Great! My Dad, W5JHJ (SK) had told me about this shortly after I got
my Novice ticket in 1970. I'd never heard or read of it anywhere.
Now, the long comma -- that's a great one!
I have my 2nd Class Radiotelegraph, mainly because I saw that it was
still available. For some odd reason, the FCC hasn't done away with
it. I took my 20 wpm Extra test before the FCC, so I qualified by
taking only the written portion. The written is pretty arcane (and
hasn't been updated for many years), asking lots of questions about
super-regen receivers and message handling protocols. I learned those
on CW traffic nets, so it wasn't too bad.
Kim Elmore N5OP
At 08:57 PM 12/4/2007, you wrote:
>On Tue, 2007-12-04 at 20:26 -0600, Kim Elmore wrote:
> > Is this one that anyone else has heard of?
>Yep. I use that frequently. Sometimes I get a dit, sometimes not. If
>not then I follow up with a full "QRL?". I figure it gives the guys who
>know a chance to stop me without having to endure a full Q signal query.
>Been doing that for years and I don't remember who taught me the
>I was a ship Radio Officer for some years and used CW extensively. And,
>I never heard the "didit dit" sequence while out there.
>OTOH, whilst sailing the high seas, a long drawn out comma character,
>"daaaah daaaaah didit daaaaah daaaaaaaah" was a serious insult, roughly
>equivalent to "F*** YOU". I didn't see that on the list. Heh.. Those
>were some fun times!
>73 & BCNU,
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