Respectfully, I am afraid an ambitious teacher may
have fed some misinformation in the classroom,
which is in no case anyone's fault
The reason that Dave gave a few messages above is
indeed the reason why the Marconi/Morse minds of
the day assigned SOS as the call of distress,
because of its distinct sound and easy
ditditdit da da da ditditdit
CQD also was not formed to mean 'come quickly -
distress' although that's what the message *means*
Morse lingo used the code 'CQ' to indicate 'all
stations attend' (listen up), the D afterward to
indicate, yes, distress.
Not to blast what you were taught in school, but
the distress codes actually being initials for
phrases is only a myth snagged up and perpetuated
throughout the years by countless people.
WHAT is right/wrong, in my book, ALWAYS takes
precedence over WHO is right/wrong.
I'm not sure about the "seek you"/"CQ" connection but during the Titanic inquiries Marconi explained it didn't stand for anything but was just "a general call" and that it was an invitation to any stations hearing a "CQ" to respond by calling that station back for contact. -.-. --.- dah-dit-dah-dit dah-dah-dit-dah
Some examples of its use in amateur radio:
"CQ 20" : "I'm looking for a contact with anyone on the 20 Meter ( 14 MHZ) amateur radio band."
"CQ DX" : "I'm looking for a long distance (DX) contact with any foreign country in the world."
"CQ New York" : A station in San Francisco might be wanting to contact a station in New York.
If you are interested in this subject you might want to contact (by email that is)
American Radio Relay League in Newington, Connecticut, USA. (www.arrl.com)