I’ve worked quite a number of Russian stations the past two nights on 20m with most of them being in Siberia. Over-the-pole, warbly signals – love it.
My normal sign-off with Russians includes DSW – CW-speak for do svidaniya or goodbye.
But tonight, two separate stations sent poka instead of DSW. New one on me. Google to the rescue, where I learned that poka is a less formal way of saying goodbye. My Russian vocabulary has just increased by 33%.
Years ago one of the ham mags had an article on how to say (and send on CW) common phrases we might use on the air for about two dozen languages. Sure wish I could find it.
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