Any value in old CQ, QST, 73, etc. magazines?

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have zillions.... I'm thinking I'll just take them all to the recycle place. I've been
    hanging onto these magazines for DECADES. BOXES of them - QST, CQ, 73, and
    all the "electronics hobbyist" mags of the era as well - Popular Electronics, Electronics
    Experimenter, blah blah blah. The VAST MAJORITY of any technical info has been
    available on the 'net for a long time now... not exactly easy to reference old magazines.

    Do people still read these at all? Any point in offering them up for cheap locally?

    Or should I just take them to the recycle box and be done with it?

  2. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    QST archives going back to the beginning of time are all on line.

    73 archives are all on line, also.

    However, CQ archives are owned by Buckmaster and they charge for access. That might change tomorrow, but AFAIK it's true today. As such, those issues may be worth more than others because there is no (today) free web access to them.
  3. KB9LXP

    KB9LXP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Personally, if it were me, and I did have this problem years ago, nobody wanted them, sooooo, they went to recycling.
    If you have a paper scanner, and lots of time, you could scan and put everything on a hard drive or cd's.
    Just a thought...I don't save anything any more.
  4. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thanks Wik. I'll just take them to recycle. Not worth the trouble to deal with, and I'll freely
    admit I've not referenced a SINGLE ONE OF THEM in over 20 years, other than an occasional
    read here and there.

    Anyone near Seattle want them for free, PM me. SOON. Otherwise, I'll keep digging them out and
    get them loaded for the recycle station. First load goes bye-bye tomorrow. Many more boxes after that.

    I have absolutely ZERO interest in them, scanned or otherwise. Just massive "space taker-uppers"

  5. K6CPO

    K6CPO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't keep more than a year of any of the magazines I subscribe to, no matter what the subject matter. i just don't have the space to store them and I rarely look at the back issues. I just gave my last two years of QST to a fellow ham that's a medical services officer on a Military Sealift Command ship and is unable to reliably receive his copies.
  6. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Subscriber QRZ Page

    post 1941 no

    pre war Radio, QST, Hugo Gernsback Short Wave Craft
    are worth a few bucks

    the back room was full of 60's to 90s CQ, 73 and QST
    tried to give some away
    in the end threw out a few hundred lbs of magazines

    there are still four or five hundred lbs in the back room
    along with tons of old playboys

    still in the stacks

  7. W7JZE

    W7JZE QRZ Lifetime Member #84 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    How much $ for the Playboys [​IMG]?

    My long time friend, also named Bill, went through 7 or 8 serious hobbies & careers during his lifetime. Professional boat racer, Balloon pilot, competitive pistol shooting, "race gun" designer / manufacturer, glider pilot, gen av pilot, commercial airplane "driver", computer enthusiast / builder / inventor / business owner (many times over)... and a few more that I don't remember.

    He had walls and walls of books and different magazines in his home.

    His rule on magazines was; "One year back only. New one on top of the stack, old one off the bottom of the stack".

    I finally parted with many decades of "Sky & Telescope", "Astronomy", "Deep Sky", etc... and I am right now looking, with a raised eyebrow, at 4 years (hey, I just recently relicensed :) worth of QST, CQ, and some smaller stacks of; Antique Radio, World Radio, etc...

    I dunno, they still SEEM valuable to me. I keep thinking that I'll find a fun, single tube transmitter project within their pages if I just let them age a little bit more [​IMG].

    It's crazy to keep 'em and yet too hard to throw away.

    To the OP: I'm glad I don't live close to Seattle, I'd be tempted to call you... Then again, it's only a 16 hour drive... Please don't PM me your phone number [​IMG]!!!!!
  8. N0NB

    N0NB Subscriber QRZ Page

    I agree with Mac that any issues from prior to WW2 would still be of value. I do hang onto old issues of radio magazines but I'll readily admit that their value doesn't match the cost of the space they take.

    If there is a local/regional amateur radio trading net/mailing list you might try listing them. If no takers then do as you will.
  9. KA9MOT

    KA9MOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is nothing more valuable than knowledge. What you have is a lifetime of knowledge in print. Can you donate them to the local club? The Library doesn't want them. Do you have a local new ham who is hungry for knowledge? Craigslist has a section to offer stuff for free. I wish I lived closer, I'd haul 'em all away and spend the rest of my life learning from them.

    Here is the Free section on your local craigslist:
  10. W5INC

    W5INC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree 100% with Steve here, knowledge is valuable. See if any local AR clubs would like the material. Try your local schools from Jr, High to your local community college. Just because the books are old that doesn't mean they aren't still usefull to somebody in gaining an education from them. :)
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