[AMRadio] Followup on IARU bandplan

w1eof at hamnutz.com w1eof at hamnutz.com
Wed Oct 24 06:52:29 EDT 2007

Hey Pete - Time to burn all your old editons of HamNews and HamTips. 
Don't want anyone getting confused!

Steve - Over the years I have very much appreciated your participation 
in a few of the lists that I belong to. This time I not only can't agree 
but I think it's "much ado about nothing." Of course you are entitled to 
your opinion as ham and especially as League member. I choose to worry 
about other issues.

So *what* does this have to do about AM radio?  Where is that lightbulb 
I need to change? Or is that "light bulb" :-)


Mark W1EOF

Peter Markavage wrote:
> Seems to me these types of advertisements were quite popular back in the
> 50's and 60's. I remember National, Hallicrafters, and several other
> manufacturers using this type of ad in QST, CQ, and 73 mags. It clearly
> states at the bottom that it's an advertisement. What's the big deal?
> Next, are we going to pound them for all those past April Fool articles
> misleading readers? How about the glossy paper; sometimes difficult to
> see the text (eye strain) when you have a lamp directly pointed at it.
> Pete, wa2cwa
> On Mon, 22 Oct 2007 23:45:21 EDT SBJohnston at aol.com writes:
>> I wonder how many people noticed the "fake article" advertisement in 
>> a recent 
>> QST...  here's a recent discussions about it...
>> - - - - - - - -
>> Good Morning -
>> On page 29 of the October, 2007, QST, I was disappointed to see a 
>> Kenwood advertisement deliberately made to appear to be a QST 
>> feature 
>> article.  The layout, font choices, even the use of a large, colored 
>> drop-cap character at the start of the story - all were aimed at 
>> misleading the reader into thinking the page is a QST article rather 
>> than an advertisement.
>> This old trick is unworthy of QST.
>> Steve WD8DAS
>> - - - - - - - -
>> To which Debra Jahnke of QST responded:
>>> I am sorry that you were unhappy with the Kenwood advertorial. 
>>> As you know, an advertorial is an advertisement designed to 
>>> simulate editorial content, while at the same time offering valid 
>>> information to prospective buyers, and is an accepted advertising
>>> practice. Our internal rules dictate the company uses their full 
>>> logo and their contact information in addition to the word 
>>> �Advertising� on the page. Most mainstream magazine 
>>> advertorial rules are not as stringent.  
>> That is fine for mainstream magazines.  But  QST has more at stake 
>> as the 
>> journal of the ARRL.  Over the years extensive efforts have been 
>> made to ensure 
>> fairness and truth in the reviews of amateur equipment in QST, 
>> hopefully 
>> unbiased by corporate pressure or propaganda,  and this sort of 
>> deliberately 
>> misleading advertising un-does all that work.  It introduces a 
>> question in the mind 
>> of the members and readers:  "Is this article or review really 
>> unbiased?"  Or, 
>> "is it just a paid advertisement or press release piece?"
>>> However, you are certainly entitled to your opinion regarding 
>>> this form of advertising 
>> Actually, as a long-time member of the ARRL I hope I am entitled to 
>> a bit 
>> more than just my opinion.  -grin-  I expect my views to be 
>> considered in the 
>> policies of the league and its publications.
>> Thanks for your response...
>> Steve Johnston, WD8DAS
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