RST Reporting System

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5 9 9 or 59 ?

CW Uses Readability, Signal Strength, and Tone.

Phone Uses Readability, and Signal Strength.

R. S. T.  System

Always give a signal report on you first or second reply to your contact. Give a truthful signal report. This is how the stations you are working know that there equipment is operating correctly. If they receive more than a few below normal reports it gives them a good indication they have a problem to run down. It is also better than getting a notice from an O.O. informing them of there problem. If you keep giving the same signal report with problems it is most likely time for you to find your problem and make the necessary repairs.

IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE A TRUTHFUL SIGNAL REPORT, DO NOT GIVE ANY REPORT!

DO NOT BE A LID OPERATOR!

A 599 OR 59 TO EVERYBODY HAS NO MEANING AT ALL!

NOTE: Most signal reports when contesting are a 599 or 59 for speed.

Readability
1 Unreadable.
2 Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable.
3 Readable with considerable difficulty.
4 Readable with practically no difficulty.
5 Perfectly Readable.
 Signal Strength 
1 Faint signal, Barely perceptible.
2 Very weak signal.
3 Weak Signal.
4 Fair Signal.
5 Fairly good signal.
6 Good Signal.
7 Moderately Strong Signal.
8 Strong Signal.
9 Extremely Strong Signal.
Tone 
1 Sixty hertz A.C. or less, rough and broad.
2 Very rough A.C., Harsh and broad.
3 Rough A.C. tone, Rectified but not filtered.
4 Rough note, some trace of filtering.
5 Filtered rectified A.C. but strong ripple, modulated.
6 Filtered tone, definite trace of ripple modulation.
7 Near pure tone, trace of ripple modulation.
8 Near perfect tone, slight trace of modulation.
9 Perfect tone, no trace of ripple or modulation of any kind.

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