Sneers against the new 'Radcom' editor and the
comic, which I take to mean 'Practical Wireless' and its associated
publications are unworthy. When I joined the RSGB three years ago,
I was initially disappointed with 'Radcom' which seem to have limited content
and lacked style. Under the new editor, the style has improved
enormously and the contents are generally well balanced. Of
course, many of us we would like to see more constructional items and news
of exciting research, but as G3WKL pointed out, this depends on those
actively involved producing the necessary articles.
As far as PW is concerned, it has kept going over
the years and won many friends, including myself. From the
earliest days to the present time it has been one of the few windows
on the world of amateur radio, raising interest in old and young, something we
still surely need.
Phew! I fell better to have got that off my
Shame then that you did such a good job of getting many of your
Yes, RadCom has improved considerably but that has been under the
editorship of Giles Read who remains Technical Editor.
No, he is not the new Managing Editor, who's appointment is
sufficiently recent to be irrelevant to those improvements that have
No, the "comic" in this instance is not Practical Wireless,
despite that being known as Camm's Comic in the past, but another
offering from PWP known as RadioUser, the result of PWP's misguided
decision to dump ShortWave Mag and its editor in order to produce
this dumbed down offering.
It wasn't all that long ago, and may still be ongoing for all I
know, that editorial comment in RadioUser was encouraging contributions on
all aspects of radio "operating", regardless of the legality of some practices,
presumably in attempts to find a niche audience after most previous SWM
readers had no doubt departed the fold in favour of Monitoring Monthly.
That's what your new Managing Editor of RadCom was doing whilst Giles Read
was making such a good job of sorting out what it was that had prevously
Funny old world ain't it?