CW Abbreviations

If you listen to CW (Morse Code) you will hear many abbreviations being sent, for instance “GM” is a short way of sending “Good Morning”. Abbreviations are used to are to speed up Morse communications by reducing the amount of characters (dits and dahs) sent to communicate the same message.

CW ABBREVIATIONS
AA – All after
AB – All before
ABT – About
ADEE – Addressee
ADR – Address
AGN – Again
AM – Amplitude Modulation
ANT – Antenna
BCI – Broadcast Interference
BCL – Broadcast Listener
BCNU – Be seeing you
BK – Break, Break in
BN – All between; Been
BT – Separation (break) between addr & text; between txt & signature
BTR – Better
BUG – Semi-Automatic key
B4 – Before
C – Yes, Correct
CFM – Confirm; I confirm
CK – Ckeck
CKT – Circuit
CL – I am closing my station; Call
CLBK – Callbook
CLD – Called
CLG – Calling
CNT – Can’t
CONDX – Conditions
CQ – Calling any station
CU – See You
CUL – See You later
CUM – Come
CW – Continuous wave
DA – Day
DE – From, This Is
DIFF – Difference
DLD – Delivered
DLVD – Delivered
DN – Down
DR – Dear
EL – Element
ES – AndDX – Distance
ES – And FB – Fine Business, excellent
FER – For
FM – Frequency Modulation: From
GA – Go ahead; Good Afternoon
GB – Good bye, God Bless
GD – Good
GE – Good Evening
GESS – Guess
GG – Going
GM – Good morning
GN – Good night
GND – Ground
GUD – Good
GV – Give
GVG – Giving
HH – Error in sending
HI – The telegraph laugh; High
HPE – Hope
HQ – Headquarters
HR – Here; Hear
HV – Have
HW – How, How Copy?
IMI – Repeat, Say Again
INFO – Info
LID – A poor operator
LNG – Long
LTR – Later; letter
LV – Leave
LVG – Leaving
MA – Millamperes
MILL – Typewiter
MILS – Millamperes
MSG – Message; Prefix to radiogram
N – No, Negative, Incorrect, No More
NCS – Net Control Station
ND – Nothing Doing NIL – Nothing; I have nothing for you
NM – No more
NR – Number
NW – Now; I resume transmission
OB – Old boy
OC – Old chap
OM – Old man



OP – Operator
OPR – Operator
OT – Old timer; Old top
PBL – Preamble
PKG – Package
PSE – Please
PT – Point
PWR – Power
PX – Press
R – Received as transmitted; Are; Decimal Point
RC – Ragchew
RCD – Received
RCVR – Receiver
RE – Concerning; Regarding
REF – Refer to; Referring to; Reference
RFI – Radio frequency interference
RIG – Station equipment
RPT – Repeat, Report
RTTY – Radio teletype
RST – Readability, strength, tone
RX – Receive, Receiver
SASE – Self-addressed, stamped envelope
SED – Said
SEZ – Says
SGD – Signed
SIG – Signature; Signal
SINE – Operator’s personal initials or nickname
SKED – Schedule
SRI – Sorry
SS – Sweepstakes
SSB – Single Side Band
STN – Station
SUM – Some
SVC – Service; Prefix to service message
T – Zero
TFC – Traffic
TMW – Tomorrow
TKS – Thanks
TNX – Thanks
TR – Transmit
T/R – Transmit/Receive
TRIX – Tricks
TT – That
TTS – That is
TU – Thank you
TVI – Television interference
TX – Transmitter; Transmit
TXT – Text
U – You
UR – Your; You’re
URS – Yours
VFB – Very fune business
VFO – Variable Frequency Oscillator
VY – Very
W – Watts
WA – Word after
WB – Word before
WD – Word
WDS – Words
WID – With
WKD – Worked
WKG – Working
WL – Well; Will
WPM – Words Per Minute
WRD – Word
WUD – Would
WX- Weather
XCVR – Transceiver
XMTR – Transmitter
XTAL – Crystal
XYL – Wife
YL – Young lady
YR – Year
30 – I have no more to send
73 – Best Regards
88 – Love and kisses
161 – 73+88=161
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