“Poka” – the new “DSW”

ruI’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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  3 comments for ““Poka” – the new “DSW”

  1. July 24, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Hi John,

    I think DX Labs suite includes some software to do usual “ham” translations to several languages.
    Never tested it however…


    • July 25, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Good morning Yan – I did try DX Labs a year or two ago but uninstalled it after a while. I guess I didn’t install the module with the translations but two others have emailed me to say that the translations are in it somewhere. Maybe I’ll give it another look.

      73 – John

  2. Paul VA3PAW
    July 31, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I think the closest translation to ‘poka’ is ‘[till] later’.
    Friendly and informal. Italian equivalent would be ‘ciao!’.


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