WorldRadio Online to be merged into
KI6SN to be Editor of New Digital Supplement
This is the final issue of WorldRadio Online as a standalone publication. Starting next month, content from WRO, as well as Popular Communications and CQ VHF, will be merged into a new expanded digital edition of CQ, which we’re calling CQ Plus.
“The hobby radio market is changing,” explained 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, and we will continue to do so through our enhanced digital edition of CQ.
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 WorldRadio Online and Popular Communications, 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. Follow this link for a preview of the complete table of contents for February’s CQ and CQ Plus: <http://bit.ly/19mzbOK>.
What’s Happening With My Subscription?
Current subscriptions to WorldRadio Online, Popular Communications, and CQ VHF have been converted to CQ subscriptions — and will include CQ Plus at no additional charge!
Subscribers to WorldRadio Online and the digital editions of Pop’Comm and CQ VHF will receive the digital edition of CQ (including CQ Plus) for the remaining number of issues in their subscription terms. [Print subscribers to Pop’Comm and CQ VHF will receive both the print and digital editions of CQ (including CQ Plus) for the remaining number of issues in their subscription terms.]
While we understand that not everyone will be happy with these changes, they are the best that we are able to do in a difficult economy to continue providing the coverage of the broad radio hobby that our readers have come to expect and look forward to. Again, a preview of the February issue’s Table of Contents for CQ and CQ Plus is available right now on the CQ website at <http://bit.ly/19mzbOK>.
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