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   April 2010

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Our ongoing series of CQ interviews continues in the April issue. This time we take you into the world of Gospel music, as contributor Dave Greer, N4KZ, chats with Larnelle "Stu" Harris, a man who makes a living with his voice but, on the ham bands, prefers to let his fingers do the talking. Harris has won multiple Grammy and Dove awards for his singing and songwriting, but tells us he is equally proud of his recent induction into the First-Class CW Operators' Club (FOC).

Joe Moell, K0OV, helps us "Get Ready for Foxhunting Season" with his feature on hidden transmitter hunting (this year's CQ World Wide Foxhunting Weekend will be May 22-23). Then Bob Locher, W9KNI, revisits the two-decade-old but constantly updated Ameritron AL-1200 amplifier, which continues to be a popular choice for a quick-tune-up tube amp.

Professor Emil Heisseluft make his annual April visit to our pages with "Reading the Mind: Taking Contesting to the Next Level." Successful hamfest chairman Michael Crestohl, W1RC, offers tips for holding on to your hamfest venue -- by making your organization a resource for your hosts as well as a client. CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, shares his experience of operating last fall from a National Wildlife Refuge in "Hams Gone Wild," and Romanian author Francisc Grünberg, YO4PX, offers his unique perspective on ham radio during the Cold War in "Dictators and Amateur Radio."

Among our columns this month, "Math's Notes" editor Irwin Math, WA2NDM, puts forth "A Novel Bandwidth Reduction Technique;" Washington Editor Fred Maia, W5YI, offers an overview of amateur radio emergency communications, and Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN, details the ham radio response to January's massive earthquake in Haiti.

Our final "World of Ideas" column from Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, who became a Silent Key in January, appears in this issue, concluding his "Hamming from the Shadows" series on getting on the air from antenna-restricted locations. We also have Dave's final QRP (low-power) column, focusing on the Gnat transceiver.

We introduce a new column this month called "Learning Curve," which combines elements of "Beginner's Corner" and "How it Works." Rich Arland, K7SZ, will be your instructor. Kit-building Editor Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, offers tips on "Kits to Help You Build Kits;" Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR's, "Magic in the Sky" column asks "April Fool… Or Not?" And "What's New?" by John Wood, WV5J, focuses this month on new products that help move your signal between your rig and your antenna.

"VHF-Plus" editor Joe Lynch, N6CL,  reports on a petition filed with the FCC to grant privileges to U.S. hams on 70 MHz (a ham band in much of Europe), now that analog TV stations have mostly vacated that frequency range; Awards Editor Ted Melinosky, K1BV, looks at a short-term award from Poland as well as some other awards from different countries; DX Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, looks ahead to some DXpeditions planned for the coming months; Contesting Editor John Dorr, K1AR, turns over the keyboard to WPX Contest Director Randy Thompson, K5ZD, who tells you why you should be as excited about his event as he is! And Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, reports on solar flares, coronal mass ejections and other signs of a sun that is (finally) waking up from its too-long slumber.

That's a brief look at what's coming up in the April issue of CQ magazine, which should be on newsstands and in subscribers' mailboxes by late March. 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
Ira Sachs, W9HNV, of Chicago, Illinois, with his low-profile balcony antenna. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)