Your favorite amateur radio slang

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by AA7EJ, Feb 19, 2019.

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  1. K2XT

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    Correct. I hear it on HF all the time. I interpret it as meaning, "Hey everyone, listen to me, I'm working DX. You are 5-9 here, great signal, over, over."
     
  2. AJ4SN

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    I don't think anyone mentioned the old standby, "running barefoot."
     
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  3. G8ADD

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    I didn't mention DX entities, if you remember I referred to areas - "western Europe", "Mediterranean area". I have a world map on the wall in front of me, as I guess that you have one somewhere nearby, what ham doesn't? Europe is visibly similar in size to the USA, so it is a reasonable assumption that if I can contact most of Europe in suitable conditions, an American ham could contact most of the USA in similarly suitable conditions. A committed V/UHF operator does not think in terms of "entities", he thinks in terms of distance. For instance there are occasional 2 metre contacts between the west coast and Hawaii by tropospheric ducting. Similarly in late summer it is occasionally possible to work into EA8 from the SW of the UK using very modest equipment. These contacts are prized for the distance covered, not the entities worked. On VHF and above DX has reverted to its original meaning of "distance"!
     
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  4. WD4IGX

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    "DX" doesn't just refer to DXCC entities (there is no such thing as "DX entity" - you are talking about ones that count toward DXCC) and the meaning depends on the band. In simplest terms DX just means "distance." On 2 meters talking to someone two hundred miles away counts as DX (at least, it always has in my time in ham radio, certainly did from when I started in 1977 until I became inactive in the 90s, and I'm not changing my interpretation of it now.)
     
  5. WD4IGX

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    As a favorite or as a peeve?

    Nothing wrong with it. I've used it, and probably will use it more often now that I have an amplifier and the ability to run otherwise.
     
  6. WA9SVD

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    "Handle" was used for a nickname long before amateur radio came into being, and was adopted by radio operators before purloined by another service.
    Personal, or first personal did NOT have its roots in amateur radio.
     
  7. KJ4VTH

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    Instead of round-tables, they have turntables?
     
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  8. WZ7U

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    Groan... :D
     
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  9. WB9YZU

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    Correct.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_telegraphy
     
  10. KY5U

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