CQ Amateur Radio


Having had the pleasure of meeting many CQ readers at hamfests and elsewhere, I have deep respect for their (your?) technical abilities. Many have undergrad or advanced degrees in engineering, others are self-taught, and to some extent, each of us has had to demonstrate some basic technical proficiency to obtain a license; moreso if you hold General or Extra Class ticket.

Many will recognize the course designation above—it identifies an upper level curriculum not intended for the beginner. But this exercise is not about lagging currents, theorems, frequencies, or voltages. It’s about engineering the future of our hobby.

Here’s a brief bio about your instructor: I’m not an engineer in the classical sense. Oh, I understand a good bit of radio theory and have managed to cobble

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