CQ Magazine

w2vuCQ Magazine publisher Rich Moseson W2VU discusses the magazine’s recent problems with chronically late (and even missing, in some cases) issues.

I’ve never subscribed to CQ Magazine but many who do have given up on them and discuss the matter here.

Kudos to Rich for agreeing to appear on camera in an attempt to explain things and where CQ Magazine and PopCom are headed in both print and digital versions.

He also discusses Popular Communications and where he sees the hobby in the 21st century in regard to encryption of public services, age demographics of the ham and SWL hobby, etc.

Particularly interesting to me were Rich’s take on digital vs. print publishing (around the 40-minute mark) and the on-going interest of many hams in QRP field operations (46 minute mark).

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  2 comments for “CQ Magazine

  1. April 8, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Very good analysis from Rich. The problem not being the printed/digital opposition but an economic model transition. People are now used to cheap and fast spreading online information while traditional edition (printed or digital) is costly but of better quality.
    I am seeing articles for blogs (in fact advertising and web-referencing seeds) being bought at 2 USD for 500 words from indian people. How could you make any serious work for that money, even in India?

    73,
    Yan.

    • April 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      He made a good enough case for me – I just subscribed to the digital version. I always thought the printed magazine was over-priced but $27 for the digital is worth it to me. I bought my Nexus 7 about a year ago and the convenience of being able to have QST, The Spectrum Monitor, my kindle books and now CQ all in one place is such that I doubt I’ll ever subscribe to a traditional magazine again.

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