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CQ Highlights – July 2022


The July issue of CQ highlights the slow but steady return to in-person hamfesting, focusing on the biggest of them all, the Dayton Hamvention®, which was back in person for the first time since 2019. We've also got the results of the 2022 CQWW RTTY WPX Contest, a look at amateur radio response to a major earthquake in Ecuador (six years ago, but just as another big quake struck Peru this May) and this year's inductees into the CQ Amateur Radio and Contest Halls of Fame. Finally among our features, AH6CY explores really “green” power for QRPp (very low power) operating … with biodegradable batteries. Among our columns, "Math's Notes" editor WA2MDM looks at a non-inductive dummy load, spare power and a simple voltage detector; "Listening Post" editor Gerry Dexter reports on a mystery station in South America that he first discussed a year ago; Emergency Communications Editor K3PFW says, "It’s a Disaster! What Am I Going to Do?"… and of course, provides an answer!

Kit-Building Editor K0NEB looks at a surface-mount dummy load kit from Four State QRP Group; KL7AJ offers a “Dayton Debrief” in a bonus edition of Analog Adventures, and "Learning Curve" editor KO0Z discusses antenna traps, a topic that also pops up in WB6NOA’s “Gordo’s Short Circuits” column.

"Ham Notebook" editor KH6WZ gives us a tour of the projects currently on his workbench, all of which share an emphasis on what they can become rather than what they were to start with; “Magic in the Sky” editor AA6JR presents “The Dead Band Challenge” while "Digital Connection" editor N2IRZ looks at the “High(ish) Speed Packet” and the technical requirements for moving data over the radio at 9600 baud; VHF-Plus editor N4DTF introduces a new “proof of concept” project by ICOM that hopes to bring our SHF (super high frequency) ham bands into the hobby’s mainstream.

This month’s Awards column focuses on upcoming changes to CQ’s own award programs – specifically relating to award certificates; DX Editor N2OO looks at DXing opportunities for Technician and Novice Class hams as the sunspot cycle cranks up; Contesting Editor N3QE crunches the numbers on how many active contesters there really are, and Propagation Editor NW7US looks ahead to likely DXing opportunities in July. All that and more is coming up in the July issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - to either our print or digital edition - click the "Click Here to Subscribe" button at the top of this page.

All that and more awaits you in the July issue of CQ. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - click here!

Articles from the July, 2022 issue of CQ posted on our website include:

Zero Bias – "Make This a Summer of DX Discovery"
2022 CQ Hall of Fame Inductees
July 2022 Contest Calendar
July 2022 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: After a two-year pandemic pause, the Dayton Hamvention® was back in person in May, with commercial vendors, flea market sellers and bargain-hungry hamfesters making the most of it. (Cover photos by Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB)


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