[CQ-Contest] Phonetics

Bob Naumann - W5OV W5OV at W5OV.com
Wed Nov 2 09:54:59 EST 2005


Standardization is the key, and we don't need to re-invent the wheel here.

The ICAO phonetics are fine, and the reason you had trouble with using
"Golf" is because whoever you were working doesn't know the standard.

There's no reason that you can't use something different if you're having
trouble with getting the standard phonetic across due to QRM, QRN, QSB, etc.

None of them could be mistaken for any other phonetic - presuming you are
hearing well enough to know what is being said.

But please, let's continue to use the ICAO standard, and educate people what
the standard is.


Bob W5OV



-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Hilding [mailto:dx35 at hilding.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 6:16 AM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Phonetics

It is obvious that Phonetics are a pain-in-the-butt for a lot of contesters.
Whoever came up with the "official" list must have been a golfer.  "Golf"
simply sucks...I found this out during Field Day with our local club
(W6GGF).  After wayyyy too many people NOT getting the callsign correctly, I
reverted to the time-proven use of "GERMANY" from my old DXing days, and had
no further problems.

Here's a concept...

Why don't WE as contesters come up with a UCP (list of "Universal CONTESTER
Phonetics") that can solve most of the problems?  Contest Sponsors can
publish them along with their event rules.

Yes, more than one syllable phonetics will slow down an exchange, but much
less, IMHO, than the wasted time asking for multiple repeats.

One person reported a problem with "Mike".  I don't think I have ever heard
anyone have a problem with "MEXICO"...or DENMARK...or AMERICA, etc.

WE have an opportunity to improve things...if WE want to.

Regardless of any changes, after reflecting on last weekend's CQ WW SSB, I
think *some* "DX" SSB ops need to slowwwwwwwww down their verbalization of
***ANY*** phonetics if they want to be understood (especially those with
H-E-A-V-Y accents).


Rick, K6VVA

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