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ORIGINS OF HAMSPEAK, CQ, 73, DX, etc.
Somebody wrote: Actually "73" was a term the old telegraph operators would use back in the old west days. It meant that they owned a Winchester 1873 rifle (their most prized possession) and that when they died they would give it to the other operator. Hense '73' meant I will will you my 73 rifle. '73s' meant you had more than one rifles that you would give to them (they were a really good friend.).
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may 2014 by driscoll
CB Repeater
Part 1:

The first time that this subject was explored was in the late 70's, when I was a member of the Channel 13 group. At that time, I had a Radio Shack 5 watt, 6 channel walkie-talkie which I used to monitor and talk on the channel when I was out in the yard, working on the car, or hanging out at a neighbor's. Most of our CB group were clustered in an area which was about 2 to 3 miles away from my house. While I could listen just fine with the W/T, my transmit signal was relatively weak and subject to being "taken out" by any skip interference or errant carrier thrower that happened on frequency. I had thought about running a coax lead from my radio room to the outside, so I could use the base antenna on the walkie-talkie. While the gain of the base antenna would certainly help my signal, it turned out to be impractical as it "tied" me to the cable, and I lost mobility. So now what?
cb  radio  amateur  repeater  story  history  ham 
august 2013 by driscoll
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