Final CQ magazine update

I have posted twice (1st one and the 2nd one) regarding CQ magazine and trying to contact them. I have called and left  messages, then called and talked to someone who forwarded my call to voice mail and again I left a message again and also I have emailed them. To date I have had no call backs from my messages or have I received an email regarding my issue! BUT I have received 2 emails from them wanting to know if I would like to purchase a calender for 2015!!! So they do know my email and it seems there emailing bot is up to date with sending out advertising to it's customers. When my subscription runs out I am done with CQ! 
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

22 Responses to “Final CQ magazine update”

  • BOB LECH AF2Q:

    Mike,
    I think Katie Allan is in charge of CQ magazine now.
    She is on facebook and I see hher making post about CQ magazine.
    TRy her call WA7XYL on qrz.com and use that E mail.
    BOB AF2Q

  • BOB LECH AF2Q:

    Sorry that was KATIE ALLEN WX7YL
    BOB AF2Q

  • n1kdo jeff:

    I think Katie Allen worked for CQ for about 15 minutes, and then she smelled what was cooking there.

    I asked CQ to refund my subscription, got nothing back. They don’t owe me much, but they do owe me something.

  • Matt W1MST:

    I think CQ has named a new advertising manager.

    Here is a press release from a couple of days ago:

    (Hicksville, NY) January 28, 2015 — CQ Communications President Richard Ross, K2MGA, today announced the appointment of David Chamberlain, W7DSC, as CQ magazine’s new Director of Advertising and Marketing.

    David has nearly 25 years of sales experience, specializing in complex consultative sales and marketing. He has a successful track record of Fortune 500 B2B (business-to-business) enterprise sales with MCI, SAP and Checkfree, in addition to launching and running his own boutique international travel company, which specialized in “philanthropic safaris.”

    “David brings us his unique perspectives on print and digital advertising, search engine optimization, web marketing, e-commerce and strategic selling,” noted Ross, “and we are looking forward to his putting that knowledge to work for the benefit of our colleagues in the amateur radio industry.”

    “I’m looking forward,” said Chamberlain, “to helping CQ magazine help its partners in the amateur radio industry become extremely successful.”

    A resident of Reno, Nevada, Chamberlain became a ham radio operator last summer and enjoys operating the latest digital voice modes. Off the air, he enjoys outdoor pursuits with his family in and around the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe. His home is also shared with several parrots!

  • Marty AG3EK:

    I emailed to [email protected] their domain name.com and got an email back within a day or two. For my digital subscription they said to go to zimio.com and sign in and look at my account and on the subscriptions listing there it would say when my subscription expired.
    Sure ‘nuf. There it was.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Bob, I will give her a try and see how it works out and thanks for the email with all the contacts on it.
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hello Jeff, I just came back from checking online for Katie Allen and CQ and really could not find anything and I guess your post explains why.
    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hi Matt and always great to hear from you, nice to see that hopefully there is someone who is in place that may bring the CQ ship around……but time will tell.
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hi Marty, I have heard mix messages about the emails heading out to CQ. Yours is not as common where you get a response. I wanted to get my shipping and billing address the same as they have the shipping address incorrect.
    Mike

  • Lyle VE5EE:

    Yes I am in the same boat as you are and they owe me about 4 months of magazines. They don’t want to send anything but calendars to Canada. Digital they will send out. Hope they don’t go out of publishing because I like the monthly magazine. You are not alone. 73’s

  • Bob W5APO:

    I have a digital subscription to CQ and had a digital subscription to Pop Com when it folded. Despite promises of extending my CQ subscription, nothing ever came through and Zenio points me in CQ’s direction for those issues. No response whatsoever to my inquiries. They have bigger issues to deal with, but without subscribers they can’t get the advertisers.

  • Joe K0NEB:

    Please don’t blame us writers for the delivery problems. We work hard on our contributions to the magazine. We can’t do anything about it.
    73 DE K0NEB
    Kit Building Editor CQ Magazine

  • Colin - w5ccm:

    I called their toll free number (800-853-9797) this morning and was told that the December issue was delayed. Said Dec is being mailed now and Jan/Feb issue (combined) will mail mid February—–we’ll see.

    73

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Lyle thanks for commenting, I have not seen a hard copy from CQ for a very long time. What put my radar up was an announcement via email from CQ that the digi version of the magazine will be ending……so if that happens I have nothing.
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hello Bob, that is just not good if you lost out with pop com and were give a promise and nothing came through that is not good at all.
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Hello Joe, thanks for your input and I really enjoy your kit building articles as I am an avid kit builder. I fully understand it’s not those who work very hard and write and submit to CQ. This is not the problem, the problem I am having is trying to get 2 issues solved.
    1. Have my shipping address and billing address to one and the same.
    2. Have my hard copy of CQ delivered to my address before the digi copy is stopped.
    Joe thanks for the hard work you have put into the magazine.
    Mike

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Colin, you have done better than me with getting someone on the phone and actually having them give you an answer. As far as I got was a live voice that transferred me an answering machine, I left a message but have not heard back from them as of yet.
    Mike

  • peter kg5wy:

    I always get a real person when I call.
    When I ask when an issue was mailed, they tell me soon and I always get it.
    Sorry to add a positive comment to all your doom and gloom comments.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Peter and thanks for the comment, not to worry positive comments are more than welcome. My intention is not to slam CQ but I am just giving actual accounts of the situations I have had with the organization. There seems to be some frustration out there among hams regarding many issues and sometimes it’s good for the soul to vent. Im please to have a comment where is seems things worked out as planned.
    Have a good weekend Peter.
    Mike

  • WB8NUT:

    Folks, Katie Allen left CQ Magazine the middle of 2014 after I think about six months on the job. I think someone had a short stint there after Katie and that person left. Then two months ago they rotated in another Director of Advertising and Marketing and now the rumor is that person is gone.

    My last paper subscription was a three-year sub and had over a year remaining. When I got tired of constant late deliveries, I asked for a refund on October 2 or 3. They came back with a sorry, and we’ll extend your sub. I said, no thanks, tired of the service and just wanted a refund. Well no more communication and no response to follow-up emails. They did however stopped sending me the magazine. Last issue I received was September 2014 and of course that was late. Still no refund check for the remaining year+

    I don’t see them making it. But to replace CQ Magazine, I joined RSGB and now receive RadCom and really enjoy the magazine.

    Even if CQ Magazine is able to recover, they will never get a dime from me again. Worst handling of a business crisis I have ever witnessed.

  • war blur:

    Bob Lech is an anus.

  • war blur kg3qqq:

    Bob lech is an anus

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