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14 Common Phone Mistakes

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K8QS, Mar 9, 2021.

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  1. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    As well you should. When it comes to ham radio I comply with Part 97 of the FCC rules and regs. A "made-up" phonetic alphabet would be in 100% compliance.

    As an aside could you imagine if the FCC required the use of a specific phonetic alphabet ? How much enforcement would that get? I guess it would come right after they clean up 75 meters, 40 meters, etc.
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  2. W2AAT

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    This past weekend there was a big ARRL contest. Did anyone give or get a signal report other than 5-9-9? Actually, I gave one of those contest club stations an S-8. I suspect that it was recorded as a 5-9-9. I will be banished from the 5-9-9 contest club in the future...Oh Shame!!!!

    73's corky
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  3. KY4FN

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    One of two phonetics questions in the current Tech pool cites using a "standard" phonetic alphabet. The only question in the General question pool on phonetics is about the NATO alphabet. So there's that.
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  4. KJ7JGB

    KJ7JGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    From the FCC, Part 97
    97.119, paragrah B, subsection 2.

    "(2) By a phone emission in the English language. Use of a phonetic alphabet as an aid for correct station identification is encouraged;"

    The operative word there is "encouraged". Frankly I prefer to use the NATO standard and do, Alpha, Charlie, Delta...... But, that is a personal preference. I have heard people use police Phonetic Alphabet, Adam, Boy, Charles, David..... It makes for great fun when someone is telling you their name and trying to spell it. Hahahaha..... I have even heard people use different words to identify the same letter that appears twice in their call sign.. I just say meh... whatever. I do not think it really matters as long as everyone understands it. If I know them well enough I razz them, if not I move on with the QSO. My two cents.
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  5. CA3FJK

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    good video. I agree with the content. Regarding to the phonetic alphabet discussion I could add that in my short experience most of the ones using weird words are generally OMs in rag chews, I hear it a lot using countries or Sugar, Salt, Pepper. I guess to each his own but when you are trying to get a DX station using Queen Sugar Sexy Radio, they will ignore you big time.

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  6. K8QS

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    Yes, so we want to use phonetics that listeners will understand. I remember one of my Chicago ham friends in the 1960s used "Sweet Georgia Brown" for SGB. It worked well then, domestically, not internationally. Today it might not even work domestically. I had another friend who was a real rascal. He used "Oscar Zosker Sosker" for OZC so the FCC could not identify him.
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  7. N0TZU

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    Yep, I used the ICAO alphabet when flying also. And when doing ARES activities. And usually when operating.

    None of which precludes me from occasionally needing to use something else to get through to the brain of the other guy during casual or contest operating after trying ICAO a few times.

    It’s a false dichotomy to think that either you’re a “professional” ham or you’re a slob lid. Do what needs to be done to communicate effectively, appropriate to the situation.
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  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    So this past weekend during the ARRL DX contest, I was listening to a station in the midwest trying to work a JA station. The US station call ended in TY ... no amount of sending "Tango Yankee" got through to the chap in Japan - but the second the US caller tried "Tokyo Yokohama" BAM he was in the JA log.

    There certainly are times for "stick to the books" [landing an airplane!] but then there are times when "doing what works" is the best way [a HOBBY like ham radio!]

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  9. K2CD

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    Xilófono Radio (Zee-lo-fono Rah-dio).

    Works for me with Spanish speaking ops.

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  10. K8QS

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    Super example, Dave. What do you normally use for UUU?

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