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CQ May 2017

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The May issue of CQ starts with news of the FCC's decision to authorize new ham bands on 630 and 2200 meters, the first-ever U.S. amateur bands above 200 meters in wavelength. These will be bands for experimenters and those of us looking for on-the-air challenges. (An "opening" date for the bands was not announced.)

Speaking of challenges, author David Fordham, KD9LA, took on and met the challenge of connecting a major brand of ham radio equipment with figures and events from European history in "Long Path: Connecting a Yaesu Radio to the Pilgrims, Henry VIII and the Shipwreck of the de Liefde.

The challenges of 21st-century on-air competition are wrapped up in the CW results of the 2016 CQ World Wide DX Contest, which had a record number of entries despite sinking sunspot numbers. We also take a look at transmitter "fingerprinting" and staying legal when operating a remote station.

Among our columns, we look at workbench helpers in "Ham Notebook," station improvements in "VHF-Plus" and more test gear in "Learning Curve" and "Kit-Building." On the operating side, we've got Raspberry Pi-based "PiGates" in "Digital Connection," the Russian version of CQ's USA-Counties Award (USA-CA) in "Awards," advice on where to look for DXing success in "Propagation" and tips from Contesting Editor K3ZJ for success in this month's CQ WPX Contest CW Weekend.

That's a look at the highlights of the May, 2017 issue of CQ!

Articles from the May 2017 issue of CQ posted on our website include:

Zero Bias – It's More Fun When You Make It

May 2017 Contest Calendar

May 2017 Hamfests and Special Events

On the Cover: The wide world of amateur radio… PJ4A in Bonaire during the CW weekend of the 2016 CQ World Wide DX Contest (upper inset); Scouts in Belize get an introduction to ham radio (lower inset); both over a backdrop of a sampling of "Ham Notebook" editor KH6WZ's ham notebooks. (Main cover photo by Wayne Yoshida, KH6WZ; Inset photos courtesy of PJ4A and the Belize Amateur Radio Club)

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