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Thursday, October 3, 2013

CW Abbreviations And Prosigns

To those who wants to make your first cw qso on the air, it is a good effort to learn about cw abbreviations and prosigns.

Most ham radio operator will use standard cw abbreviations in their cw qso. Some will use their own abbreviations based on their languages.

Standard cw abbreviations are:-

1. GM - good morning
2. GE - good evening
3. GA - good afternoon
4. GN - good night
5. DR - dear
6. OM - old man
7. GL - good luck
8. GDX - good dx
9. SRI - sorry
10. FB - fine business
11. PSE - please
12. ABT - about
13. R - roger
14. TKS - thanks
15. TU - thank you
16. FER - for
17. CFM - confirm
18. ANT - antenna
19. UR - you are
20. TX - transmit
21. RX - receive
22. 5NN - 599
23. HR - here
24. NR - number
25. ES - and
26. HIHI - laughing
27. XYL - wife
28. YL - a young lady/girl
29. TNX - thanks
30. WX - weather
31. TEMP - temperature
32. SIG - signal
33. HW - how
34. CPY/CPI - copy
35. HPE - hope
36. CUL - see you later
37. AGN - again
38. CUAGN - see you again


These are some prosigns that were used in cw qso.

1. AR - end of message
2. K - over/go ahead
3. DE - from/this is
4. BT - pause between transmission
5. BK - break
6. KN - over to specific station only and not allowing other station to interrupt
7. AS - please standby
8. CL - clear
9. SK - end of contact


just remember that prosigns must be send as signal letter sound. No spacing at all. for example, BT must be send as dadididida. Not dadididit dah.

But it is different for cw abbreviations since cw abbreviations observe interletter spacing just like normal words.

If you want to know more about cw abbreviations, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code_abbreviations

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