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Common CW Abbreviations

Gathered from various sources

 Prosigns in <   >

AA -       All after
<AA>    End Of Line


AB -       All before
ABT -     About
ADEE -   Addressee
ADR -     Address
ADS -     Address
AGN -     Again
AM -      Amplitude Modulation
ANI -      Any
ANS -     Answer
ANT -     Antenna


<AR>    End of message
<AS>    Stand by; wait
<AT> - used for the @ sign for E-Mail Addresses New proposal is AC run together

 

BCI -     Broadcast Interference
BCL -    Broadcast Listener
BCNU - Be seeing you
BD -      Bad
BK -     Break, Break in
BN -     All between; Been


<BT>    Separation (break) between address and text; between text and signature.


BTH  Both
BTR -   Better
BTW -  By The Way
BUG -  Semi-Automatic key
BURO -Bureau
B4 -     Before

 

 

 C -       Yes, Correct
CB -     CallBook
CBA - Callbook Address
CFM -  Confirm; I confirm
CK -    Ckeck
CKT -  Circuit
CL -     I am closing my station; Call
CLBK - Callbook
CLD -  Called
CLG -  Calling
CMG - Coming
CNT -  Can't
CONDX - Conditions
CPI -   Copy
CQ -    Calling any station
CRD -  Card
CS -     Call Sign
CU -    See You
CUAGN - See You Again
CUD  - Could
CUL -  See You later
CUM - Come
CUZ -  Because
CW -   Continuous wave
DA -     Day
DE -     From, This Is
DIFF -  Difference
DLD -   Delivered
DLVD - Delivered
DN -     Down
DR -     Dear
DSW -  Russian CW abbreviation for goodbye.
DWN -  Down
DX -     Distance

EL -     Element
ES -     And
ENUF - Enough
EU -     Europe
EVE -  Evening

FB -     Fine Business, excellent
FER -   For 
FM -    Frequency Modulation: From
FONE - Phone
FQ -     Frequency
Freq -- Frequency
FWD -- Forward
GA -     Go ahead; Good Afternoon
GB -     Good bye, God Bless
GD -     Good, Good Day
GE -     Good Evening
GESS - Guess
GG -     Going
GLD -- Glad
GM -    Good morning
GN -     Good night
GND -   Ground
GP --    Ground Plane
GS -     Green Stamp
GUD -   Good
GV -     Give
GVG -  Giving
<HH> Error in sending


HI - The telegraph laugh; High
HPE -   Hope
HQ -    Headquarters
HR -    Here; Hear, Hour
HRD -  Heard
HRS -  Hours
HRD -- Heard
HV -    Have
HVG - Having
HVY - Heavy
HW -   How, How Copy?

II  --     I Repeat
 

<II> Short form of <HH>
<IMI> -    Repeat, Say Again


INFO - Info
JA -    Japanese Station
K -       Invitation To Transmit
KA    Beginning of message
KLIX - KeyClicks
KN    Go only, invite a specific station to transmit

LID -     A poor operator
LNG -   Long
LP -     Long Path
LSN -   Listen
LTR -   Later; letter
LV -     Leave
LVG -  Leaving
LW -    Long Wire., Long Wave
MA -    Millamperes
MGR -  Manager
MI -     My
MILL - Typewiter
MILS -  Millamperes
MNI -    Many
MOM - Moment
MSG -  Message; Prefix to radiogram
MULT - Multiplier
N -       No, Negative, Incorrect, No More
N -       Nine (as in Signal Report)
NCS -  Net Control Station
ND -     Nothing Doing 
NIL -    Nothing; I have nothing for you;   Not In Log
NM -    No more
<NR> -     Number, Near
NW -    Now; I resume transmission
OB -    Old boy
OC -    Old chap
OK -    Correct
OM -    Old man
OP -    Operator
OPR -  Operator
OT -    Old timer; Old top
OW -   Old Woman
PBL -    Preamble
PKG -    Package
PSE -    Please
PT -      Point
PWR -   Power
PX -      Press, Prefix
R -       Received as transmitted; Are;
R -       Decimal Point  (with numbers)
RC -     Ragchew
RCD -   Received
RCVR - Receiver
RE -     Concerning; Regarding
REF -   Refer to; Referring to; Reference
RFI -    Radio frequency interference
RIG -    Station equipment
ROTFL - Rolling on the floor laughing
RPT -   Repeat, Report
RTTY - Radio teletype
RST -   Readability, strength, tone
RX -     Receive, Receiver
SA -        Say
SASE -    Self-addressed, stamped envelope
SED -      Said
SAE -     Self-Addressed Envelope
SEZ -      Says
SGD -     Signed
SHUD -   Should
SIG -      Signature; Signal
SINE -    Operator's personal initials or nickname


<SK>    Out; clear (end of communications, no reply expected.)


SK -       Silent Key
SKED -   Schedule
SN -       Soon
SP -       Short Path
SRI -      Sorry
SS -       Sweepstakes
SSB -     Single Side Band
STN -     Station
SUM -    Some
SVC -     Service; Prefix to service message
SWL -   Short Wave Listener
/ST short timer on check in

T -         Zero (with numbers)
TEMP - Temperature
TEST - Testing or Contest
TFC -    Traffic
TIA -     Thanks In Advance
TMW -  Tomorrow
TKS -    Thanks
TNX -    Thanks
TR -      Transmit
T/R -     Transmit/Receive
TRBL - Trouble
TRIX -   Tricks
TRX -    Transceiver
TT -      That
TTS -    That is
TU -      Thank you
TVI -     Television interference
TX -      Transmitter; Transmit
TXT -    Text
U -        You
UFB -    Ultra Fine Business
UNLIS - Unlicensed
UR -      Your; You're
URL -    Universal Resource Locator
             Address For a WebPage
URS -    Yours










 

<VA> (Out; clear (end of communications, no reply expected.) Used by some instead of<SK> ( it sounds the same)

VE    Understood (VE)
VERT - Vertical
VFB -    Very fine business
VFO -    Variable Frequency Oscillator
VY -      Very

W -     Watts
WA -   Word after
WATSA - What Say
WB -    Word before
WD -   Word
WDS -  Words
WID -   With
WKD -  Worked
WKG -  Working
WL -    Well; Will
WPM - Words Per Minute
WRD - Word
WRK - Work
WUD - Would
WW -  Would
WX-    Weather
XCVR -    Transceiver
XMAS -   Christmas
XMTR -    Transmitter
XTAL -     Crystal
XYL -        Wife
YF -Wife
YL -   Young lady
YR -   Year
Z - Zulu Time
30 -   I have no more to send
33 -  Fondest Regards
55 -  Best Success
73 -   Best Regards
88 -   Love and kisses

161 - 73+88=161" first came about in FOC circles (First-Class CW Operators' Club, founded by Louis Varney G5RV a number of years ago). The essential meaning is "Best regards to you and your XYL".
 ? question (like QRL?)

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