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Survey Question
What do you do with your back issues of ham radio magazines?
  Posted: Jan 12, 2017   (204 votes, 15 comments) by AA9UF

  Recycle them.
  Take them to my doctor's office.
  Take them to work.
  Store them in the basement.
  Throw them in the garbage.
  Burn them.
    (204 votes, 15 comments)

Survey Results
Recycle them. 27% (56)
Take them to my doctor's office. 3% (6)
Take them to work. 2% (4)
Store them in the basement. 21% (42)
Throw them in the garbage. 26% (54)
Burn them. 0% (0)
Other. 21% (42)

Survey Comments
Old Radio Magazines
Come July of this year I will no longer have
an issue with what too do with them since I
will NOT be remaining an ARRL Member.Not
worth what I get for my money.They are a Bad
Joke & the QST Magazines are now well over
70 pages of advertisements alone which is
crazy.I won't miss the 5 to 10 minutes of
reading I get each month from them.Guess the
ARRL has no interest in gaining members as
long as they still have their 20% or so of
American Amateur Radio Operators as members
but those numbers will drop this year after
the increase in the membership dues.

Posted by W4KVW on January 15, 2017

I actually mis-entered my vote. Rather than discard in
the garbage I do recycle. Occasionally I plant one in a
doctors or dentists office. I used to save them all but in
my old age I am trying to downsize.

Posted by K7AAT on January 14, 2017

Keep back issues on CD
I tired giving back issues to the High School radio club - no interest. Tried giving them to the local library - no interest. So, after a few years they go to the dump. I've purchased CDs of the older issues to have available if I need them.

Posted by AA4PB on January 14, 2017

Ham Magazine Back Issues
I usually hang onto them for a while just in case. I then share them with family and members of My Amateur Radio Club here in the Philippines. I do however keep digital archives of all of them.


Posted by WA0TML on January 14, 2017

"Personally, I get more substance & articles of interest from just ONE older issue from that era, than I do from an ENTIRE YEAR'S
worth of to-day's version of QST…!"

The biggest reason for that is 2/3rd of the magazine did not used to be advertisements!

Posted by K2BEW on January 13, 2017

as i have time and interest
I just pile my QSTs up and read them as i can.
most of the time I have a few years backlog.
Once i am done with them its recycle time...I
have no interest in taking them to a club as i
am not a member of any club and detest clubs
in general

Posted by N0FPE on January 13, 2017

Pass them on
When I was first learning this hobby I learned a lot from older issues of of QST. I save the last 5 years worth and then put each of those years in a gallon freezer bag. When I wrap up year 6 I bring the earliest bag to the 1st club meeting of the year and give them away.

Posted by NT9E on January 13, 2017

I pass them on
Each year I take a pile old ham magazines to a
local club meeting. I lay them out on a table
and tell people to feel free to take them home.
They usually disappear within minutes.

Posted by KK9H on January 13, 2017

you still get them in paper!?
I'm not really proud that I rarely read
magazines, but I am better now that I have the
physical delivery turned off. Now I don't
have to worry about what to do with them

Posted by AJ4EM on January 13, 2017

The local Library.
My local library has a magazine recycle
section that allows one to browse through and
take, if desired... It's a perfect solution.

Posted by KC6RCM on January 13, 2017

If no one wants them I always recycle. I was
surprised by the number of hams who listed
"throw them in the garbage", but I guess
recycling is a younger persons thing.

Posted by K4EZD on January 13, 2017

Donation time!
When it is time to administer exams as a VE at the local library, I take the QST's on hand to place on the free magazine rack. They always wind up taken!


Posted by WA7SGS on January 12, 2017

Don't have any back issues.
I normally trash QST the day it arrives. It
seldom contains an article that interests me
any more.

Posted by WB4M on January 12, 2017

I leave my ham and gun magazines in doctors
office waiting rooms and hospital waiting

When I return, the ham magazines are usually
still there but the gun magazines are always


Posted by N8EKT on January 12, 2017

Older Really IS Better…!
The content of to-day's calibre of Ham radio magazine
perhaps merits re-cycling, or "deep sixing," but it was
NOT always thus…

Older issues of QST --- particularly those when it was still
in the smaller page format (prior to 1976, I believe) are
quite readable, and indeed, very collectable. Personally, I
get more substance & articles of interest from just ONE
older issue from that era, than I do from an ENTIRE YEAR'S
worth of to-day's version of QST…!

But that's just me, I guess...

Posted by VE3CUI on January 12, 2017

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