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Kim Elmore <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 18 Oct 2012 09:32:16 -0500
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As a grizzled veteran of contests, I must respectfully disagree, at 
least in part. Especially with our call (which is an superb contest 
call, buy the way) , this is a poor practice. Instead, call with our 
call letters /and/ use "School Club." Simply saying "School Club" is 
tantamount to calling with only a partial call. That's not only 
technically illegal, but simply very poor technique. The best way to 
raise the ire of a station during a run is to force them to ask for 
repeats. Why? Because it forces the op on the other end to slow their 
rate because they must ask you again for your call, and you must give it 
/again /before the running station can begin to enter you in the log. A 
good op will catch your call and start the logging as they make the QSO. 
So, in a pile up, you call the running station (the one running the 
pile) as follows:

"Whiskey 5 Tango Charlie, school club!" using a different inflection for 
"school club." Note 1) you can usually drop the "whiskey" as 
"double-yoo" is pretty distinct, and 2) that getting in a hurry is also 
poor practice: the running station (the station being targeted by the 
pile-up) won't catch your call or if you talk fast. The calling 
station's job is to communicate, which means you must be clear and 
efficient. Forcing the receiving station to constantly ask for fills 
isn't efficient.

If you call properly, the station being called doesn't have to kill 
their rate by requesting a fill with "School club?" but can, instead, 
enter you call as they make the Q:

"W5TC 59 blah blah" (whatever the exchange is)
We then respond with their call and the exchange, tagging on "73" at the 
end. Done!

Bottom line: no partial calls! Simply saying "school club" is the same 
as a partial call.


Kim N5OP

On 10/17/2012 22:30 PM, Keef, Connor J. wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> I am now on the Yahoo! List for SCR. One of the things that was 
> brought up by Paul, KC5CCY (advisor for Viking Radio Club KF5CRF, 
> Lawton), is that if we are trying to make a contact in a pile-up, 
> don't give the call, announce SCHOOL CLUB.  We get multipliers for 
> contacting school clubs so they will try to pick you if you announce 
> that you are a school club. Of course, make sure you ID once you get 
> picked!
> Sent from my iPad
> Connor Keef WX5CJK
> University of Oklahoma '15
> Meteorology
> Vice-President - W5TC
> ARRL Oklahoma Assistant Section Manager for Youth
> (918) 470-5636 <tel:%28918%29%20470-5636> 

Kim Elmore, Ph

Kim Elmore, Ph.D. (CCM, PP SEL/MEL/Glider, N5OP, 2nd Class 
Radiotelegraph, GROL)

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