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CQ Highlights – November 2021
This year's CQ WPX contest featured a new category – Multi-Distributed – that was in the planning stages pre-pandemic and was helped along by restrictions on travel and group gatherings due to Covid-19. The category allows multiple stations in multiple locations to operate under a single call sign, using internet technology to coordinate who's on which band when. One of the first groups to try operating Multi-Distributed was the Central Siberia DX Club, in a part of the world from which it is very difficult to achieve top scores in worldwide contests. But with nearly two dozen operators at stations in five different Siberian cities, UC0B not only did well, but had the highest score of any station in the 2021 WPX CW Contest. Our cover story this month – "UC0B: Winning the World from Zone 18" - explains how they pulled it off. Their story is followed by our full report on the WPX CW Contest, as well as the complete scores.
Multi-Distributed is not yet a category in the CQ World Wide DX Contest, but that competition –SSB on October 30-31 and CW on November 27-28 – has two new overlays, "youth" and "explorer." See the rules for details
The November issue of CQ also introduces a brand-new meteor shower (!) – the Arids in early October – and a CQ Review of the VHQ HEX Beam antenna. The hex beam is based on loop antennas described years ago by Les Moxon, G6XN (SK), so we dug back in our archives to bring you Les's 1962 CQ article on multiband quads using just one wire for this month's CQ Classic.
This issue also includes rules for the 2022 CQ DX Marathon and the 2022 CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest, and Contesting Editor N3QE takes a "deep dive" on 160 to look at contesting strategies on Top Band.
The rest of November's columns cover a lot of ground, some traditional, some not. For example, WA2NDM looks at magnetic communication (not electromagnetic) in this month's "Math's Notes" while "Digital Connection" editor N2IRZ looks at covering short paths using visible light.
"Listening Post" editor Gerry Dexter points us to 7600 on our shortwave dials to try tuning in Afghanistan; "Learning Curve" editor KO0Z provides a primer on capacitors; "Homing In" editor K0OV explains some of seemingly-arcane rules for international-rules foxhunting; "VHF-Plus" editor N4TDF brings us VHF news from Down Under; and our DX column features an in-depth look at planning for next year's scheduled 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet.
Finally, we introduce our new Microcontrollers Editor, Jack Purdum, W8TEE, whose initial column is intriguingly titled "I'm Out of Pins!" and Propagation Editor NW7US reports on "The Rise of a Solar Cycle."
That's a brief look at just some of what's coming up in the November issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - to either our print or digital edition - click here!
Articles from the November, 2021 issue of CQ posted on our website include:Zero Bias – "Reimagining the Radio Club"
November 2021 Contest Calendar
November 2021 Hamfests and Special Events
On the Cover: One of the 10-15-20-meter stacks at Central Siberia DX Club station RW0A in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Inset: Alexey Belov, RU0A, operating the 2021 WPX CW Contest from inside as part of the UC0B Multi-Distributed team.