How to confirm my callsign properly?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by HA2ZB, Feb 22, 2021.

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  1. HA2ZB

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    Sometimes, mainly at bad conditions I run into the situation that the other station asks back to my callsign, like this: HA2ZB? so the call is correct, but the OM doesn't seem to be sure.

    I normally do the one of the followings:

    1) Simply repeat: HA2ZB HA2ZB ... then comes again HA2ZB?, so I repeat until finally he (she) believes...

    2) I tried sending CFM HA2ZB, or simply CFM, but in many cases "??" comes back, the partner seems to be confused (expecting only the callsign - or what?)... so I revert back to point 1, spending some more time.

    The issue is that if I repeat the callsign, the other station may believe that the first version was wrong, and does the best to receive - but it was ok for the first time...

    I have listened a lot of QSOs, but have not seen any fast solution. What is your practice? I miss the simple way to send "YES, THAT IS MY CALLSIGN, GO AHEAD" (would not send this of course :)).

    Thanks for your advice!
  2. KD2RDG

    KD2RDG Ham Member QRZ Page

    c c c k

    C means correct or yes.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2021
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  3. HA2ZB

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    Wow! That was fast! :)

    Thank you, I hardly wait for someone who is not sure about my callsign to try this out ;)
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  4. W6MK

    W6MK Ham Member QRZ Page

    As in "si, si, si."
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  5. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Would it be CCCP in case your contact is a Russian :D
    Tad tricky and lengthy, I prefer sending <IMI> and repeating.

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  6. DD5RK

    DD5RK Ham Member QRZ Page


    some OMs give:

    r r (roger, right) or

    cfm (confirm) or

    all ok

    if I sent the correct callsign back on a CQ call.

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  7. WA1GXC

    WA1GXC Ham Member QRZ Page

    "CCCP" is sent "SSSR" in Russian Morse.

    CCCP means "California Coffee Cup Producers".

    "They've Got An Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil!"
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  8. KJ4KPW

    KJ4KPW Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would send "r r" as that is what I would be expecting on the receiving end. Or even QSL as well.

    I've never heard someone come back with CFM outside of traffic net, so I would think I really got the call wrong.

    Or hilariously, you could literally spell out your call sign KILO JULIET FOUR KILO PAPA WHISKEY BT CUE ES EL :D
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  9. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    R R K
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  10. HA2ZB

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    Thanks to all of you!

    So I REALLY have new options to go with.

    First I will try SSSR with Russian OMs :D
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