[CQ-Contest] Phonetics for long call signs

Jim Smith jimsmith at shaw.ca
Wed Feb 5 03:52:16 EST 2014

Once in the Florida QSO Party I used Volusia Escambia 7 Flagler Osceola.

Surely they would recognize their own County names!  Got a lot of 
puzzled silences followed by laughter.

73, Jim	VE7FO

On 2014-02-04 04:10, Charles Harpole wrote:
> Ideas
> 1.  for quick break in, I send Hotel Sugar Zero.  This alerts the op
> unaccustomed to hearing from Zone 26 where I am and that maybe I am a
> needed multiplier.  This is only useful for a prefix like mine.
> 2.  "Hotel Sugar" is the phonetic often associated with HS, Thailand, by
> common use like "Sugar Poppa" for Poland and so on.  It is irritating not
> to receive the FULL CALL, but often ops do not leave enough time to give a
> six unit call sign.
> 3.  I have been testing effective phonetics for intelligibility for several
> years and my results are not fast but are very effective and reduce
> requests for repeats;  better for pile ups than contests, maybe.  The
> results are based on (a) having two equal and stressed syllables, (b) using
> widely known place names in use around the world, especially in English
> language TV broadcasts, and (c) avoids using equivocal names like
> Greece/Hellas or Spain/Espana.  It also avoids the problem exemplified in
> French where the "H" is aspirated, with "Hotel" coming out " 'otel."   I
> always smile at French speakers using 'otel for an H phonetic.
> America (likely the most well known place name in the world)
> Boston (two hard syllables, a well known place name with this spelling
> standard).
> Canada (same as Boston).
> Denmark (same as Boston).
> England (SAB... same as Boston).
> Florida (SAB)
> Germany (mostly ok, but not Deutschland, a factor, but at least not Golf or
> Gulf and
>         Guatemala is a nice alternative).
> Honolulu (really difficult to mistake this one).
> Italy (pronounced with hard "it" at the start; "IT TA LEE."  not "itly").
> Japan (SAB).
> Kentucky (SAB and remember the fried chicken now everywhere).
> London (SAB).
> Mexico (SAB, but said like English, not Mexican speaker).
> Norway (SAB, but November is good).
> Ontario (SAB, amazing works every time even if you do not know Canada
> towns).
> Pacific (the name of the largest ocean, for gosh sakes, but gives some ops
> trouble).
> Queen or Quebec (a difficult one made worse because Quebec is pronounced
> Keybeck in French).
> Radio (if a ham does not know "radio" what can I say?).
> Santiago (a killer ap;  just cuts through great).
> Tokyo (SAB).
> United (as in United States;  please not "uniform").
> Victoria (extends the word Victor, but it still has weaker second
> syllable).
> Washington (use it if you want to be heard;  I know it is long).
> X-Ray (desperation choice).
> Yokohama (like Santiago and Washington;  it just works).
> Zanzibar (please, not "Zulu" which dies in the QRM).
> Also, purse your lips to say TWO, put lots of tongue on your upper front
> teeth for Three, upper teeth on lower lip for Four, wide smile for Five,
> try Niner for the old ops.  Count out your number in real trouble and do a
> count-backwards to get to ZERO.
> Now, I can hear you guys.......  73, Honolulu Santiago ZERO Zanzibar Canada
> Washington.
> On Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM, <jpescatore at aol.com> wrote:
>> Dave - as someone who operated with a looong callsign for many years
>> (WB2EKK), just use phonetics for your suffix and not your prefix.
>> That won't change anything when someone has an SO2R auto CQ going on a
>> frequency they are not actively listening to, but it will reduce the time
>> it takes to get your call through and leave it to the receiving op to ask
>> "Was that Whiskey *Nancy* 4?"
>>> What phonetics would be the most effective and efficient for my
>> unusualcall sign?Dave, WN4AFP
>> 73 John K3TN
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