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What's on the mind of a UK ham radio operator?
Ham radio operators working by numbers
Why do some operators insist on working by numbers? I don't understand why it's necessary, if some of these big DXpeditions manage to work the world without using numbers, why do I hear stations from Russia and Madagascar working by numbers, it's not as if they have thousands and thousands of people calling them at the same time. If you have a pileup bad then use a split frequency, everyone else seems to be able to operate properly using just this method, working by numbers is unsociable.
What I actually hate most about people working by numbers is 99.9% of them start off with the number 1. If you look at numerical numbers, they always start off with a zero. So why on earth start off with a number one? It's annoying, it's unnecessary and it most certainly p1$$es G0VQY off :-)
What I would advocate is allocating 10 min to work novice stations who have limited power at their disposal, this would be appreciated by a lot of people who struggle to work DX stations who are working huge pileups