Popular Communications

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Popular Communications
September 2010 Issue
EditorRichard Fisher, KI6SN
Emeritus editorTom Kneitel (SK)
CategoriesShortwave Radio
PublisherCQ Communications
Final issue2013
CountryUnited States
Based inHicksville, New York

Popular Communications was a magazine with content relating to the radio hobby, including scanners, shortwave radio, CB, amateur radio, AM and FM broadcast band listening, radio history, and vintage radio restoration. The magazine existed between 1982 and 2013. It was based in Hicksville, New York.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Popular Communications was first published in 1982, succeeding the CB radio oriented magazine S9, published from 1962 to 1982. The magazine was published by CQ Communications, publishers of CQ Amateur Radio, CQ VHF Magazine, and WorldRadio.[2]

The magazine featured articles covering a broad spectrum of radio topics, regular columns by recognized leaders[who?] within the hobby, product reviews, schedules of shortwave stations, and logs of radio communications, including pirate radio, AM, and military aviation transmissions. In addition to these traditional aspects of the radio hobby, the magazine also highlighted more modern facets such as software-defined radio, scanning software, live station streaming, podcasting, and emerging technologies.

In late-December 2013, CQ Communications announced that they would cease publication of the printed version of Popular Communications along with CQ VHF. These two magazines were combined with WorldRadio in a single digital publication to be called CQ Plus starting in February 2014.[3][4]


  1. ^ Robert Lee Brewer (September 2, 2011). 2012 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition. Writer's Digest Books. p. 538. ISBN 1-59963-227-6. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Popular Communications launches streamlined website". Southgate. July 16, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New "CQ Plus" Digital Supplement". CQ Communications. December 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Larry Van Horn (December 25, 2013). "Big Changes coming to Popular Communications Magazine and CQ Magazine". The Btown Monitoring Post.

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