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Old 02-02-2011, 11:45 AM   #21
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And get off my lawn!


BTW, Major Tom, FB on the CW explanation. Wonder how many of us there are here?
Don't knw OM, but am trying hard to stop writing my cpy down es cpy in my head. Also need to break the 20wpm barrier es wean myself off the SK es get comfortable wid the paddle!

Tnx fer "QSO" es hpe cu agn soon. 73. AR SK braumeister de Major Tom KN dit dit
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For those who may be wondering if Major Tom and braumeister have finally lost it, please rest easy. Ham radio has its jargon, just like any other hobby (or profession). Ours is just a bit more arcane than most, due to the arduous nature of using what is essentially a binary alphabet. We'll stop now, and return to what passes for normal spelling.
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Is this a new disease?
You're just adapting to a new culture.

Monks from the Middle Ages had different spelling rules for every abbey. Samuel Johnson would no doubt be horrified by today's spelling & grammar colloquialisms. My 10th-grade English teacher, Mrs. Degentesh, would be absolutely horrified at today's texting although she might be willing to let an emoticon or two creep in.

You just have to decide what culture you want to represent-- hip-hop l33tspeak or pidgin or "propah English". And then switch contexts as necessary...

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BTW, Major Tom, FB on the CW explanation. Wonder how many of us there are here?
Are you asking us to QSL?
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Are you asking us to QSL?
I think you just did.
Tks es 73.
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SK forever. Never past 15 WPM.

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Good for you.
I got my code speed up to 20 just to pass the Extra exam about 30 years ago, then let it slide gracefully into nearly total disuse.
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Are you asking us to QSL?

Mmmm...I don't think I do that.
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My cell text capability is limited to 150 characters per message, so I need to be terse.
I text only to send short grammatically incorrect messages. I will admit to acronyms like ETA, TTYL, LMAO, LOL and the like.
I never use "u" for "you", or "r" for "are" or the infamous "cu".
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For the non-initiate photos of my Straight Keys.

SK=Straight Key for sending Morse code.Straight key.jpgMilSK.jpg
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My cell text capability is limited to 150 characters per message, so I need to be terse.
I text only to send short grammatically incorrect messages. I will admit to acronyms like ETA, TTYL, LMAO, LOL and the like.
I never use "u" for "you", or "r" for "are" or the infamous "cu".
When I key in u, my phone automatically subs in you, but if I key in y, it just leaves it as y.

The k gets me. When shopping with the grand kids, I get messages like: whr r u; c u @ strbks k

Like an old fuddy-duddy, I text back: Macys or ok. It's OK, they still love me. Besides, I buy them a drink at Starbucks...sometimes they buy one for me!
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SK forever. Never past 15 WPM.

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A straight key at 15wpm is my current comfort zone, but I'm trying to break out of it. I would really like to be able to hold a conversation with full break-in at 25wpm+ without writing down any of the copy in my head.

I will get there, but it's taking practice.

I love the straight key, and am quite good at it, but want to be fully conversant with a paddle also.
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Mmmm...I don't think I do that.
Trust me, if you did that at a local chapter of a CW meeting then you'd be the most popular girl in the room...

QSL - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Of course, considering the demographics of most CW chapters, there's a high probability that you'd be the only girl in the room. But maybe I'm out of date on that one.

IIRC, the Navy radiomen on my 1980s boomer used to spend most of the three months of offcrew training trying to get their CW copy rates up to 16 WPM. I believe that was one of the requirements to advance to E-6.
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A straight key at 15wpm is my current comfort zone, but I'm trying to break out of it. I would really like to be able to hold a conversation with full break-in at 25wpm+ without writing down any of the copy in my head.

I will get there, but it's taking practice.

I love the straight key, and am quite good at it, but want to be fully conversant with a paddle also.
Great goal! Iambic paddles are fast.

I have not worked CW in about thirty years, maybe more. Most of my CW was in the Army with the J37 leg key on PRC74.
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I feel like I'm watching a foreign film movie. There's absolutely no understanding of what's being said; but, I'm enjoying it anyway.
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I feel like I'm watching a foreign film movie. There's absolutely no understanding of what's being said; but, I'm enjoying it anyway.
....and that picture that Is99 posted of the morse key strapped to his leg probably looks like some strange torture device to the uninitiated!
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....and that picture that Is99 posted of the morse key strapped to his leg probably looks like some strange torture device to the uninitiated!
For some odd reason that was the only thing I understood!
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I find it easier to text with just my two thumbs, but 01001001 00100000 01110000 01110010 01100101 01100110 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01110000 01100101 01110010 00100000 01100111 01110010 01100001 01101101 01101101 01100001 01110010 00101110.
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I find it easier to text with just my two thumbs, but 01001001 00100000 01110000 01110010 01100101 01100110 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01110000 01100101 01110010 00100000 01100111 01110010 01100001 01101101 01101101 01100001 01110010 00101110.
Now it's my turn to scratch my head and look perplexed.
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I find it easier to text with just my two thumbs, but 01001001 00100000 01110000 01110010 01100101 01100110 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01110000 01100101 01110010 00100000 01100111 01110010 01100001 01101101 01101101 01100001 01110010 00101110.
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Now it's my turn to scratch my head and look perplexed.
I prefer proper grammar.

That took some work - but my first guess was correct, binary ASCII.

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I find it easier to text with just my two thumbs, but 01001001 00100000 01110000 01110010 01100101 01100110 01100101 01110010 00100000 01110000 01110010 01101111 01110000 01100101 01110010 00100000 01100111 01110010 01100001 01101101 01101101 01100001 01110010 00101110.

OK, if there is something to all of those 0s and 1s, I don't know what it is.

I also find it easier to text with 2 thumbs if there is a QWERTY button keyboard. The Droid X we just got has a touch screen keyboard and I just don't seem to be able to two thumb it, must use the pointer or pinky finger to text. Of course, it's new, so I may improve...I hope.
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