In his last missive to ARRL members in the Great Lakes Division, Jim Weaver, K8JE, reports:
ONE TOPIC MANY members will appreciate is a free, digital version of QST via the Internet. This version offers the ability to read our membership journal online in a manner quite similar to that in which we read the hard-copy version. It also offers the ability to include full schematics and other information that sometimes can merely be referenced in the print edition, as well as direct links to items contained in the ads.
Becoming accustomed to the online version may require a little familiarization, but I believe it will become a welcome enhancement to membership.
It is inevitable that two questions regarding digi-QST will arise. The first is if a member can opt-out of receiving the hard-copy version. The answer: yes. The second question is: Is there a reduction in dues for members who opt-out of the print version. The answer to this is no. The hard-copy version is financed largely by advertisement, not by membership dues.
Digi-QST should be unveiled yet this winter or early spring.
I think this is great, but it sounds to me like we’ll have to read the magazine on-line rather than being able to download a PDF file. I’ve never really liked these online magazines. Reading them is a real pain, and you often can’t download and archive them. Let’s hope the ARRL thinks about this when they set this up.