Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KK4YWN, Sep 14, 2017.
Shave and a haircut, 2 bits?
"QST" once said that "HI" was from American Morse Landline Telegraph code, where it was
originally "HO" (a la Santa Claus). ".... . ." That's what they sent to mean laughter.
The "O", dit-space-dit, became "I", dit dit, in Radiotelegraph Code.
That's all I know about it.
Actually, to "Break" on the land-line telegraph, you would close the key, thereby causing the electromagnets on all of the sounders on the line to pull in making communication impossible. The shorting bar on a code key or bug is for this purpose.
Nope! You got it all wrong about "HI HI HI". This is where that came from:
Think about it. The batteries, morse relays, amd keys are all in series. Any open key deenergizes the morse relays and the sounders stop functioning.
Wiring it this way lets all parties know if the circuit is open. If the line fails everyone knows why. If someone needs to break in they simply need to open thier key.
No. Good guess, though.
HI for laughter goes back to the days of American Morse and railroad telegraph, pre-radio. The letter "O" in American Morse is almost the same as the letter "I" -- both consist of two dits, the difference being that O has a slightly longer space between the two dits.
So, HI is actually HO -- another way to indicate laughter, though most of us these days associate the word with the big guy in the red outfit; no, not the one from a resort island in the northeast, the one who allegedly lives at the North Pole.
In short, when we send HI HI HI for laughter, we're actually sending a slightly modified version of American Morse to send HO HO HO.
...well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I'm sure someone reading this is already trying to debunk it, just to prove their superiority...
what I heard is, Morse hihi sounds like laughter. bit of a stretch IMHO.
A lot of CW ops send it as didididit dit dit... "hee hee".
Hihi is used because of the speed of sending, think of sending the word l a u g h in code... There are 5 letters, composed of both dits and dahs... Like the word Paris... Then think of how much faster it would be to send 4 letters that consist only if the shorter dits... You can literally almost send it twice in the length of time it takes to send laugh... Same with the prosigns... Bk, sk, etcetera it's the original leet speek...