I've not got an axe to grind re RadCom,
but is the lack of major construction projects in RadCom more
to do with there being less people doing the larger
scale design/construction projects as well as being motivated to
write it up for RadCom?
The use of internet groups to encourage cooperative design, both hardware
and software, has led to a real time project structure that
doesn't necessarily lend itself to the monthly magazine publishing
This of course does not only affect RadCom but, unfortunately, RadCom
as a serious technical publication started to lose credibility when a recent
past editor attempted to turn it into something more akin to Women's
Weekly, with his requesting accounts of radio amateur romances on one
occasion, whilst dwelling more on his own interviews with radio
"personalities" than matters radio, which it would seem he didn't really
Whilst I don't suppose many tears were shed at his departure it doesn't
seem to me the RSGB has done the reputation of RadCom any more favours by
employing Elaine Richards in a similar position.
Especially when one considers that not very long ago she was
suggesting through the pages of her radio comic that reports on any form of
radio activity, legal or otherwise, would be welcomed.
If RadCom is taken to be the "shop window" for the RSGB in
general, then perhaps it's time to ask what it is they think
they're offering us for our money.
For RadCom to be seriously considered as a technical publication
again it will be necessary to leave editorial control with those who
have real technical ability and not just scrape the barrel
for anyone with prior magazine experience.