[CQ-Contest] 599 Signal Reports

Eric Hilding dx35 at hilding.com
Sat Jun 2 00:40:55 EDT 2007

On Fri, 1 Jun 2007, John, K4BAI, wrote:

> I am betraying my age now, but at least into the early 1970s, the late
> W4ML issued a "599 Certificate" to any ham who could prove receipt of a
> "599" signal report from each of the six continents.  I have one I am
> pretty sure.  They weren't easy to get either!

Congrats, John...AND, welcome to the "Old Foggies Club" :-)

In these days of bogus 5NN & ENN (alleged) signal reports, why don't we all just cut-to-the-chase and send one "dit" & all make more QSOs?  RS(T) would have to be changed to the "E" field (E for "Exchange").

Personally, I miss the good old days when top ops like yourself, W4KFC, W9IOP, W4DQS, DU7SV, et.al sent the full ..... _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ _ . (or ..... ..... _ _ _ _ . if the station was an ***honest*** 559).


Rick, K6VVA

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