[TenTec] "Lip Reading" of CW?

Michael Cheponis michael.cheponis at gmail.com
Fri Sep 24 00:15:30 EDT 2021

Thank you for this great piece of detective work.  I posted a comment about
this list, and your decoding, Glenn.  I didn't post your name nor call in
the YouTube comment, but did say it was from the fine folks on the Ten Tec
mailing list -- I can edit the comment to give you credit directly if you
want, Glenn.

I was always amazed as a kid, when making DX contacts, that the 'format' of
a DX QSO was pretty standard, and so one could 'talk' with other people,
even if you didn't understand their languages.

CW is magic.

-Mike K6THZ

On Thu, Aug 12, 2021 at 5:01 PM Glenn AE0Q <gm5bkc at gmail.com> wrote:

> The far shot is hard to read but I copy:
> VT  then 8 dits (he made a mistake)  TO  S  BT(run together)  W
> The first and last letters might be partial because of the cutting of the
> film :-)
> Glenn AE0Q
> On Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 12:26 PM Michael Cheponis <
> michael.cheponis at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I wasn't really sure where to post this, as it's definitely 'off topic' --
>> but since Ten-Tec was known as the "CW Person's Rig" due to tight break-in
>> all the way through to the amps, I figured there are probably a lot of CW
>> ops here.
>> I stumbled across this video of the Wehrmacht surrendering to the Allies
>> outside Prague in April 1945, and as there is only a music soundtrack,
>> only
>> video is available showing a GI with a J-38 (?) strapped to his right leg,
>> banging out CW.  There is an initial close-up, followed by a longer shot.
>> I tried to decode this, got  a few sections I'm fairly sure of, but... not
>> very good yet.  I did slow the video down to 0.25x speed, this helps since
>> you can more clearly see his hand motions.
>> I'd think it would be  nice to post to the comments in that video what the
>> CW 'message' was, as a service to other viewers.  Would be fun to figure
>> it
>> out.  (Credit the Ten-Ten group, of course!)
>> It's here:  https://youtu.be/PIKGmaXmfCQ?t=329    maybe 20 seconds
>> Thanks!    Mike K6THZ

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