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CQ November 2014
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The November issue of CQ has a special focus on "newbies," new hams, of course, but also anyone who is new to a particular aspect of our multi-faceted hobby. Related articles include "Being the New Kid on the Block," by Mike Pulley, WB4ZKA; "The Ragchewer's Conversation Guide," by Dee Logan, W1HEO; "On the Road With 'Hams in Space,' or Maybe YOU Should Give a Ham Radio Presentation," by Randal Schulze, KD0HKD; our monthly "Learning Curve" column and this issue's installment of "The Ham Notebook," about installing coax connectors.
Next, we have the CW results of the 2014 CQ WPX Contest (complete scores are now available only online - click here to view), a photo essay on hams at the World Maker Faire in New York and an introduction to Remote Ham Radio, an innovative way for antenna-restricted hams to get on the air - via the Internet - from top-flight stations around the U.S. and beyond.
Highlighting our columns, QRP Editor Cam Hartford, N6GA, shares some "QRP Fun With Tuna Tins and Android;" in honor of Thanksgiving in the U.S., "Magic in the Sky" editor Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, counts the ways in which he is thankful for ham radio; Contesting Editor George Tranos, N2GA, looks at Win-Test contesting software, and Propagation Editor Tomas Hood, NW7US, predicts good to excellent conditions on the HF bands for the 2014 CQWW DX Contest's CW weekend on November 29th and 30th. See Tomas's last-minute forecasts on his website at <https://prop.hfradio.org>.
In November’s CQ Plus – the expanded CQ digital edition – shortwave listening guru Gerry Dexter, WPC9GLD, wonders: is it Viva la France, or Should the French Fry? Radio France International’s recent moves have him puzzled.
Self-described ham newbie Caroline Baptist, KG7AAX, gives a newcomer’s impressions of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship. Her report is as interesting as it is thought-provoking.
Not a contester? "Morse Code" columnist Randall Noon, KCØCCR, has just the plan for you – laidback and easy, with a sense of accomplishment as the prize. In "Practical Propagation,"Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, studies 17 meters in the morning on long path. Fascinating!
Carole Perry, WB2MGP, writes in "The Young Radio Amateur" about the amazing kids and programs at the 2014 Friedrichshafen convention in Germany. And in his monthly one-two punch, Cory GB Sickles, WA3UVV, gives great tips for saving or revitalizing your radio club in his "Off the Air" column, then follows in "Personal Communications" with advice on assembling a nice CB station.
Tree-Hugging Radio? It’s not what you might think. "Trail-Friendly Radio" columnist Richard Fisher, KI6SN, shows a novel way to mount your rig when backpacking in the woods. Meanwhile, in "Radio Drama," 15-year-old Ryan Archer, KCQ6KPH, might be in love. But not with a radio this time. Her name is Colette.
In "Radios and Computers," Dan Srebnick, K2DLS, looks at KK7DS CHIRP radio-programming software. It’s amazing, and CHIRP is CHEAP! Rob de Santos, K8RKD, reports on the future of Internet radio along "Communications Horizons." And finally, Krusty Ol’ Kurt N. Sterba dips into a pile of mail from his gentle readers.
That's a brief look at what's coming up in the November issue of CQ magazine. For information on becoming a CQ subscriber -- to either our print or digital edition -- Click Here. Now available: 2015-2016 CQ Calendars! Click here for more information and to order today!
Articles from the November, 2014 issue of CQ posted on our website include:
Zero Bias - "Become a Newbie"
Coming up in December: 2014 Technology Special
On the Cover: Steve Werner, KD3WK, of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, enjoys DXing … when he's not flying his airplane, building furniture (like everything in his shack) or keeping his gun collection in tip-top shape. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)