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Old 02-14-2014, 12:09 PM
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The fine print on my avatar says: flummox (pronunciation), verb, To confuse; perplex. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, "flummox" is slang, and its origin is obscure. It is funny how my favorite thing about this dictionary is that it delves into the origin of words, and occasionally even these linguistic experts have to surrender in their attempt to trace a word back to a specific origin.
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:32 PM
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My name "WRQ9" was inspired by my love of crosswords, my initials, and 9 letters in my last name.
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Old 02-14-2014, 09:43 PM
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Dang! I really missed with my hypothesis of WRQ9's name. I thought it was the call letters of the ham radio operator which was heard in the middle of the 1939 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, but I couldn't find my recording to confirm it.
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Found it. If you're talking about the last bit before the commercial break, it's 2X2L talking to CQ. Poor CQ, swallowed up by the black fog in NYC.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:33 PM
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Ah, thanks Lurker. Now I don't have to tidy up my library.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:53 AM
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Found it. If you're talking about the last bit before the commercial break, it's 2X2L talking to CQ. Poor CQ, swallowed up by the black fog in NYC.
A possible little "fail" in the War of the Worlds - Amateur radio call signs are one or two letters followed by a single digit, followed by two or three letters. For example W1AW or W1AWR or WA1AW or W1AWR. They may have chosen the 2X2L to avoid duplicating an actual call sign. It may have been another FCC "service" like law enforcement or emergency services, however. CQ is Ham slang for "calling anyone who will answer".

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Old 02-16-2014, 06:18 PM
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that's interesting--thanks for the info!
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