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Posted: 12/13/2013 3:17:02 PM EST
how did the term "73's" come about?

I know what it means but how did "they" come up with it?
If there is or was a "they"
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:22:35 PM EST
From the ARRL:

http://www.arrl.org/ham-radio-history




The traditional expression "73" goes right back to the beginning of the landline telegraph days. It is found in some of the earliest editions of the numerical codes, each with a different definition, but each with the same idea in mind--it indicated that the end, or signature, was coming up. But there are no data to prove that any of these were used.

The first authentic use of 73 is in the publication The National Telegraph Review and Operators' Guide, first published in April 1857. At that time, 73 meant "My love to you!" Succeeding issues of this publication continued to use this definition of the term. Curiously enough, some of the other numerals then used have the same definition now that they had then, but within a short time, the use of 73 began to change.

In the National Telegraph Convention, the numeral was changed from the Valentine-type sentiment to a vague sign of fraternalism. Here, 73 was a greeting, a friendly "word" between operators and it was so used on all wires.

In 1859, the Western Union Company set up the standard "92 Code". A list of numerals from one to 92 was compiled to indicate a series of prepared phrases for use by the operators on the wires. Here, in the 92 Code, 73 changes from a fraternal sign to a very flowery "accept my compliments," which was in keeping with the florid language of that era.

Over the years from 1859 to 1900, the many manuals of telegraphy show variations of this meaning. Dodge's The Telegraph Instructor shows it merely as "compliments." The Twentieth Century Manual of Railway and Commercial Telegraphy defines it two ways, one listing as "my compliments to you;" but in the glossary of abbreviations it is merely "compliments." Theodore A. Edison's Telegraphy Self-Taught shows a return to "accept my compliments." By 1908, however, a later edition of the Dodge Manual gives us today's definition of "best regards" with a backward look at the older meaning in another part of the work where it also lists it as "compliments."

"Best regards" has remained ever since as the "put-it-down-in-black-and-white" meaning of 73 but it has acquired overtones of much warmer meaning. Today, amateurs use it more in the manner that James Reid had intended that it be used --a "friendly word between operators."
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:24:23 PM EST
It dates back to the early days of telegraphy. To save time, numerous abbreviations, prosigns, and numerical representations of commonly used phrases were adopted.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:25:02 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Frostbite:
From the ARRL:

http://www.arrl.org/ham-radio-history




The traditional expression "73" goes right back to the beginning of the landline telegraph days. It is found in some of the earliest editions of the numerical codes, each with a different definition, but each with the same idea in mind--it indicated that the end, or signature, was coming up. But there are no data to prove that any of these were used.

The first authentic use of 73 is in the publication The National Telegraph Review and Operators' Guide, first published in April 1857. At that time, 73 meant "My love to you!" Succeeding issues of this publication continued to use this definition of the term. Curiously enough, some of the other numerals then used have the same definition now that they had then, but within a short time, the use of 73 began to change.

In the National Telegraph Convention, the numeral was changed from the Valentine-type sentiment to a vague sign of fraternalism. Here, 73 was a greeting, a friendly "word" between operators and it was so used on all wires.

In 1859, the Western Union Company set up the standard "92 Code". A list of numerals from one to 92 was compiled to indicate a series of prepared phrases for use by the operators on the wires. Here, in the 92 Code, 73 changes from a fraternal sign to a very flowery "accept my compliments," which was in keeping with the florid language of that era.

Over the years from 1859 to 1900, the many manuals of telegraphy show variations of this meaning. Dodge's The Telegraph Instructor shows it merely as "compliments." The Twentieth Century Manual of Railway and Commercial Telegraphy defines it two ways, one listing as "my compliments to you;" but in the glossary of abbreviations it is merely "compliments." Theodore A. Edison's Telegraphy Self-Taught shows a return to "accept my compliments." By 1908, however, a later edition of the Dodge Manual gives us today's definition of "best regards" with a backward look at the older meaning in another part of the work where it also lists it as "compliments."

"Best regards" has remained ever since as the "put-it-down-in-black-and-white" meaning of 73 but it has acquired overtones of much warmer meaning. Today, amateurs use it more in the manner that James Reid had intended that it be used --a "friendly word between operators."
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Google was not friendly to me

thank for the good info!!
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:27:34 PM EST
I like the rhythm

...-- --...

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:39:15 PM EST
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Originally Posted By gcw:
I like the rhythm

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--... ...-- ;)

Guess 73 and CQ are the first things a new cw operator understands!
Its easy to send to :)
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:45:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By RattusNorvegicus:


--... ...-- ;)

Guess 73 and CQ are the first things a new cw operator understands!
Its easy to send to :)
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Originally Posted By RattusNorvegicus:
Originally Posted By gcw:
I like the rhythm

...-- --...



--... ...-- ;)

Guess 73 and CQ are the first things a new cw operator understands!
Its easy to send to :)




lol I said it in my head but typed it wrong.


Link Posted: 12/13/2013 3:54:33 PM EST
And here all the time I thought it was Seventy Trees

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:27:07 PM EST
Seventy three means best regards. So I guess seventy threes means best regardses?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 5:36:55 PM EST
Now.. where did 88 come from?
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:00:52 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Gyprat:
Now.. where did 88 come from?
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Sorry, Im not sending you a 88.




Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:07:02 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Mr_Harry:
And here all the time I thought it was Seventy Trees

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Only if you have Treebeard as your QSO.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 6:46:19 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Gyprat:
Now.. where did 88 come from?
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Lips kissing

Link Posted: 12/13/2013 7:39:11 PM EST
It has a nice rhythm on CW, something that is easy to recognize. Like "CQ", the letters don't mean anything, just the pattern of hearing them on CW is distinctive.
Link Posted: 12/13/2013 9:40:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Gamma762:
It has a nice rhythm on CW, something that is easy to recognize. Like "CQ", the letters don't mean anything, just the pattern of hearing them on CW is distinctive.
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CQ = Seek you
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 3:58:13 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Gyprat:
Now.. where did 88 come from?
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It looks like 73 and 88 both came from the 1859 Western Union "92 Code":

http://www.civilwarsignals.org/pages/tele/wurules1866/92code.html
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