Using The International Phonetic Alphabet

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WX4W, Mar 6, 2019.

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  1. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, anyone who berates you for that is a "boob", IMHO. Folks often get the V in my call mixed up with a B - they can sound the same, even over a good repeater connection. Using "Victor" clears that up. Stick with the standards, but be flexible. Semper Gumby!
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  2. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am playing in the WPX SSB contest a little today, "KV6O" is the rare DX in this contest. Probably 75-80% of the phonetics heard are the NATO phonetics, but that means 20-25% aren't, and that's OK. PJ2T will always be "Papa Japan 2 Tango", if they ever used "Papa Juliet 2 Tango" I wouldn't' think it's the same station. I chuckled when a station was trying to get his suffix across, and struggling... he kept repeating "FOXTROT MIKE", and the station would respond. "AGAIN, AGAIN?", on the 3-4th try he used "FLORIDA MEXICO" and boom, he was in the log. Sound them both out and you'll see why it worked - much more energy with "Florida" and "Mexico" on an noisy SSB circuit.
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  3. SP3PW

    SP3PW Ham Member QRZ Page

    You got the point. Probably the same situation is with my "Sierra Papa Three Papa Whiskey". Then mostly I got on SSB "Sierra Papa Three Papa ..what?" Then I try few times with Whiskey, if it is not working, then Washington usually do. Magic of SSB...
  4. N0TZU

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    Yep, and that’s a good example of the syllables of the standards being too similar, (foxtrot), and too short (mike). The syllables in both Florida and Mexico sound very dissimilar in addition to being longer at three syllables.

  5. W5EDM

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    Being a new ham, the only "problem" I've ran across are entitled, old, grouchy, know it alls who think that their way is the only way and discredit everyone else who doesn't follow their example.

    But, thanks for your opinion...
    ...and, have a nice day. :)
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2019
  6. K1BRM

    K1BRM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes BUT you can bet that even if the Russians or North Koreans or whoever our perceived enemy is at the moment don't USE the NATO phonetic alphabet they certainly are trained to UNDERSTAND it!
  7. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Really? REALLY??? o_O
  8. W5EDM

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    NATO phonetics are recommended, but are in no way required or mandated.
    Pretty much..
  9. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Rhetorically, should I be impressed that a new ham (< 1 yr) such as you knows more than someone with several decades experience? o_O
    That's what I (and several other "entitled, old, grouchy, know it alls") have stated. o_O
  10. W5EDM

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    I think you just proved my point for me. At no time did I say that I knew more than anyone else, but your defensiveness tells on you. If you wish to not be stereotyped, don't be the stereotyped.

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