[CQ-Contest] Can a call be too short?

David Gilbert xdavid at cis-broadband.com
Wed Feb 15 16:06:20 PST 2012

When I first got my callsign over 35 years ago I expected that to be the 
case, but in practice I have never found that to be a problem.  If the 
station on the other end only gets part of my callsign, he almost 
invariably (well over 90% of the time) comes back with "7E?"  I suspect 
it might be a bigger problem with multiple dits, as with B or G, but 
that gets into the same recognition problem that people have 
distinguishing B from D or S from H.

Also keep in mind that short letters like E and I slip through cracks in 
the QRM much better.

Dave   AB7E

On 2/15/2012 9:44 AM, Mike Ritz, W7VO wrote:
> John;
> The one thing I have heard is that you generally do not want a call that ends in a dit, such as the letters B, I, S, H, E, G, etc. That dit often gets "lost in translation".
> Mike, W7VO

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