Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WX4W, Mar 6, 2019.
Have a good evening..
Hey Joe, we're still running the classes. Current one started with 25 students. Looks like we will have a Instant Extra and possibly a second out of this bunch.
My YL went Instant Extra a couple weeks ago.......and hid her studying from me until the week before she tested!!
Oh, and you got your outgoing wish.....they made me the President of the Club this year (VP last year).
KG7TUO King George Seven The Ultimate Operator.......because sometimes standard phonetics just aren't going to put that DX in the log.
I'm not a licensed op yet, however, listening to a local relay on a regular basis, it really bugs me that the OMs do not spell their callsigns correctly. I mean if you are in the midst of a QSO, that's okay, because you can assume that the other person has already gotten your callsign correctly, but when I was operating with a callsign for training purposes this weekend (thanks to my boss, who encouraged me to get involved), I made sure to use the proper spelling. Even when the other station spelled their callsign improperly (even my boss did, which really annoyed me), I replied to them with the correct spelling....
There is a reason for the phonetic alphabet..... and I wish that operators would use it more often on our local relay. That would make it easier for me to understand their callsigns.
Mein Schatzie from DL-land has the same endearing issue with the last letter of my call sign
All due respect to actor Anton Yelchin too, may he RIP. He did a great job in that role.
I don't know requirements in other countries, but in Poland, when you want to pass Radiooperator License A Class (Class 1) you need to meet recomendations by ITU and pass examination described in recommendation CEPT T/R-62 (HAREC). NATO alphabet is one of obligatory basis on the exam - both parts: written and oral.
I've always used the NATO phonetics taught to me in the military so it was no big deal going into the ham world. I've found most of the time they're fine but I also listen to the DX operator and use what they use when there's the language difference. Sometimes you just have to adapt to the situation and everyone is happy and get in their log.
I find it rather jarring when used with alternative phonetics. Instead of flowing along interpreting a call sign I suddenly stop to go what, then oh and why couldn't they continue with the correct phonetics. Mixing them as you see fit imo is just horrible. Alpha Canada One Canada Alpha... see how it throws you.
Well, of course.
It is entirely different sound. tʃ in charlie vs k in canada which in turn are both different than my native ts (zz in pizza).
But seems, few people care.
Here's an example of my continuing experience; this is the results of the 2018 CQ WW DX SSB contest I just received yesterday:
************* Stations Copying K5TBA Incorrectly *************
3712 PH 2018-10-27 0523 VE*** 4 K5KBA 04
21289 PH 2018-10-27 1610 IT**** 15 K5KBA 04
21278 PH 2018-10-27 2018 PX** 11 K5KBA 04
21000 PH 2018-10-28 1553 HC** 10 K5KBA 04
14225 PH 2018-10-28 1854 HI** 8 K5KBA 4
14234 PH 2018-10-28 2135 HK** 9 K5TTA 04
In addition, 3 of the 4 letters in my callsign end in "o" which doesn't make them very distinguishable; something I didn't think about when requesting my initials in a callsign but now that I'm contesting, it's become very obvious.