Monday, January 20, 2014


Because morse code was time consuming and often expensive, users in the olden days came up with a lot of abbreviations.  They came up with a list of 2 digit numbers and what they stood for.  The meanings would have nothing to do with the numbers.  Most are not used today.

A few that are still used:

  • 73 means "Best wishes" often used as a sign-off.
  • 88 means "Hugs and kisses", also used as a sign-off, mostly to a HAM of the opposite gender.
  • 161 (since it is 73+88) is used to say both, either to someone you really like, or to a couple where one of them is the opposite gender from you.

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