How to communicate my "number" in my call

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by N8SAN, Mar 30, 2019.

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  1. N8SAN

    N8SAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sometimes I have a hard time getting my number to come across in an exchange.
    They'll copy everything right the first time but will bounce around between 2 and 6 are my most common.
    N2SAN or N6SAN.....

    I've tried communicating the number phonetically, but that rarely works.
    They'll just keep asking for my prefix.

    I do tend to talk fast, but am very conscious when this situation arrives and I slow it down.
    So my question is, how should I go about getting this to communicate correctly.
  2. AB8MA

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    I find that ocho works.
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  3. K7GQ

    K7GQ Subscriber QRZ Page

    It'd be helpful to know what phonetics you currently employ ...

    or otto or acht
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  4. N0TZU

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    Have you tried to emphasize the "T" sound in eight?

    I've sometimes heard operators count up to the number involved, like - "one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, EIGHT, EIGHT, EIGHT!"
  5. W2AAT

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    I identify my call as follows; "Whiskey Number Two Alpha Alpha Tango", when conditions are poor or the contact station is having a problem getting my call.

    You might want to say "Number Eight"

    Some people have a problem with the "T" at the end of my call. If they don't get the "Tango", I usually use "Texas".

    Hope this helps....

    Corky W2AAT
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2019
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  6. N8SAN

    N8SAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ocho! I never thought of that.

    I use the standard alphabet. November Eight Sierra Alpha November

    Very much so. I've done the counting up to 8 as well. Exactly that way too! :D

    I don't like to, but sometimes I'll use "sugar alpha nancy" it makes my skin crawl because I'm so ingrained with the standard alphabet, (Pilot since 15yrs old), but I do find that does work.

    It is interesting and kinda baffles me how they hear "two" or "six" for eight. I've had a few rag chews with a couple dx stations and have never been told my audio is bad or anything like that. And I don't change my settings or operating practices.
    Anyway! Thanks for all the tips guys!
  7. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I notice you posted in the "The DX Zone" forum. Is that an indication that your problem is mostly connected with DX contacts? Could propagation, QRM, etc be a factor?
    Kilo 3 Xray Radio
  8. N8SAN

    N8SAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Certainly! I did pick this forum for that reason, but like I said, my other identifiers come though typically first call or 2nd in a pileup for clarification. Just my number that has a hard time. I also picked this forum specifically to get others feedback when they run into that.
  9. N7WR

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    Put the emphasis (and volume on the 8) November EIGHT Sierra Alpha November
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  10. K1LKP

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    HI RYAN,

    JERRY - N7WR


    73 - K1LKP

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