View Full Version : Do you still call CQ?
11-23-2011, 02:46 AM
Interesting topic about operating practices, for OT and newbees.
11-23-2011, 04:08 AM
I enjoy the thrill of that moment where you are wondering who, if anyone, will respond.
11-23-2011, 04:58 AM
I call CQ a lot more on the WARC bands. On 40 or 20, usually there's someone else already calling for me to respond to :)
11-23-2011, 05:15 AM
A midwest US callsign CQing is just begging for a ragchew. Since I'm not interested in ragchews, I avoid it outside of the contesting venue. Of course, if have reason to believe there is a high probability that DX will answer instead of a stateside op, I may call CQ. The DX more often than not are quite willing to keep it short and sweet.
If you can't tell by that comment, I'm antisocial.
11-23-2011, 10:04 AM
From time to time, I'll call CQ. Lately, however, I've been making plenty of contacts just answering other calls. Alot of it has to do with how long
I plan to operate at any given time. If I'm in for the long haul, say a few hours, I'll probably end up calling CQ somewhere. If I only want or have
time to make a couple quick ones, I'll just go search and pounce mode.
11-23-2011, 11:06 AM
I only call CQ on 6m calling frequency ever so often. I keep 2 6m radio's on all the time in the shack 1 FM and one all mode. All mode on a 6 element yagi @ 60' and 6m FM vertical @ 70'.
I will call CQ in Contests if I decide to run for a while but most of the time I S&P because mostly looking for band countries and new prefix's that use LoTW.
11-23-2011, 11:39 AM
Since there is now a record number of Hams licensed, all we need to do is get them on the air. With these numbers ALL of the bands should be packed all the time. We could not only have contest, but perhaps various types of contests. Let's do things which lets the public know that we are out here doing some really cool things. Most of the public don't know how cool we really are. Ideas?
11-23-2011, 03:49 PM
I call CQ (and answer CQs) because my primary interest is striking up a good conversation. Many newer hams, however, don't really know how to respond to a CQ.
After calling CQ a few times, then saying "this is KA4EET standing by and waiting for a call". I get a response like this: "Wa4abc".
Not this: "Ka4EET, this is Wa4abc". Heck, I don't even know if they are coming back to me!
11-23-2011, 03:55 PM
Sometimes I call CQ on 10M especially 10M AM or FM. I think that once I have a better antenna system that I know will put out stronger signals for DX stations to hear, I'll call CQ more often. I spend a lot of time skimming the bands listening for CQ's to respond to.
11-24-2011, 05:05 AM
I will call CQ from 10 meters to 40 meters but not on 80 or 160. I almost never hear anyone calling CQ on the two top bands. I really don’t think is accepted their, no one will yell at you for calling CQ, it’s something that isn’t done much.
11-24-2011, 10:45 AM
Yes it is on the only good part of the band. I'm there every day 75 phone 3.790-3.800 this is the DX part of the band I do both Gray Lines.
I think my signature line answers the OPs question. :)
I've been calling AM CQ quite a bit on 29 Mc the past month or so and having a blast! I equally enjoy answering a CQ call and returning the favor. Make or answer a CQ and enjoy the hobby!
12-31-2011, 01:29 PM
I do quite a bit. I am a new operator and with my current antenna setup (temporary and very low to the ground), I don't fare especially well in pileups and when I've tried responding to calls of CQ even without pileups I've attempted to call back with no success. I generally find a clear frequency and call CQ to see if anyone passing through will come back.
That may change as I brush up/relearn CW and improve my antenna setup
I will call CQ from 10 meters to 40 meters but not on 80 or 160. I almost never hear anyone calling CQ on the two top bands. I really donít think is accepted their, no one will yell at you for calling CQ, itís something that isnít done much.
Last weekend I called CQ on 160 and got a response on the first call, on 80 (3760) it took 4 calls. Both resulted in nice intellegent ragchews. However, this may be the exception and not the rule.CQing is like fishing,sometimes you throw 'em back and sometimes you don't get a bite and you move on.But every now and then you catch the big one and that is what keeps you comming back.