Re "RRR" I remember my very first QSO in 1966. We were just finishing our training at HMS Mercury, the Royal Navy's signal school in Hampshire and a part of the final training was going to sea and across the channel (thats the Enlgish channel!! to St Malo in France on a converted MFV (Motor Fishing Vessel) Amongst steering the thing, and various other nautical exercises we kept radio watches with one of the RN coastal stations, in this case MTN (Portsmouth). Bear in mind we had been taught procedural matters very strictly as taught by our trained & qualified instructors. On schedule I called up MTN and asked for a signal report using :- MTN de MXXT, "INT' QRK K (INT sent without spaces = Interrogative) and used before the Q code to indicate a question) Much to my amazement the operator immediately replies with "MXXT de MTN RRR QRK 5 K" I was soooo surprised at his 3 RRRs. I'd be 16 or 17 yrs old. I eventually got over the shock though! PS I also learned that steering the boat using a compass was harder than I thought.