The purpose of the magazine is to offer unbiased information on communications
available to the general public. The initial reason for starting the magazine was
the lack of magazines covering topics such as CB, PMR and FRS.
Magazines that say they cover those topics usually mean that they would allow it
as content. In reality, such topics get little or no mention. This is obviously
a commercial decision, and we do not expect them to cover topics that cannot
justify the cost.
Plenty of people appear to complain about the lack of a magazine for their favourite
topics - but we have stepped up and done something about it.
Since starting this magazine, we have seen some radio based magazines close down.
These were printed magazines, who will have struggled on through very difficult
times before finally accepting defeat.
We have also seen the start of a new CB magazine in Germany - On-Radio.de Magazine.
Like us, they are a small dedicated team producing an electronic magazine. The
differences are that they are a CB radio only magazine, in German language, and
they charge a small amount to cover their costs.
We have been in contact with On-Radio to wish them luck, and hope to keep in contact
in the future.
Bandwidth Issue 4.
This issue has been somewhat delayed, but has finally been made available from the
downloads page. Features in this issue include news, digital radio, scam busting,
beginners guide to CB radio, club list and fun pages.
Bandwidth Issue 3.
December 2009 newsletter, containing communications news from around the world.
Among the news is the start of another new magazine, based in Germany and dedicated
to Citizens Band radio. To read this and all the other news in the December issue,
follow the download link on the left.
"On The Air" artwork provided by mds975
, all other artwork and layout by the Bandwidth
Looking through a magazine, it can all seem so easy to create. A few pictures,
obtained from media releases, thrown together with a little text and bingo... the
publisher is rich.
The truth is that it is not easy and there is no fortune being made.
Press releases may seem an easy source, but someone has to read through thousands
of them to find the ones of interest. Such releases are generally biased, so
research is required to sort out the facts.
Not all organisations send out press releases, it is usual to have to go looking
for the latest news.
Specialist magazines also need technical content, which requires a real knowledge of
the subject. Modern communications is a broad area, so it cannot all be covered by
Graphic work takes up a large amount of time. Even where images do come from
external sources, it may be necessary to trim, shrink, watermark and convert to
the required format. Most of our graphics are our own work, often in vector format
to ensure sharp graphics that will work with zoom features in PDF readers.
There is always the need for research; obtaining real figures, carrying out
calculations and creating charts. Our charts and graphs are our own work, taking
up hours of time to complete.
There are also many background tasks which are never noticed by readers. Keeping in
contact with other organisations, financial planning, advertising, promotion, etc.
The great pile of text and images must somehow fit neatly together, so layout takes
up a large amount of time. Each article starts on it's own page, which means that
it must also fit neatly into whole pages. This takes some working out, including
adjusting text to fit or fill a page.
If you are interested in knowing what software we use or any of the tricks we use
to create anything in the magazine (or make things fit), please feel free to