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Author Topic: Whats the significance of repeated Vs???  (Read 1884 times)
2E0OZI
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« on: May 16, 2012, 11:47:39 AM »

I keep hearing people sending a series of rapid Vs - whats that all about?

all the best,

Scotty
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2012, 12:00:23 PM »

I don't know why, but "V" is used as a "testing" character - for tuning, checking power levels, etc.

So for me, it would be:

VVVVVVVV  de VA7CPC

           Charles
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2012, 01:08:58 PM »

V has always been used as far as I recall.
I am conjecturing that it may have started as a way of the operator tuning himself and his key or bug.
In the same way that musicians tune their instruments prior to a performance, perhaps the V was a way for the CW operator to tune his key and hand muscles.

Taking the music analogy one step further, the sequence of dits and dahs in V is the same as the opening sequence in Beethovens fifth symphony - dit dit dit dahhh.

Mind rambling ... time for coffee.

73s - Rob
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 02:31:42 PM »

VVV is experienced as the ideal awaking sound, generated by a sounder,  for rail road telegraphers in lonely stations, that were falled asleep, and gave them a short time to take their pencil and start copying the incoming message.

VVV was used as a sequence on a dead line, so that a recording papertape got started, before the actual message was sent.

Later on VVV was used as starting of machine code tapes for messages without meaning, only to transmit repeatedly the call sign and something like QRU? in order to keep the frequency occupied, and allow stations to keep tuned.

When you have paddles and don't know the speed. the keyer is adjusted for;the V is a character that tells you that.

VVV is a code that means "transmission in Morse code follows"
ZXZX as I may remember wrong: transmission in CCITT 5 RTTY follows
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2012, 02:46:51 PM »

Thanks guys, that about explains it!!!  Grin
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