Trying to get a few contacts up my sleeve as a recent "old -80 " newbe and got a fair number through contacts made through contests. However tonight one operator YL3JA from Latvia (971 miles from me) when acknowleging my call sign asked for his number. which I did not know so instead he asked my age. Logged the contact anyway but baffled by the question. The whole thing went at machine gun pace which I have never met before. Sorry for my daft question but can anyone throw any light on this please? 82 QSO's since 9 June this year so feel happy with this.