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Popular Communications

Popular Communications
File:Popular Communications Cover.JPG
September 2010 Issue
Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN
Categories Shortwave Radio
Frequency Monthly
Publisher CQ Communications
First issue 1982
Final issue 2013
Country United States
Language English
ISSN 0733-3315

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 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.

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

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.[1][2]


  1. "CQ to Realign Publications, Launch New "CQ Plus" Digital Supplement". CQ Communications. 2013-12-27. 
  2. Van Horn, Larry (2013-12-25). "Big Changes coming to Popular Communications Magazine and CQ Magazine". The Btown Monitoring Post. 

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