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Author Topic: Over-use of Abbreviations?  (Read 1367 times)
W0NHH
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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2009, 04:29:31 PM »

I always strive for political correctness.  Sugar coating is necessary to avoid hurting the feelings of even the grossest lids.  That's assuming they are capable of being insulted, which is dubious indeed.
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WB2TPS
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« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2009, 10:13:28 AM »

It is called "thru-put" and the use of standardized abbreviations began with land line telegraphy.
Western Union and wireless carriers charged by the letter.
The use of abbreviations or coded messages (there were standard code books)would save considerable expense.

Jim
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WW5AA
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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2009, 02:00:53 PM »

tnx fer the qso cul es hv a nice 1 de lindy ..

73 de Lindy
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K5END
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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2009, 04:34:10 AM »

dit dit
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N2UGB
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2009, 02:51:34 AM »

As a QRP cw operator, I use few abbreviations. If a character is lost in a plain text word, it can still be understood...most times. A short abbreviation can, often, disappear in the QSB.

My eight-cents opinion...all I have in my pocket presently.

72/73
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AA4PB
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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2009, 06:16:51 AM »

Look at what your kids are texting sometime. You'll never complain about ham abbreviations again :-)
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WA8JNM
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« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2009, 06:12:39 AM »

<<As a QRP cw operator, I use few abbreviations. If a character is lost in a plain text word, it can still be understood...most times. A short abbreviation can, often, disappear in the QSB>>

I agree, and as I think about it, that may be part of my concern.  Especially with regard to these "homemade" abbreviations, a missing letter as a result of QSB (or more likely one of my "brain stalls") may cause more lost substance than would a missing letter in a word that is completely spelled. Communicating with someone whose mother tongue is not mine is a whole different deal; then the abbreviations may well facilitate the communications.

And, the very abbreviated exchanges (see examples in this thread) imply to me, somehow, that the guy on the other end is less interested in really striking up a meaningful ragchew. (Maybe that's just a subjective and inaccurate reaction, however.)

But again I say, in a ragchew, what's the rush?

Dave
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