Thanks for the reply, Henry - you explained yourself with great clarity. It
makes a change to see such a well thought out response. I appreciate it.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: 12 March 2001 00:21
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] March/April QEX issue
> Hi Tim,
> Thanks for the response to the posting. I'll provide an answer below
> each question.
> You wrote:
> "I am interested to know just why you make these regular postings to the
> To stimulate discussion of contest-related articles in the magazines.
> all contesters do not get all of the magazines. So, this was a way I
> that everyone could at least know what is being published here in the US.
> "Are you financially involved with the company that prints them ?"
> No. I do not have any connections with any of the magazines, or printers,
> other than being a Life Member of ARRL and having written one article for
> "Do you hope that by seeing the contents, more people will buy them ?"
> Yes, but not for any direct benefit to me or anyone I know personnally.
> These magazine basically stay in business due to the advertising income
> can make, which is based on the number of magazine copies sold. Since ham
> radio equipment is not advertised on the broadcast radio, TV, or in the
> newspaper, these ham mags are the only means of manufacturers getting
> product known by the ham operators. And for these manufacturers to stay
> business, hams have to buy the equipment they see advertised. Now, the
> internet is changing this somewhat. You can go to the manufacturer's web
> site for their latest on new equipment. Plus, there is a lot of good
> information on the reflectors and individual ham web pages. And, just
> recently, some of the magazines (CQ and CQ Contest) have started posting a
> summary of the upcoming issue, or the actual contents page, on their own
> "As a low budget kind of a person, I can't afford to subscribe to all the
> mags I'd like to, so your posts just leave me feeling curious but fed-up
> Yes, I understand. That is one of the reasons why I started these
> There was a lot of good information being published and it appeared that
> everyone was not aware. I made the financial decision to subscribe to the
> ones for which I do postings, hoping to at least let others know what they
> are missing. Then they can make the financial decision as to which
> to subscribe. And yes, I'm a low budget person also. Even though I have
> recently obtained a FT1000MP (used), I have two 10-year old cars, build
> of my own antennas and some shack accessories.
> "I wish someone would put some of the back numbers on the web for all
> the world without good reference libraries to see. Might stop people
> re-inventing the wheel."
> Yes, that would be nice; however, the magazines consider their information
> copyrighted. So, this will probably not happen anytime soon, especially
> after seeing the situation over here with the Napster web site, where the
> latest popular music was available free for downloading. The only other
> option is to buy the magazines back issues which are just now becoming
> available on CD-ROMs (QST, NCJ, QEX).
> "No criticism to you, Henry, just curious, that's all."
> I understand, no offense taken. I enjoy the chance to re-assess what I am
> Henry - K4TMC
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