|"Calling CQ, calling CQ, calling CQ, this is Kilo Delta Three Yankee calling CQ from Coastal North
CQ, CQ, KD3Y calling CQ on forty meters and listening."
is a code used by amateur radio operators to make a general call,
called a "CQ call" on a particular radio frequency as an invitation for
any operators listening on that frequency to respond. "CQ"
was derived from the French "c'est
which means "who's there?"
Today, the phrase "CQ
means Seek You" is used as an easy to remember mnemonic
for the term "CQ".
CQ was adopted by the Marconi Company in 1904 for use in wireless
telegraphy and was adopted internationally at the 1912 London
International Radiotelegraph Convention, and is still used
In the use of single-sideband mode, an amateur radio operator often
makes a general call by transmitting CQ repeatedly (such as "CQ CQ CQ")
so that other operators scanning for such calls are aided by the
familiar rhythmic sound in quickly discriminating distant weak signals.
This technique allows the other operator to zero-in as close
to the caller's center frequency using the human ear to fine-tune their
transceiver before engaging the caller in a two-way communication.
Below is my WAS (worked-all-states) map. It is updated
periodically and shows the states in which I have made contact with
other amateur radio operators. You can find me often
on the Old Mans
International Sideband Society or the NATA net trying to grab them states!
|1. Luxemburg, Europe
2. St. James, Jamaica, Mon!
3. Tuscany, Italy
4, Naples, Italy
5. San Cesario sul Panero, Italy
6. St. Thomas, Virgin Islands