Friday, December 27, 2013

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

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 
at <>.