[CQ-Contest] [CQ-CONTEST] IDing During a CQ
w7ti at jps.net
Mon Dec 11 08:52:07 EST 2000
On Sun, 10 Dec 2000 17:56:11 -0500, Nat Heatwole wrote:
>1. "CQ Contest, Whiskey-Zulu-Three-Alpha-Radio,
>2. "CQ Contest, Whiskey-Zulu-Three-Alpha-Radio"
>The second CQ is obviously shorter, however it does not give the receiving
>station (particularly if the operator is not a native speaker of English) as
>solid an opportunity to copy the call correctly.
I believe the ICAO phonetic alphabet is the best one to use. My understanding
is the words were chosen to be most readily understood by non-English speaking
people. That certainly applies to ham radio, so phonetics like "radio" and
"Zanzibar" should be abandoned in favor of "romeo" and "zulu".
Granted, if you're talking to a native English speaker, it probably doesn't
matter, but during a contest, who knows who will answer a CQ?
73, Bill W7TI
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