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Author Topic: NCJ  (Read 2532 times)
KA2FIR
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« on: December 08, 2017, 01:24:19 PM »

Hi,

Anyone subscribe to NCJ? I'm interested in starting a subscription and would like to hear what others think?

Tnx,

Mike
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2017, 01:55:45 PM »

Yes, reckon its a neat read every couple of months.
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2017, 03:05:54 PM »

Good, relatively quick (35-40 pages) read for anyone with more than a casual interest in contesting.

Articles include profiles/interviews with top contesters, stateside and dx contest operations, propagation, antennas, station building, tips and techniques for everyone from Big Guns to Little Pistols, and detailed results from the North American QSO Party (NAQP) contests.

Just a handful of ads.

This year, they upgraded from bond-paper-type stock to glossy pages. Front and back inside and outside covers are full color. Inside pages (including photos) are black-and-white.

Cover price is $6.00 -- so the $25 domestic 1-year subscription works out to comes out to $4.17 per issue.

IMHO, well worth the price.

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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2017, 03:23:07 PM »

I've been a subscriber for well over 20 (30?) years.  I read more of each issue than any other magazine I get.

73 Mike N2MG
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2017, 05:09:24 AM »

I wish I could switch my subscription from QST to NCJ/QEX.   

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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2017, 05:17:10 AM »

Have been a subscriber for some year now. I usually don't have time to read them when I get them so I save them up for the summer holiday.
By far my favorite amateur radio magazine.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2017, 03:36:57 AM »

I wrote a column for NCJ many years ago (before it became an ARRL publication) and have subscribed for many years. Very good mix of information about contesting, station building and operating techniques. Lots of articles aimed at the high end and lots of pages of contest line scores, but also regular columns with content aimed at beginners or those with smaller stations.

Give it a try for a year!

73 John K3TN
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2017, 05:52:34 AM »

I just became a NCJ subscriber this past fall.  Very nice mix of informative articles and interviews even for Pea Shooters like me.  I will continue subscribing. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2017, 09:37:14 PM »

I will agree with the others-it is a great read and well worth the money. Even if you aren't into contesting you can still learn a lot out station design, antennas, and operating techniques from NCJ.

73 John AF5CC
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2017, 08:52:03 AM »

I wish I could switch my subscription from QST to NCJ/QEX.   



I d settle for just sending the periodical CD ROM at the end of the year. I really like QEX/NCJ but its getting hard to justify the price $7 (QEX) for something thats not much more than a mutil page news letter . Im thinking about dropping everthing ($100) and getting the CD at the end of the year $25.
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2018, 07:06:52 PM »

I will agree with the others-it is a great read and well worth the money. Even if you aren't into contesting you can still learn a lot out station design, antennas, and operating techniques from NCJ.

73 John AF5CC


exactly !!

Bob
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2018, 08:54:17 PM »

The only thing I wish, is that the photos could be looked at on WWW and have the pieces of equipment identified, it would be really good for people that are not round the corner from a ham radio shop.

Justathort.   Gavin ZL1BBW
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« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2018, 02:42:56 AM »

In the latest issue of NCJ, the new editor K0MD says Kirk K4RO is looking at the NCJ website to make it more useful.

73 John K3TN
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2018, 05:47:22 AM »

Hi,

I have subscribed for years, and really enjoy many of the articles.  Also, every issue has at lease a few really good "why didn't I think of that" tips.  I am sure, Scott K0MD will carry on the proud tradition NCJ is noted for.

73,

John
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 06:40:29 PM »

I let my subscription lapse a few years ago.
I found it to be a non-starter.

It only dealt with those individuals that have junk-yards
worth of aluminum in the air, towers that block out the sun,
and HUGE amplifiers that need separate buildings to house.

IF they would have done stories about AVERAGE
guys, you know the kind...

100 watts, simple verticals, HOMEMADE wire antennas
it would have been worth the $ 20.00, but to only see
worshipping of the contesting elite just got old.

I was a subscriber for about 5 years but it no longer interests me.


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