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AuthorThis spread sheet was created to accompany an article by Anthony Luscre K8ZT to assist in choosing a new call sign. All Rights are reserved and no claims of accuracy are guaranteed. Please contact author at k8zt@arrl.net
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Locked pagesAll areas, except data entry areas, have been Protected to prevent accidental changes. For those knowledge of spread sheets, feel free to unprotect sheets and make changes as necessary
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Callsign Comparison WorksheetThe main sheet, where you enter your calls and ratings.
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CallsignsEnter up to 10 call signs of your choice here. Do not use slashes or other characters only numbers and letters.
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These are automatically calculated based on callsigns you enter# of CW ElementsCalculates total number of dits and dahs in letters and numbers in each of your callsignsWeighted Values for Character Counts-- CW Character Count and CW Character Weighted Totals are each multiplied by a constant to more better fit them into 1 to 10 range of self rated values in the other categories.
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CW WeightCalculates total number of dits and dahs in letters and numbers in each of your callsigns
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Weighted Values for Character CountsCalculates weighted totals. Each dit counts as one and each dah counts as three.
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Entering Subjective Rating Information Visual AppearanceRate each of your calls from 1 (best) to 10(least) on how will it look on a QSL card or on vehicle license plates. You may rate more than one with same number.
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Letter ClarityRate each of your calls from 1 (best) to 10(least) on how on letter pronunciation clarity (without phonetics). For example, the letters B, D, and E, tend to sound alike, whereas letters like R, X, and O have their own unique sounds and are easier to distinguish.
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Phonetic ClarityRate each call on how the call sign sounds phonetically and how easy each phonetic is to pronounce
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CW Emphasis Lettersemphasis letters for DX pileups in CW and SSB. Hard consonants sound best on SSB at the end of a call sign, and a call sign ending with a dah is considered preferable in CW, but some letters, such as K, can be mistaken for prosigns (K = invitation to transmit, the “go ahead” signal) instead of the last letter of a call sign
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SSB Emphasis Letters see above under CW Emphasis
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CW Rhythm I put various call signs into my keyer’s memory and played them back at various speeds to rank their desirability. Use the 1 to 10 scale here also.
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TotalTotal Score for all categoriesThe Lower the Score the Better
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AverageAverage Score for all categories