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CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supplement:

from CQ Communications on December 23, 2013
Website: http://bit.ly/19mzbOK
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CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supplement:

Hicksville, NY (December 23, 2013) -- CQ Communications, Inc. today announced plans to realign its roster of publications and to launch an exciting new online supplement to its flagship magazine, CQ Amateur Radio.

"The hobby radio market is changing," said CQ Communications President and Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, "and we are changing what we do and how we do it in order to continue providing leadership to all segments of the radio hobby." CQ Communications is currently the only publisher in the United States serving the broad radio hobby, from broadcast band DXing to amateur radio moonbounce and satellite communications. CQ itself has been amateur radio's leading independent voice for seven decades.

Effective with the February 2014 issue of CQ, said Ross, content from the magazine's three sister publications, Popular Communications, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online, will be incorporated into CQ's digital edition as a supplement to be called "CQ Plus." With this change, hobby radio enthusiasts of all types will be able to go to a single source - CQ - for articles on the broader aspects of hobby radio, from shortwave listening and scanner monitoring to personal two-way services and Internet radio, as well as amateur radio. Richard Fisher, KI6SN, currently Editor of both Popular Communications and WorldRadio Online, will be Editor of CQ Plus.

"Our primary audience is ham radio operators," explained Ross, "but very few hams began their radio involvement as amateurs. Most of us started out as shortwave listeners, broadcast band DXers, CBers or scanning enthusiasts. Many continue to be involved in many different aspects of the radio hobby in addition to amateur radio."

"By consolidating four specialized publications into one," Ross continued, "we will be better able to keep these multidimensional readers informed on all aspects of the radio hobby while simultaneously exposing those who are not hams to all the excitement and opportunities that amateur radio has to offer. We see this as a win-win for all of our readers and our advertisers, who will now be able to reach a wider and more diverse audience."

The expanded material will be an integral part of the digital edition of CQ, and will be included as part of a standard digital subscription. Each month's digital edition will simply continue beyond where the print edition ends, offering supplemental material on all aspects of hobby radio communication and will include selected columns carried over from the other magazines. The added digital content will make full use of the multimedia opportunities presented by digital publications.

Current subscriptions to Popular Communications, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online will be converted to CQ subscriptions - and receive CQ Plus at no additional charge! Details will be posted on each magazine website.

There's no need to wait to see the great variety of articles that will be featured each month in the new CQand CQ Plus. A preview of the February issue's Table of Contents is available right now on the CQ website at http://bit.ly/19mzbOK.

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CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by W8CAR on December 24, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Sooooo, This probably explains why myself and others have NOT received our December CQ or any notification.
What happens if you have a current subscription to CQ? Do you continue to get your papeer mag or just the digital one? The announcement doesn't seem to clarify that.
 
CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by NA5XX on December 25, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
From reading this, I get the feeling that CQ is trying to kill off the print addition of CQ. They will enhance CQ digital with the new content, and print will remain the same. Delivery of the print addition is questionable.
 
RE: CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital  
by KC0KEK on December 25, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
I was wondering the same thing, W8CAR. But then I decided to cancel my subscription. A lot of people with a digital CQ subscription have complained on here and QRZ about it being late, so the problem isn't limited to the print edition. I don't see things improving, and I don't feel like spending another year calling and emailing to find out where months-old issues are.
 
CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by K1ZJH on December 25, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
I believe the CQ Magazine PRINT subscriptions will be continued. But, from reading other sources it appears that World Radio digital will be merged into the expanded on-line CQ Magazine digital subscription... and also the print subscription versions of Popular Communications and CQ VHF will cease printed subs, but will also be incorporated in the digital Zinio expanded version of the CQ Magazine. Subscribers can get the printed CQ Mag sub, or the online Zinio digital sub, and also the Zinio on-line exanded CQ Magazine that will incorporate sections of Pop'Comm, CQ VHF, and World Radio. It is a sad end for some good magazines, but I guess this is the state that many magazines are facing as the world moves to the internet.
 
RE: CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital  
by WB2AMU on December 26, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
This change was inevitable, given the state of the market. I had enjoyed writing for CQ VHF for both incarnations, with the last one covering 10 years. It may be harder to have in-depth articles on VHF topics such as propagation presented in print magazines going forward....
 
RE: CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital  
by WB2AMU on December 26, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
This change was inevitable, given the state of the market. I had enjoyed writing for CQ VHF for both incarnations, with the last one covering 10 years. It may be harder to have in-depth articles on VHF topics such as propagation presented in print magazines going forward....
 
CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by K6ATZ on December 26, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
I can understand the business reasons for this change. I've been subscribing to both the print and Zinio/digital editions of CQ and CQ VHF for quite some time. Most of my magazine subscriptions are digital these days, and the only thing stopping me from cancelling the paper CQ pubs was really just inertia.

Having said that, I am disappointed to see so few CQ VHF items in the sample February table of contents. There is a satellite article in the main print/digital CQ, but it looks very basic, and the Plus section contents are all Pop Comm and World Band stuff. Looks like the Fall 2013 edition of CQ VHF just became a collectable, hi.
 
CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by W4CP on December 26, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Very sad news. The printed scanner/SWL magazine is dead, and the digital versions are on life support.

There will be whatever pieces of PopComm that get transferred over the the digital only "CQ Plus", and the new "Spectrum Monitor" magazine that is just starting up in a digital only form.

The stalwarts, Monitoring Times and PopComm are gone.

I like digital editions... I subscribed to MT digital as soon as it was available, but I kept my print subscription because I like a printed edition too. And I have PopComm print AND digital subscriptions (as well as CQ print & digital). I wonder how all that will shake out.

Oh well, things change and we'll just have to "roll with the punches."

PopComm RIP.


Curt Phillips W4CP
ex-KD4YU; WB4LHI
ARRL Life; QCWA; OOTC; SKCC; NASWA
Founder, Tar Heel Scanner/SWL Group
Raleigh, NC USA
 
CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by W4CP on December 26, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Viewed from more of a scanner/shortwave listener's standpoint:

In a quick look at Feb's TOC, 3 feature stories including one about the new Uniden scanners.

Dexter's shortwave columns made the cut, as did "Pirate Radio", "The Medium Waves" and the new CB column "Personal Communication." Shannon Huniwell's Broadcast Classics is retained under the title "Radio Drama."

Kurt N. Sterba's "Aerials" column from the also included WorldRadio is gone, as is Bill Price's Humor Column. These two were a couple of my favorites from the respective magazines.

A new "humor" column called "UNWIRED: The Weirder Side of Wireless and Beyond" by editor Richard Fischer wraps up the first edition of the new publication.

73,
Curt Phillips W4CP
ex-KD4YU; WB4LHI
ARRL Life; QCWA; OOTC; SKCC; NASWA
Founder, Tar Heel Scanner/SWL Group
Raleigh, NC USA
 
RE: CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital  
by WB2AMU on December 26, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
There is another thing to be aware of that was great about CQ VHF - Certain in-depth propagation article about Sporadic-E could take as much as eight to ten pages. This worked out well in the CQ VHF quarterly format. However, it would not be too easy to do this in a monthly format where there are several articles at the same time fighting for a portion of 40 pages of space.
 
RE: CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital  
by W9CW on December 26, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Re. W4CP's comment: "Kurt N. Sterba's "Aerials" column from the also included WorldRadio is gone,..." Palomar Engineers President, Jack Althouse K6NY who became a Silent Key this past September wrote the "Aerials" column for WorldRadio under the "nom de plume" or pen name of "Kurt N. Sterba." Sadly, this is the most likely reason the column, or a derivation thereof by another author, will not continue in the new CQPlus digital version.

However, they may plan to rotate columns from CQ VHF and WRO in the digital content of CQPlus, and thus, the WRO "Aerials" column may continue, but written by another author.
 
CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by K1CJS on December 27, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
So the big question remains. Is this going to help the current problems with CQ distribution and lateness? Somehow I don't think so....
 
CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by K3ZL on January 4, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I am subscribed to Popular Communications through 2015. Did not receive mags in November and December. Multiple attempts to contact the magazine with no response, and likely, no refund.
 
CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New CQ Plus Digital Supp  
by KA5KBM on January 9, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
For several years, I have been a subscriber to CQ AND POP=COMM...this past year I had considerable difficulty receiving my magazines in a timely manner...I still haven't received my issues for December AND January! My "subs" expire in May of this year, and I don't plan on renewing. I have been patient with CQ Publications, hoping they would get their act together, but this doesn't appear likely. CQ Publications claims declining circulation, this may account for part of the problem, the other part may very well be gross mis-management. Getting my magazines this past year has been like "pulling teeth"!
Apparently, L haven't pulled hard enough as I still haven't received my magazines! Although I've enjoyed numerous articles in CQ, POP-COMM is far and way my favorite, having been a regular reader almost from the beginning. The thought of having to "chain" myself to a computer every time I want to read my favorite magazine is not appealing at all. Might as well go ahead and shut 'er down.

73 de steve/ka5kbm

P.S> I emailed an inquiry to CQ Pubs to find out more about their renewal offer to current subscribers. I still haven't gotten a reply and that was a week ago!
 
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