Sunday, February 22, 2015

HRN 190: CQ 'Comes Clean' (Click Bait on HamRadioNow). Post #379.


Another challenging and desperate year for "CQ" Magazine. "CQ" editor Rich Moseson (W2VU) discusses the future of the troubled publication with HamRadioNow reporter Gary Pearce (KN4AQ). Moseson "comes clean" and admits there are no easy solutions to "CQ's" list of problems. As the amateur radio community has reported, "CQ" has delivery problems, unpaid authors, and a disappointed ham community within the United States. Perhaps, "CQ" needs to better identify its audience and seek readers just outside the amateur radio community, such as electronics enthusiasts, "preppers", do-it-yourselfers, computer techs, and "makers." The magazine could also do some more retro articles, focusing on restoration of old equipment and emergency communications. Perhaps "CQ" has lost its way in the rapidly expanding digital communications explosion. ARRL's "QST" has found its niche in contesting, DXpeditions, and reviews of cutting edge communications technology. With its sister publications "QEX" and the "National Contest Journal" (NCJ), the ARRL covers the experimental and contesting community fairly well. The publications business is a tough path to follow these days. I trust Rich Moseson understands this and will move the 70-year-old publication in to areas incorporating both Amateur Radio and the "maker" community. For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily. You can follow our blog community with a free email subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).