Why do hams refer to themselves as WE instead of I?

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by W0RIO, Feb 22, 2019.

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  1. W0RIO

    W0RIO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I find it interesting that WE hams, masters of efficient and accurate communications, often refer to ourselves
    as WE instead of I.

    How long has this practice been common and does anybody know where/when it originated?

    It reminds US of the CB radio trucker dialect from the 1970s, such as:
    "You've got the BIG BOPPER here on 19, WE just spotted a smokey near mile marker 123
    and he's fishin' for some big bass.

    Also, if WE refer to ourselves as WE, why don't WE refer to the other person in a QSO as THEY?
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  2. W7UUU

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

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  3. KA2CZU

    KA2CZU XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    bottom line is we like to.
  4. KV6O

    KV6O Ham Member QRZ Page

    I always thought that this was indicative of a multiple personality disorder, and I always wanted to be clear of which personality had the license, and what personalities were technically 3rd party traffic.
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  5. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

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  6. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some people say we must be nuts because of the nature of the hobby..The voices in our head has come to a consensus
    We disageree completely...
  7. WD3N

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  8. K3UJ

    K3UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hate it when the voices in my head go silent. I never know what they are planning.
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  9. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    One for upper and one for lower sideband. :)
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  10. K3RW

    K3RW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Saying WE implies strength in numbers
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