ubuntu-users Digest, Vol 65, Issue 203
Karl F. Larsen
klarsen1 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 20 14:22:08 UTC 2010
Chris G wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 04:51:27PM -0700, Karl F. Larsen wrote:
>> Sorry, what I want to do is understand your computer.
>> 73 is Morse code for Best Wishes
> 73 isn't morse code for anything, morse code is dots and dashes.
73 sent using morse code is a group of dits and dahs that has
only 10 of them. To a qualified Ham CW operator he/she hears
this and is trained to know it is a "best wishes and good bye
for now" which is about 40 dits and dahs.
To most people it means a secret code and they wonder what it
means, if anything.
> you actually mean is that 73 is an abbreviation used in (mostly)
> amateur radio circles to reduce the amount of morse code dots and
> dashes required to say 'best wishes and goodbye', it's often used when
> signing off and saying goodbye to someone. It became so well known
> that it's used when *spoken* as well.
Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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