Topband: Stew Beef

mstangelo at mstangelo at
Fri Jan 8 12:20:48 EST 2016

I agree. This is my biggest gripe about contests, meaningless signal reports.

You hear SIG 599 PSE RPT. Any data sent which does not convey information is noise.

This turns off hams, and more importantly, prospective hams.

Hopefully we are using real signal reports during the Stew Perry contest. Stew would have wanted it that way.

Mike N2MS

----- Original Message -----
From: Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at>
To: topband at
Sent: Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:12:31 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Topband: Stew Beef

I completely agree with Don on this.  the incessant and utterly
meaningless "599" or "59" because it is programmed in and the operator
too lazy to think about a real signal report makes the minimal value
of contests sink to zero.

They have become nothing more than a vehicle to keep the ham radio
economy running and the "play" part, after consumer hams have done the



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