Monitoring Times – The End of Times

Posted on July 30, 2013


APRS_ARISSBe sure to pick up a copy of the August 2013 issue of Monitoring times. Not only does it contain my (cover) feature article on building an “Internet Gateway” to monitor, decode and upload Amateur Packet Reporting System (APRS) transmissions being digipeated from the International space station, it’s also the fifth last issue that will ever be published.

Last week, in a release to MT staff, publishers Bob and Judy Grove announced that Monitoring Times would cease publication with the December 2013 issue. After 33 years of publication, and facing increased competition from the free flow of ideas across the internet, Mr. and Mrs. Grove have decided to retire and shutter the family business.

“We realize that a combination of a poorly performing economy, as well as the ready availability of free listening and technical information on the Internet, has reduced sales and subscriptions throughout the market place,” the statement from Grove said.

What does that mean for the hobby? Well it means we are losing one of the most authoritative voices covering the hobby radio scene. We are losing a source of relevant technical and aesthetic information and it will impact us.

Perhaps there is room for the remaining hobby radio, electronics, or maker publications to grow and expand and fill the void that MT’s closing will leave. Or maybe some new innovative web-based publication will be able to cover the same breadth of topics with the same editorial integrity.

For now, those of us in the hobby can only hope – and buy the next five issues of Monitoring Times Magazine.