I generally do not find occasion to post or reply to the reflector, but
am compelled to share a few thoughts and observations regarding "Pop Comm".
As a former military signals intelligence analyst (put out of work by
end of the Cold-War), I had intimate knowledge of some of the topics and
information being tossed out on the news stand by that publication. (A
mixture of fact and fiction at best)
I wrote to the editor of the magazine on a few different occasions over
period of 10 years to take issue with the validity of some of the
information published. Errors of FACT including things like identifying a
Russian made "Spoon-Rest" radar (on the cover of the magazine, no less) as
an Iraqi communications van. When I politely wrote the editor to point out
that not only was the equipment mis-identified, but that an entire article
was written about this mis-identified equipment, his reply was that I had
no credentials and that he trusted the author of the article. Anyone could
have cracked open a "Jane's" military equipment guide and easily identified
the mistake. I could go on and on.........
My comments to hams or radio enthusiasts would be to stay away from a
publication that is not only clearly political, but mis-leading, and does
not care that it is mis-leading readers.
Feel free to reply direct regarding my comments, as I know I am on the
fringe of the reflector topic.
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