I always send 599 because I've not learned to quickly LOG a different signal
report (although I can easily send one).
Initially I was a little annoyed by the occasional received 579 report, but as
I grew more confident with the software I got over it and now I take a small
amount of pride in being able to deal with it in stride. Now it doesn't
matter to me what report I get, and sometimes it's a nice little diversion.
I've also learned that getting pissed off in contests is a complete waste of
time and emotional energy.
I feel as silly as you do teasing out a QSO after multiple repeats and then
giving a 599 report.... It's funnier somehow in a phone contest.
I've learned to send two signal reports:
599 implies "I can hear you".
CQ TEST implies "I can't hear you well enough to risk losing this great
frequency digging you out. You seem to enjoy QRP much more than I do. Call me
back when you get a real antenna."
73 de Dick, K6KR
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