With 34 years in the hobby, I’ve read and subscribed to most of the ham-related magazines at one time or another – QST, QRP Quarterly, CQ, 73, etc.
All of them have something to offer in each issue but years ago (has it been 15?) I picked up a copy of Monitoring Times at a newstand and read the thing in its entirety; an easy thing to do back then with perhaps a dozen or so pages. The appearance of the magazine on the news rack made it stand out among all the glossy covers – one glance would tell you that this was a grass roots effort.
Today, a typical issue of MT has 75 pages and a full-color cover but, more importantly, each issue is absolutely packed with interesting content. I’m amazed monthly at the consistency of topical, well-written articles that run the range from how-to’s to equipment reviews and human interest.
Some of it is basic, for the new ham or shortwave listener; other articles keep OT’s like me informed on the new technologies and new ways of using radio, watching TV or utilizing parts of the spectrum that I’d otherwise ignore.
Enthusiasm really is contagious and it is evident in the articles written by the many columnists and other authors each month. Osmosis – from the printed page to my imagination/planning book.
As I write this, music is streaming from Pandora via a Logitech Squeezebox I purchased after reading Loyd W4LVH’s review a few months ago and I’m pondering the feasibility of a lowband gain antenna for the upcoming DX season, not due to an article in a ham magazine but from the combined effect of numerous articles in MT.
Maybe I should send them a bill…
UPDATE: Check out next month’s ham-themed issue, including a bit on QRP.