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Thread: Special signs

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Posted: 2015-01-29 14:22
When you are learning cw, are you all using also the @ ' ; : and / signs, or just the signs in the 40 lessons?
I don't know if it is relevant to learn the other signs.
Maybe the @ would be good, but the others....?

Posted: 2015-01-30 06:17
The slash does show up in the 40 lessons, though as a CW newbie, I don't kknow its usefulness. Yet. The apostrophe will defintiely come in handy for possessives when I'm good enough to chat in CW.


Posted: 2015-01-30 15:32
You will find lots punctuation and prosign use on the bands . . .

eg. QRL? even before a CQ and then HW? WX? for normal questions ; "how is my signal?" "is it raining where you are?" (UK interpretation)

The / is necessary for /P /A in many call-signs
The = which is the same morse as for "pause", "new paragraph" and often instead of .
The + is the same as "end of message"

Some of the prosigns originate with American morse eg "pause" which is ,

see http://www.qsl.net/ae0q/prosign.htm

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosigns_for_Morse_code

So learn at least ? / = ,

You will probably find the longer symbols easier to learn anyway.

Posted: 2015-01-30 16:21
I know the ? / = and , allready :)
But the + could be a good idea to learn as well.
I've looked at both of the URL's, and put them in my favorite list. Thnx!
I also think that i have to listen very often to cw qso's, just to learn how to start one, or how to react at one, and to learn wich codes are used.

Posted: 2015-02-04 06:35

Thank you for giving a good use of some of those symbols. It helps to know that there IS a use for them.

Posted: 2015-02-04 11:18
There certainly is much use of the Prosigns BUT because of the double meanings

1 + 1 = 2 also means

1 " End of Message" 1 " Pause or New Paragraph" 2 "="

( I might say ho-ho here ( or hi hi ) but you two probably don't think it's very funny )

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