[CQ-Contest] Could Advertising Return Full Contest Score Listings to QST?

Ron Notarius W3WN wn3vaw at verizon.net
Fri Apr 13 08:28:37 PDT 2012


I'm not sure if it's quite that simple. For one thing, for the printed issue, we (or at least the potential advertisers) would have to know what the page rate(s) are, whether this would increase the page count in an issue (with the related printing issues), and whether or not other editorial comment would get bumped.

And I don't know if (or when) the thought of putting something in the digital version(s) that's not available in the print version(s) is something that would be seriously considered in the immediate future.

That said, I think this is an idea worth pursuing... 

Personally, if it's not possible or not practical, I'd settle for seeing the full line scores and expanded results in another venue, NCJ being the obvious first alternative. But, again, is this something that would be that simple?

Let us know what you find out from the ARRL when you ask them.

73, ron w3wn

On 04/13/12, jpescatore at aol.com wrote:

I guess it has been about 10 years since QST made the decision to remove full contest score listings from QST - and I still miss them. CQ magazine still does so and I greatly enjoy looking through the full scores to compare my score against others I feel I compete against.

However, I understand that the typical 6-8 pages of contest line scores cost money and a relatively small percentage of readers ever express interest. But if there were some advertisers willing to place ads, would QST consider including full line scores for the major contests? 

My check of May QST shows 170 total pages and about 90 pages of ads - let's call it one page of ads per page of content. If 6-8 pages of ads could be sold, would QST be financially able to include the line scores?

NCJ does this for the Sprints and NA QPs - that is one of the major reasons I subscribe to NCJ. If adding those pages to QST is not acceptable, could in be done in NCJ? 

I guess another alternative is the coming digital version of QST - since pages are cheaper in the e-magazine world, will the digital version of QST carry full line scores for contests?

73, John K3TN

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