Amateur Radio Op M0MCX asks, “Do you call CQ CQ”?

Amateur Radio Op M0MCX asks, “Do you call CQ CQ”?

WARNING – COMPUTER GENERATED SUBTITLES Nutella sandwich welcome friends countrymen comrades so
well first of all you know a lot of us call CQ some of us don’t interesting
enough the first contact only ever had on the 2 meter band I got my license
through that day you know come home CQ CQ Mike Mike three of us at the done
bike three Mike Charlie x-ray calling CQ and it’s old boy answers and we had a
chat and he actually told me he had never ever called CQ in his life way but
when I don’t know something you know gone the Internet
this is what happened with this story see well on the internet what why do we
call CQ I mean what are we what does he actually mean
well apparently although it sounds like CQ and it comes from the French because
the International Telecommunications Postal Service standardized language
apparently is French and it comes from the word set view it mm-hmm security
security pay attention CQ it got it got shortened it also
slightly sounds like say key who’s there that’s more like you are said there was straight off the Wikipedia page by the
way anyway I’ve had some rather wonderful experiences calling CQ because
if you actually call seek I mean we’ve all but I remember being on 12 medium
and 12 meters I went to FM I just won’t know did it work
and I thought oh it’s not on the band plan cuz you’re not allowed six
kilohertz whatever it is he’s a band dead there was nothing going on a called
CQ on FM and this Italian station came back as amazed as only was and I think
the and we’ve all done it oh you’ve heard somebody calling CQ on
it on a dead band and you’ve gone back to them and the guy calling CQ is as
amazed as you are the band is open if you don’t call CQ you’d never know would
you so I’ve done it on 10 meters 12 I mean
you see thing is on 20 you can buy yourself onto that band cart me you just
buy the big linear 100-foot Tower and you open the band up you know so I’m not
so so keen to be honest calling calling CQ on 20 but I’m very comfortable
calling CQ on on 17 or 15 70s good band you know call CQ there because you know
or try it before dark or something or an odd time that band will be dead and you
know eight times out of 10 you get nowhere but the other two times a friend
of yours 20 miles up the road our answers go what are you doing up here
calling CQ and you wouldn’t have spoken to him and but then that one had 10 some
miraculous little DX comes out the woodwork and starts calling you I
remember being on faulty meters it was a little bit dead it must have been in
that kind of time when all the Germans were having tea or dinner or something
and the Sun hadn’t gone around about enough so that the US was coming in yet
you know in the dark and I’m calling CQ in this very unusual station from
Iceland came on and when we had finished he ended up with a pile up which he
didn’t want he did he was answering me I didn’t at that time have Iceland on 40
meters is only about he told me there’s about seven operators in Reykjavik but
if you don’t call you see and nothing happened so my encouragement is and I
haven’t got the title of this of this video yeah I think I might call it and
do you call q because lots of us don’t call we spin
up a dead band oh there’s nothing there and you see them they people complain
don’t know you’re on the Internet oh yeah 15 was dead but he didn’t call
CQ though it’s difficult one to call isn’t it and by the way if you want a
bidder DX you can plan it I decide that was away with the chaps for a long
weekend so older chaps my age about 60 we had this beautiful cottage in the
middle of Wales and the mountains they want to go out walking high so were you
out walking I’m gonna actually took the the nine ninety cuz I got a flight case
for this put it in the car bit of coax DX commander set it up in the card and
got on the radio really quiet there’s no electrical noise and I planned I got on
the grey line calculator and I thought right I’m gonna get a VK so you
Australian boy sometimes people are a spam for you let’s go for the most
extreme DX we can on forty I got a plan for you and I knew when I had to start
calling was let’s say about twenty to eight and I knew I had to call off
twenty to six I can’t remember what it was but I set myself a one hour a one
hour session calling c.q starting it then and I thought about half an hour’s
time I should get I think it was sort of Sydney Melbourne I can remember when and
I did I did actually get a VK I could look it up with my local common but it
was about two and a half years ago maybe three years ago and but don’t get me
wrong I got a lot of other stations but periodically I would just ask you know
and I wasn’t running high high power or anything I was just you know I know this
is a 200 watt radio so I was willing 200 Watts big deal that was three DB more
than 100 watt break okay but and I and I just periodically would say listener
just on the off-chance is there any DX any scene if you do that people a little
bit further with maybe three thousand mile hop a little bit of
you know almost DX they’ll hear there you go it’s a guy trying hard you put
you on the cluster now I know that I hate the bloody cluster but it is a
handy tool and then gradually that leapfrogs around you get a going
Indonesia there and he goes oh wonder if I can hear him oh I can so and the one
last tip I give you if if you haven’t if you’re not a CQ caller honestly give it
a go one of it one of the great tricks because you don’t know ten thousand
miles away if there’s someone on that frequency so I always pick a really odd
one so let’s start off with seven one fifty I would never you can’t see my
YouTube cushion I would never call cq7 150 I’ll go just under maybe 760 if it’s
his voice now cw’s not sabbaticals seeing just saw a little twinkle but a
lot of people in our game don’t they they like the idea of I mean maybe it’s
the OCD hereness seven one six zero so what I do is I
come down like a kilohertz and a half seven one eight point five because the
some guys with click-click-click v fos you know the but my RC mm which is the
remote head for him for a TS mm but I must give you a little review of that
upstairs in one of the spare bedrooms at the moment and you can set it for either
kilohertz click or a half kilohertz cake because not everybody’s got a spinner so
seven one seven one five eight point five I think it is my favorite just that
kilohertz and a half down from a big zero or up from a big zero you can’t
hear anything but the DX then if they’ve got some qrm it’ll still pick you out
you see little tip but that’s what CQ means that’s why we call CQ CQ m 0 m CX
listening for any calls I particularly called DX I just say any
calls and see what happens if I got told off one night because I
didn’t call DX only on the top end of 80 meters that’s cos øz just generating a
bit of bit of noise and the DX would have come wouldn’t them but whatever
some people just get a bit paranoid in this game that they um anyway just tip
for the day have a lovely week enjoy your radio chaps and as I said I’m going
on a holiday and I’ve got some really interesting video so I want to make that
challenge is what we do and how we do it and I’ll be making that down in a couple
of weeks time so remember to subscribe and you’ll get the notification when
that will I do that and you can contribute into the comments down here
so do you call CQ I don’t know maybe I’m the odd one out
have a nice day bye for now


64 thoughts on “Amateur Radio Op M0MCX asks, “Do you call CQ CQ”?”

  • John Rusciano NG0Z says:

    Totally agree. It's like everyone on the edge of the dance floor looking at their shoes waiting for someone to ask them to dance. I love to find an empty frequency and see who will come back to me. Don't be afraid. Call CQ – you'll be amazed how easy it is and how friendly people will be. You'll wonder what you were waiting for.

  • Dave Sutherland 2E0FOK says:

    I do call CQ the odd time but more often than not i scroll along the band and answer other people calling CQ . As I only have 50w (2e0) i tend to get better results this way

  • Yip love this ! Yesterday (You may have seen on my blog . YT) I went out when I thought it was gonna be quiet, Called CQ and ended up on the thick end of a 50 minute pile up… avg 1 station every 46 seconds.. It was great and all from one single lowly CQ Call !!

  • Call cq some of the time. Boy I get gitty when you do it on 2m simplex or 2m usb and someone comes back to you. For giggles I'll try on like 7.720.30 or like 14.301.65, to see what results you get and if they want to work you they will find you. Good video keep up the great work.👍👍👍👍

  • I call CQ when I'm portable QRP to see what happens and I'm always generally surprised. I should call CQ more from home though as I could be surprised there too but the bands are in bad shape also.. I'll make a point of calling this week on all the bands to see what happens. Cheers de 2m0rot

  • Interesting observations and great tips, particularly for new(er) radio amateurs wondering which might be the best way of operating… to call CQ or answer CQ? 73

  • Good one! Call CQ, of course! Bands are not so dead as people generally think by just giving a look at the clusters or just listenning a dial tour without sending any call. It's simple: if no one calls CQ, the bands will loook completely dead, all of them! Just a few days ago, I called CQ on CW with my 100 W on a vertical 10 m antenna (tunned, of corse) at a completely silent 15m band at about 20:00 UTC and after a few calls I got answer from a Brazilian station. The nice surprises of calling CQ in an empty silent band 🙂 Last year, same method, antenna and power, ZL land on SSB on 20 m 🙂 Call CQ!! 73 de Gaspar, EA6AMM, Balearic Islands.

  • I certainly do try from time to time, but did not get much of a response to my calls…. Might have to do with my call or the limited power 25w in combination with the end-fed antenna which is not optimal.

    However, on jt65/ft8 it's no issue, enough response there – but not the same of phone of course.

    Enjoy holidays! 73 de PD4AntonDraaisma

  • I can't even tell you the number of times I've called CQ on a 'dead band' from a Park, worked many people and get comments that "You're the only thing on the band!" 73 de w8tam

  • Jim Clark, N5QL says:

    My best personal story of calling CQ was one night about 30 years ago I was up at one or two in the morning and I scan the whole 10 meter band and did not hear even a peep. So I found the frequency and started calling CQ and after about two call a station came back to me. I am in Texas and the station turned out to be from the Falkland Islands. We had a nice long qso about 20 minutes long and as I signed off all I could hear was the sound of bumblebees from all the other stations trying to contact the guy in the Falkland Islands. That surprised me but the main thing was that no one interrupted our qso until we were finished!

  • George Donaldson EI7KO says:

    I always like to call CQ. Having good fun on 20 the last few nights though, in hunting mode. Picking off countries I don't have, four in the last two nights. 40 is good fun when it's inter EI/G and out to 4000km. 17 a nice band as you say, but a lot of the same stations hang out there K1IED etc. Enjoy the hols Cal. 73 old boy.

  • David Schwartz says:

    I very often put out a CQ call on both 12 meters and 17 meters. Had some really good and interesting chats. I think both the 12 and 17 meters bands are sadly very underrated.

    Thanks for the videos Callum.

  • I have to agree with you there Callum about calling CQ on what may appear to be a dead band on HF. You never know who may come back to you, as I've found out first hand. Calling CQ or asking for 'any calls' is usually the first thing I do when I switch my HF rig on. Regardless of band conditions. Radio is like a box of chocolates, you never know what yer gonna get! 😂😂😂

  • I looked up the term CQ, I came up with "Call to Quarters" first used 1924 and then the French term that you described. Also, a variant "CQD" a distrest call that was used 12yrs earlier, then replaced by SOS. I myself never used it before and never hear my fellow operators in the US use it but, will try it and will report back to you.

  • If no one called CQ, all the bands would be dead……
    I will always call CQ if no one is calling CQ.
    Also, at my foundation course, i was taught that CQ was Seek You…..
    Anyways, 73s from VK2FBKR

  • As a perpetual mobile operator, I regularly call cq on 10/15/17. Not really sure why I don't try 12 as I'm sure I'm missing out on a good thing.
    I imagine it's the elbow room on 10 and 15, and the awesomeness of 17.
    P.S. So sorry to hear about your lightning strike, hope your insurance does right, 73' chap. De KC5JSR/ John C.

  • Elektro LUDIKITS says:

    Yes, I do, I call CQ (Seek You, Sécu[rité], C'est qui ? Yes, I am french 😉), but mainly in french in QRP portable and NVIS configuration. I am not really (intentionnaly) DX-ing on HF. In french we frequently use "Appel Général" when calling in Molière's language.
    I also call CQ on VHF/UHF SSB, in french and english, because my first love with DX-ing was during IARU VHF/UHF constests, with my radio-club, when I began as a ham, 27 years ago, as I was 17 !

  • Great video…. yep CQ (“Come Quickly” was my belief….) on 80m thru 2m. It’s good to string a few sentences together and have a chat, right? I really like doing it, but I wonder if more and more people are resisting calling CQ because of the nanny state/ in case they “have to” have a chat, perhaps not feeling too comfortable on current affairs in case (god forbid!) it offends “someone” or they get “complained about” or stalked on social media (ironic, eh?)… discussing the housing ‘crisis’ in the UK or ‘what did you reckon to that famous footballer getting caught on camera gobbing…”, “did you see Hugh’s war on obesity”… blah blah blah. It’s good to chat about stuff ain’t it… good hols. Could of days motorhoming in the Isle of Wight for me, XYL included…..73

  • Eddie McConochie says:

    I,m a dial twiddler and a CQ shouter , the band may always seem dead but a twiddler will find you if you keep calling . Said it before , DX Cluster is the spawn of Satan , never use it .

  • friends countrymen lend me your cqs LOL 🙂 About the only time I call cq is when our club is doing a contest. Sometimes when I'm bored and I can't find anything on the bands then I call cq just to make sure its working LOL

  • Took me a bit to get over my mic fright, but I do call CQ now and it's amazing the amount of times I will have someone answer me on a "dead band".

  • Great video there Callum and right on the money. Everyone talks of the bands being poor (yes they are) yet there are conditions there at times. You mentioned Iceland, that happened with me on Sunday night around 9pm on 60m, band seemed dead but after 1 CQ call and TF1EIN straight back for a nice QSO. DX Clusters, beacons, yes all there to help but if more operators would just call CQ then each and everyone of us becomes our own beacon in our own part of the world. sécurité, sécurité still used by the coastguard radio stations in southern ireland. By the way, eat your food slower, you will give yourself indigestion 🙂 73 Sid

  • Solar earthling says:

    Newly qualified here, have to say I love your approach & look forward to picking up more tips from you. Excellent vids. Regards from the ouskirts of Brum 🙂

  • Done some great DX with guys on 10 mtrs ,funny over all these years CQ was kind of a HF thing to us and I'm not talking these days cheating using the internet etc I think the whole idea is to make it work the natural way that's my best enjoyment anyone can pick up the phone or use skype otherwise .Cheers Dave DE VK2 BDP

  • jack002tuber says:

    Interesting. I'm not a ham, but its sounding like if you want some great dx contact you can get it if you just call out first. I guess some don't. Neat video!

  • Tim Beaumont M0URX says:

    Back in 2011 when conditions were just beginning to peak in this very low sun spot cycle we have gone through, i got up one morning at 0830z and called CQ on 10m towards Africa, my favourite band, guess what came back? NH7O, my first long path QSO to Hawaii on 10m. Always worth calling CQ.

  • Lots of good information and tips! Me being new to HF I can use all the tips I can get. haha 73 KG5SDE

  • 1) The bands are always open to somewhere. They are never dead.
    When you call CQ there is people all over the world who sit there and ignore you and hence you think the band is dead. It takes someone to call CQ and a station to answer to prove the bands are never dead.

    2) When you call CQ for ages and ages and no one answers you should keep calling because you will always get someone. Normally they will say something like "yeah I have been listening to you call CQ and I just thought I would drop in"

    3) I often call CQ for more than an hour but finally someone replies then the band magically opens.

    NB : The point of this comment is two-fold :

    a) To keep calling and be patient

    b) The bands are open to somewhere and someone will eventually answer you.

  • driverfilmsshortwave says:

    I heard somebody calling CQ for ages and nobody was getting back to him, I couldn't as I was doing some house work.. He then called CQ to "Anyone who has not been abducted by Aliens".. While laughing at such a thing to say, Two stations answered his call.

    Maybe a sense of humour helps too!

  • I haven't been a big cq caller, mostly hunt and pounce. I should start calling cq, it would be fun to see what its like to handle a pile up.

  • called CQ on 6925 khz(pirate freaquency near 40 meters)…… all hell broke loose. Some strange music appeared, and some one answered with an LSB signal(I used AM).

  • Good evening Callum can you do a video regarding your BBC radio quality audio that you use to make your videos and a tour of your station. Regards Adi Sadler G7MUY Derby.. Keep up the good work

  • Another possibility for what CQ could be "Chercher Quelqu'un" which means looking for someone in this context. de VA3NIE ("de" is also French for "from" in the context that Ham operator use it)

  • yep! u're right. had it once on 12m. Band seemed to be dead. Called cq, @900W and vertical and a ZS8 station replied. I was so surprised. The other experience like that was on 6m. I always had a 1/2 vertical only. Was working @home .. turned my TS2k on turned the knob. It stopped randomly aprox at 50.120something. Stayed there. Some time latere a cq came… and it was Madagascar :). I try to be active on bands. Calling CQ, having QRO and a yagi it makes some weaker dx come in. It was to my big surprise when i had QSOs and had American hams say it is the 1st time ever they copy Poland. Nice to be a rare "dx" to someone :). With VKs had it on sunday on 40m when operating SN1918WAR, beaming east. Same with odd QRGs 🙂 i often pick ex. 14283.6

  • I never call CQ with my microphone, but in CW I call CQ. But since I am a little pistol, I mainly call CQ on the QRP frequencies.

  • I don't call CQ….because my antenna sucks. Plus, I'm in Wisconsin. I'm not rare DX. All we have is Cows, Cheese and Harley Davidson's. All I can really get out is CW…. and then I'm chasing DX..

    The 3 BEST CQ's I ever called were:

    I was at 25,000 feet (7600 meters) in my Beechcraft 1900D (19 seat turboprop). I told the First Officer that he could fly. I was sitting in my Captain's seat. We were empty ferrying an aircraft across the Northeast USA. I had my 2 Meter Handheld and decided to have a bit of fun and call CQ Aeronautical Mobile on Simplex, with my Rubber Ducky antenna…lol. I started calling CQ and my best buddy in my town… just happened to be in his hamshack and heard someone call CQ and answered. I was like 300 nautical miles from home base and HE was the one that responded. We laughed and laughed and laughed. That was 26 years ago. time flies.

    The other time…. was I set up a 6 meter station 2 solar minimums ago and called CQ all the time. In fact I left that old 6M rig on ALL the time. I never heard NOTHING…. until one day I was having lunch at home and heard a guy calling CQ . I dropped my sandwich and ran to the radio and answered his call. His Qth was like 4 miles away. I was so pissed off. He lived in my town. lololol.

    Another 6m story. I had bought a 6M Alinco DRMo6T 6m FM radio. I also bought a magnet mount antenna for my car. I thought I would try it out in the house. I took my ironing board, took the cover off of it and plopped the mag mount antenna on top. I hooked the radio to a battery and proceeded to call CQ inside my Apartment in New York State. I guy answered me in like Pennslyvania. I was like amazed. That's why its called the Magic Band I guess. 6 meter Ironing Board mobile. lolol.

    I'm going to go call CQ now.

  • Just found your channel great to hear a uk person rather than Yank chat everywhere I'm uk based but moving back to Australia and just taking my intermediate licence before I go great no nonsense vid cheers now subscribed 👍

  • Terry Morris says:

    On FM I say "Here is KB8AMZ Kilo-Bravo-Eight-Alpha-Mike-Zulu" and listen for anyone to call. On CW and SSB I call CQ X3, give my call sign at least twice, no more than 3 times, and end with K on CW and "listening" on SSB.

  • Lucky Dube in RC says:

    on 80m we cal cqdx outside africa please 🙂
    G3LNP used to work him and eu stations few years back
    zs waterhole, 7.140 to 7.160
    80m 3.790 to 3.800
    Lol cal, yeah if you were close to 3,780 to 3.8 they might get upset as you probably broke them ears, while they try and listen for a dx station in tha noise, hehe

  • Thank you for your inspirational video. I called CQ on 10m, 17m, 12m, 15m just because you said give it a go & blow me down, I had brilliant qsos on all these lesser used bands. It proves that bands are only as dead as we let them be – Thank you again

  • I always try and I get on first thing in the morning on Saturday too bad my first and only VK was looooooooooooooooooooong before my license on 11 meter I was trying to get a mobile in San Diego a voice with and Australian accent came back with my call "You've gone a little bit farther than San Diego" we had a nice QSO found out he was in Cairns so yeah ya never know As for the band being dead my first call on 10 meters I got to talk to N2YET right down the road ok 5 miles away KD2RVW

  • I don't call CQ because you never know what kinda moron is gonna come back to you. At least when I answer a CQ I have been listening for a while and I know that the guy on the other end is worth a few minutes of my time.

  • 17m is a great band to call on as you never know from where someone will call you from, had some real rare ones on that band G7GLW

  • 亦賀キヤスリン says:

    I called CQ on 80M SSB, when it's dead — what happened was a guy shows up, upset someone is making noise on 'their frequency.'

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