This document is intended to give special event station operators a guide as to how to call CQ and the operating procedures that should be adopted throughout the event.

SSB contacts on the HF and 6m bands

  • Find an available frequency and check to ensure that frequency is not in use.
  • Call CQ in the following manner, “CQ, CQ, CQ. CQ, CQ, CQ. This is GB6IMD calling CQ for International Marconi Day. This is Golf Bravo 6 India Mike Delta calling CQ for International Marconi Day. You may need to repeat this if conditions are poor.
  • If a station comes back to you continue with the contact on the same frequency.
  • During the contact exchange signal reports and locator squares and mention that the station can claim Quantum’s 2020 HF SSB Innovations Award by visiting our web site – details on how to accomplish this can be found on the QRZ page for this callsign.
  • This is not a contest, so if you both feel like extending the contact a little, feel free to do so. Just remember that there maybe other stations waiting to contact you.
  • Once you have finished with 73’s, stay on the frequency and call CQ, in the same manner, again.
  • If several stations respond to your CQ call, note down the callsigns, or part of them if it is difficult to decipher them fully, and ask them to standby on the frequency. You should then call the stations to have a contact with you one at a time. Work through the list before you call CQ again.

FM contacts on the VHF/UHF bands

  • Tune to the calling frequency for that band.
  • Call CQ in the following manner, “CQ, CQ, CQ. CQ, CQ, CQ. This is GB6IMD calling CQ for International Marconi Day. This is Golf Bravo 6 India Mike Delta calling CQ for International Marconi Day.
  • If a station comes back to you, find a working frequency, challenge it to mark sure it is not in use and then ask the station to QSY to the working frequency.
  • During the contact exchange signal reports and WAB squares and mention that the station can claim Quantum’s 2020 VHF FM Innovations Award by visiting our web site – details on how to accomplish this can be found on the QRZ page for this callsign.
  • This is not a contest, so if you both feel like extending the contact a little, feel free to do so. Just remember that there maybe other stations waiting to contact you.
  • Once you have finished with 73’s, stay on the frequency and call QRZ to see if there are any other stations waiting to make contact with you on the working frequency.
  • If the there are no other stations on the working frequency, return to the calling frequency and call CQ, in the same manner, again.
  • If several stations respond to your CQ call, note down the callsigns, or part of them if it is difficult to decipher them fully, and ask them to QSY to the working frequency. You should then call the stations to have a contact with you one at a time. Work through the list before you call QRZ.