Posted: 2018-12-21 15:56
I'd like to kill two birds (actually three, but more on this later) with one stone, and improve my German along with my morse skills.
My question is: when German CW operators 'rag-chew', do they use the full German character set (e.g. Umlaut, Eszett) or do they use simplified
characters (eg: Muenchen instead of München)?
In other words, is it worth learning the extended characters?
Posted: 2018-12-21 16:21
The use of proper umlauts (ä, ü, ö) is quite common among those who do rag chewing, and a few operators substitute ch with ---- but that's already quite rare. ß is universally sent as "ss"; I have never heard ...--.. in the wild.
I think it is worth learning those three umlaut characters. I learned them "on the fly" as soon as I got on the air and had to deal with people using them ;-)