Listen to the sound of a Ham station calling CQ using (a) morse code or (b) voice. "Calling CQ" means the operator wants to talk with any other (Ham) station which will reply to his/her call, ie. he/she is not calling one particular station.
The morse code example is a Scottish Ham operating from Antigua in the Caribbean, so his callsign was V2/GM0GAV (GM0GAV is his call from his home station in Scotland ; V2 (the prefix for Antigua) with the "/" indicates he is operating portable in Antigua.
The voice example is a station operating from an island in French St. Martin. His call was FS5PL "portable" (he operated portable within the same country as the callsign was issued for). When a station identifies (gives his/her callsign) in voice, the callsign is usually given phonetically, using the ICAO alphabet (internationally understood). For example, "alpha" means the letter "A", "bravo" means "B", etc..
Select (in the table below) the appropriate sound format for
(a) The AIFF file is large, and may take about 20 minutes to download with a 14.4 modem. If your browser will accept (has a plug-in/helper for) WAV or AU files, use one of those formats instead;
(b) after you click on one of the sound format selections below, your browser will show a "sound console window". You will not hear any sound until the corresponding sound file has been downloaded to your computer, and until "tape recorder buttons" appear in the sound console window. (Both these things are done automatically, so just wait for the tape recorder buttons to appear).
Windows WAV format (305K)
Mac AIFF format (1206K)
Sun/Unix AU format (220K)
Windows WAV format (229K)
Mac AIFF format (905K)
Sun/Unix AU format (165K)