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      January  2010

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January 2010 issue
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The January 2010 issue of CQ marks our 65th anniversary of publication. We'll be having various special features throughout the year, including a timeline of ham history from 1945 to the present, spread across each of this year's issues. We start our 66th year with a look back 100 years, to the time of Marconi's Nobel Prize for his "contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy." CQ contributor Stew Gillmor, W1FK, reports on a recent visit that he and his wife made to "The Lizard" in Cornwall, England, which was the site of what is known as "Marconi's First Great Miracle," which is the title of Stew's article as well. (Interesting side-note: Marconi's 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics, shared with German scientist Karl Ferdinand Braun, was for opening the door to radio communication. One hundred years later, the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists, including George Smith, AA2EJ, for their work in opening the door to light communication. Smith and partner Willard Boyle invented the CCD, or charge-coupled device, which made digital imaging possible; their honor is shared with Charles Kao, who developed communication via optical fibers.)

January's CQ also features the SSB results of last year's CQ World Wide WPX Contest and the rules for February's CQ WW WPX RTTY Contest. The nominating period for 2010 inductees into the CQ Amateur Radio, Contesting and DXing Halls of Fame opens on January 1. The official announcement is in the January issue, and the nominating form for the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is here on our website.  January 1 also marks the beginning of a brand-new CQ DX Marathon. Everybody's slate is wiped clean and we all start from scratch. Click here for the 2010 Marathon rules. Remember to submit your 2009 log by January 31.

Among our columns this month, "Math's Notes" editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, shares some "New Year Nostalgia;" "Magic in the Sky" editor Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, ponders "The Unquantifiables" and the innate curiosity that goes along with being a ham; and Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, looks at a statewide emergency communications network built by hams in North Carolina.

"Washington Readout" editor Fred Maia, W5YI, answers reader questions on a variety of topics; "World of Ideas" editor Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, has fun with crystals and galenas; and "Kids' Korner" editor Brittany Decker, KB1OGL, writes about "Teaching the Teachers." Kit-Building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, looks at "The Trouble with Toroids," and Antennas Editor Kent Britain, WA5VJB, explains what velocity factor in feedlines is all about.

Beginner's Editor Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ, looks at some "Post-Holiday Items for the Ham Shack;" "How it Works" editor Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, offers tips on getting on HF on a budget with some vintage tube-type gear, and New Products Editor John Wood, WV5J, explores a variety of new goodies that might someday grace your ham shack.

"VHF-Plus" editor Joe Lynch, N6CL, writes about winning strategies in the Echoes of Apollo project, celebrating the 40th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon; Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, introduces the first short-term award of 2010, honoring the centennial of Australia's national ham radio organization, the Wireless Institute of Australia; DX Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, reports on the K4M expedition to Midway Island and comments on station ID practices, while Contesting Editor John Dorr, K1AR, offers some contesting resolutions for the new year; and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, predicts continued slow improvement in DXing conditions during 2010.

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


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Zero Bias

Thoughts on Turning 65




CQ Contest Calendar


2010 CQ WW WPX
RTTY Contest Rules


2010 CQ Hall of Fame announcement

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

December 2009

January 2010


On The Cover
Greg Hanson, KI8AF,
of Marquette, Michigan, takes advantage of "ideal" antenna weather to make some adjustments.