October, 2008, QST to have Radiosport Insert

20m antenna

Here’s a good idea (via the ARRL Letter):

We here at ARRL HQ are excited over the theme of October’s QST — radiosport! In addition to feature and technical articles focusing on contesting — ranging from the history of radiosport to a product review of a rig geared for the avid contester and DX’er — ARRL Contributing Editor H. Ward Silver, N0AX, has put together an 8 page insert focusing solely on radiosport.

This section features such articles as how to interpret your Log Checking Report (LCR), guidelines for the upcoming contest season and a list of resources that no contester should be without, as well as a listing of major contests throughout the year. Of course, no issue of QST would be complete without “Contest Corral” and “This Month in Contesting.”

Look for an announcement by ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, about how 2009 is the Year of the State QSO Party. Be sure to check out October QST — in your mailbox in September — to find out more about this exciting new event.

This is a great addition. I don’t remember QST having an insert in the magazine before – and this one is about contesting.

And 2009 the year of the state QSO Party? Sunspots haven’t been great for DX and most hams with limited antennas can only work domestic contests. This looks like a great theme for stateside.

While early on in their roles, both Sean and Ward have been making changes in the contesting stuff coming out of the ARRL – something I’m very grateful for seeing. We need a bit of excitement to generate enthusiasm about the hobby and less defending the rules-based realm of every technological change that comes along.

More of this, please. And thanks for the work so far.

Scot, K9JY