wtf-catDid you ever hear a DX station calling KQ, all stuck together like a prosign, instead of calling CQ?  I’ve heard this several times in recent years and I’ve wondered what’s up with that.  Is it too difficult to throw the extra dit in there?

But I digress….

Anthony, K3NG, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com.

4 Responses to “KQ?”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Anthony, funny thing I was on Sunday afternoon and heard a Nova Scotia station calling CJ and his call….not sure what was up with that!


    WHO KNOWS! Maybe it’s chic now to use your initials when calling Q.

  • KK4ITN:

    Many times KQ than their call sign. Why? Many times CUT CW, wait until you hear that ….=4. Thats a good one. Not sure what or why,but its all out there.
    Start with a good fist then the spacing stops and you get all one word. The best is start at a reasonable speed and vary faster and slower.
    Make the dits quicker and the dahs longer [banana swing].
    BUT, its all fun and enjoyable.
    Like Looney Tunes for hams. HI HI.

  • Clint KA7OEI:

    Last night I heard someone – apparently using a straight key – calling what sounded like “CAA” for a while.

    Even though I was actually tuning around looking for a contact, I was never quite sure what his callsign actually was (it seemed to vary a bit, depending on what you called a “dit”) and I decided that this was a bit more of a challenge than I wanted… and it was getting late…

    Interestingly, the CW skimmers seemed to agree with my best guess for the callsign… Impressive!

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