posted Jun 15, 2012, 2:33 PM by Gary Griffin

I finally accumulated enough confirmed contacts through LOTW to qualify for my DXCC (108 at last count), but when I went through the process of submitting the electronic contacts to the ARRL for my certificate, I found out it was going to cost something like 36 bucks. Call me a tightwad, but I have better uses for my money.  I'll just have to be satisfied that I reached my goal and be happy with that.

QST finally enters the digital age

posted Jun 15, 2012, 2:28 PM by Gary Griffin   [ updated Jun 15, 2012, 2:28 PM ]

My first digital edition "arrived" in my mail box recently and I really like it.  The ability to search through the entire edition for key words is a real plus and hyperlinks in articles are the icing on the cake. You can't download a PDF version like you can with the NRA's American Rifleman, but as long as they are accessible on the web, it probably doesn't matter.

QST to go digital?

posted Jul 2, 2011, 5:29 AM by Gary Griffin   [ updated Jul 18, 2011, 5:07 AM ]

I was sitting next to my mountain of Ham Radio and Gun magazines the other day when I started to wonder when the digital age will finally come to the ARRL and QST Magazine. Surely an organization that prods its members into embracing the digital future would offer their flagship magazine in digital format. Finding nothing through Google or a quick search of, I decided to go right to the source and contact the ARRL.

Here is my suggestion to the ARRL: 

Have you guys thought about offering a digital version of QST in addition to the print version? Looks like it would save a lot of money for the ARRL if a lot of members chose the digital edition over the print edition.

My house is filling up with QSTs and they're too pretty to throw out!

Heck, even the NRA has the option of a digital version of American Rifleman for their members!

and here's their reply:

Gary, we’re working toward that objective. From the January 2011 Board meeting minutes:

41. Mr. Widin moved, seconded by Mr. Edgar, the adoption of the following resolution:
WHEREAS QST and other ARRL periodicals are a critical representation of ARRL to all members;
THEREFORE, the Board directs staff to prepare a comprehensive marketing plan for electronic publishing of periodicals which will include timing, pricing, target audience, risk assessment, etc. Staff should present this plan for A&F review, upon which if accepted, A&F will propose the plan for approval by the Board at its July 2011 meeting. We direct that binding decisions on these issues shall not be made prior to approval by the Board.
After discussion, the resolution was ADOPTED.

Thank you,

Sabrina Hughes
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street. Newington, CT 06111

Looks like the ARRL is finally catching up to the National Rifle Association in the technology department. Yay!

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