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CQ October 2017

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The October issue of CQ is our annual Emergency Communications Special. As always, we share new and innovative projects and ideas that your fellow hams are using to make themselves more effective and efficient emergency communicators.

Our features include articles on building a portable power system, video conferencing over HF, comparing NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Skywave) Dipoles for EmComm use, and ham radio emergency communications on the internet. In our columns, we introduce our new Emergency Communications Editor, Walt Palmer, W4ALT, and he asks, "Are You REALLY Ready?" In addition, Learning Curve looks at different roles hams may play in emergency response, WB6NOA looks at the possible impact of FirstNet on ham radio EmComm, and AA6JR describes a few groups that were honing their emergency skills at Field Day.

If your interests extend beyond emergency communications, have no fear. There's plenty of good stuff on other topics as well. We start with "Easter in October," one ham's story of operating the CQ World Wide DX Contest last October from Easter Island. We take you across the Atlantic to the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio fair in Germany; update our August "Food for Thought" essay on why HR555 (the Amateur Radio Parity Act) may actually be a problem for hams; update the CQ World Wide all-time records and introduce a new occasional feature called "News Bytes."

Among our columns, "Listening Post" editor Gerry Dexter reports that shortwave activity is heating up in Australia, despite the shutdown of Radio Australia's shortwave service. AA6TS reports on a busy ham radio summer in Europe; we look at antennas for QRPers and e-field receiving antennas; discuss how to generate useful power levels on our soon-to-arrive MF and LF bands, stop in at the Central States VHF Conference and introduce the Northern California DX Club's new Elmering Project. Finally, Propagation Editor NW7US predicts good DXing conditions for the SSB weekend of the CQ World Wide DX Contest on October 28-29.

That's a look at the highlights of the October, 2017 issue of CQ, click here to subscriber today!

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

Zero Bias – Harvey, Walt, Marty and Our Future

October 2017 Contest Calendar

October 2017 Announcements

On the Cover: Amateur radio operators face new challenges and opportunities in providing emergency communications. Here, California's Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club, AA6CV, shows off – and sharpens – its skills at a massive Field Day operation. For more details, see October's "Magic in the Sky" column. (Cover photo by Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR)

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