Posted by: GW7AAV | November 16, 2009

Yesterdays news tomorrow

Bob VA3QV has been questioning how printed matter can keep up with the Internet or if it is approaching the end of its usefulness. Bob points out that the latest issue of The Canadian Amateur Magazine was out of date way before it dropped on the doormat. The TCA shows two Directors (Ontario South and Quebec) being acclaimed to their next terms when in effect they resigned their positions at the end of October in support of the President who also resigned. He goes on to say “No ones fault, just an example of how the print media can no longer keep up.” Bob received his copy on the 12th November and says what was written there was the talk of the amateur community two months ago and he has just three days to send his comments in to make the next issue. Therefore what is discussed is likely to be up to six months too late.

In the UK at least RadCom drops through the door every month, but I find the same problem, that most news is old news, which in a lot of cases has been done to death way before we see it in print. I do not really care for my national societies magazine prefering the style of other amateur radio magazines but as a former printer I have a soft spot for printed matter and would hate to see it disapear. What does the future hold, will we be reading our radio publications on a mobile phone or Kindle or will blogs like CQHQ toll the death nell?


  1. Your article makes me think of WorldRadio and chuckle. They avoided the inevitable demise of a paper publication and went “online”, as they say. Now you can get the news a month late in a PDF file you download 🙂 But I digress.

    I think there will always be a place for print media, however print media needs to give up on news and classifieds and stick with material that is timeless and something the reader would want to put on the shelf and save for future reference…. something that paper is well suited for and more justified for killing trees.

    • Got to agree with you on this Anthony lets make these publications something we want to keep because they are full of great information and projects we want to build (but will probably never get around to). It is getting harder to justify keeping 30 years worth of ham mags when the wife knows I only flick through them for five minutes when they drop through the mailbox.

  2. Hi,

    Personally I find it easier to read paper magazines than to scroll through text online. I don’t think I am alone either. You can read a magazine or book almost anywhere and you don’t need a PC or an internet connection.
    I hope paper magazines and books are here to stay but I imagine it is likely that some of the niche publications will end up exclusively online.


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