Club Kits for Review

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From: Jim Kearman (jkearman@arrl.org)
Date: Fri Feb 04 1994 - 13:08:38 EST


I've changed my mind. It's really not a good idea for QST
to review club kits, as they come and go so fast. By the
time we got the review in print the stock would be sold
out. I understand that some second sources are kitting
up parts for some projects, but the parts quality seems
to vary all over the landscape, so a review isn't valid.

We MAY consider reviewing commercial kits in the future,
sort of a one-shot comparative review of stuff we haven't
looked at already. Please don't volunteer to build a kit
for us. This hasn't worked out well in the past; we prefer
to keep tighter control over assembly, alignment and
testing. It's the least we can do for our readers.

By the way, you may be interested in how the process works.
A staffer is selected from volunteers, by the Product
Review editor, Mark Wilson, AA2Z. The staffer must be
qualified, of course. As bad as my eyesight is getting,
I'm not sure I'm qualified! The kit is built on the
reviewer's time, but testing is done by the lab staff.
The reviewer has the option of keeping the kit or being
paid for writing the review. In the latter case, the kit
is offered for sealed-bid auction in QST.

73

Jim, KR1S


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