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Welcome to CQ-QSO

Pronounced: "see kyoo kyoo soh"

With the ending of the incredibly active & popular ARRL Centennial Celebration, and the extremely popular W1AW portable stations, we have come up with a new, and hopefully never ending and of course we hope FUN new activity.

The activity to the bands that the centennial stations created while they were trying to make as many points as they could was incredible. Or how about the hunt for all the W1AW portable stations. The hunting for them, and once one was found, trying to bust through the sometimes incredible pile ups that these stations had most of the time was indeed FUN for most of the amateur radio community. We hope this new activity will be just as much fun for all to participate in.

Or how about you just want to get on the air, make a bunch of quick contacts for a short period of time. How many times have you felt bad after sending out a CQ, and have someone answer you that obviously wants to have a rag chew. You try as hard to be as polite as possible to the station, but you want to move on and work more people today.  How bad you felt for cutting this station off, just so you can work someone else?

With CQ-QSO this shouldn't be a problem because the only people calling you will know you are there only for the quickies.

Here it is and how it will work. We are calling it CQ-QSO, for that is exactly what it is. Making contacts "QSO's" in a fun and fast paced way. You pick a frequency from the suggested group of operating frequencies listed below. And listen for any "CQ-QSO" activity. If you find some, join in on the FUN. If none is found start it up yourself!

Here is a typical way the CQ-QSO's work:

K9ABC tunes into one of the suggested frequencies and hears no activity so he starts up a CQ-QSO Session. The Station Transmitting is in black and bracketed.

The Stations are color coded to aid in clarity.
Station
Transmitting
What They Are Transmitting
[K9ABC]
CQ-QSO CQ-QSO CQ-QSO This is K9ABC K9ABC calling CQ-QSO and standing by for a call.
[K4XYZ]
K9ABC this is K4XYZ
[K9ABC]
K4XYZ you're 55 in Wisconsin
[K4XYZ]
QSL you're 59 in Florida
[K9ABC]
QSL
now K9ABC lets K4XYZ have the frequency
[K4XYZ]
QRZed CQ-QSO this is K4XYZ
[ZL2AAA]
K4XYZ this is ZL2AAA
[K4XYZ]
ZL2AAA you are 59 in Florida
[ZL2AAA]
QSL you're 59 in New Zeland
[K4XYZ]
QSL
( now K4XYZ lets ZL2AAA have the frequency )
[ZL2AAA]
QRZed CQ-QSO this is ZL2AAA
[WA2UUF]
This is, WA2UUF
[ZL2AAA]
WA2UUF ur 58 in New Zealand
[WA2UUF]
QSL you're 55 in New York
[ZL2AAA]
QSL
[WA2UUF]
QRZed CQ-QSO this is WA2UUF
[K9ABC]
WA2UUF this is K9ABC
[WA2UUF]
K9ABC you are 59 in New York
[K9ABC]
QSL you are 57 in Wisconsin
[WA2UUF]
QSL
[K9ABC]
QRZed CQ-QSO this is K9ABC

And so on and on and on.

A station can make no more than two contacts in a row before giving up the frequency to a calling station.  Of course they can come back and work a new station after the person that took over after him is finished as in the example of K9ABC did above. This makes a large possible variety of stations that could be worked, and one giant big gun station doesn't sit on one freq and work everyone, but everyone only work the big station. This way it's a new station possibly to call after every QSO is finished.

The exchange can vary to what anyone needs. Just signal report? Sure. Grid Square? County? State? Country? Whatever you want for the exchange is fine.

We hope to hear you on the bands.  73!

Suggested Operating Frequencies

BAND
CW
SSB
160
1815
1970
80
3568
3970
40
7045
7270
30
10108
N/A
20
14055
14270
17
18080
18150
15
21065
21270
12
24911
24970
10
28065
28370

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