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Here are your digital editions of “QST”, “On the Air”, “QEX”, and “NCJ.”

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 02 December 2022, 2046 UTC.

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Now Online! Digital editions of December QST, November/December On the AirQEX, and NCJ

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December QST

Preparing for Portable Operation Abroad

Stuart Thomas, KB1HQS

Portable operating is more popular than ever! If you’re planning to take your gear overseas, veteran portable op Stuart Thomas, KB1HQS, has tips on pre-travel prep including licensing, insurance, power considerations, and key items to pack. Get all the info in his article, “Preparing for Portable Operation Abroad.” Read QST

November/December On the Air

Ham Radio Satellites: Reliable, Accessible, and Enjoyable

Sean Kutzko, KX9X

Amateur radio satellites allow long-distance contacts regardless of what’s going on with propagation — and, you can get started in this exciting activity with a Technician-class license, a couple of dual-band handheld radios, and a small antenna. Read “Ham Radio Satellites: Reliable, Accessible, and Enjoyable,” by Sean Kutzko, KX9X, for more information on the fun and possibilities that these orbiting “birds” offer. Read On the Air

November/December QEX

Versatile Lock-In Amplifier Design

Kim Swedberg

“Versatile Lock-In Amplifier Design” by Kim Swedberg details how to adapt a lock-in amp — a standard piece of equipment in many scientific fields, but rarely used in amateur radio — for use on the 2200-meter band, specifically for QRSS CW. If very slow CW interests you, this amp project uses easily accessible, affordable parts. Read QEX

November/December NCJ

Next-Gen Contesters

Neil Rapp, WB9VPG

December is YOTA Month! The YOTA initiative for young hams, known as “Youth on the Air” in the Americas and “Youngsters on the Air” in Europe, includes a special event that lasts all month long. Throughout December, hams age 25 and younger will be on the air from participating stations with special call signs. Read more of the details in “Next-Gen Contesters,” which Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, turned over to Kees Van Oosbree, W0AAE, for this issue. Read NCJ

In celebration of its 50th year of publication, ARRL is offering a limited-edition challenge coin as a gift to all 2022 National Contest Journal subscribers — new and renewing! Subscribe Now

On the Air Podcast

In the latest episode of the On the Air podcast, “Operating Amateur Satellites,” avid satellite operator Sean Kutzko, KX9X, talks about what it takes to get started on the ham satellites, and more about what makes this exciting form of operating “a bit of a game.” Listen Now

Great Gift Ideas

Handbook 100: Hardcover Collector’s Edition

The collector’s edition of Handbook 100 is the perfect holiday gift. Strikingly hardbound in a textured black finish, it includes a special insert looking back across decades of content that built the book’s reputation as a “must-have” for the radio experimenter. Order Now

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