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Amateur Radio Usenet Newsgroups:

Paul W. Schleck (K3FU) on October 31, 2009
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If you haven't accessed the amateur-radio-related Usenet newsgroups lately, things have much improved since the last major eHam thread on the subject from 2006:

Amateur Radio Newsgroups: Total Meltdown

The new moderated discussion newsgroup, rec.radio.amateur.moderated, has been going for nearly 3 years and over 3900 approved articles. The moderated bulletin and announcement newsgroup, rec.radio.info, has been reactivated, and carries a comprehensive collection of available amateur radio news bulletins in English from around the world, relayed immediately and automatically when they are published by their sources.

Even the unmoderated discussion newsgroups have improved greatly. Flooders, abusers, and other problem users have been successfully discouraged or restricted from posting. Some off-topic noise continues, but is easy to steer around. Newsgroups and web blogs like these are both useful resources, but Usenet newsgroups can be an excellent supplement to blogs due to the following notable advantages:

  • The user can control the interface (choices of newsreader software)
  • killfiles
  • threading
  • unified, but distributed, discussion on a specific topic
  • better searching
  • better archiving
  • less bandwidth
  • rugged, distributed transport system that has been in place for decades

If you have been away from newsgroups for a while, please consider returning, and trying them out again. More information about rec.radio.amateur.moderated and rec.radio.info can be obtained from:

http://www.panix.com/~rram/

More information about access to news can be obtained from:

http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=faqs:news_providers

More information about newsreader software can be obtained from:

http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php? id=faqs:news_readers

Many of the radio-related newsgroups can also be accessed via the following free web interfaces:

rec.radio.* newsgroups on Google Groups

RadioBanter

73, Paul, K3FU

Chief Moderator, rec.radio.amateur.moderated and rec.radio.info

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Amateur Radio Usenet Newsgroups:  
by W2KYM on November 1, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Usenet went all to hell once people started cross-posting sex ads and material in the newsgroups. I used to love the newsgroups. A lot of good information was passed on these groups, but now with the internet revolution, newsgroups are basically a ghost of the past. Can't wait for the internet to come crashing down so maybe people will realize how good packet and BBS's actually were (albeit slow connection speeds, but the comms got through reliably).
 
Amateur Radio Usenet Newsgroups:  
by KB9RQZ on November 1, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
the Usnet was killed by the annymouse trolls and those that rewarded their action . it became a place for charater asiignation by cowards kiding behind their keyboards
 
Amateur Radio Usenet Newsgroups:  
by KS4XN on November 1, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the heads up. Actually, I have been checking out newsgroups lately and there has been a definite improvement. I don't pull em up everyday, but I do at least weekly. Give the currenty moderated groups a chance. 73
 
RE: Amateur Radio Usenet Newsgroups:  
by KE4MOB on November 2, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
Usenet was....terrible.

Good riddance.
 
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