I was wondering something, and I thought this would be the place to ask, sorry if I get my trek lore wrong, Its been a while since I watched all the series.
I re-watched the trek movies in this last week, and I noticed several references to quadrants. Kirk being sent because his was the only ship in the quadrant, a klingon bird of prey just entering the quadrant ect. It gave the impression that a quadrant was big enough to be a large distance, but you could still fly across it in a few hours or a day.
This seems to contradict the use of the quadrants in the actual series though. If I remember correctly, the galaxy is divided into quadrants, with the Federation in the Alpha quadrant. DS9 needed a wormhole to get to the Delta quadrant (which one would think would be fairly close seeing as its only three 'letters' away) and Voyager would take something like 170 years to get back home from the Gamma quadrant. My question is, did they change how they measured distance from the movies to the series, or are they just using it in a way that I dont know?