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Digital QST FAQ

Wondering how to use digital QST?

Digital QST is available the 10th* of every month.

*If the 10th of the month falls on a Saturday or Sunday, digital QST will be available on the Friday of that weekend.

Digital QST FAQ

  • How do I access digital QST?

    Digital QST is available the 10th* of every month.

    *If the 10th of the month falls on a Saturday or Sunday, digital QST will be available on the Friday of that weekend.

    • E-mail Notification: We will notify you by e-mail when the latest issue of digital QST is released; If you would like to be notified, go to "Edit your profile,"  "Email Subscriptions," and check "Notification of monthly digital edition of QST."

    • QST Web Page: Visit the QST web page to access the latest issue of digital QST, the digital archive beginning with January 2012 and print archives from 1915 through 2011.
       
    • QST App

      • iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later): In the App Store, search for and install the free QST app. Tap "Read" to view while online or "Download" to add to "My Library." Note: Stay online to authenticate an issue in "My Library," before viewing offline.     **Currently if you have multiple QST magazines downloaded on version 1 of the iOS app, version 2 may crash once updated due to not having enough memory.  This is a bug being researched by the publisher and should be fixed within 1-2 weeks. In the meantime, to get this corrected, please delete the application off the device, clear the cache within the device and then re-download the new version of the applicaton. This should reset the app to download with no issue. You may also try deleting older versions of QST that you no longer wish to have on the device as this will free up memory and allow you to update without a problem to version 2.
      • Android (Android 2.3, 4.0 or later): In the Google Play Store, search for and install the free QST app. Log in via the left toolbar (<<) in the app to Read or Download issues. Go to "View Downloaded" in the left toolbar (<<) to view downoaded issues online or offline.
      • The digital QST app is currently not compatible with Nook or Kindle. Digital QST can be accessed through any mobile browser.

    Note: Members must have a valid ARRL website login to access the digital edition of QST and archived editions. Visit our Member Support page for login FAQ.

  • What information does the ARRL collect through digital platforms?

    When you browse the digital edition of QST from the web or our dedicated QST iOS and Android apps, your computer or device may send anonymous usage statistics to ARRL and our service providers. This data may include general information and statistics such as page views, clicks and search terms. This information will help us improve QST and better meet the needs of our members. Most web browsers can be configured to not share website browsing history.
     

    To disable sending usage information from your iOS app, go to your iOS device settings, turn ON the “Disable Tracking” feature for the QST app . Usage statistic tracking cannot be disabled through the Android app.


    The QST Android app automatically links any phone numbers that it finds in the content of an issue. On some devices, a user can tap on a phone link to launch the call dialer. The app will not initiate a call without the user tapping on one of those phone number links in an issue.


    For more information about how ARRL safeguards your data, read the ARRL Online Privacy Policy.

  • In what format can I view digital QST?

    The digital edition is an e-magazine, a proprietary digital format produced by our digital publishing partner, Nxtbook Media. The link you receive in the monthly email will direct you to the browser based digital edition, with an option to download the file onto a desktop to view offline (the offline version is an Adobe AIR download and requires Internet access for one time authentication per issue).
     

    ARRL members using Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later) and Android devices (running Android 2.3, 4.0 or later) can also download the QST app to read QST online or offline.


    The digital QST app is currently not compatible with Nook or Kindle. Digital QST can be accessed through any mobile browser.

    Digital QST can be viewed from a web browser on nearly any device.

  • What additional content can I expect in the digital edition of QST?

    You can expect additional features such as video, audio, photo slideshows and additional digital-only content. The icons that identify these features can be found on the table of contents page, "In This Issue,"  within the digital QST. The extra digital features vary month-to-month depending on the editorial needs of the magazine. 

  • Can I view multimedia content while offline?

    Yes, you can stream embedded video and audio without being connected to the Internet.

  • Why is QST in digital format instead of PDF format?

    Research has shown that those who read magazines on electronic devices prefer this type of format. The digital format also allows us to use multimedia content and other features that are not available with "raw" PDF files. In addition, the Nxtbook digital format allows us to use digital rights management so that the digital edition of QST  cannot be viewed or downloaded unless you are an ARRL member.

  • Can I download the digital edition of QST and view it offline?

    Yes! The digital edition can be downloaded to a desktop, laptop, iOS device or Android device to view while offline.
     

    To download QST onto desktop or laptop: Click the "Save to your desktop" icon in the toolbar of digital QST and download the Adobe AIR format file onto your desktop. When you launch the file, log back in using your ARRL website username and password. You will only be prompted to log in the first time you download an issue (for example, one time for March, one time for April, etc.). You must be connected to the Internet to download the issue and the first time you access the file. Keep cookies to retain login.

    Note: For future downloads, once Adobe Air is downloaded and installed, click on the second bullet point under the "Install Now" option. This will install the QST issue without having to re-download Adobe Air. 

     

    To download QST onto your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch: Download the QST app from the App Store and go to the QST Catalog. Select an issue you would like to download and click "Download." Go to "My QST Library" to view downoaded issues online or offline.

    Note: You must be connected to the Internet to authenticate each issue of the downloaded QST. To remain logged into the app and access the issue offline, set "Remember Me" to ON and do not Logout.

    To download QST onto your Android device: Download the QST app from the Google Play Store and log in via the left toolbar (<<) in the app to Read or Download issues. Go to "View Downloaded" in the left toolbar (<<)  to view downloaded issues online or offline.


    The digital QST app is currently not compatible with Nook or Kindle. Digital QST can be accessed through any mobile browser.

  • How can I view digital QST using Linux?

    The following procedure has been tested on Ubuntu 12.10 32 bit (current) with Firefox (v16.0). Other Linux versions and Google Chrome browser may work as well, but have not been fully tested:

    • If you do not have Flash installed using Linux: Go to Ubuntu Software Center, search for "Flash" and select " Adobe Flash Plugin." You may need to click "more info" and "multiverse" to start. After installation, quit and restart system, and view digital QST while online.
       
    • To save and view digital QST offline using Linux:
      • Install Adobe Air on Ubuntu
      • View QST on your browser
      • On the toolbar, select "Save to your desktop"
      • On the installation page, select "Download & install your offline publication"
      • Choose the option to "open with Adobe Air Application Installer" (Each issue of QST is installed as a software app.)

  • Is the digital QST available on an app for my iPhone/iPad/tablet?

    Members using Apple iOS devices runing iOS 4.3 or later can also access the digital edition of QST on their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches through the QST app. Go to the App Store to download digital QST onto your iOS device.

     

  • Is there an app for Android devices?

    Yes! Digital QST is now available on Android devices running one of the following OS:
     

    • 2.3-Gingerbread
    • 4.0-Ice Cream Sandwich
    • 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean

    Note: The digital QST app is currently not compatible with Nook or Kindle. Digital QST can be accessed through any mobile browser.

    To download QST onto your Android device: Download the QST app from the Google Play Store and log in via the left toolbar (<<) in the app to Read or Download issues. Go to "View Downloaded" in the left toolbar (<<) to view downoaded issues online or offline.

  • Why does the Android app require access to my phone?

    The QST Android app automatically links any phone numbers that it finds in the content of an issue. On some devices, a user can tap on a phone link to launch the call dialer. The app will not initiate a call without the user tapping on one of those phone number links in an issue.

  • My QST app is slow and/or crashes. What can I do?

    We are sorry to hear that you are experiencing crashing and download problems. For best performance, shut down any other apps running in the background, force quit the app, then re-open it, or turn your device off and then turn it back on. Finally, you can try deleting and re-installing the app.
     

    Note: The QST app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 4.3 or later, and Android devices with Android 2.3 and 4.0 or later. The digital QST app is currently not compatible with Kindle or Nook. Digital QST can be accessed through a Kindle or Nook browser.

  • Can I share the digital edition?

    You can share the digital edition of QST with other ARRL members by clicking the "Share" icon within an individual issue and while online.  If the person you share the digital edition of QST with is not an ARRL member, they can join ARRL or view a digital QST sample.

  • How do I access the archive?

    The digital QST archive begins with January 2012. You must be online to view the archive.

    1. Digital Archive:

    • On your laptop or desktop computer: Select the "View Archives" button in the digital QST toolbar.
       
    • In the iOS app: Tap "QST Catalog"
       
    • In the Android app: All available digital issues (January 2012-present) will automatically appear. Tap "View All" all in the left toolbar if you are in "View Downloaded."

     

    2. QST Archive (1915-2011): Every issue of QST published from 1915-2011 is accessible to ARRL members through the ARRL Periodicals Archive Search.
     

    You can also find a link to the archives on the QST web page.

  • How can I print pages from the digital QST?

    You can print pages from the digital edition of QST by selecting the print icon on the toolbar.

    Note:
    Please print smaller ranges or individual pages to avoid a crash error. All pages will print with a watermark Copyright ARRL.


    Digital QST cannot be printed from the QST apps at this time.

  • Will you continue to publish the annual ARRL Periodicals CD-ROM?

    Yes. We will continue to publish the ARRL Periodicals CD-ROM for the foreseeable future. Visit the ARRL Store for our available periodical CD-ROMs.

  • Can blind readers access the digital edition of QST?

    The new digital edition is not currently accessible with screen readers. QST is currently available through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in cassette form.

    People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, if they are registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress. Learn more about the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app

  • Can I opt-out of print QST?

    Yes. If you only want to receive QST in a digital format, please complete the QST Print Edition Opt Out Form.


    Choosing to opt-out of the print edition of QST is voluntary and will not result in a refund or reduction of ARRL membership dues. Any savings will be used to extend the ARRL’s reach in the areas of public service, education, advocacy, technology, and membership.

  • Will the print edition of QST be discontinued?

    No.  The print edition will continue to arrive in your mailbox. The digital edition is a new membership benefit offered at no additional cost to all ARRL members.

  • Will my member dues change?

    Domestic membership dues will not change;

    International and Canadian members have the option of a digital only membership.
    See the Membership Levels page for more information.

  • Will I be able to access downloaded issues if my membership expires?

    Access to the digital edition of QST is an exclusive ARRL member benefit. You will lose access to current and downloaded issues of digital QST if you are not a current ARRL member.

  • Will ARRL also be putting QEX and NCJ on the digital platform?

    We plan to have digital editions of QEX and NCJ sometime in the future.

     

  • Who do I contact if I cannot access the digital edition of QST?

    Please contact our member services team at circulation@arrl.org or call 860-594-0200 or 1-888-277-5289 (toll-free US only) M-F 8:00 AM-5:00 PM ET. For answers to more technical questions about digital QST, please visit the Nxtbook Media Product Support FAQs

  • How come I can log into the ARRL website but not my application?

    If you find you are having trouble logging into your app please be sure you clear the app cache, especially after updating to the newest version.

    You can do so by going to your Settings, Application Manager, find the QST app, choose "Clear Data, Clear Cache and Force Stop app". The reason this needs to be done is because the device can retain information from older versions of the app.

    If this does not help please contact web support