Another observation about Canada v. USA in phone contests:
Let's consider a typical Canadian contest callsign, VY2ZM. Pronounced
phonetically, this callsign is a minimum of eight syllables ("victor yankee
two zulu mike"). Let's contrast this with a typical USA contest callsign,
say KQ2M. Pronounced phonetically, this callsign is a minimum of six
syllables ("kilo quebec two mike"). In this example, the USA op can
generally pronounce his callsign in only 3/4 the time that the Canadian
op must spend.
Clearly, Canadian ops are at a huge disadvantage, and I have no doubt
they will soon be petitioning for contest rules to require their competition
in the USA to use only 2x2 or longer callsigns...
Kenneth E. Harker WM5R
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