73 ending - not Dude

John Dilks K2TQN oldradio at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Sat Sep 22 11:33:13 EDT 2007

You know, I'm old enough to remember the word "Dude" from my 
TV-watching days, back in the very early 1950s.  The word "Dude" in 
cowboy lingo referred to someone who was uneducated with the ways of 
the west and cowboying in general.  Over the years I heard the word 
"Dude" emitted by young folks with unkempt hair, usually carrying a 
surfboard or skateboard.  Since I never had anything in common with 
them, I ignored them.

Images like these are hard to set aside.  So today when I hear the 
word "Dude" I ignore the person saying it, unless it is in the 
context of cowboys, and then I know it is someone who knows the real 

We all know 73.  73 forever!

73, John Dilks, K2TQN

At 10:46 AM 9/22/2007, you wrote:
>Hello all;
>      I don't know about the rest of you but I  would prefer hearing someone
>end his FM voice contact with 73 to the way most new Hams end their FM
>"73" reminds me of the history of amateur radio, and since 73 means
>best regards I think that it's a lot friendlier than " later dude".
>My only criticism to using  "Q" codes, 73 , or any of the other terms
>commonly used by the HF community is that most newcomers don't know
>their meaning and so find these terms confusing and snobish.
>However, now that the Tech. license is the entry level license perhaps
>we should consider using those terms more often,  just to encourage the
>"Newbies" to learn about H.F. practices, and to point out that there is more
>to Ham radio than VHF/UHF radio out there ... Hi .. HI
>and Mike, Please don't take what I say next as a criticism,
>it is just my personal feeling.
>      I would just like to point out that as one of the  " crusty 
> old croaks" who have
>spent our whole life, in my case, nearly 70 years,  in the southwest the term
>  "dude" realy raises my hackles!!!  [;-)
>-----Original message-----
>From: WE0H we0h at YAHOO.COM
>Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 21:23:38 -0700
>Subject: Re: 100 KHZ Crystals
> > Instead of saying 73's now we say later dude....hi hi...
> >
> > Mike
> > WE0H
> >
> > Bry Carling wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > 73 - oops better not say that on voice - it's a code signal!
> > > (grin!)
> > >
> > > Bry, AF4
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