Mobile question

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by K4VUQ, Feb 18, 2016.

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  1. K4VUQ

    K4VUQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is it advisable to identify myself as a mobile station when calling or answering?

    If so what would be appropriate?

    Thanks, John
  2. K8MHZ

    K8MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's a matter of preference.

    As a matter of being 'polite', ID'ing as mobile gives a heads up to the listener that your signal may be variable and even vanish without notice.
  3. K3UJ

    K3UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    HF or VHF/UHF. Since a lot of 2M FM is mobile, then no. On HF as Mark said.
  4. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree with the others on VHF and UHF it is not really needed.
    On HF I normally identify as mobile and often when working DX it makes a difference since the DX station often wants to "bag a mobile".

    John WD5IKX
  5. ZL1UZM

    ZL1UZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The word "mobile" behind your call gives you 20db gain on HF, hihi.
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  6. WD5IKX

    WD5IKX Ham Member QRZ Page

    It has cut through a pileup on more than one occasion. 8^)
  7. K4VUQ

    K4VUQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Mental note to self... Every other word is "mobile" ;)
  8. KB3UWC

    KB3UWC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I totally agree, Many times a dx station has stopped other stations from calling to get my mobile contact.

    Steve KB3UWC
  9. KE7AGK

    KE7AGK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had a few friends who wanted to log me as mobile. It also helped that I was in a Toyota HiLux in Afghanistan at the time. Great place for making contact.
  10. KD5AUU

    KD5AUU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have seen this question asked before - I always identify as a mobile so I can hear the other operators say "are you fricking kidding way that's a mobile".......... :)
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