On The Air magazine

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  1. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Seems like a great concept similar to decades ago when the League published “How to Become an Amateur Radio Op” and similar beginner type material. Hopefully they will keep it accessible to everyone for free rather than their announced plan to make it available to members only.
  2. KY5U

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    Yes the first issue is indeed free. I stand corrected. You want to bet on the next one? The user guide already calls for members to log in to get it. No provision for non members....
  3. KY5U

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    Man Quits Club After Field Day Brou-Ha-Ha

    GOLDEN SPIKE, Montana – For the second time in two weeks, the Gold Diggers Amateur Radio Club meeting has been interrupted by short tempers and flying baked goods.

    Two weeks ago, the group was banned from their regular meeting place (the Sizzler) for causing a public ruckus and spilling a pot of vegetable soup on an elderly woman. The group now meets in the Women’s Guild room at St. Mary Francis Parochial School, located next to Our Lady of the Eternal Resonance Church(225 Main Street).

    “If you can look past the doilies, tea napkins and pink carpet, it ain’t too bad of a meeting room,” says Club President Lou Rodden, reminding members to take off their shoes at the door so as not to track in mud.

    “I’d like to thank Sister Mary Helen for allowing us to use this location…and here’s hoping she goes ahead and gets that Technician ticket someday real soon.”

    After 30 minutes, the mood turned sour as members vied for one of the scheduled Field Day operating slots.

    “I’m NOT working the overnight shift again!” shouted Fergus McPhee. “Someone else can take a turn.”

    Reporters Note: Last year, club members found McPhee snoring into the microphone on 20 meter SSB. An Official Observer reported the incident as ‘another Russian radar jamming the band.’

    McPhee –a self-described ornery cuss– was relegated to the overnight shift in 2006 after scaring off four operators who volunteered to log for him.

    “If I can’t get on the day shift, I’ll just quit!” yelled McPhee, storming out of the room and slapping his hand on a table of day old pastries left by the Women’s Guild, sending them flying through the air.

    A raspberry and cream cheese Danish sailed across the room and hit Vice-President/Treasurer Johnny Martin squarely in the forehead. Martin threw the pastry back at McPhee, but instead hit a cabinet full of Sunday communion wine, spilling the contents of three bottles onto the pink carpeting.

    “WELL, NOW YOU’VE DONE IT!” yelled Junior Brown, glad that attention is now on someone else. Club president Rodden quickly adjourned the meeting so someone could go rent a Rug Doctor at the Publix and others could start scrubbing walls.

    The location for the next club meeting has not been announced.

    Read more here!
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  4. KA2IRQ

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    The ARRL has already said it will be a part of membership. Not sure why that is a problem. Nice that the first one is free, but I would have no expectations of free publications. This stuff is expensive to produce, even in digital form.
  5. KY5U

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    Yes I know. AG4RT was contradicting my assertion it would NOT be free. I agree with you that it will not. Here's what I said...
  6. K1VSK

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    Which makes it a great addition to the library available to 20% of hams who are already members and presumably already licensed. What's the value added in terms of expanding ARRL membership or the number of new hams?

    What does this do to entice those who don't consider a quarterly magazine worth $50/year?

    Good baby step but a long way to go.
  7. K8HIT

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    I think On The Air should be free. I hope ARRL can develop a business case allowing full access.

    Having worked in the industry for a number of years I have a few ideas.
  8. AG4RT

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    Not really. I just said that it was currently free.
  9. WR3V

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    Free or not, it looks pretty lame to me.
  10. K7EA

    K7EA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think it is a great effort by a guy with some vision and understanding of current and coming demographics. Stuff like that gives this hobby a future.

    Let the naysayers join up with old Abe . . .

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