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Title: CQ Magazine
Post by: AF4RK on January 13, 2014, 07:41:40 AM
Does anyone else share my concern over the problems that seem to be plaguing CQ Mag? I got a notice that several magazines are going to digital only. I like paper but I do read World Radio Online just for Krusty Kurt. I'm putting a computer in the bathroom so I can continue my "studies" HI  My favorite contests are run by CQ Magazine. Would NCJ take over if CQ goes under?


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: W4PC on January 13, 2014, 05:01:15 PM
CQ magazine is not going under. Dick Ross did what he had to do. He made 3 mags into one and made the ONE print one for hams only.

remember, everyone other either stop publishing or went to a non ham market.

So, everyone needs a second chance.....lets see how CQ does in 2014 with this new format.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: K3TN on January 16, 2014, 02:22:43 AM
Since this is in the contesting forum, I choose to blame CQ's woes on their decision to longer publish complete contest scores...

Of course, QST made the same decision and is thriving, so not much evidence for that view.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: W4PC on January 18, 2014, 08:49:38 AM
Bet the scores come back in CQ Plus ;)


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: AJ4RW on January 19, 2014, 04:04:52 AM
CQ magazine/World Radio Online have my support!  Even though I enjoy reading QST, CQ mag/WRO have fantastic articles and commentary.  I prefer the digital issue, I have enough magazines floating around the house.

73 Randy AJ7G


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: N3AWS on January 19, 2014, 07:39:50 AM
Actually, I think CQ is in trouble.  Hard to say whether it will fail.

They really handled the handoff of life subscribers to Worldradio very badly.

They promised on-line access to Worldradio for life--lasted a very short time.  This with converting our subs to a variety of options.  I was stationed in Korea at the time and took them at their word.  I had subscribed to CQ in the past but their mag really offered very little and was chronically late, so I dropped them.

Now, their mags are getting later and later.  Their customer support is crappy.

Remember 73 in the end...

At least QST seems solvent.



Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: KK4GGL on January 22, 2014, 06:32:55 AM
I also think they may be in trouble. I just received my December issue a few days ago. There's no telling when January will arrive.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: KR4BD on January 22, 2014, 08:28:57 AM
I also think they may be in trouble. I just received my December issue a few days ago. There's no telling when January will arrive.

I also FINALLY received the December issue of CQ a few days ago.  Receiving issues so late makes all the DX, contest info worthless to the subscribers.  I have not received any issues of Popular Communications since last October...and that issue came VERY LATE in November.  I see they are "transitioning" to digital pubishing next month, but I have not received ANY notices about this from CQ.  I paid for a magazine...not some digital format that is difficult to navigate!

I still have well over a year left of CQ and THREE YEARS of Pop Comm.  You would think that any respectable business would notify their customers of any pending changes.  All I ever got from CQ when I contacted them was...."Printer Problems" or "The Next issue is in-the-mail". 

Many of us were also "lifetime subscribers" to World Radio when CQ acquired it.   When they went "digital" with WR, many of us were led to believe we would have continued access to that publication.  Instead, we were given a year or two and then would have to pay for it.

And....on more than one blog, I have read that CQ has not paid their writers and contributors for some time, now.  That's NOT GOOD, if true.

Why hasn't ANY CQ employee (or columnist) reported on any of the blogs what is REALLY going on?  If they have, I missed it....except for the one announcement about Taking the magazines "digital" in February, etc.  February is just over a week away.  Has anyone received any of the "new" digital products???

I would HATE to see CQ fold, but the apparent evidence does not look promising to me right now.

Tom, KR4BD


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: NT9M on January 22, 2014, 03:21:16 PM
I took them up on their offer to add the CQ-Plus digital edition to my regular CQ subscription for just $12.00 and received my access through Zinio in about four days with the January edition. Looking forward to seeing that first expanded edition.

None of us like change, but many in the magazine industry struggle to be profitable, so like it or not I see digital as the future, and it's here now.

I've been a subscriber since becoming a ham and I'm hopeful that the changes they're making will put them on the right track.  The hobby is somewhat diminished if we were to lose another periodical such as CQ.

Tim
NT9M


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: WB2JOB on February 11, 2014, 02:43:28 PM
Talked to a person at CQ last week who told me they were send out the Jan. and Feb issues right away from there office, this Mon. I call back when I had not received them, this time another person said she didn't know why I was told that because they didn't even have any copy's.
She said they had just gone through a "Merger", what ever that means and everything was very hectic and it would take month's to get thing sorted out.
At this point I don't know when if ever they will print CQ again.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: AF4RK on February 12, 2014, 06:54:16 AM
I got the February 2014 CQ Digital on Feb 4. Still looking for the CQ Plus


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: WB2JOB on February 12, 2014, 11:36:56 AM
They have CQ on the net, but I don't want to have to read my CQ via a computer, as someone else said I don't want to have to take my
Computer into the bathroom with me, I paid for a hard copy and that is what i want.
73's
Bob


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: KI6LZ on February 12, 2014, 11:39:46 AM
And if they go to all digital I will drop them like I dropped Newsweek.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: AF4RK on February 12, 2014, 01:24:49 PM
I ordered the CQ calendar, just to help 'em out with a few dollars. Got it right away. You guys who are complaining should read QST from 1919. If you think it's rough now. There almost wasn't Ham radio without the "Old Man".  People LOANED money to get a ham magazine on faith.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: ZENKI on February 15, 2014, 02:16:34 AM
If CQ was smart it would go quarterly. It can then slowly offer some digital articles that really is breaking news.

It should also introduce more technical contesting indepth  articles like NCJ.  Every time I pick up a copy of CQ every issue is just pages of nothing. Its  like reading
a phone book. How can you attract subscribers and readers  when there is nothing worth subscribing for or reading?

CQ had the right balance between advertising and articles. It just needs better more in-depth articles that attract readers. Anything that you can read in CQ you can find
on the internet and that is the root cause of their  supposed problems.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: K2TTM on February 18, 2014, 06:14:57 AM
What can I say? For me and quite a few others the biggest loss would be their contests.  They have the best & fastest online reporting of the results and they also have links available so you can print out your own certificates.  I just received my certificate for the 2012 Ten Meter contest from the ARRL last week.  The ARRL could learn something from them about how to handle the afterwork when it comes to their contests.

Mike
K2TTM


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: N2NL on February 19, 2014, 09:01:45 PM
What can I say? For me and quite a few others the biggest loss would be their contests.  They have the best & fastest online reporting of the results and they also have links available so you can print out your own certificates.  I just received my certificate for the 2012 Ten Meter contest from the ARRL last week.  The ARRL could learn something from them about how to handle the afterwork when it comes to their contests.

Mike
K2TTM

Mike,

I think the CQ contests will remain in good hands regardless.  The contests are managed (and certificate mailing/postage) by volunteers.  See http://wwrof.org/

ARRL historically has been excellent in quick turn-around of certificates.  The recent breakdown was due to some issues in their radiosport section - which are being addressed quickly.  I would expect them to get caught up and back to normal soon.

73, Dave KH2/N2NL


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: NU4B on February 20, 2014, 11:40:06 PM
I signed up for the digital edition and I don't have any problems. I also get the digital QST. The Feb CQ was a QRP issue which I enjoyed.
I know many people would rather have the print edition. I'm sure they will get it worked out through this consolidation. I always liked a print mag or a actual book, but at some point it gets time to move forward....I guess. The digital editions work fine for me and I don't (or won't) have a ton of old mags laying around.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: AF5CC on February 21, 2014, 08:39:42 PM
I do like the WPX contests as it is an everyone work everyone contest with lots of multipliers. I would hate to see it go away.  I also think the CQWW RTTY contest is interesting where you can get a triple multiplier for 1 QSO.

John AF5CC


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: K3ZL on September 25, 2014, 11:08:08 AM
Actually, I think CQ is in trouble.  Hard to say whether it will fail.

They really handled the handoff of life subscribers to Worldradio very badly.

They promised on-line access to Worldradio for life--lasted a very short time.  This with converting our subs to a variety of options.  I was stationed in Korea at the time and took them at their word.  I had subscribed to CQ in the past but their mag really offered very little and was chronically late, so I dropped them.

Now, their mags are getting later and later.  Their customer support is crappy.

Remember 73 in the end...

They are quick to send out their ads, but Im never sure if I am going get my print edition. Also, customer service is slow to respond, if at all.

At least QST seems solvent.




Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: WX4O on October 04, 2014, 12:14:49 PM
Just got my Aug. print copy today. Digital copy a few weeks ago. Hope they stay viable - I like the mag.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: KE2TR on October 28, 2014, 07:59:01 PM
I have always like CQ, its not always full of ARRL stuff like QST and they have always been the one to go for DX news or contesting. To me the ARRL has become a publishing company more than anything else and very political were CQ is more for ham's, I hope CQ stays in the game for some time.


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: KS2G on October 29, 2014, 08:06:29 PM
I have always like CQ, its not always full of ARRL stuff like QST...

Well, since QST is published by ARRL and is the "official journal" of that organization, what would you expect? ???


Title: RE: CQ Magazine
Post by: KG4NEL on October 29, 2014, 09:01:51 PM
I have always like CQ, its not always full of ARRL stuff like QST and they have always been the one to go for DX news or contesting. To me the ARRL has become a publishing company more than anything else and very political were CQ is more for ham's, I hope CQ stays in the game for some time.

I don't know how effective the ARRL's lobbying efforts truly are, but I'd rather have something than nothing.