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What Call for a Dxpedition?

Earlier in the year I went to C6 to do some IOTA activations. On application the Bahamian authorities issued a visitors call sign 9H5G/C6A, which, to be honest is a bit of a mouthful and as it turned out, quite a few callers in the sometimes poor band conditions found it hard to copy accurately. The result was that the call rate slowed and it was hard to keep momentum and the tempo of the pileup.

So I thought I’d see if it was possible to have a full Bahamas call instead. The benefits of a shorter call are obvious, especially when it comes to CW and data modes but I’m wondering if it’s ‘less interesting’ to work? Or is it the IOTA that people are after? My feeling is that I’ll go for the more efficient call sign – any other views?


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