You just might be a phony operator if... You say you are running 400 watts with your Valiant or DX-100 You think a Johnson Kilowatt Matchbox is a "2.4 KW Tuner" You refer to a DX 60 or a Yeasu FT 101-E as a "Boat Anchor" You refer to a rig like the Yaesu FT-901, Kenwood TS-820 or Drake TR-7 as "vintage" or "antique". You refer to one's name as the "first personal" or just "personal". You end a QSO with "Seventy-Thirds" or just "Threes". You try to break into an ongoing QSO by shouting "Contact". You use "QRZ?" in place of "CQ." You pronounce QRZ.com as "cue are ZEE dot com" You finish an AM transmission in a QSO that is NOT operating fast break-in, and just drop the carrier with no prior warning like a callsign or saying "over", "back to you", "go ahead", etc., leaving the other operator(s) wondering if you lost power or your rig crapped out. You "laugh" on phone by saying "High High" or worse still, "Aitch Eye". You tell someone with a strapping signal he is "wall to wall, treetop tall". You refer to switching over to AM as "Going to the AM side". You "ratchet-jaw" instead of ragchew. You refer to a microphone with a built in preamp as a "Power Mic" You try to whistle up your RF power level when running FM. You insert "there" between every two or three words in your conversation. You refer to the phone bands as the "SSB bands". You refer to your home station as a 'base station'. You call your transmitter or transceiver a "radio" instead of a "rig". You believe the reflected power returns back to your final and makes the tubes run red. You refer to standing wave ratio as "SWRs" [plural] You use the word "dot" in decimal fractions instead of "point". You call the UHF female jack on the back of your rig the "antenna port". You report renewed sunspot activity when it is only sporadic E. Your idea of calling CQ is to just say your call, then pause. You test by uttering "audio, audio, aaaaaaudio". You operate SSB using VOX, and make "aaaah" sounds between words to prevent the rig from dropping out of transmit mode. You transmit on AM using VOX. You refer to every RF power amplifier as a "linear" regardless of whether it's Class A, B, or C. You pronounce linear "LEEN-YAR" You use coax for your HF antenna feedline because you heard that open-wire line radiates. Your open-wire line is that Crappy Brown Stuff, aka 'window line'. You think the ideal horizontal antenna is the G5RV, and the ideal 160m vertical is 43 ft. tall. You are a ham but you like like HOAs.