[amsat-bb] Re: A reminder re: phonetic alphabet and digits...
daleh at alaska.net
Tue Apr 22 14:18:39 PDT 2008
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) wrote:
> I just heard from Beny XE2YBG, who made a quick trip north of his
> city in Tamaulipas state in northeastern Mexico to be in a different
> grid (EL04) last night for an AO-51 pass. Beny told me he worked 9
> different stations, mostly XE stations, during a pass at 0136 UTC
> (about 87 degrees maximum elevation for his location). He was hoping
> to work more stations in the US, but many of the stations calling him
> were not using the international phonetic alphabet and were not using
> individual digits for their grids. He does not understand much
> English, but can deal with the standard (international) phonetic
> alphabet and the individual digits OK.
> For example, if I called Beny in English and wanted to give him my
> information, I would use the following (if operating in grid DM33)...
> "Whiskey-Delta-Nine-Echo-Whiskey-Kilo, Delta-Mike-Three-Three"
> Say each letter phonetically, and each digit in the grid locator -
> not "Delta-Mike-Thirty-Three".
> Many of the Mexican satellite operators understand "QSO English",
> and not much more. They would enjoy making more contacts with
> stations throughout the USA and Canada, but their limited grasp
> of the English language means we (at least those of us outside
> Mexico who do not speak Spanish) need to remember that when
> calling those stations. Please be aware of this, and you may
> end up working some new and unusual grids via satellite from
> those XE stations (some of whom are starting to look at their
> maps, and make trips to other grids).
> There are some of the XE satellite operators who are fluent in
> English. Even with them, following these suggestions (phonetic
> alphabet, individual digits in grid locators) would be a good
> thing, and a good habit to get into - for the times you work an
> XE station with limited fluency in English.
> Thanks and 73!
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
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I have been diligently waiting and trying to work the XE stations. It
is as exciting for me
as I suppose it for them. The other night I had a call from XE2BRL I
was not sure on
his suffix so I asked him to repeat to be sure and when he came back he
up by QRM by other stations trying to get him that I never was able to
QSO or grid squares. I know the passes are short but for fringe area
to fringe are on
the foot print I sure wish folks would give some consideration. I try
to keep my
transmissions short and consider other folks needs over mine. I will
keep trying though.
I do have confirmation from Japan on the other hand... That was pretty
Dale - KL7XJ
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