This May Sound Silly...

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  1. K9STH

    K9STH Ham Member QRZ Page

    The term "handle" can be traced back to at least the 1820s where it was commonly used by cowboys, cow punchers, ranch hands, etc., in the South and old Southwest. Amateur radio operators "stole" the term in the early 1900s.

    In the early days of CB, there were 2-groups who started to emulate operations in other Radio Services. The first tried to sound like public safety adopting the 10-code, etc., and the second trying to sound like amateur radio operators. In fact, many of the second group started referring to themselves as "ham operators".

    When I was licensed, in May 1959, most amateur radio operators were using the term and I adopted it as well. For over 60-years my name / handle have been the same, Glen and old habits are very hard to break. As such, I still use the term "handle". If someone makes a "snide" remark about the usage, I then immediately hold a history lesson.

    Here is a scan of an advertisement that ran, for months, in CQ Magazine, during the later half of the 1940s:


    Need I say more?!!

    Glen, K9STH
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  2. W4ZD

    W4ZD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Only $12.95 for a CRT. I'll take a dozen! :D
  3. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Quite clear the term "handle" used by ham radio operators was hijacked by the 11-meter crowd which caused it to become a tainted phrase for ham radio operation.
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  4. WJ4U

    WJ4U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just wondering - does a lid have a handle? o_O
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  5. N2EY

    N2EY XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    By definition, yes.
  6. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I got into HAM, I dropped my handle. Now I simply say, "Personal here is Joe, 73's"
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  7. WB0MPB

    WB0MPB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Only my mother called me Johnny growing up. But when I was in trouble my first name was used followed by my middles name. I never liked hearing that!!:)
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  8. WB0MPB

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    So. What do you have against CBers? I use to be one so would you prefer to not talk to me?
    John, WB0MPB
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  9. WB0MPB

    WB0MPB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well please tell the rest of us?
  10. WB0MPB

    WB0MPB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    That's the handle I use now.
    John, WB0MPB
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