Is "AR" "K" the new "K"?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WB6BUM, Jun 13, 2017.

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  1. WB6BUM

    WB6BUM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Having been away from the hobby for over 40 years I have had to learn about a lot of new technologies, and quite a few operating procedures that have apparently changed.
    I was always a CW person, and have returned to my roots. I just came up from my radio room where I heard no less than three CQ calls followed by "AR - K." Have I lost my mind as well as my memory? That doesn't make any sense to me at all.
    Of course I will not answer those calls, because it appears they are already in a QSO with someone. But why then, the AR? I am guessing that there has been a change?
  2. KP4SX

    KP4SX Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think there have been people since ' forever' that do that.
  3. WB6BUM

    WB6BUM Ham Member QRZ Page

    But is it now accepted operating procedure?
  4. KP4SX

    KP4SX Subscriber QRZ Page

    Of course not.
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  5. K1OIK

    K1OIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Why use KN? I can't imagine anyone wanting to break into a contact on CW for almost any reason or is the sender of KN think they are so in demand they don't want breakers?
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  6. KP4SX

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    Or sending CQ with KN at the end.
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  7. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wonder if somebody was sending a macro from a PC, and was looking for a "formfeed" action in a similarly equipped station, followed by "go ahead?" If you interpret AA = CRLF, BT = CRLF-CRLF, and AR = FF, that might make sense:

    Or perhaps they just read through the list of prosigns, and that kind of ending to their transmission just made sense to them?
  8. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Or a CQ with NOTHING at the end!
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  9. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Linked document from the WP page, source is ARRL: Service/MPG304A.pdf

    It seems to support the rough mapping that I described above. AA, BT and AR are used roughly as CRLF, 2xCRLF, and FF, as might be used in an ASCII-based digital mode.

    I'm not sure if anybody still uses that document, tho...
  10. AB8MA

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    Or sound lonely sending a CW with a "pse?" at the end.
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