[amsat-bb] Re: The Need for Phonetics

Ron Settle settleron at comcast.net
Sun Apr 10 12:04:46 PDT 2011

I couldn't agree more. When I am not being understood or I have repeated my
call 5 or 6 times and the guy on the other end is still getting it wrong, a
simple switch from Kilo to Kilowatt and zulu to Zanzibar is usually all it
takes to be understood.  


-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Glen Zook
Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 11:33 AM
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org; Mark Spencer
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: The Need for Phonetics

Although some people say kilowatt is two words, it definitely is not.  In
over 50 years of using "kilowatt" as a phonetic I have not once had a
station think it is KW.  Kilowatt makes it through QRM and QSB a LOT better
than "kilo".  Some operators do use "Kansas" or "Korea" for the letter "K".

Glen, K9STH

Website:  http://k9sth.com

--- On Sun, 4/10/11, Mark Spencer <mspencer12345 at yahoo.ca> wrote:

The use of Kilowatt as a phonetic is a pet peeve of mine especially where
there is a brief pause between kilo and watt.   When I hear kilo I assume
the letter k is being represented, then when I hear watt I have to decide if
the sender is also representing the letter w or not.
It seems overly confusing to me.

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