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The (mis-)assignment of calls vs FCC districts is not exactly "new" -- it's been this way for quite a few years. The simple fact is that you can't assume that AA6E, for example, is in California. (I've been in CT since 1989.) People move around and keep their calls. People want vanity calls, too. What are you going to do? Using /n with your call is a help, if you think the other guy knows what the old-time call districts were!

On JT65/JT9 modes, you're supposed to transmit your locator info together with your callsign. That's a big help. A lot of us keep a window open on (or similar) just to check up on who we're chatting with and what the right bearing should be.

73 Martin AA6E
E-Mail Forwarding N3TNZ on 1/2/15
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73 Martin AA6E
40,80 meters leroy271 on 27/1/15
It's a historical oddity. Early amateur SSB rigs used a 9 MHz IF system, and it was easier and cheaper to generate LSB below 9 MHz and USB above 9 MHz. With most designs these days, USB and LSB are equally easy to use, but we keep to the old convention.

73 Martin AA6E
Rigexpert WTI-1 KZ6B on 12/1/15
The snarky response is that it's just about as easy to take the KX3 with you. :-)

I can't advise about the Rigexpert product.

Good luck! 73 Martin AA6E
When Away from QTH KB3ZMB on 12/1/15
You need to report your actual QTH during the contact. Otherwise, the other guy may claim your home QTH for WAS and other award situations, he may point his beam in the wrong direction, etc. The normal way to handle this when you are operating "portable" is to sign your call KB3ZMB/6 if you're in California. And if you're travelling within the 3rd area, KB3ZMB/3. If you log your QSOs (and you should!), you should also log the callsign you were using (with the /n) and the actual QTH. If you use Logbook of the World, you need to create a separate "location" identity for each QTH (with the /n) to do it right.

I hope this helps.

73 Martin AA6E

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