of CQ features part one of a mini-special on bringing new life to old Heathkits, either by pairing original kits with other classic radios or restoring less-than-pristine models to like-new condition. We've also got the results of the 2021 CQWW RTTY WPX Contest, a look at a dummy load for power supplies and this year's inductees into the CQ Amateur Radio, Contest and DX Halls of Fame.

Among our columns, "Math's Notes" editor WA2MDM continues his discussion on working with supercapacitors as power sources; "Listening Post" editor Gerry Dexter reports on mystery stations in South America; and this month's Emergency Communications asks the rhetorical question, "Can We Really?"…. to which the answer is, "Yes, we can." Kit-Building Editor K0NEB looks at a one-tube flea-power AM transmitter you can use to provide your own "programming" for a crystal set or restored "boat anchor;" and "Learning Curve" editor KO0Z reviews the 4th edition of Ham Radio for Dummies, by Ward Silver, N0AX.

"Ham Notebook" editor KH6WZ introduces us to "gonculators," among other things; "Digital Connection" editor N2IRZ looks at the unique chat function on the TARPN system; WB6NOA shows us how to track down and treat local noise sources; VHF-Plus editor N4DTF looks at summertime tropospheric ducting; Contesting Editor N3QE digs into the North American QSO Party, and Propagation Editor NW7US explains the "cloud burner" propagation mode of near-vertical incidence skywave, or NVIS. All that and more is coming up in the July issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber click here


Articles from the July, 2021 issue of CQ posted on our website include:

Zero Bias – "Restorative Medicine"
July 2021 Contest Calendar
July 2021 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: The bits and pieces, and final results, of various Heathkit restoration and modification projects we're bringing you this month and next. Restoring half-century old radios to operating condition can be a very involved process, from replacing leaky capacitors to painstakingly recreating a badly damaged front panel using 21st-century technology. (Cover montage by Art Director Elizabeth Ryan)


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