Hints for becoming a better amateur radio operator. *

Your 20 years of experience on the CB means nothing to most of us.

You have a “name”, not a “personal”.

When you are monitoring radio transmissions, you are not “on the by, reading the mail, or on the side”.

The use of any “10 Code”, including 10-4, What’s your 20, etc. will immediately tell me all I need to know.

When you want to say hello to me, just say “Hello”. Please don’t “Wave a hand”.

It makes absolutely no sense to give your call sign, then add ‘for ID”. For what other reason than “ID” do you announce your call sign?

If I give you a nice signal report, don’t send me “flowers”, just say “thanks”.

When we complete our QSO, I will say “73”. You’ll notice I won’t say “73’s” or Seventy Thirds, or some other such nonsense.

If you come across me while in a QSO, and you want to join in….identify with your Call Sign. If you yell “Contact”, I will not answer you.

If you are increasing the RF output of your transmitter, you are not using a “LINEAR”. You are using an RF AMPLIFIER, which may or may not be “LINEAR”, depending on how poorly it is designed, or how hard you are driving it.

Don’t give me any crap if I don’t ID exactly each 10 minutes on the hour during a QSO. Go back and read Part 97 carefully.

There is a reason the owners manual is usually the first item you see in the box for your new radio. Try reading it before getting on air.

Before heading out to a hamfest, bathe thoroughly and use a quality deodorant.

73, and good dx.
WW4DX Hickory, NC

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