[CCF] CQ Contest lopettaa
Thu, 6 Sep 2001 17:29:55 +0300
NEWINGTON, CT, Sep 4, 2001--CQ Contest magazine has put out its last issue. Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, says the magazine, in publication for almost six years, has been losing money for the past several years, and the decision to cease publication with the October issue was strictly a business decision. The content for the ham radio niche publication will be absorbed into CQ.
"CQ's dedication to the contest community is in no way diminished," Ross said in "A Message from the Publisher" in CQ Contest's final edition. "The closing of CQ Contest should not be interpreted as anything other than a purely business decision, based on simple business economics." Ross told ARRL that it would have taken "a miraculous turnaround in advertising and subscriptions" to turn things around, "and we simply don't see that happening any time soon."
As a result, all CQ Contest subscribers will be converted to CQ subscribers or have their CQ subscriptions extended on a dollar-for-dollar basis, starting with the November issue of CQ.
In his "The Band Edge" editorial in the October issue, CQ Contest Editor Bob Cox, K3EST, suggests that the magazine's legacy might be carried forward in the form of a Web publication to serve the contesting community. "We are actively pursuing the possibility of launching a new Web-based magazine for the contest community," Cox said. Ross says Cox was given the opportunity to assume the rights to CQ Contest's subscriber list "for the purpose of bringing the publication on-line under his ownership and title."
The demise of CQ Contest leaves National Contest Journal--published by ARRL--as the sole hard-copy magazine aimed at the Amateur Radio contesting community.
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