How time changes things - Checking if frequency is in use on CW

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by KG5NII, Jul 2, 2017.

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  1. K8BZ

    K8BZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Never heard of using what you mentioned. Just QRL? Been active for 50 years so I don't think it was in common use. Also spent 4 years copying commercial and other governmental Cw in the 70's and they didn't use it either.
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  2. KI5WW

    KI5WW Ham Member QRZ Page

    46 years here. Never heard ditdit dit. But if I do I’m guna QRL? it.
  3. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    I actually adopted the practice for a couple months as a test. Nope... not one time did it work. Never got a dit back.
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  4. KA2CZU

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    *deleted* wrong context ... sorry
  5. AB2RA

    AB2RA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was licensed in 1959, and got involved in traffic nets. The dit dit - dit was common to do when checking in. The NCS would go K if OK to transmit. People who operated in CW nets were much more common then. Outside a net, the practice may not have been familiar. I agree with one post that said today no one would know what the dit dit - dit was about these days.
  6. AB2RA

    AB2RA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Forgot to comment on the bug issue. Some are acquiring bugs as a revisit to the old days. Practice is needed, even more than with an electronic keyer, because of the mechanical nature of the dits and the manually formed dahs. A bug is never as readable as any other method to me. There is a characteristic "swing" you have to learn to copy. I admit that perfect code has spoiled me. I tend to avoid bad fists of any source, unless I really need them for a contest score.
  7. AB2RA

    AB2RA Ham Member QRZ Page

    On a lighter note, I have a historical puzzle:
    After Marconi made his first transmission, what did he hear immediately?

    "Frequency is in use, OM"
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  8. WF4W

    WF4W Ham Member QRZ Page

    i never learned the I-E as an abbreviated QRL? -- I did learn the 'C' as an affirmative response. Most did though b/c I've have people send QRL? to which I response "C" just to have them send "? ? ? de XX4XX"
  9. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you hear "QRL?" it's best just to let it go without a reply... No reply is required or needed... Exception is if you are using said freq.
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  10. N0NC

    N0NC Ham Member QRZ Page

    First licensed in 1971. I used the ARRL book to study for my license as I was working my way up. I remember the "ditdit dit" as used it from them on.


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