In his book of aviation cartoons, There I Was, Bob Stevens harkens back to those "radio quality buffoons" who use to spend more time on radio checks than on their engine performance checks. He uses as an example a fellow who whistled, huffed, puffed, amonst other things into his microphone before asking the tower for a radio check. The tower responded that his transmitter was 2 by 2. When the pilot came back demanding to know why his transmission was only received 2 by 2, the tower controller retorted, it was too damned loud and too damned often. I always wanted the opportunity to use that line before retiring.....too bad I never got the chance.