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Author Topic: Single letter call.  (Read 11219 times)
ZL1BBW
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« on: August 02, 2013, 02:25:11 PM »

if you had your choice of a single letter call to go behind ZL1 especially for CW contests which would would you choose.

The letters  A   G   T   have already gone.

Was thinking of M or K,  but input please.  Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2013, 02:34:16 PM »

E?
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ZL1BBW
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2013, 02:41:01 PM »

Thought of E, but is there a greater chance of the single dit getting lost?
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2013, 02:55:33 PM »

X....
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N1EN
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2013, 09:14:02 PM »

K or Q

K's shorter, but ZL1Q sounds better to me.
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N3QE
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2013, 07:58:20 AM »

Thought of E, but is there a greater chance of the single dit getting lost?

My call ends in E, and I know that it is frequently dropped in marginal conditions. It is short which might matter if all you care about is rate, rate, rate, but more realistically it would be better to have dashes, or dashes and a dit. e.g. M, O, K.

IME the most easily busted callsign I've heard in recent tests, is EE5E. Those guys were very proud of their "shortest call".
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WA2ONH
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2013, 10:44:12 AM »

See past discussion on this subject ....

What makes a good contest call sign?
Contesting Forum LINK: http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,7422.0.html

NN3W and others noted to NOT use "E" or "K" as last letter


Just curious about Vanity call signs and CW
CW Forum Link: http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,8785.0.html

Good Luck!
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2013, 02:49:23 PM »

I would go with M. It's good for SSB as well as for CW.

73, Maarten PD2R/OV2T
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2013, 02:55:44 PM »

M-O or X

ZL1X
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AJ4RW
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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2013, 04:53:20 PM »

I like tinkering with call signs in search of a perfect one.  It appears CW is your first choice as far as modes, then you might consider the morse weight and yet not confusing to the ear.  I like "M" but my first choice would be the letter "A".  Coming off a "1" (dit-dah-dah-dah-dah) you might want to break it up a little and the "A" would be my first choice.  That's my opinion.  Practice sending the different calls to see which one you'd like to hear and present less of a chance of confusion.

73 Randy AJ7G
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ZL1BBW
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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2013, 05:40:38 PM »

Thanks for all the info, am heading towards M.  Thinking about the weighting etc of characters, will have to see if N1MM can do that for me.

I recently did the Maritime Radio day event, and unconsciously lapsed into de GKB QSX, must be 30 years plus since I sent that.

 
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« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 08:19:10 PM »

I forgot about this site which was one of the several I used>
http://www.fists.co.uk/measurecallsign.aspx

Hope this helps!

73 Randy AJ7G
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WA2ONH
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2013, 08:41:53 AM »

Go to N4MC's VANITY HQ page at http://vanityhq.com/

On the main page, lower right side is a box entitled "Choosing a New Call Sign..."
... check out this helpful article by Anthony Luscre, K8ZT
... within the article "I have created a spread sheet that you can download and use"

FIleName: CallSpread.XLS

Once downloaded, it's a small Excel worksheet that you can use forever!
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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2013, 09:08:22 AM »

W or Z

They are not the shortest but I think would be more distinct in a CW contest
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2013, 05:18:20 AM »

Unless you're CT1BOH who obsesses over every dit and operates from QTHs that make him very loud in the USA and Europe, I would choose Z.  It is wonderfully semi-symmetric and the phonetic "Sulu" is especially unique-sounding on phone.
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