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The June issue of CQ takes us around the world with amateur radio, starting with W1FK's account of his recent trip to Jordan and how ham radio added some unplanned excitement to his visit. Next, Tom Perera, W1TP, reports on the annual Friedrichshafen hamfest, which is Europe's biggest and perhaps, according to the author, the World's Most Interesting Hamfest! This year's “Ham Radio” show is June 26-28, if you're planning to take advantage of bargain airfares for a trip to Europe. And if you are planning a visit to Europe, Mitch Wolfson, DJ0QN/K7DX, says “Don't Forget Your HT!” in an article explaining how easy it is today for many U.S. hams to operate there with automatic reciprocal licensing in many countries.

For the armchair traveler, we have the results of last year's CQ DX Marathon as well as some tips from “Uncle DX” on proper handling of, and behavior in, DX pileups. We also introduce a brand new competition category for the CQ World Wide DX Contest. We call it the “Xtreme” category, and you'll have to read the issue to see what it's all about. Finally among our June features, Bob Brown, NM7M, takes a look at whether bigger is always better when it comes to 160-meter antennas.

We also have the rules for the 2009 CQ World Wide VHF Contest, coming up in July, and we'll be announcing the winners of our big sweepstakes, in which we're giving away nearly $15,000 in cash and prizes. A great recession-buster if you win!

Among our columns this month, “Math's Notes” editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, describes  rebuilding and modernizing power supplies for old tube-based equipment; Guest Public Service Columnist Jerry Boyd, N7WR, a former emergency communications columnist for WorldRadio, looks at shifting the focus of amateur radio emergency communications toward “Helping Those Who Really Need It;” and “Washington Readout” editor Fred Maia, W5YI, explains how to file a petition for rulemaking with the FCC.

In this month's “World of Ideas,” columnist Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, takes us mobiling – with bikes, cars and backpacks – in part one of a two-part series. June's “Weekender” column features Bryant Julstrom, KC0ZNG, showing us how he turned an old 12-volt power supply into a variable voltage supply he calls “A Silk-Purse Utility Power Supply;”and “Kids' Korner” editor Brittany Decker, KB1OGL, offers up “Ten Ways to Attract Youth to Amateur Radio.”

Digital Editor Don Rotolo, N2IRZ, takes a “How it Works” look at the WINMOR program, which promises to make Winlink more accessible to hams on a tight budget; QRP Editor Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, discusses World QRP Day (June 17) and looks at the Four States QRP Club and some of its projects; Beginner’s Editor Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, explains the basics of code practice and CW traffic nets, focusing on one net in California that combines both; and “What's New” editor Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, shows us a software defined radio (SDR) transceiver kit, a multiband vertical antenna and more.

Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, focuses this month on awards from Europe (in keeping with our overall theme for the month); “VHF-Plus” editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, reports on the hazards of space junk to orbiting satellites, as well as the first-ever “Venus-bounce” ham radio transmissions; DX Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, looks back at shortwave station HCJB, whose towers are coming down to make way for a runway expansion at Quito's international airport; Contesting Editor John Dorr, K1AR, remembers silent key John Kanzius, K3TUP; and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, predicts the likely propagation conditions for this year's ARRL Field Day at the end of June.

That's a brief look at what's coming up in the June issue of CQ magazine, which should be on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes by late May. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber, click the "Click Here to Subscribe" button at the top of this page.


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On The Cover
Lee Brandt, KC2RBL, and other members of the Radio Association of Western New York operate Field Day aboard the USS Little Rock museum ship in Buffalo, NY. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)