NS7X Posted January 1, 2022 Share Posted January 1, 2022 "So, lid, COPY!" I was a novice. Literally and figuratively. That is, I was new to ham radio and even though I had earned my entry level license, I had a whole lot to learn. Oh, yeah. I knew all the basic stuff. I had so committed the allowable frequencies to my memory that to this day (some 40+ years later), I can still rattle them off like a first grader can recite the alphabet. (3700 to 3750 kHz, 7100 to 7150 kHz, 21.1 to 21.2 MHz, 28.1 to 28.2 MHz.) I had learned Morse code and felt comfortable copying it. Except for the three pesky letters (D, G, and L) that, for some reason, I always seemed to draw a blank on when I heard them. (But, thanks to the FCC, those three letters were no longer a problem for me. The suffix of my novice call was: GDL.) I even knew a lot of the accepted operating practices, lingo, and traditions of amateur radio. I knew that on the air courtesy was essential, that a traffic count didn't mean how many cars drove past your QTH, and the biggest insult you could hurl at another ham was to call him a "lid." So, imagine my astonishment and dismay when during several of my early QSO's, the other station would respond to me with the following: "Roger. Roger. So, lid, COPY!" I was stunned at the temerity of those operators. After all, what did they expect? An A-1 Operator? On the novice bands? Hey, people! I was new. I was trying. I just wanted to learn and I knew I would get better. Just give me a chance. I studied the notepad I used to copy the code I received. And then it hit me. They weren't sending "So, lid, copy." It was "SOLID COPY"! OOPS. That was when I learned how important context is when copying code. I also learned it's better to say "GOOD COPY" or "FB FIST" when engaged in a CW QSO with a new ham. Just sayin'. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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