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In general, if you're not sure if a contact was made, don't log it. There's no harm in working the other station again. When you do work the other station again, you could ask if you are in the log already, because someone working other stations fast is almost certainly using logging software that will instantly tell them about previous contacts with you ...


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Apart from historical reasons it's also a filler. When calling CQ on SSB you probably want to stretch out your transmission a bit because that's what you need to get heard. In theory you could just say your Callsign and "CQ", as it is enough information. If people would hear each call immediately it would suffice. In practise expanding the length ...


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The question asked: I've heard a lot of CQ calls from other hams on [HF] phone, and it seems that a large portion of hams routinely mentions the band being called on within the call itself. Henry Flower's answer to this is correct. Here is additional, historical information about "CQ 40" etc. Before new laws were passed —in the mid-20th century— ...


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We can come up with any number of reasons, perhaps historical or utilitarian, which aren't invalid. But I think the primary reason is saying nothing but "CQ" more than six times leads to an uncomfortable self-reflection on the sound of one's voice. So naturally as humans we want to add some other words, the band being one of a very small number of ...


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I have a scanner capable of HF receive, multiple HF receivers, and several HF SDR transceivers capable of receiving on more than one amateur band slice simultaneously. Lots of contest stations run more than one receiver at a time to "pounce" on whoever pops up on any of several bands. When using a radio with a scanner, or a station with multiple ...


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It may have served a purpose in the past, with less filtering in transmitters and receivers, no digital frequency displays &c, e.g. to avoid mistaking a harmonic on a higher band for the transmitted signal.


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