Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by VK2ICJ, Jul 1, 2019.
IMO, the callsign makes no difference to a good op.
vy 73 es gl,
Probably tells heaps about my ability hi hi
Like most, I started out slow & shaky. I got faster & better. My snow skiing was the same... and then, the knees ended it. Thankfully, Morse isn't like the latter.
I blundered into a great CW call when I upgraded to extra in 1977 (I think that was the year). The first "N" prefix in our radio club.
A lot of snide remarks on our repeater in Rhode Island, with the "N" call, "bootlegger" etc. However it just rolled out like music on CW, took the German WAE contest award for North America.
Back then I always used correct phonetics but just for the heck of it, in a pile-up, I deviated from November Alpha, on my suffix and tried "North America". Wow, worked great.
I really hope you win in the next ballot, 73s Chuck
That's a good callsign. I remember when a guy in our town got a N4 1x3 call. I think it was sequential. He took a lot of ribbing about it being an 'airplane call'.
Nobody thinks that way anymore.
I also hold a US Callsign N9VKC when I first got it (early 90's) one of the old timers said that originally only US Navy stations had N call previously. I'm not sure of the validity of that statement but you just reminded me of that coversation 26 years ago.
My first call was N2HIE. Talk about a crappy CW call, with all those dits strung together!
That's correct, Navy and Coast Guard Ships had 4 letter calls beginning with N, (NRUI, for example, was the call of the Coast Guard cutter Itasca, the guard plane for the ill-fated Earhart around-the-world flight) and shore stations had three letter calls beginning with N (NMO, NMC, etc.).
I think OI is better.