This May Sound Silly...

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KM6CND, Aug 11, 2019.

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  1. KS2G

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    Correct me if I'm wrong.
    My understanding --going back to my first encounters with both ham radio and CB in the mid '60s-- is that hams used the term "handle" to mean "name" ... and CBers did the same.
    But when the CB "trucker" phenomenon exploded in the '70s they started using it to mean "nickname".
    Seems pretty much the same to me.
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  2. N2EY

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    In ham usage, "handle" meant "name" or "nickname". A means of identification. Your handle was Mel, my handle was Jim, etc. A big fella might get the handle "Tiny" and a brain surgeon might get the handle "Shakes", but usually it just meant "name". In ham radio, "handles" were used in connection with callsigns - KS2G/Mel, N2EY/Jim, etc.

    But in cb usage, "handle" means "on-air persona used to avoid identification. On CB, "handles" were used instead of callsigns, to make tracking and identification more difficult for FCC and others.

    Complete opposite usage. Which is why hams don't like the term.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  3. KS2G

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    Since (the few) hams that use the term today (most, I think, just say "my name is") use it in conjunction with their call signs as they've always done --and not the way CBers do-- there's no reason for the OP --or anyone else-- to find it off-putting. ;)
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  4. WA9SVD

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    "Handle" was commonly used long before CB or even ham radio existed. Sorry if it offends some; they need to read up on history.
  5. N2EY

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    But why not just say "name"?
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  6. WA7PRC

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    If for no other reason, "name" is shorter than "handle", and faster to send. :)
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  7. W4IOA

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    Why say hi hi? Why write 73 (or 73s/73's)?
    It's because hams are rather silly and are attached to using silly lingo no less than old timey cbers or some teenager trying to be "woke".
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  8. W4ZD

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    I like the term. That someone misuses it is nothing I can control or care about.
  9. KS2G

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    As I posted, I think these days most ops do. ;)
  10. N1OOQ

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