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Re: [CQ-Contest] Canada versus USA

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Canada versus USA
From: "Kenneth E. Harker" <kenharker@kenharker.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 07:58:24 -0700
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     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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