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Survey Question
Do you still call CQ?
  Posted: Sep 12, 2011   (1151 votes, 29 comments) by VK5LA

  Yes! Often...
  Hardly ever
  Not any more...
  My hamming activities don't require it...
  I prefer to work stations I can already hear...
    (1151 votes, 29 comments)

Survey Results
Yes! Often... 35% (400)
Sometimes... 40% (460)
Hardly ever 14% (166)
Not any more... 3% (35)
My hamming activities don't require it... 3% (31)
I prefer to work stations I can already hear... 5% (59)

Survey Comments
I am excited to get into HF just so I can call CQ and wait for the reply. KK9H "Of course, calling CQ and being pleasantly surprised where the reply comes from is half the fun of the hobby."

Posted by KK4MYT on December 17, 2012

not a fan of HF
Welll, you DO get right to the point, don't you? Agree that it might have been better phrased a bit differently but many of us DON'T find HF all that interesting. One point I might offer, though, is that I think you might be confusing "pride of accomplishment" with "vanity" in you comments about DX chasers. I know that I admire their patience and skill in snagging the "big ones" though, again, that's just not my cup of tea. As many before me have said, "there's something in the hobby for everyone". Enjoy the part that you like best.

Posted by WB6DGN on September 29, 2011

Been a ham since 1961 and have tried various things. Calling CQ and answering CQ have brought me the best QSOs. I equate it to going fishing. You never know what you will get when you toss out your bait/call CQ. I regularly catch a big one. I enjoy calling CQ. In fact, I will try it tonight.

Posted by K7NSW on September 29, 2011

not a fan of HF
Holly jeez, i think i just did something bad... im trying to edit my post but i think it got out b4 i was able to tone it down....

Bracing self for impact... Sorry everyone, its honest, but probably offensive... but i meant to edit it prior to release.... refresh appears to cause multiple posts vs. editorial changes...

Posted by KF7RCS on September 29, 2011

HF is lame
HF? Why do it at all... It is just a virtual arms race of expensive gear to get the strongest signal. THose with it just brag about their gear and dominate the propigation. Its not even about communication or service anymore. HF'ers only service themselves! Why else would you say " i worked this guy..." if i said that in public, someone would quickly realize i was a selfish jerk.. Then you have a bunch of wanna be's flocking to that one guy that is "making the conditions" with his ego growing as the cround gathers to take shots at him and all his minions piling up to make a QSO, while they all want to be that guy. Stop chasing after having a conversation about nothing with some ego centric Id10t who wants to tell you how much money he poured into his station. And please, just stop talking about your body thats falling apart, what drugs you have to take now, your friend that died of old age and the stuff your selling of his, how awesome your audio is, and how bad somone elses is, etc etc. its not intersting to listen to at all... I like HF, but its way not fun, i give up... and im gone... have fun out there, be back in 15 years... it will probably be a new kinda place....

Posted by KF7RCS on September 29, 2011

Calling CQ
I was really surprised when I started calling CQ. Stations
came out of nowhere! Every ham should call CQ daily.

Posted by ONAIR on September 29, 2011

You know what you have to do!
To all you self-handicapping hams who post on this thread:

Come on! You know what you have to do. You call yourself a ham and you run away from calling CQ? What lame excuses you give! Who do you think you are fooling? Nobody!

Every time you power up, before you QRT, you owe it to yourself and the ham community to call CQ at least once, and if you want to overcome your weaknesses, go a step further. Everytime you answer a CQ, when you finish the QSO, call a CQ.

Then you can go back to calling yourself a ham and really believe it yourself.

Posted by AI2IA on September 27, 2011

CQ Contest = Bah!
I find it's a waste of time at weekends as there are too many contest stations cluttering up the bands.

Posted by G1YGJ on September 25, 2011

Wanna See For Yourself, PART TWO
...Of course, this ONLY works for CW!


Posted by VE3CUI on September 25, 2011

Wanna See For Yourself...?!
Hi Guys,

In case anyone reading this STILL has reservations about
the effectiveness of calling CQ on an otherwise "dead"
band, go ahead: make with a few CQ calls yourself on your
frequency of choice, then click onto this website
(remembering, of course, to enter your call sign in the
space provided):

It can be VERY eye-opening by times...!


Posted by VE3CUI on September 23, 2011

I agree with NY4DX - 1000%. Calling CQ is a great thing to do! Sometimes a band you think is dead just might not be. But please, send a "QRL?" or ask "Is this frequency in use?" before sending out a blind CQ. It's not only good operating practices, it's also courtesy.

Larry W2LJ

Posted by W2LJ on September 22, 2011

10 Meters has been pretty dead at my QTH for some time. Just this week, despite the sunspot numbers being higher, the band seemed pretty flat. I could here a few ssb callers from Mexico. I moved down the band and sent a CQ on PSK-31. Despite the total lack of traces on the waterfall, I was very surprised after my 2nd attempt when a very strong signal came back to me from Christchurch, New Zealand. You just never know what is going to happen when you send out a CQ, and that, in and of itself, is still one of the biggest thrills of this hobby!

Posted by KB7FSC on September 22, 2011

When I call CQ
While aiming my beam over the North Pole, I have no idea who is going to answer. I have had some delightful conversations.


Posted by KL2TC on September 20, 2011

cw cq
yep... cw cqing is the best...

Posted by W2NTV on September 20, 2011

I like calling CQ, however when I call CQ I dont get any replies, I know I am making it out, but I never get anything. Not sure if it is because I am in 6 land or not, but I always answer a CQ. I feel it is the right thing to do. I answered one last night and had a great conversation with N7ERW. So if anyone hears me on the bands feel free to come back.


Posted by KF6YGY on September 20, 2011

Your Kidding !!! Call CQ !!!!!
This poll is an eye opener for me. After 50+ years I have forgotten the joy of calling CQ and having an enjoyable QSO. I find my self only listening far too often or operating a few set skeds and not calling CQ. Makes me stop and recall my novice days and the thrill of calling CQ. It's probably still there, I've just got to break my bad habits. The comments I've read are great.

Thanks & 73 Don

Posted by W3WW on September 20, 2011

Calling CQ
I like to search the bands for others calling cq.

Posted by W2UIS on September 18, 2011

How about asking if the frequency is in use first?

There are toooo many nitwits that call CQ in the middle of a QSO because they "don't hear" THE OTHER STATION!

Listen first then call CQ....also don't tune up before you call CQ or ask if the frequency is in use...Many of us use headphones and it is annoying as hell...

...Tune up or check your mike into a dummy load first...

Calling CQ on a DXpedition then asking who is the DX station is just poor operating practice...if the frequency is in use please move at least 5 khz away from an occupied frequency to eliminate interference

Posted by NY4DX on September 18, 2011

cq in 28 mhz

Posted by IK0OZD on September 17, 2011

Calling CQ
Hey, I usually check into nets on HF. Haven't worked CW in quite the while. Only time that I've called CQ has been on Field Day. I've gotten a little gun shy I guess. Used to have some decent contacts mostly on CW. Like I said, am a little mic/key shy lately.

Posted by N2ITR on September 17, 2011

I think that more than a few of us have come to confuse REAL
Ham radio communications with the likes of Twitter / text-
messaging / AD NAUSEAM---you don't call "CQ" on those
other mediums! (or do you...?!).

Why on God's Green Earth would anyone hesitate to call CQ
on the Amateur Radio bands...? And why would this question
even arise...?!

Posted by VE3CUI on September 15, 2011

CQ - or not...
Maybe we've drilled "to LISTEN" into our heads so much that that is all we do. SOMEBODY has to talk, or the bands WILL be dead (or gone - as in taken away.) So, be it CQ, "hello - can you hear me...", or whatever, SOMEBODY needs start the QSO.

Posted by WD8OQX on September 15, 2011

Why not
I call CQ all the time. One of the reasons I became a ham is to make new friends with the same interest as myself. Calling CQ gets me these QSO's just about all the time.

Posted by K2OWK on September 14, 2011

The other night I was on 40m cw around 08:00 UTC. Not much activity,heard some dx. I called cq and got a call from Mike,ZL2FAR. We had a great qso. Look for me on 40 cw late at night.

Posted by NO2A on September 14, 2011

Callling is essential!
What is the difference between monitoring and ham radio? It is the privilege to call CQ.
You can't call CQ on your receiver!

I wish every ham followed this rule:
1.Every time you fire up your rig, call CQ.
2.Every time you answer someone else's CQ, except of course in Contests, when you are through with the QSO then call CQ yourself.

If everyone did this especially on the "empty" bands, then ham radio will grow in popularity and use.

Answer a CQ. Call a CQ. Speak up ham radio.

Posted by AI2IA on September 13, 2011

Calling CQ
Of course, calling CQ and being pleasantly surprised where the reply comes from is half the fun of the hobby. My most memorable one came from calling CQ on 15 CW years ago as a novice and having A35DE call me back. It was the first time I had ever seen a call with two numbers in it. After the QSO I had to look up in an atlas to see where the heck Tonga was.

Posted by KK9H on September 13, 2011

As with ZL4IV, I call on 10m when its dead and have made
lots of new dxcc contacts.
Its the old story if no one calls CQ how do you know if the
band is open! 10m is a great example of this.

Posted by TADGE on September 13, 2011


Posted by K7NNG on September 13, 2011

Dead band CQ has provided many new countries for me. Over the poles is a good one. Remember, there is propagation somewhere all the time to somewhere. My home brew yagi's deliberately have poor front to back for this reason. If your looking for ZL4IV it will be in my favorite place, a dead band!

Posted by ZL4IV on September 13, 2011

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