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Title: Easter Eggs
Post by: K0JEG on July 14, 2013, 07:14:40 PM
As I'm learning and starting to understand Morse code, I'm starting to enjoy some of the "Easter Eggs" of the hobby.

The most obvious is 73. It's just fun to bang that out. This weekend I realized W1AW is sort of the same for all the characters (.-- .---- .- .--). Not sure if that's intentional or not, but I'm sure it made Hiram Percy Maxim's call was easy to remember for the early amateurs.

Not quite as Earth shattering as realizing the rhythm on Rush's YYZ is Morse code, but fun anyway.

Should I ask for your favorites, or discover them on my own?

--... ...--


Title: RE: Easter Eggs
Post by: W7ASA on July 14, 2013, 10:04:37 PM
One of the military callsigns which we used to re-cycle as much as possible was UU2. ..-   ..-   ..---  which sounds like Rossini's WilliamTell Overture/Lone Ranger Theme. Another popular one was 335  ...--  ...--   ----- which sounds like the old Woody Woodpecker hi-hi-hi-haaa-haaaah ...   call from the cartoons.  As a Buddy of mine used to say: "It's 335 time!" and then do his best Woody Woodpecker imitation.

One of the nice things in the old days of military Morse - especially in training - was that we could use about any calls, because when you have enough weapons, the ITU did not matter.


73 de Ray
W7ASA ..._ ._


Title: RE: Easter Eggs
Post by: K7KBN on July 15, 2013, 11:07:57 AM
One of my favorite Navy call signs was NRJ:  DAH di di DAH di di DAH DAH DAH.  Like something Sousa might have written.

ASA:  I think your depiction of Woody Woodpecker reads "330" ... ???


Title: RE: Easter Eggs
Post by: W7ASA on July 15, 2013, 04:27:23 PM
D'oh!  yup!  Should have been 5  all dits, thus proving the old adage 'never do by eye what should be done by ear.'. Thanks for the catch.



>Ray


Title: RE: Easter Eggs
Post by: NK6Q on July 15, 2013, 05:25:19 PM
On the classical music theme, second movement of Beethoven Symphony #7 keeps repeating TIM, TIM, TIM.

Tim never answers.

Bill in Pasadena, NK6Q


Title: RE: Easter Eggs
Post by: K7KBN on July 15, 2013, 06:46:11 PM
P. I. Tchaikowsky's Symphony #5 seems to indicate he was rejected by his Draft Board.  In the last movement, "4F 4F 4F" is repeated several times.

"Repetition? Is it required?" said Tchaikowsky when he was hired.


Title: RE: Easter Eggs
Post by: KH2G on August 01, 2013, 07:28:20 PM
Old military callsign I worked with was 5H55 that'll get you in trouble if your not carefull on a mil net  :D


Title: RE: Easter Eggs
Post by: WB0KSL on August 02, 2013, 08:59:49 AM
"bens best bent barbed wire". Try it.


73 de wb0ksl, John
 :)


Title: RE: Easter Eggs
Post by: WN2C on August 02, 2013, 10:16:50 AM
"bens best bent barbed wire". Try it.


73 de wb0ksl, John
 :)

I got a hard enough time just trying to say it!!