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Author Topic: What is 72?  (Read 8924 times)
W8JI
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« on: October 25, 2012, 09:27:09 AM »

OK, I know all about 88, 73, 10-4, 666, and even 69, but what is 72 and why do we need it?

I hear people saying 72 to each other today. Is that "regards" instead of "best regards"?
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2012, 09:29:43 AM »

It's the QRP version of 73. Do more with less.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2012, 09:59:30 AM »

It's the QRP version of 73. Do more with less.

OK, thanks. I wondered what it was.

At what power level is 72 preferable or acceptable compared to 73? This is common?
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2012, 10:04:52 AM »

It's the QRP version of 73. Do more with less.

OK, thanks. I wondered what it was.

At what power level is 72 preferable or acceptable compared to 73? This is common?

It's a QRP thing; apparently begun by RV3GM. So 5 watts or less.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2012, 10:34:53 AM »

I used to use "72" on phone back in the 60s.

When asked, I'd say, "It's like 73, but I'll owe you one."
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2012, 10:41:59 AM »

There's no rules or power requirements per say it's just a not-so-secret handshake amongst QRP enthusiasts. Not all of them embrace it but many do. I usually respond to it with 73 out of sheer habit.
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2012, 11:40:18 AM »

I have a friend whose father,  now SK, was a ham so she grew up hearing 73 and 88 all the time.  Once, when I emailed her, I finished with "73/88".  She reminded me that I'm happily married, and suggested that the "88" part belongs at home.

So from then on, I've used "44".  She caught right on with that!
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2012, 03:34:58 AM »

And of course 73+88 = 161, which is what members of the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) send to each other, if you happen to run across that.

73 John K3TN
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2012, 12:19:02 PM »

And of course 73+88 = 161, which is what members of the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) send to each other, if you happen to run across that.

73 John K3TN

I understand they really think extra highly of each other to call each other "first class" compared to the rest of the peons in the hobby, but that seems a little over-affectionate for my crowd.
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2012, 01:19:53 PM »

And of course 73+88 = 161, which is what members of the First Class CW Operators Club (FOC) send to each other, if you happen to run across that.

73 John K3TN

Sure, Why not concentrate the whole rubber stamp QSO to
K3TN de PA0BLAH 348569 de PA0BLAH
with 348596 the sum of the translation A=1 B=2 ...Z=26
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I understand they really think extra highly of each other to call each other "first class" compared to the rest of the peons in the hobby, but that seems a little over-affectionate for my crowd.

No, when you start at school you are first grade.  So reasonable to think FOC are First grade operators.
The first will be the last and the last will be the first, something written in the bible.

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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2012, 04:06:51 PM »

I like Qrp and think 72 is classy and funny .  I did not know what it stood for either but when I did find out hear I put a smile on and had a little chuckle !  nothing wrong with having fun .  John Molenda kb2huk
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2012, 09:56:14 AM »

Has anyone heard of OT using ditdit to end a qso ?

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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2012, 02:37:11 PM »

Yes - that's at least 52 years old.  Comes from one station sending "SK 73 de K7KBN ese."

The "ese" part, of course, sounds like "shave and a haircut".  The other station sends the "ee", representing the "two bits".
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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2012, 08:03:01 AM »

Yes - that's at least 52 years old.  Comes from one station sending "SK 73 de K7KBN ese."

The "ese" part, of course, sounds like "shave and a haircut".  The other station sends the "ee", representing the "two bits".

But I think I have not heard the "ese" since I was a novice in the 70's. But the "ee" comes after pretty much every QSO (at least for me).

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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2012, 09:40:45 AM »

Yes - that's at least 52 years old.  Comes from one station sending "SK 73 de K7KBN ese."

The "ese" part, of course, sounds like "shave and a haircut".  The other station sends the "ee", representing the "two bits".

But I think I have not heard the "ese" since I was a novice in the 70's. But the "ee" comes after pretty much every QSO (at least for me).

paul

Well, that explains it.  You no longer get a "shave and a haircut", but you still have to pay the "two bits".  It's called "economics" and it gives me a headache.    Grin
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