The CW portion of the North American QSO Party (NAQP) happened this past weekend. I'm not really a contester, but I will be happy to generally jump into the contesting fray so I can work a few new stations or try my hand at some different modes.
The object of the NAQP, of course, is to work as many stations as possible using CW on a range of bands over a given time period. There are multipliers for the states and provinces, etc. Normal amateur radio contesting stuff. But what constitutes a contact? Well, two way communications between stations that manage to exchange some given information with each other. For North American stations in the NAQP, that basically meant I had to send my name and state. Easy enough.
But I guess that people have a tough time understanding my name in CW.
My name is Nate. Or, Dah-dit---di-dah---dah---dit.
That sounds remarkably like "NAME" in CW. Dah-dit---di-dah---dah-DAH---dit.
The extra DAH added for emphasis. One little CW sound is enough to confuse the living $%#@ out of about 80% of the other operators. It led to a lot of "Who's on First?" moments.
Ultimately I had to settle on sending, "name es nate," which was still enough to confuse people.
Maybe I should just pick another name. Like Jebediah or something. Di-dah-dah-dah---dit---dah-di-di-dit---dit---dah-di-dit---di-dit---di-dah---di-di-di-dit.
Ok. Bleg is over.
The Phone portion should be easier. November-Alpha-Tango-Echo.