One of my pet peeves, which dates back to when I first started in amateur radio as a kid, is the signal report, the RST or R/S system. Just about every receiver made since 1950 (or earlier) includes an S-meter. What does it measure? Nothing of significance or usefulness that I can discern. It's a doodad, a cute and meaningless feature. They persist to the present day, they just seem to not go away. Kinda like the human appendix. It's there, but what it's good for is unknown. And yet, we faithfully make up RST reports and use them. Indeed, working a DXpedition, that is the only thing typically exchanged, a made up number that has no meaning. Have any of you ever sent or received anything other than 599 (or 5NN) when working a DX pileup? Consider a really fine receiver, and two antennas: a couple feet of wire strung out behind it versus a coaxial connection to a tuned dipole at, say, 100 feet. If you make a QSO in either setting, you would probably give two different signal reports for any given station, say "349" versus "599." Why bother? "You are 599." No, my setup here can copy you 599, it means nothing about the other person's signal. It is now just a formality. That it is useless is irrelevant. Just something we do, because we presumably have to do something. But, I wonder if it ever served any useful purpose, and I wonder if some other convention might have been more useful. Nine levels of tone quality, judged only by ear? I think not. Time to remove the appendix, IMHO. "But, but, I love my appendix."