While doing some general cleaning in the shack, I found more old hobby related publications. Leafing through some of the mags that are headed for the dumpster, I got to thinking about the volume of information that enters the shack via the postal mailbox and the computer. It’s a lot to read. Almost too much to keep up with for anyone not yet retired. In an effort to get a handle on it all, I decided to take inventory and figure out what, if anything, that I can jettison.
QST magazine arrives in digital format each month as a result of my life membership in the ARRL. I’m often too busy to read them as they arrive, but I’ve somehow managed to keep up with QST while allowing subscriptions to other print publications expire.
The ARRL Letter – a weekly summary of essential news of interest to active amateurs available in advance of publication in QST magazine. It’s a must-read for any serious radio amateur. An archive of past letters is maintained.
The ARRL Contest Update – published every other week, it offers a useful source of timely information for both the active and casual contester. The Update includes information about events during the following two-week period, time-sensitive news items, upcoming deadlines and other news of interest to contesters.
AMSAT Journal is published six times a year amd arrives via the mailbox. It’s another benefit of AMSAT membership. An excellent treatise covering the technical and practical aspects of ham radio in space.
AMSAT News Service bulletins are a free, weekly news and information service of AMSAT North America. ANS publishes news related to Amateur Radio in Space. Delivered via email.
The Daily DX – a text DX bulletin sent via e-mail Monday through Friday that includes DX news, IOTA news, QSN reports, QSL information, a DX Calendar, propagation forecast and more. It’s has been hitting my inbox daily since Bernie McClenny began publishing it in the late 1990’s. The fact that I pay annually for this subscription is the best endorsement I could offer. Get a free, no obligation two week trial subscription and see for yourself.
Club newsletters are a weakness of mine. There are so many excellent publications being produced and made available for free download that it’s difficult to say which are my favorites, but here are the newsletters I never miss:
- Cheese Bits – published monthly by the Mt. Airy VHF Radio Club for more than 50 years. Each issue contains a monthly activity calendar, swap shop ads, technical articles, operating news and articles of interest to the VHF community.
- The Gray Line Report – a quarterly publication of the Twin City DX Association is always chocked full of behind the scenes DX news, information, and interviews.
- 432 and Above EME Newsletters by K2UYH – published monthly for serious UHF, microwave, and moonbounce enthusiasts. Archives are available.
- County Hunter News – a monthly publication for those interested in ham radio county hunting, with an orientation toward CW operation.
- The OPDX Bulletin – Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, is the editor of this DX info letter distributed on the Internet and packet clusters around the world. Tedd spends countless hours on making this one of the best.
Ham radio blogs have been in steady decline since Facebook and Twitter started gaining traction. But there are a few writers who have continued to hold my interest. I usually catch-up on these on my phone while on the go. I suspect I’m not alone in this practice since over half the traffic to this blog arrives via moblie devices.
- Klown Time is Over – authored by Rich Holoch, KY6R
- Daniel Estévez – Electronics, ham radio and more
- The KØNR Radio Site – Amateur (ham) radio, VHF/UHF, QRP, mountaintop operating and technical stuff
- The Amateur Radio World of VA3QV – authored by Bob Sharp
- K3WWP Diary – daily missives from the life of QRPer John Shannon, K3WWP
- N6PSE – Amateur Radio opinions & adventures of N6PSE
Mailing lists have fallen out of favor with most online groups but not in the ham radio world where many majordomos are approaching legal drinking age. I subscribe to a couple of them though I frequently pause the emails and just peruse the archives. It’s the best way to avoid the hot topics that can send list traffic soaring to ridiculous levels.
- AMSAT-BB – carries general AMSAT information and discussion. The purpose of this mailing list is to provide a forum for general discussion of any satellite-related topic.
- APRSSIG – the APRS Special Interest group for general APRS-related postings is hosted by TAPR.
Tell me about your favorite reads in the comments below.