[CQ-Contest] Future of Paper Certificates

Rudy Bakalov r_bakalov at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 31 14:06:03 EDT 2015

Publishing online has nothing to do with embracing the Internet. The internet is just another distribution method.
One example of embracing the internet is creating a community. The most basic example is this very reflector. CQ Magazine could have acquired contesting.com and folded it under the magazine's brand thereby creating an instant community. Readers seek fresh content and successful publications know how to harness the power of user/members created content, members participation, etc.

I still don't understand how they sponsor the contest if the work is done by volunteers. Is it the certs?
Rudy N2WQ
      From: Jim Brown <k9yc at audiosystemsgroup.com>
 To: cq-contest at contesting.com 
 Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 1:01 PM
 Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Future of Paper Certificates
On Mon,8/31/2015 6:45 AM, john at kk9a.com wrote:
> Sending magazine issues out months late or sometimes not at all probably
> has not helped with their circulation totals.

Sending magazine issues out months late or sometimes not at all is a 
SYMPTOM of financial problems. So is turnover of long time staff. CQ has 
been struggling for a while. They have been very supportive of the 
contesting and DX community for as long as I can remember. And yes, the 
work for administering those contests and awards are largely done by 
volunteers. What other ham MAGAZINE sponsors major contests and DX 
awards? Who among us would hit a man when he is down? For my part, I'm 
keeping my subscription renewed.

As to a failure to embrace the internet -- CQ has published a digital 
edition for a while.

73, Jim K9YC
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