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Thread: What symbols are actually worth learning?

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Posted: 2024-01-22 18:28
Besides the standard 26-letter English alphabet and 10 numbers, what other symbols are actually used with regularity on-air?

I don't want to focus my fluency efforts on anything rarely used.

Question mark
Quotation mark
Exclamation point
Forward slash
Addition sign
Subtraction sign
Equals sign
Opening parenthesis
Closing parenthesis
At symbol

Thank you.

Posted: 2024-01-22 21:18
- Question mark
- Forward slash (used in callsigns)
- Equals sign (-...- often used as a separator instead of punctuation, also often written as prosign BT)
- Prosigns (mainly BT, SK)

Period/Comma are used in plain text QSOs but you can get away without knowing them for quite a while.

The other signs are really rarely used, especially in English language QSOs. French stations use the apostrophe regularly on the other hand.

Posted: 2024-01-23 16:44
Thank you. This greatly reduces my study load.

Posted: 2024-01-23 17:41
What about: <AR> ?

Posted: 2024-01-23 19:34
Thank you! Great topic I had not thought of in my early learning stage. And thank you Fabian for giving context to why these prosigns and puncuation are important in CW.

Posted: 2024-02-16 22:06
Why would so many symbols be so early in the lessons? I was really surprised to see an = in lesson 16, and frustrated that X isn't until the very last lesson. I'd rather get proficient with a letter so often used as D (not 'til lesson 37!) before worrying about a slash. Is there a reason to muddy up the lessons with symbols before learning the alphabet and numbers?

Posted: 2024-02-16 23:59
In amateur radio operation = is much more used than x. x is used in abbreviations like tx rx xmas thx.

Posted: 2024-02-17 00:02

Posted: 2024-02-17 02:06
Common CW AbbreviationsAA = All afterAB = All beforeABT = AboutADX = AddressAGN = AgainANT = AntennaBCNU = Be seeing youBK = Break, Break inBN = All between; BeenBTR = BetterBTW = By The WayBUG = Semi-Automatic keyBURO = BureauB4 = BeforeC = Yes, CorrectCFM = Confirm; I confirmCK = CheckCKT = CircuitCL = I am closing my station; CallCNT = Can'tCONDX = ConditionsCPI = CopyCQ = Calling any stationCU = See YouCUAGN = See You AgainCUD = CouldCUL = See You laterCUZ = BecauseCW = Continuous waveGG = GoingKHZ = KilohertzMHZ = MegahertzOT = Old TimerOM = “Old Man”PSE = PleaseRTTY = RadioteletypeTNX = ThanksTT = ThatTU = Thank youU = YouVY = VeryWX = Weather

Posted: 2024-02-17 14:03
Yes Fabian hit the nail on the head. In my experience those pro signs are used most frequently however once ur on the air new ones will begin to pop up. Wx,es,ar,tnx,n,t and many more.I did all 40 lessons then was on the air enjoying what I learned from this fabulous site. Learning other pro signs during my daily qso’s have fun and enjoy de Wd3dx 73 . … (and) -.-. ..- .-.. (cul)

Posted: 2024-02-19 19:59
Grrr, I guess it's just my OCD that wants to learn letters first, then numbers, then symbols. But yeah I get it.

Posted: 2024-02-20 01:22
Amy do not get discouraged. Work thru the 40 lessons. Fabian has laid out a great foundation to learn cw stick with it. I myself have a cheet sheet when I hear a pro sign I don’t recognize I go to my cheet sheet . Trust me when u have ur first cw qso u will want to tell the world u did it like I did hi hi 73s and keep up the good work

Posted: 2024-02-21 19:15
ok thanks for the encouragement :)
i'm on lesson 29, so far so good.

Posted: 2024-02-22 20:01
what's really hanging me up is having to use shift for the question mark, and that's only lesson 32! might be what sends me over the edge

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