CW Abbreviations

If you’re just getting started with CW, you need to know that learning Morse Code is only part of the puzzle. You’ll also need to learn basic CW Operating Procedures, and you’ll need to know some commonly used abbreviations, too. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to print out something like this and keep it near your key until sending and receiving these are second-nature:

Abbreviation Meaning Example
ABT About ANT 3 EL BEAM UP ABT 40 FT
AGN Again PSE AGN UR NAME?
ANT Antenna ANT DIPOLE UP ABT 50 FT
BURO QSL Bureau PSE QSL VIA BURO
CPY Copy HW CPY?
CU See you CU AT SKYWARN TRAINING
CU AGN See you again 73 HPE CU AGN
CUL See you later 73 HPE CUL
CQ Calling anyone CQ CQ CQ DE NØIP
DE This is station NØBSY DE NØIP KN
DR Dear FB DR TODD (Often heard from DX stations.)
DX Long-distance CQ CQ CQ DX DE NØIP
EL Element ANT 3 EL BEAM UP ABT 40 FT
ES And 73 JOHN GN ES GB U ES URS
FB Fine business FB OM TNX FER RPT
FER For TNX FER NICE CHAT HPE CU AGN
FT Feet ANT DIPOLE UP 60 FT
GA Good afternoon GA OM UR RST 579
GB God bless 73 ES GB
GD Good day GD OM TNX FER CALL
GE Good evening GE OM ES GB
GL Good luck TNX FER QSO 73 GL
GM Good morning GM DIETER TNX FER RPT FROM BERLIN
GN Good night TIME TO HIT THE SACK GN ES TNX FER QSO
GUD Good UR ANT DOING GUD JOB
HI Laugh XYL NEEDS A NEW RIG HI HI
HPE I hope/I hope to HPE CU THIS FRI
HR Here RIG HR HEATHKIT DX-100 ES HAMMARLUND HQ-170A
HW How HW CPY?
NR Near QTH NR MINNEAPOLIS, MN
OB Old Boy TNX QSO OB
OM Old Man TNX FER CALL OM
OP Operator’s Name OP TODD
PSE Please PSE QSY UP 1
PWR Power RIG HR TS-440S PWR ABT 100 W
R Roger (Copy 100%) NØBSY DE NØIP R R FB TOM
RIG Radio equipment RIG HR HW-8
RPT Report (also RPRT) or Repeat TNX FER RPT/RPRT (Repeat: PSE RPT QTH)
SIG Signal UR SIG VY WEAK
SRI Sorry SRI OM MUST GO
TKS Thanks TKS FER QSO (Same as TNX)
TNX Thanks TNX FER QSO (Same as TKS)
TU Thank you NØIP TU 5NN (Typical rapid-fire DXpedition exchange.)
U You NICE TO MEET U
UR Your/You’re UR RST 599
URS Yours GB U ES URS
VERT Vertical ANT VERT UP 20 FT
VY Very UR SIG VY WEAK
W Watt(s) RIG HW-8 PWR ABT 2 W
WID With BEEN WID XYL 24 YRS
WX Weather WX HR COLD ABT 5 F
YL Young lady FB YL HPE CUL
YR Year CU NEXT YR AT DAYTON
YRS Years BEEN HAM 33 YRS
XYL Wife (Ex-young-lady) XYL CALLING MUST GO
72 Best regards (QRP) UR K2 DOING GUD 72 OM ES GB
73 Best regards TU 73 CUL

Todd Mitchell, NØIP, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Minnesota, USA. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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