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      December 2009

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December 2009 issue
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The December issue of CQ features the record-shattering results of the 2009 CQ World Wide DX 160 Meter Contests. Conditions were so good, especially during the CW weekend, that Contest Director Andy Blank, N2NT, described it as "a contest for the ages." We even started up a "Millionaire's Club" to recognize the nearly 60 CW competitors who scored more than 1,000,000 points. The top scorers included: CW - EA8AH (RD3AF op), K1DG, VE3DO, K9AT, CT9M and P33W; SSB - F6CTT, KP4KE, WB4MSG, HG8DX and S57DX.

Next, Contributing Editor Gordon West, WB6NOA, reviews the Ten-Tec Model 715 RF Speech Processor. This is a 21st-century version of a 40-year-old concept that improves your audio and your average power output by generating a very low-power single sideband signal, processing it and returning it to audio before feeding it into your microphone jack.

We have the rules for the 2010 CQ DX Marathon -- remember, the 2009 Marathon ends on December 31 and logs must be submitted by January 31, 2010. The recommended ExcelŽ spreadsheet for reporting may be downloaded from <>. We also have our annual index in this issue, for quick reference to every article that appeared in CQ during 2009. An updated Master Index from 1980-2009 will be posted here on our website.

Among December's columns, "Math's Notes" editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, offers "More Food for Thought for Experimenters" focusing on high-power LEDs for optical communications; "Washington Readout" editor Fred Maia, W5YI, describes "The Perils and Pitfalls of Getting a Vanity Callsign," and "World of Ideas" editor Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, has a column full of "Holiday Treats for Hams."

Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, takes a close-up look at the Baltimore County (MD) Auxiliary Communications Service; Digital Editor Don Rotolo, N2IRZ, offers an introduction to "D-RATS," which sends position information on the low-speed channel of a D-STAR digital signal; and Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, discusses group kit-building activities.

QRP Editor K4TWJ tells us about "Reggie and the Fairchild 50" (Hint: They're both radios!); Beginner's Editor Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, has ideas for keeping yourself on the air in the midst of a move to a new home; and our new "What's New" editor, John Wood, WV5J, highlights additional holiday goodies.

The first-ever EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) operation from Mongolia is featured in December's "VHF-Plus" column by Joe Lynch, N6CL, who reports that it resulted in the first-ever 2-meter-only Worked All Zones achievement, by Dave Blaschke, W5UN. Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, focuses on new county awards issued in Arizona and Illinois, along with highlighting several DX awards.

DX Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, does a "year in review" of 2009's big DXpeditions, and brings up for wider discussion a reader suggestion that DXpeditions be encouraged to operate at the lower ends of the HF bands, to avoid conflicts with nets and other non-DX operations that tend to use the upper ends of the bands. Contesting Editor John Dorr, K1AR, looks at the challenges and rewards of guest operating, and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, assures us that "The Sun is Not Asleep!"


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


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CQ Contest Calendar


2009 CQ Annual Index


Rules: 2010 CQ DX Marathon

November 2009 Announcements

December 2009


On The Cover
Bill (K4LTA) and Ruby (K4UPS) O'Kain of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.