[amsat-bb] Re: FM satellite operations again again over Europe

Samudra Haque N3RDX n3rdx at amsat.org
Tue Oct 13 14:10:43 PDT 2009

I asked as I am still puzzled why in the US on local FM nets hams just
use "n,3,r,d,x" instead of "november three romeo david x-ray".

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Tony Langdon <vk3jed at gmail.com> wrote:
> At 07:30 AM 10/14/2009, Samudra Haque wrote:
>> on a satellite QSO, is it traditional to say "A, B, C" instead of
>> "Alfa Bravo Charlie" for brevity when referring to call signs and grid
>> locators ?
> That can backfire and waste time, due to people not understanding the
> letters.  For example, my callsign under adverse conditions could be mis
> heard as (heard most of the following on terrestrial repeaters or
> IRLP/Echolink, let alone on the birds!):
> And the list goes on.... ;)  The overhead in asking for clarification or
> getting a correction outweighs the overhead of using phonetics in most
> cases.  Once callsigns are confirmed, you can drop the phonetics (though
> usually by then, the QSO is over, so someone else can have a go ;) ).
>  Phonetics are also more likely to survive brief bursts of QRM or brief
> fades.
> 73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL
> http://vkradio.com

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