Ignorant VKS-737 question.

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 12:31
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As some of you may notice I am in process of acquiring and installing HF radio. Thus I have subscribed on VKS-737. Now the question – they use callsign like “Whisky 9999”. AFAIK number is most important, so what “Whisky” does here? Also if I announce myself should I say “VKS 737 Whisky 9999 here” or “VKS 737 Mobile 9999 here” or just “VKS 737 9999 here”? Sure I can wait until I have install it and listen what people say :-))))

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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 12:43

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 12:43
KSV,
You are already on the VKS network if you are using the frequency, just announce yourself as Whisky XXXX, this denotes your state being WA and your personal ID.
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Reply By: Member - RFLundgren (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:07

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:07
Serg

Once you have your callsign allocated, the number as long as you are a current subscriber will never change. This donates both your callsign as well as your selcall number.

The named prefix donates the state that you home paddock is in. For example mine is Whisky 1912, but when we eventually move back to NSW it will become Romeo 1912.

There are a few others around such as Explorer xxxx etc that are used for different situations.

Just announce yourself using your full callsign.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:17

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:17
Hi Serg
There has been some confusion over the years when people have been logging into the VKS Network. I have been a member now for over 14 years, an since then the membership has grown from a hand full of members, to now many hundreds and they claim the fastest grown Radio Network here in Australia (Originally Started out for SA users at first, then went nationally)

The letter in front of your number denotes the state where you are living. So if you hear a starting with say Sierra_ _ _ _, then all users that can hear that person will know that he or she is a South Australian. There was also some confusion with number, as there may have been a Sierra 113 and a Whisky 113. All call signs were changed over within the last 12 months, and there are no longer any numbers the same. All call signs now have 4 numbers, so in the event that conditions are bad, as long as they have your correct 4 number call sign, they will know who that belongs to.

I hope this clears things up a little.


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Follow Up By: KSV. - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:29

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:29
Hi Stephen,

Thanks – it make sense. I have guessed that “Whisky” denotes state of home, but could not get why we need one due to numbers unique anyway. Your explanation with historical reason makes perfect sense.

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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:31

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 13:31
Hi Serg, welcome aboard, great feeling to have the HF when your on your own. the VKS operaters are very friendly and helpful.
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:09

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:09
G'day Serg,
Whisky=WA Sierra=SA November=NT Victor=Vic Tango=Tassie
Quebec=Qld and, for some strange reason, Romeo=NSW.
As others have siad, there are also other prefixes for Govt Depts, Police, Mining Cos, PIM (Presbyterian Inland Mission), etc etc.
The number part of the callsign is exclusive to you, and also reflects your Selcall number.
When you log into a VKS737 base, please use your full callsign (ie Whiskey 9999), and if conditions are bad, please say it twice- followed by 'over'.
Any base operator would be only too happy to help you, and don't be afraid to call up any time (if traffic is a bit slow) to say hello !!
Catch ya on Adelaide Base- Sunday evening sched.





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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 21:24

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 21:24
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Must get out and give mine a cobweb clean and give you a call one sked soon .

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Follow Up By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 08:22

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 08:22
Hi Doug
From your end of the paddock, you may be better off going through Charters Towers Base.
But I'll be listening for you at Adelaide Base if you wish to call in !!

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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:14

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:14
definitly says in the book to use your FULL callsighn starting with vks 737 then your call sighn but in paractice no one does it just there call sighn
ie mune is Whiskey 4057.
perhaps when making a call outside of sched times the full call might be appropriate same as the operators when starting a ched
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Follow Up By: Member - RFLundgren (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:36

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 14:36
Davoe

May be up your way next week. Heading out for about 8 days to get away from the city again. Give me a call over the HF if you like and if time and condition permits.

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Reply By: SteveL - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 18:58

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 18:58
When I moved to WA, I rang VKS-737 and informed them,assuming I would have to get a Whisky callsign.They told me I didn't have to change but I could if I wanted to.
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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 00:44

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 00:44
*Also if I announce myself should I say “VKS 737 Whisky 9999 here” or “VKS 737 Mobile 9999 here” or just “VKS 737 9999 here”?*


Say what,Just add them all together and Nasa will think there getting some sort of transmission from the Outer Galaxy !
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Follow Up By: Zebra400 - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 04:34

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 04:34
Technically you should say VKS737 Moblie Whisky 9999. As other networks use the same frequencies as VKS737, you should state the network you are a member of. By stating 'Mobile' it denotes that you are not a base station.

However in reality, the frequencies are mostly used by VKS737 members so most VKS737 members only start with their callsign i.e. Whisky 9999. Other networks also are usually aware of the VKS737 callsign format so they will know you are a VKS737 member.

As for the use of the term 'Mobile, I dont think it serves any purpose. Base operators always introduce themselves as eg Adelaide Base, and members introduce themselves as eg Whisky 9999. This sounds clear to me when using my radio.
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Follow Up By: KSV. - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 09:41

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 09:41
Thanks, you answer my question in full and from practical point of view.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:31

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:31
VKS737


Yep have noticed this on the rear windows of 4wd !


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