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CQ June – Take It To The Field


The June 2021 issue of CQ features our annual "Take it to the Field Special" as we look forward to a more normal summer with more outdoor activities, including the first Youth On The Air (YOTA) summer camp in the Americas (News Bytes). We've got no less than eight articles relating to operating away from your home station, starting with our cover story on K1EHZ's solar-powered split-level go kit that can double as a home station. Next is a look back a few months to Winter Field Day as WA0PCC in Iowa; then down south with W4DNN's story of his attempt to activate Hog Island, Florida for the U.S. Islands program; an APRS and foxhunting beacon built around a handheld and an Arduino; a 5-ounce end-fed half-wave antenna that covers three bands without a tuner; using NVIS (near vertical incidence skywave) propagation for emergency communications deployments; and a field radio you can fit in your pocket in our kit-building column. Plus, our "CQ Classic" series looks back at "taking it to the field" in 1945, with a reprint of an early article on building a two-tube walkie-talkie pack set for use in WERS, the War Emergency Radio Service, which kept some hams on the home front on the air during World War II.

We've also got the results of last year's CQ DX Marathon with record-breaking participation, along with columns on working with supercapacitors as power sources, a coding primer for working with microcontrollers, a look at loop antennas and "frequency selective surfaces," an update on the state of AM broadcast radio, and some April propagation surprises on VHF as well as HF propagation predictions for June. Finally, we've got details on the planned 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet and a first look at action in the new multi-distributed category in the CQ WPX Contest

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

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

Zero Bias – Back in the Field and Bands at Risk
Results, 2020 CQ DX Marathon
June 2021 Contest Calendar
June 2021 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: Jay Taft, K1EHZ, of Bedford, New Hampshire with his solar-powered split-level "go box" that doubles as a home VHF/UHF station (Cover photos by Jay Taft, K1EHZ, and his camera on a timer)


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