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CQ Highlights – January 2021


We're at the start of a new year, a new decade and a new solar cycle, and we are hoping that all three will be better than the ones that have just ended. We're also hoping that the January issue of CQ will help get things off to a good start! We start with W1UF's tale of combining two hobbies – flying and ham radio – to lead him on a "record-setting" DXpedition to all that remains in North America of New France, St. Pierre and Miquelon islands off the coast of Newfoundland.

We've also got the results of the 2020 CQ World Wide VHF Contest and basic rules for the 2021 CQ WPX Contests (there are some changes so you'll want to check these out).

This issue also has several technical articles, including one on refurbishing a Collins R-390-A receiver (and its fascinating Cold War history); the basics of baluns and a digital-to-analog hardware converter (how to use an analog accessory with a digitally-controlled transceiver). Digital Editor N2IRZ goes back to basics with PSK-31 and Digipan, and following that theme, our CQ Classics this month reprise the first-ever packet operating guide in any ham magazine. Ham Notebook editor KH6WZ looks at "greeblies" and Learning Curve editor KO0Z takes us back to the origins of the term "shack" to describe the room that holds our stations. Finally, DX Editor N2OO leads us on an IOTA (Islands on the Air) DXpedition in Indonesia and Propagation Editor NW7US looks ahead to improving DX potential in 2021 as solar cycle 25 hopefully kicks into high gear.


That's a brief look at what's coming up in the January issue of CQ. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber. click here.

Happy New Year from all of us at CQ!

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

Zero Bias – Get Your Game On …

Announcing: 2021 CQ WPX SSB & CW Contests


January 2021 Hamfests and Special Events

January 2021 Contests


On the Cover: Gettin' by with a little help from his friends … the Nebraska ARES tower crew helps install new antennas for CQ Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, at his home in Lincoln.


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