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CQ Highlights – October 2021


The October issue of CQ is our annual Emergency Communications Special and this year, we've got nine – count 'em, 9 – separate articles on different aspects of amateur radio emergency communications, from AA6JR's "Ten Commandments of EmComm" in his "Magic in the Sky" column to our cover story on SATERN's participation in the annual Patriot North multi-agency exercise and how the group had to adjust to rapidly-changing circumstances when things didn't go according to plan (just like in a real emergency). We also report on the ARRL's new commitment to emergency communications and look back at the amateur radio response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years later.

But we actually start off the issue with "Ham Radio Hogwarts," a first-person report on the first annual Youth On The Air (YOTA) summer camp in the Americas, and follow up on last month's look at the new FCC requirements for analyzing potential RF exposure from your station with a computer program from RFE expert Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, that will help you do your own "routine evaluation" right on your PC. Wayne says it's now easier to just do the evaluation than to figure out whether you're exempt!

We've also got the all-time records for the CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB weekend coming up October 30-31; CW weekend on November 27-28), a new look at the Windom antenna, a report on a late-season MF/LF expedition to North Dakota and Wyoming, an introduction to Scotland's GMDX Group and much more.

That's a brief look at what's coming up in the October issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber - to either our print or digital edition – click here!

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

Zero Bias – "Because We're a Community…"
October 2021 Contest Calendar
October 2021 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: A drive-on mast supports the antenna for SATERN, the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network, which set up a station inside a canteen truck during the 2021 Patriot North disaster drill. This truck was in a simulated search-and-rescue area outside Millston, Wisconsin. (Cover photo by Scott Ruesch, W9JU)


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