Monitoring Times Magazine ceases publication: December 2013 last issue

MTlogoI just noticed the following statement on the Monitoring Times magazine’s website:

After 33 years of service to the radio community, Monitoring Times will cease publication with the December, 2013 issue.  Subscriptions and renewals for the remaining months can be made by calling (800) 438-8155.

[Update] I also received this message from MT:

After 33 years of publishing the most informative and lauded magazine on monitoring the radio spectrum, Judy and I are finally going to retire. We are grateful for the dedicated efforts of our fine staff of writers for the excellent work which has kept MT alive for all these years. While we know the discontinuation of MT, with our December issue, will be a disappointment to our readers and writers alike, 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. I would like to thank you personally for your knowledge, your dependability, and your professionalism in making MT the publication that is most often referred to in the radio monitoring hobby. It is a legacy that we have all inherited.

Warmest regards to all our writers, Bob and Judy Grove

This is sad news, indeed. I’ve been a regular reader for many years, and more recently, a regular contributor for Monitoring Times. I only have very positive things to say about the MT staff: they’re friendly, professional and honor their word in every respect.

I’ve had articles in the past three issues–this month, there will be two that I wrote following the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. With any luck, maybe I’ll get a couple more articles in before MT closes shop.

Monitoring Times will be sorely missed.

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12 Responses to Monitoring Times Magazine ceases publication: December 2013 last issue

  1. Gary says:

    That’s a shame, Thomas. MT is one of my favorite magazines. I’ve been a subscriber since the mid-1980s.

  2. This is sad news indeed! As a once in a while author over the last couple years, I found the staff was very friendly and helpful. It was better than good. 73 to all the great people there.

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  4. John cooper says:

    What a shame. I just became a subscriber a few months ago. I really liked the articles and how the magezene had articles that encompassed all areas of radio/shortwave. I’ve got this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I am seeing the slow death of shortwave listening and QSLing. I only started in the hobby in November 2012. Every month I am hit with more bad news. Such a shame! I will miss the mag. Thanks.

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  6. Adam Ebel says:

    I used to get the magazines from my parents from 1994 to 2005, but they got so expensive. I was going to subscribe, but when I heard the bad news, this information is going to get very hard to find, and someone needs to come up with a new magazine. The hobby must live on forever!

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  8. Ed says:

    Really sad….I think I just renewed my subscription for three years. I wonder if they’re going to send refunds to subscribers who still have issues left.

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