[CQ-Contest] Webzine for DXers and Contesters
n4zr at contesting.com
Fri Jun 19 10:51:32 EDT 1998
I'm toying with the idea of starting a Web-based "magazine" for contesters
and DXers, to be called something like Performance Radio. I got thinking
about this because I realized that I'm receiving, on the average, something
over 200 messages a day from various reflectors. Many of these are chaff,
while others are priceless. I don't want to miss the good stuff, but the
noise in the passband is getting overwhelming. Just try going off the net
for a few days!
I don't know if a lot of other people agree with me about that, but it
occurred to me that there might be a niche on the Web for an *edited*
compendium of technical and other articles of particular interest to those
of us who enjoy these challenging, competitive aspects of ham radio. A
main appeal of the idea, from my standpoint, is the relatively low start-up
cost -- mainly involving a little software, Web server space and a lot of
time. Since I may be going to "really" retire soon, all of this seems
>From the reader's point of view, a webzine could offer a number of
-- free subscription (eventually, if enough readers emerge, we might be
able to attract some advertising).
-- much shorter lead time than printed publications, and the opportunity
for updates or corrections between "issues."
-- hyperlinks to data sources for more extensive information on topics
readers want to pursue in detail.
So, my question to you all -- good idea, bad idea, or yawn? If a good
idea, what would you like to see in such a mag?
73, Pete Smith N4ZR
In wild, wonderful, fairly rare WEST Virginia
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