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

David Wing david at cdwing.com
Tue Oct 13 14:40:57 PDT 2009

I do that on FM repeaters and on the birds when I'm working with people who
recognize my call sign or are likely to.  I'll switch to phonetics if there
is someone new to me or when I'm calling CQ

-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Samudra Haque N3RDX
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 2:11 PM
To: Tony Langdon
Cc: amsat-bb at amsat.org; Gary Lockhart; Eric Knaps,ON4HF
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: FM satellite operations again again over Europe

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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