EO callsign for UHF

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 01:11
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Evening All,
Installed UHF in the rig the other day and started to play with new toy (as you do).
Daytime was pretty crap but one evening there was some serious traffic from base stations and mobiles who used callsigns for ID.
Later, on one occaision when I made my first transmission, I was asked if I had a callsign.
I noticed that a callsign was also suggested as a good idea by a couple of citizen's band websites.
This got me thinking about a useful callsign for myself.
Then the bright idea struck. Why not use "Explore Oz" followed by my membership no?
Bit lengthy but with practice if rolls off the tongue OK and could be abbreviated to "EO" followed by no., once all became familiar with its use.

I can see that it gives those of us who are in the same city another more direct means of communication.
On the way to occaisional organised events it means that those wanting contact before reaching the meetingplace (to find theirway?)are easily recognised by the others.
We advertise our group with pride on wheel covers and with stickers and stubby holders, why not advertise our presence on the UHF as well?
If a specific channel is decided upon and a time suggested we could all come up and have a real identity on air.
If you favour a callsign with some status why join a radio group when you already belong to this organisation?
Hearing our callsigns and the subject matter we discuss may encourage others to join.

So I e-mailed the idea to David who suggested I float it here on the forum.
I guess it's worth knowing how many members use callsigns so if you do let's know by replying to this post.
The next question is how many members would be interested in adopting the practice?

I don't think this should happen at all without the OK of David and Michelle as it is their business and business name we would be using but if enough members are enthusiastic perhaps with some ground rules set by them we could have their permission.

So what do you think? Let's know by posting a reply.

Cheers,
Camper

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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 03:06

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 03:06
Echo Oscar 446 says roger to that ! With the CTCSS function, we could avoid listening to anyone who wasn't "EO family" too :-o)
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Follow Up By: navaraman - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 16:26

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 16:26
And possibly be unaware of other travellers in your vicinity.
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Follow Up By: Darian (SA) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 18:52

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 18:52
Indeed Nav - just "stirring possum" as they say - I am in fact into comms with all and sundry - when the mooted UHF handheld turns up, I might use CTCSS on one channel for personal comms back to the vehicle.
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Reply By: Shawn - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 06:25

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 06:25
Man its early but,
Good idea
Echo Oscar Six Five Two - roger - Over
Cheers
Shawn
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 06:32

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 06:32
Echo Oscar 1143... Now all I need is a new UHF...
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 08:21

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 08:21
Echo Oscar Two Nine Four

Anyone listening???

Must be out of range here in the boonies lol

Good idea

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:03

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:03
Loud'n'clear good buddy.

We are on the way up to Queensland, to check out all of the old disused rail tunnels, so we can suss out the one in the comp.

We'll give you a call on our regular sked, using the call sign Wolfie 181 (which is the metric equivalent of 69er...)

Wolfie 181 over and out.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:09

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:09
181 Geez...and on a Sunday morning!!

Hope you find what you are looking for in Sunny Queensland 'cos Google doesn't know it LOL
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:24

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:24
You're lucky with the no reply Willem.

I got called a retard.

Good luck with the quest Wolfie, hope you find the light at the end of the tunnel... OLD or bust
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 08:53

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 08:53
Echo Oscar 1161 back on the air. Just been 10-100, is that a 10-4 over?
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:14

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:14
Sounds like a god idea and another reason to become a member. just have to decide on the official channel.

Ditch the phonetics though. the word exploroz is easily recognisable on a scratchy channel.

exploroz 526
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 15:11

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 15:11
testing email to mobile phone
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 15:12

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 15:12
plain text test
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:42

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 09:42
Top idea...all we need is some steerage from the centre by David and we have a convoy!!

Preferred channel, callsign protocol, and something for non-members who are on this site. Worth considering David!!! Cheers

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Reply By: GREENDOG - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 10:28

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 10:28
call sign GREENDOG ch 15 EO sticker on snorkel heading NTH cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Member - laura B (NSW) - Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 22:39

Friday, Feb 24, 2006 at 22:39
where you get the sticker from....wanting one for our uhf channel and our exploroz1935 call sign thingy if it all goes ahead......

Laura B
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Reply By: the real chopper - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 10:45

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 10:45
the idea is ... interesting

but why do you want to reduce yourself to a number...

If you realy want to include the "EO" why not "EO"

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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 13:27

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 13:27
Echo Oscar 1386 is all ears. Ok so what Channel you going to use?
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 13:51

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 13:51
I reckon our own private channel would be good, modified radios and channel 41 just like the good old days on 27 megs :)

hmm..cannot do you say, how about channel 19....476.875mhz
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Reply By: Member - John C (WA) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 15:25

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 15:25
Am watching with interest for channel suggestion. Will suppoet the concept.
Echo Oscar 1853.
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Reply By: navaraman - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 16:31

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 16:31
Not a huge fan of using the member number. If I hear a call from mad dog for example then I know instantly who's on air. Echo Oscar 123 doesn't immediately register to me.
Personally I have never used a callsign when 4wheeling but used to when using radio for work. Callsigns when properly used are great and should be used more often.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 16:54

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 16:54
EO1026 but what channel/frequency should we all be on/monitoring ???10four rubber duck /shades of burt reynolds/kris kristofferson we could have us a convoy !!
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 18:19

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 18:19
This is a great idea, the main advantage of it would be while travelling around, chances are ... if you get a call up, its possibly someone from here passing by or behind you. Would come in handy with the ExplorOZ ID, its one step closer to pulling over to say hello. Much more comfortable heading ExplorOz over the 2 way than flashing lights behind me....ya just dont know whos flashing and whay...but this way of identifying yourself as ExploreOz eliminated most of your worries.
Ange
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 19:27

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 19:27
As someone that has used 2 ways often all day everyday for work for the last 8 years I cannot understand the need for all the radio jargon- call sighns over out etc etc when plain english will do. Often at work when some tosser gets fancy he will be told to shut up - say what he has to say and stop taking up airtime because people doing the unnessaceray over outs etc can be prventing people making safety calls such as LV behind you D10 dozer
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:41

Sunday, Feb 19, 2006 at 20:41
Using a callsign sign is a quick, easy and uniform way of announcing yourself on a channel especially to those who don't know you.

EO### or exploroz### identifies yourself as a member of the exploroz community, a good bloke, most likely a 4x4 driver, good for a laugh, open to a chat....most likely anyway :)

Daveo from Widgiemooltha only means something to those who recongnise the name from EO. I don't know all the handles used on this site, do you ?

Once contact is established all the formal dung can be dispensed with
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 06:32

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 06:32
What a good idea, but not knowing the other persons number might make it hard. I would rather have it EOtroll81 over or EOCamper you copy
etc

What channel are we doing this on?
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