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The RS(T) reporting system has always been arbitrary. The original intent was for the receiving operator to estimate readability, signal strength, and tone by ear; there never have been universally-recognized standards regarding what should be R5 or S9. Manufacturers muddied the waters somewhat by putting S-meters in receivers, with S9 set as -73 dBm, ...


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"If the report never changes, why do contest rules still require signal reports, when cutting out phony reports would speed things up?" This question comes up frequently, among contesters (e.g. on CQ-Contest, an email reflector for contesters) as well as among those who criticise contests. Reasons for the signal report often include (in no ...


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Signal reports are sent because the contest may require them. Every contest I can think of requires some exchange of information, and a signal report may or may not be among the required information. For example, the ARRL 10 meter contest specifies signal reports must be exchanged: 4. Contest Exchange: 4.1. W/VE stations (including Hawaii and Alaska) send ...


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