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Author Topic: Guides to common CW abbreviations  (Read 1361 times)
VK5EEE
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« on: December 07, 2017, 02:36:07 AM »

Please post links to what you consider may be useful guides to abbreviations, or any you know of, that could help any newcomer to CW?
If you have any on a site of your own, please kindly also post that.
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 02:40:27 AM »

Answering my own question first, this seems to be quite a good one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code_abbreviations
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 02:53:23 AM »

ROTFLMAO YMMV ICYMI QQ TLDR;
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 03:54:41 AM »

This one seems to be quite comprehensive (except I could not find EN):
http://ac6v.com/morseaids.htm#CW
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 06:00:01 AM »

You won't find EN as it's not an abbreviation it's a stylish "R"  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 07:05:54 AM »

Answering my own question first, this seems to be quite a good one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code_abbreviations

99 means "get lost!" - I've not that one before, but I have heard other colorful abbreviations basically meaning the same thing. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 07:15:31 AM »

How about including
MX Merry Christmas
HH Happy Holidays!
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Besides 99 I've never heard of NX, ZX, and NM except for nautical miles. KTS for Knots.
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 11:12:06 AM »

Answering my own question first, this seems to be quite a good one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code_abbreviations

Glad to see I am in compliance with a few that I had been wondering about - e.g., TNX (instead of THX), but apparently I am out-of-step in many others.  For example, I use the prosign BT when thinking or getting ready to change subjects, and report my QTH as "NR Charlotte, NC, NC."  (Obviously Charlotte is not a number...)  So, am I a bad person in need of repentance, or is it OK to keep my questionable habits?

73   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2017, 12:01:58 PM »

Andrew, please be careful about sending HH, especially at the end of a QSO. I have heard from at least two sources that during the 1930's and 1940's German stations ended a contact with 'HH' but in this case it meant Heil Hitler.

Can anyone confirm this?

Peter DL8OV
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2017, 12:26:00 PM »

Andrew, please be careful about sending HH, especially at the end of a QSO. I have heard from at least two sources that during the 1930's and 1940's German stations ended a contact with 'HH' but in this case it meant Heil Hitler.

Can anyone confirm this?

In the book "Signalbuch für den Kurzwellenverkehr" (Fuchs-Fasching, Vienna, 1936 edition), the CW abbreviation "hhi" is listed with the translation "Deutscher Gruß" (literally "German Salute"). I have heard the same about "HH", but not seen anything in print about it, from the time before 1945. Some people also claim that the abbreviation 55, which seems to be used predominantly in Germany also stems from this.

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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2017, 12:30:05 PM »

Many items on this site...

Learning the Morse Code
http://www.9h1mrl.org/ukrae/arc_cd/extra/morse/index.htm

SEE: Chapter 27 - Abbreviations
http://www.9h1mrl.org/ukrae/arc_cd/extra/morse/html/c27.htm



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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2017, 01:37:18 PM »

Q-Codes  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_code

I had never heard of "99" before.  Wasn't she Maxwell Smart's partner? Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 03:54:37 PM »

Q-Codes  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_code

I had never heard of "99" before.  Wasn't she Maxwell Smart's partner? Cheesy

She absolutely was.  And Barbara Feldon wasn't  hard to look at or listen to either.
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2017, 07:11:06 PM »

Re the excellent list of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code_abbreviations and there's also very helpful information after the list, such as QSO format etc.

I've never heard used CX (but instead CONDX or CONDS), nor NX, VX (except in French for "old man"), ZX. I have heard of 99 and also heard it rarely used (when was in G land in 80s). Nor have I heard of WTC Whats the craic? (Irish Language: [Conas atá tú?] and still don't know what that means or if it really belongs in this list  Smiley

One Russian DSW made it into the list, perhaps SPB, ZA, and TOW should be added too  Cheesy

Regards HHI, HH, 55. I also heard this about HH but no idea if it was a rumour or fact, morphed from the earlier HHI (which I had not heard about), and I have of coruse never heard HH used for any purpose. 55, originating in Germany and used in neighbouring countries, meant "viele punkte" (many dots/points) but held to mean "Viel Erfolg" (much success) so wishing you success.

For 55 I really do not think there is anything but wild theories that it is an attempt to revive the HH (assuming that HH was used as it would seem reasonable to assume it was to some degree). Maybe a rumour could be started in future that TT really is a sign for Trump Tower or Trump Trump, and R is a secret signal between Republicans or even that CQ developed into a tribute to Colonel Qadhafi.
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2017, 02:30:27 AM »

Friends, there's no chance of me using HH or Happy Holidays even if some people take offence at being wished Merry Christmas. Perhaps some put up their holiday tree and make a holiday cake.
I am very well aware of signallers sometimes signing off with HH, 73 years ago. I read about a British operator who regularly worked a clandestine station in France. She noticed a change in the Fist, suspected the agent had been captured and the set was being operated by a German. Signing off she sent HH and got an immediate HH back.

72 is used by QRP operators instead of 73, as another abbreviation.

In that Wikipedia list I also see
"44 Hand shake, half of 88. Often used in Flora and Fauna connections, HH in CW"

All the best
Andrew
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