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History of telegraph operators: Abbreviations used by telegraphers.
Interesting bit of history about telegraph shorthand | /cc @desconcentrado
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may 2015 by driscoll
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

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