|[AMRadio] Contest signal reports|
rickbras at airmail.net
Sun Sep 30 11:11:46 EDT 2007
Bravo, Don! When I ask for a signal report I want honesty. How else will
we know how we sound? If I have a hum, click, chirp or anything else I want
to know about it. Unfortunately, I have peeved more than one contact by
giving honest reports. If they don't want to know the truth, they shouldn't
ask me. I think it's a courtesy to our fellow operators to be honest.
I am not a quarmtester, but sometimes I will work a few stations,
particularly in daylight hours during a 160m cw qrmtest. The challenge is
to see what kind of signal might make it across unusual distances during the
day, and I don't bother to keep score and usually not even a log.
But I always give honest signal reports. To me, this business of
automatically giving everyone a 599 report is ridiculous, and defeats the
whole purpose. IMO, an operator who has to ask for several repeats to get
the essential information, and then gives a 599 report is a LID!
And the same goes for the automatic "five-nines" on slopbucket. If they
want my contact, they will have to tolerate my carrier and a real signal
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