For Novices: About Calling CQ...

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by WB5YUZ, Feb 8, 2017.

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  1. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    It has become very common lately to listen around 14050, 7050, 3550, etc., and hear a newcomer (some of us OTs still affectionately call them Novices) send a slow-speed CQ call consisting of three or four repetitions of CQ, then the call sign sent once, then silence when the frustrated op hears no answer.

    Please send your call more than once. Even the best ops may have to put something down first or pick up a pen that doesn't write.

    Sending your call three times is good. In fact, we used to have a good rate of success with the "3x3x3x3" call: CQ CQ CQ DE CALL CALL CALL (very brief pause) CQ CQ CQ DE CALL CALL CALL (another very brief pause) CQ CQ CQ DE CALL CALL CALL (one last very brief pause) K.

    Repeat this call three times (accounting for the fourth "3" in "3x3x3x3), listening for at least a few seconds between calls. If after all that you don't get a reply, then perhaps think about trying a different band or doing something else (in my Novice days some of us used to use the euphemism, "turn it off and go watch 'Gunsmoke,'" which was still on daily in most markets in syndication).

    Most of the time I won't come back to the first slow-speed domestic CQ call in case a DX station calls the Novice or OT calling QRS CQ; I wouldn't want to deprive any op of a DX contact! After a call or two, if no one else jumps in, I will often call.

    (And, occasionally, just occasionally, mind you, I will make an operator error on my call answering a CQ, like using the wrong antenna or having the power turned down to QRPp levels. I suspect I am not alone. Give us more than one chance!)
     
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  2. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    And PLEASE send a " K " at the end of your CQ! Don't leave us hanging wondering if you are finished calling CQ.

    Whatever you do (and I am hearing this more often lately), do NOT send " KN " at the end of a CQ. KN means for only the station you are in QSO with to reply. Since you aren't yet in a QSO, you won't get an answer from someone you aren't talking to!
     
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  3. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Also, pse repeat the cq a few times. It takes some of us a minute to tune up. If ya only cq twice, you're gone by the time we're done.
     
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  4. KG7TDC

    KG7TDC Ham Member QRZ Page

    excellent tips,I shall give it a tap. Very much appreciated. does anyone know of a slow cw net on 40 meters westcoast evenings after work? K
    best regards,
    Glenn
    kg7tdc
     
  5. M0LEP

    M0LEP Ham Member QRZ Page

    ...on the other hand, you can take it a little too far. I've (quite often) heard operators put out a call like this:

    CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ CQ ...

    Presumably, at some point they're going to end with something like:

    DE <call> K

    ...but it's anybody's guess when.
     
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  6. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    A couple weeks ago I started counting the CQ AFTER he had sent about ten or so. THIRTY FIVE! plus appx TEN. then he did send his call a couple times, and launched right back into another 35-50 CQ. I didn't stay to see if he got a call or not.
     
  7. KP4SX

    KP4SX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Don't end your CQ with PSE PSE K K K
     
  8. N2EY

    N2EY Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have found the "3, 2, 1" sequence works well:

    CQ CQ CQ DE N2EY N2EY N2EY CQ CQ DE N2EY N2EY CQ DE N2EY K

    Takes less time than the 3x3 but is still long enough to get all the info across.
     
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  9. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use that method myself...

    On an active band though, after QRL? a couple times, I will just send a 2x2 once. Quite often I will get a reply right away. If I don't, then I'll go to a longer call format.

    I have to admit though, I don't call CQ that often, seems there's always someone else that is calling that I can answer.
     
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  10. N8AFT

    N8AFT Subscriber QRZ Page

    Please send your call more than just one time when you reply to a CQ caller as well.... TNX... lane
    BTW, It doesn't take that much effort to use the RIT on your modern receiver to find us guys running TX on the rocks who are answering.
     

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