Whither "DE" ???

Listening to some QSOs on 30 and 40 Meters tonight, I have noticed an increasingly less usage of “DE”.

VERY often, I seem to be hearing (for instance) “W2WK W2LJ” instead of “W2WK DE W2LJ”.

Was “DE” tossed out the window?  Did I not receive the memo?  I know it’s gone by the wayside in contests. Lord knows, the hour and a half it takes to send two letters will really cut down on the ol’ QSO per Hour rate.  But in casual rag chews?

Call me a curmudgeon, call me old fashioned, but I’ll stop using “DE” when I stop using my rotary phone, my 5.5″ floppy disks, my Smith Corona typewriter and stop wearing my spats.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “Whither "DE" ???”

  • Richard WA7QCCC:

    I’ve been wondering the same thing… Thought maybe this was the new wave… (I prefer the old wave…)

  • Nolan KI5IO:

    It may be a morphing from the ‘texting’ world where there are a bunch of abbreviations … or as WA7QCCC noted: “new wave”. I also prefer tradition and the old wave.

  • Chris KQ2RP:

    I’m trying to keep current. How do you send ‘@’ and ‘#’ in morse? As in @W2LJ Get with the program. #DEissoyesterday

  • Chuck Heath, K6ZIZ:

    The new sign, which will be known as a “commat,” consists of the signals for “A” (dot-dash) and “C” (dash-dot-dash-dot), with no space between them.

    Thanks, CJ Online.com via the Internet. Note it’s shorter to send the word “at” than the new symbol. Just my 2¢…

  • Gabrielly:

    you are correct. The nunberimg system for GMT was changed in 1925 so that the day (like the civil day) began at midnight. Some confusion resulted, and in 1928, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) changed the designation of the standard time of the zero meridian to Universal Time.

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