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Author Topic: 73s, 73's, "seventy three," "seventy threes," "seventy thirds"  (Read 20075 times)
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« Reply #30 on: November 22, 2015, 10:19:59 PM »

Yesterday, I heard a new ham on fone working stations one after the other. Instead of 73, he often said "good numbers to you". It gave me the urge to vomit.

vy 73 es gl om,
Bryan WA7PRC
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« Reply #31 on: November 23, 2015, 12:12:02 AM »

Over 60 years ago, in the British 'Short Wave Magazine', the Editor, Austin Forsyth, G6FO, was moaning about '73s'.......

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« Reply #32 on: November 23, 2015, 01:56:32 AM »

Over 60 years ago, in the British 'Short Wave Magazine', the Editor, Austin Forsyth, G6FO, was moaning about '73s'.......



And I recall a contemporary letter or editorial in QST pointing out that since (telegraphers' code) 73 means "best regards", then 73s must mean "best regardses".

Steve in Okinawa
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« Reply #33 on: November 23, 2015, 02:22:42 AM »

Yawn....
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KM4AH
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« Reply #34 on: November 23, 2015, 05:27:09 AM »

Yawn....

And, they wonder why ham radio is dying.
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« Reply #35 on: November 23, 2015, 11:37:12 AM »

I honestly can't recall anyone saying "seven three" back in the day. Always "seventy-three". Just my two yen.

Steve in Okinawa

Steve,
Is that ham dealer in Naha still in business?  Can't remember his name, it's been so long.  Nice man.  The dollar was strong back then, which made it even better.
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« Reply #36 on: November 23, 2015, 11:39:34 AM »

Yesterday, I heard a new ham on fone working stations one after the other. Instead of 73, he often said "good numbers to you". It gave me the urge to vomit.

vy 73 es gl om,
Bryan WA7PRC

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K9MHZ
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« Reply #37 on: November 23, 2015, 12:37:50 PM »

So, you wander around the band listening and making fun of people since nobody wants to talk to you.

Wow.  BTW, quite the callsign suffix, OM.

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« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2015, 01:12:20 PM »

Yesterday, I heard a new ham on fone working stations one after the other. Instead of 73, he often said "good numbers to you". It gave me the urge to vomit.

vy 73 es gl om,
Bryan WA7PRC

When I lived in Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast during the early 80's a quite common way for the "reformed CB:ers" that frequented the repeaters to end a contact was "the figures and over and out" spoken in the local dialect.

After finishing laughing I sometimes felt the same urge to vomit...

73/
Karl-Arne
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« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2015, 01:44:12 PM »

And the apostrophe doesn't belong in there, either.

no doubt, the Apostrophe Protection Society will be very pleased if you would report this abuse here: http://www.apostrophe.org.uk/  Smiley

it's a real shame though that it is too late for them to contact Mr. Maxim...  Cry


 
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« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2015, 02:16:16 PM »

72 and I'll owe you one.
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« Reply #41 on: November 23, 2015, 02:44:01 PM »

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« Reply #42 on: November 23, 2015, 03:51:39 PM »

I honestly can't recall anyone saying "seven three" back in the day. Always "seventy-three". Just my two yen.

Steve in Okinawa

Steve,
Is that ham dealer in Naha still in business?  Can't remember his name, it's been so long.  Nice man.  The dollar was strong back then, which made it even better.


I've heard about a guy who would trade equipment (if he liked you) but he's long gone. Ham radio is on it's last legs in Okinawa and there's only one store left on the island, up near Futenma MCAS, that sells Yaesu rigs and Arrow antennas. For me that means a half-hour in traffic to buy a resistor. The club at Kadena closed at least 5 years ago and there are only a few American hams left here. Most of the remaining activity involves VHF/UHF and repeaters, but I am not into that. Most of the ancient members of the club I joined are, and also SSTV.

Nana-ju hachi (73)

Steve
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« Reply #43 on: November 23, 2015, 04:53:52 PM »

Nana-ju hachi = 78 desu, ne?

Nana-ju san!
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« Reply #44 on: November 23, 2015, 05:05:06 PM »

I've heard about a guy who would trade equipment (if he liked you) but he's long gone. Ham radio is on it's last legs in Okinawa and there's only one store left on the island, up near Futenma MCAS, that sells Yaesu rigs and Arrow antennas. For me that means a half-hour in traffic to buy a resistor. The club at Kadena closed at least 5 years ago and there are only a few American hams left here. Most of the remaining activity involves VHF/UHF and repeaters, but I am not into that. Most of the ancient members of the club I joined are, and also SSTV.

Nana-ju hachi (73)

Steve

That's too bad, Steve.  I think the guy I'm thinking of just went by "Freddy", or some other American handle.  I remember that it was the first time I ever saw SO-239 mobile antenna mounts, since they hadn't yet hit the American market.  The yen was somewhere in the high 200 to low 300 range, so "Freddy" really liked us.   
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