[CQ-Contest] callsign advantages

John Unger w4au at contesting.com
Wed Mar 12 08:43:58 EST 2003

It has been mentioned in passing, but for CW I believe that the "rhythm" of 
a callsign, especially the suffix, has a lot to do with having it being 
easy to remember and therefore picked out and copied correctly under less 
than optimum conditions.

When I was considering a new call after 40 years of W3GOI (starting out as 
WN3GOI, of course), I played the possible calls both with the keyer and in 
my head in CW over and over. W4AU sounded good to my ear and, I hoped to 
others'. Also, since W3AU was not on the air as much as in past years, I 
figured there wouldn't be too much confusion there!

Of course, the "alpha uniform" phonetics are not all that hot, but I have a 
hard time finding my mike most of the time anyway...

So far as matching your region and callsign number, it's not a big problem 
until you try something like a state QSO party...

John, W4AU

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