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Author Topic: Proper way to call on simplex?  (Read 609 times)
K4NFG
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« on: May 15, 2008, 07:40:09 AM »

Hi, I've always wondered what is the proper way to call on 2 meter, FM simplex?

Call sign + "monitoring"?,

CQ?

Thanks,
John
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K7KBN
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2008, 07:48:45 AM »

I've always gone with "This is K7KBN listening."
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2008, 07:49:14 AM »

That works.  I personally say "KB9CRY calling CQ and standing by".
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KC2RGW
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2008, 07:51:54 AM »

There was just a thread on this, maybe under VHF/UHF forum here.

A few tips, key for a bit, two seconds or so to allow people scanning to stop on your TX.

I just call my call at least twice and generally give my location (town) and 'listening'.

'Monitoring' can give a connotation to some of being a control op of a repeater.

I really am not picky on what people say, but some others are super finicky.

The pause captures the scanning, repeating a call twice helps people who are shy if they don't get your full call and the town is nice as if there is an opening, it might catch someone's attention.

This is kc2rgw k c 2 r g w, Middletown, NJ listening...

Works well for me.

If I'm in a goofy mood I'll make a racket with things like "The weather is mild and 50 degrees here in Middletown today, is there anyone else on the band?"  Make enough noise and you'll drag someone into a QSO
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2008, 08:33:57 AM »

I've heard a bunch of stuff too. So I got down my book on how to operate (a ham station). It said:

"call sign" + "transmitting"

Maybe I'm too serious, but it works for me.

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K4NFG
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2008, 08:35:52 AM »

Thanks for the excellent info guys!

John
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2008, 09:04:14 AM »

I normally use "Calling CW on 52, WA3SKN listening".
On FM, the 3x1 calling can be annoying, they can either hear you or the cannot.  This will work for repeaters too, but is no longer as popular.
73s.

-Mike.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2008, 09:18:24 AM »

If I'm on a repeater where everybody knows me, I just say "WB2WIK listening."

If I'm on a repeater where I don't know anybody but really want a contact, I get more interesting, like "WB2WIK new to the repeater.  Somebody tell me about it."  Or something like that.  It gets a reply far more often than other tactics.

WB2WIK/6
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WQ3T
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2008, 10:43:57 AM »

Not sure why one would call CW on an FM simplex phone frequency.
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KG6WLS
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2008, 11:38:16 AM »

<RE: Proper way to call on simplex? Reply
by WQ3T on May 15, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Not sure why one would call CW on an FM simplex phone frequency.>

:: Key stroke error I guess...since the "Q" is just next to the "W" on the keyboard.

Most of my operation with 2M simplex or repeaters is done while mobile on the way home. Kind of makes the time go by faster when you're in traffic.

Usually when I'm mobile and I use the repeater/s, I'll just say: "This is KG6WLS mobile and listening. Good afternoon".

With 2M FM simplex I won't bother with calling CQ. I'll just say the same as the above. Calling CQ on 2M FM simplex kind of feels like (well, for me at least) you're trying to snag some DX on 2M. I'll save my breath for calling "CQ" for the lower bands. But, then again, you'll never know what might spring up on you with a 2M mobile whip.

73
KG6WLS
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WW5AA
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2008, 12:14:56 PM »

I always get a response to "WW5AA airmobile" on 146.52.

73 de Lindy
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WV4L
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2008, 12:38:47 PM »

Yet another derivative:

"WV4L mobile, QRZ"

73

Wayne C.
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W5ROY
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2008, 12:45:35 PM »

Interesting enough that I have used about all of the above at one time or another. Especially in the 18 wheeler, you may find some lonely soul in the middle of nowhere, that can not reach a repeater. They are more than happy to have a QSO for as long as they can hear or talk to you. Just be yourself and be casual about it, and it will work fine.  73   de W5ROY
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2008, 11:02:08 PM »

Something like: "This is K4NFG listening on .52 simplex", Or as WIK pointed out, "This is K4NFG on .52 simplex, Looking for local directions" or similar works well.

The "This is" before your callsign, Is as already pointed out, To stop the scanner, And saying "listening on .52" is to tell us what frequency you are on. (When scanning, Most of us are not looking at the frequency display at all times....)
I normally carry a hand held in a shirt pocket, Or belt clip case, And unless someone says what frequency they are on, Would have no idea which of the many repeaters or simplex frequencies I usually scan you would be on.
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