Calling CQ

The length of a cq call should be kept flexible. The length of a call should depend on the density of stations on the band.

Short calls are appropriate on a wide open band with many stations, long calls are the choice for a half closed band or VHF and up. The exact frequency of choice depends on what you want. If you feel confident with operating techniques and if you are equipped for DX the lowest frequencies of the CW bands are your choice. If you prefer to chat the upper band edge is the appropriate choice. QRP operators choose the QRP calling frequencies or a little higher, many CW clubs do also have preferred frequencies.

The format given by the example is workable in most circumstances. When in doubt, it is always better to tend to short calls and to repeat them more often. It is kind of embarrassing if you call too long and get several callers at a time.

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