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National Contest Journal Reviews: 6 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $18
Description: The National Contest Journal is a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to covering the competitive aspects of amateur radio. Each issue is loaded with information of interest to contesters and DXers; from casual observer to hardcore competitor, from little pistol to big gun.
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N3AWS Rating: 5/5 Nov 13, 2009 17:37 Send this review to a friend
This is the one  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
If you are anything more than a casual contester, this is the magazine for you! My only criticism--it does not come each month. Every contester will find something here that is worthwhile.


Jim Walroth
Kunsan AFB, Rebublic of Korea
EX_AA5JG Rating: 5/5 Dec 15, 2007 23:13 Send this review to a friend
Getting to be my favorite!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I currently subscribe to QST, CQ and Worldradio as well as NCJ, and have subscribed to 73 and CQ VHF in the past. Of all of these, National Contest Journal is quickly getting to be my favorite magazine. The articles are very interesting and informative! Even if you aren't a contester (I am a casual one) you will find some good articles about different pieces of equipment, operating strategies and locations, etc. For $20 a year it is the second best bargain out there (next to Worldradio). I just wish I hadn't waited so long to subscribe. This is my 27th year as a ham, but my first year for getting NCJ. I can't wait for the next issue to arrive.
N2WN Rating: 5/5 Jul 6, 2005 11:01 Send this review to a friend
Useful Tool  Time owned: more than 12 months
Recent articles by Al Christman on vertical antennas have been informative. Covers a lot of the contesting spectrum and a great effort put in by the staff to be balanced and useful to all contesters. Tips and tricks for the real estate impaired contesters are fairly regular parts of the quarterly. Would like to see more "small fry" How to articles to attract more folks to the contest world. It may be time for a "stealth" or deed restricted category in the contest world.
OLDFART13 Rating: 5/5 Dec 12, 2003 21:05 Send this review to a friend
The best.  Time owned: more than 12 months
This magazine has more articles on imporving station performance than all other magazines combined. The how-to articles are top notch as is the format and binding of this magazine. Great job!
PA5MW Rating: 5/5 Dec 28, 2001 03:47 Send this review to a friend
THE contest magazine  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is the best contest magazine by far. I have read others too but this one delivers just all you want. Great articles with info you CAN use. No matter you're a little pistol or a Big Gun, it delivers and contributes every time to contesting again and again. '73 Mark, PA5MW
WM5R Rating: 5/5 Mar 22, 2001 19:16 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic Magazine  Time owned: more than 12 months
If you are interested in competitive radiosport contesting, this magazine is an absolute must. The articles tend to concentrate on North America, but there are plenty of feature articles relating to other parts of the contesting world as well.

The NCJ is basically published at cost, or very close to it. The editor, the columnists, and all of the writers are volunteers. The quality of the content is very good, especially when you consider that the authors are writing for free! But, these authors all share a passion for the sport, and the ARRL professional publishing staff does a great job producing the magazine.

In my opinion, this is the premier specialty publication for Amateur Radio contesting.

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