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
There's no need to wait to see the great variety of articles that will be
featured each month in the new CQ and CQ Plus. A preview of the February
issue's Table of Contents is available right now on the CQ website