Ham Slang Terminology You Need To Know

Do you listen on the radio and hear terms like ’73’ and ‘homebrew’? Do you ever wonder what this stuff means? Below is a list of what most of the ham slang means so you will know what it means and can use it in your contacts.

  • 73 –  Best regards
  • 807 – Beer
  • 88 –  Hugs
  • Bird – satellite
  • BPS – Bits per second
  • Boat anchor – antique ham radio/equipment
  • Break, Break! – term used to break into a conversation for emergency communications
  • California kilowatt – using power above legal limits
  • CW – Morse code
  • Candy store – Ham radio dealer
  • Copied – received
  • DR –  Dear (in Morse Code)
  • DE –  From (in Morse Code)
  • Ecom – Emergency communication
  • Eyeball – face to face meeting
  • FB – fine business
  • FCC – Federal Communications Commission
  • HF – High frequency
  • Harmonic – children
  • HI HI – CW laughter
  • Homebrew – home-made equipment
  • IC – integrated circuit
  • Key –  Device used to send Morse code
  • Landline – Telephone lines
  • LUF – Lowest usable frequency
  • MUF – Maximum usable frequency
  • NTS – National Traffic Association
  • Negative – Did not copy
  • OM –  Old man
  • OO – Official observer (like the FCC)
  • OT – Old timer
  • PTT – Push to Talk
  • Pull the plug – Shut down the station
  • Ragchewing – talking informality via radio
  • RF – Radio frequency
  • RF burn – A burn that happens when you touch an antenna when transmitting
  • Rig – Radio
  • Rubber duck – antennas on handhelds
  • Roger – Received 100%
  • RX – Receive
  • Shack – Where you operate from, home
  • TX – Transmit, transcive
  • YF – Wife
  • YL – Young lady

Websites that I used:

http://www.qrz.com/page/hamspeak.html

http://www.ac6v.com/jargon.htm

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