In 4Ø+ years of SS SSB -- (never did use the AM mode) -- I have learned that
California hams have a sort of "disadvantage" in saying their sections by
name.. Many . especially newbies . take pride in saying "San afopaoiutniuy"
.. and then come the "overs" ... so .. I am in 'SUGAR FOX' .. works the
best overall .. and, since I am 25Ø miles north of the bridge, is seems
silly to define my QTH using the landmark, but .. it is understood .. under
extreme QSB/QRM/QRN, "Golden Gate" often wins the day .. 73 .. CUinSS..
You are xxxxx A - AA6DX - 64 - Sugar Fox
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stuart Santelmann KC1F" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2006 3:58 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Phonetics
>> What I hate is when you simply say "Minnesota" and the guy on the other
>> ends says "OK, Minnesota, MI, right?". No, not right, it's MN. MI is a
>> different place. Now I've added at least one more go-around with this QSO
>> that's completely unnecessary and a huge waste of time. I've resolved to
>> say "Mike November" and be done with it.
>> 73 Steve K0SR
> I don't know if my perceptions have changed over my 36 years of
> but I think people's ability to recognize state and section names without
> phonetics has definitely gone downhill. It increasingly seems that DX
> stations in the ARRL DX contest need the two letter state abbreviation
> phonetically (two syllables longer for me than saying "New Hampshire"),
> can't recognize the state name said in plain English. Maybe the
> dumbing-down of America and lack of knowledge of geography has spread
> worldwide. The skill needed in the example above is the same skill
> to succesfully address a letter if someone told you the state name
> Maybe we just have to be resigned to "loosing" this battle. OTOH, maybe
> could care less"...
> Stu KC1F in New Hampshire, not "New Jersey".
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