How to politely end a CW exchange quickly

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by AA4OO, Nov 29, 2015.

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Exactly - stuff happens.

    I remember doing it a number of times in the 70s as a Novice/General where the other ham would go all complicated in his reply and I'd get lost, and chose to "flee rather than fight" because I was so lost I saw no way to get back on track cleanly - "MUST QRT DINNER SRI 73 WN7AWK" :)

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  2. KJ4VTH

    KJ4VTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    BM :oops:
  3. N7ZAL

    N7ZAL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not related to CW, but when I was a kid my Dad worked 6 meter AM. The locals on 6 would always say they had to go pour the water off the potatoes. As a little curious ignorant kid I had to ask my father the first time I heard it. I'll never forget it...he had to go to the bathroom...whooo. OK. :)
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  4. KQ0J

    KQ0J XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    XYL PMS SRI 73....
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  5. KQ0J

    KQ0J XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    "they had to go pour the water off the potatoes."

    We use " QRJ " Went to the John....
  6. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Too bad QRPP is already in use !! :rolleyes:
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  7. SM0AOM

    SM0AOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    To break the other station's transmission when using QSK commercial practice was to send just one or two "dits".

    You was then supposed to stop transmission and provide a ยด"fill" when requested.
    Some coast station operators I knew anticipated a repeat request and simply repeated the last word sent and then went on with the traffic, but others responded by a "?" and waited for a request.

    In amateur radio the "?" response I feel as most appropriate, and then the other station could just say AS or AS 2 if he intends to come back,or "QRT SRI" if the urgent business causes him to be more permanently absent.

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  8. N3HEE

    N3HEE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Karl is correct. You may also add the following info to give the other end an idea of the pause requested.....

    AS phone
    AS XYL
    AS door
  9. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Ham Member QRZ Page


    old and HB lash ups
    no break in
    usually takes at least one switch
    ( that's if the lash up is all set up )

    got to go
    OP on other end
    is making a OLD Buzzard
    just up and go

    running break in
    two dits to break
    then just tell the other OP

    want to end the QSO
    fast kiss off is

    SRY got to QRT TNX 73 CUL

    need a min or so
    don't want to end the QSO

    send QRT will be back in a min
    then your call

    dit dit
  10. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    If the other guy's sending and not full QSK, there's nothing you can do -- just leave. Maybe return in time to complete the QSO, or maybe not.

    It doesn't really matter.
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