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Reviews Summary for CQ Magazine
CQ Magazine Reviews: 151 Average rating: 3.2/5 MSRP: $27.95
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K2BEW Rating: 5/5 Jan 5, 2015 03:45 Send this review to a friend
digital edition is good  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have always liked CQ and used to get the paper version. I can't comment on delivery problems, since I stopped getting the print edition a long time ago. But, I just subscribed to the digital version a few months ago and I really like it. As far as complaints it can't be printed, not true. When open in Zinio on the bottom left there is a print button (looks like a printer with paper in it), you can print single pages, groups of pages, or the whole thing, if you so choose. You can also easily adjust the size of how much the default zoom is with the icon that looks like a magnifying glass. I really have no problem reading it on my computer here in the shack and I really like it. I have way too many books and old copies of magazines laying around and this digital edition is working out great. 73, Tom
AD7QQ Rating: 5/5 Jan 2, 2015 20:52 Send this review to a friend
I like the content, Zinio is OK  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am a new prescriber to CQ and was pleasantly surprised by the content. The contest information is presented in an interesting personal format and the articles are well written and relevent to my enjoyment of the hobby. It makes a nice complement to QST. I would prefer a print edition but can tolerate the Zinio version, which is surprisingly readable even on my iphone.
KD6CPA Rating: 2/5 Jan 2, 2015 14:15 Send this review to a friend
Print-late, Zinio, unworkable  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have subscribed to CQ and "World Radio" for many years. Since they combined, I find the combination's info great, except (1) as so many have said, the print edition is 2-3 months out of date. Why even carry info about contests, or ads with a particular required time frame? (2) the Zinio on-line edition, while more timely, and with more info is much more of a hassle to read that a paper mag. It takes 3-5 "clicks" to adjust the display size, each time you change a page, to get it readable! The default "zoom" doesn't work if you toggle between the table of contents and individual articles. If you are looking at a prior edition, and click on a link in that edition to page XX, it brings you to page XX in the current edition. Plus, you can't print anything to get it on paper, so you can review it at another location that doesn't have Internet.
W5NZ Rating: 0/5 Jan 2, 2015 14:05 Send this review to a friend
No improvement.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Continually late to need. Just received the Nov 14 issue in Jan 15. These guys are about as efficient as the US government. Too bad, because the content is relatively good. Won't be renewing any subscriptions with this poorly managed company.
W8JAS Rating: 0/5 Dec 13, 2014 04:34 Send this review to a friend
Outdated Information  Time owned: more than 12 months
The information in the magazine is outdated and useless since the magazine arrives late every month and sometimes it never arrives. Reading about upcoming contests that have already passed is useless information. Special pricing in ads that has already expired is useless. It also seems like the magazine gets thinner and thinner each month so there is little content worth reading. Don't know what's going on, but won't re renewing.
K7FD Rating: 0/5 Nov 28, 2014 05:26 Send this review to a friend
Weak content  Time owned: more than 12 months
Advertisements that are disguised as articles; articles that are nothing but book promotions peppered with name-dropping and self promotion. This magazine continues to spiral into oblivion..
W3MAJ Rating: 2/5 Oct 6, 2014 01:29 Send this review to a friend
Receive Very Late  Time owned: more than 12 months
I enjoy the content of CQ magazine with the exception of.... delivery date. I subscribe to a ton of magazines. Each is delivered the month prior to the issue month if not the month of the issue. I just RECEIVED THE AUGUST ISSUE IN OCTOBER. For a magazine that is as expensive as this is it is just not acceptable. For a good portion of the issue the content will not be outdated. With the exception of time sensitive activities. People/Clubs have put in ads and notices which will be of no value and have cob webs on them when received and read. To read where there is going to be a Hamfest on August 2nd and not be able to read about it until October 4th at the earliest is not a good thing. Otherwise the content seems ok.. I'm giving this periodical an average grade of "2" that being "4..Good" for articles and "0..Awful" for timeliness. CQ get on the stick and get this periodical out to your subscribers in a timely manner!!!
K8SOR Rating: 0/5 Aug 21, 2014 03:50 Send this review to a friend
Late or Never  Time owned: more than 12 months
August 20, just got the July issue. They should call it Contest Quarterly-----Only get about 4 a year, and it's just contest stuff. Tried to cancel my subscription by e-mail, but no luck. This used to be a good mag, but NO MORE.
WA2EEW Rating: 2/5 Aug 20, 2014 11:57 Send this review to a friend
I'm sooo excited! NOT!  Time owned: more than 12 months
August 20th and the July issue finally arrived!
I can hardly wait till my term expires so I don't have to renew. Also the late issues may have some interesting articles but not timely.
Gave it a 2 "needs help", but it should say BEYOND HELP!
W5NZ Rating: 1/5 Aug 19, 2014 14:18 Send this review to a friend
Late, late, late!  Time owned: more than 12 months
July edition finally arrived on 18 Aug -- 6 weeks later than it should. Content of the magazine is usually quite decent and offers a much needed alternative perspective from that provided by other journals. However, the management aspect of this periodical is sorely lacking. They've consolidated Popular Communications, CQ VHF magazine, and others into a single product line that should have minimized their publication woes. Haven't seen any subsequent improvement nor do they seem to care. Too bad to see a formerly great magazine go by the wayside. Will NOT be renewing my subscription.
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