[AMRadio] BTW, some of the biggest LIDS are Extras


George Brand georgeb at i2k.net
Tue Dec 2 11:31:52 EST 2008


Thanks Steve!  Never thought of a tobacco can but it makes sense. I sure
didn't think it would be a Hormel can.... (groan here pls)

George .-- .- ---.. ... -.-. ---
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  You almost have it..  Putting a tobacco can on the sounder was a common
practice. When there was a Bad operator or someone didn't what to copy what
was on the wire, they would "Put A Lid On It" ..  Bad ops became known as
"lids" and today we still use the term, "Put a Lid On It" when we don't what
to hear what someone has to say...   Steve W1TAV

  -- "George Brand" <georgeb at i2k.net> wrote:

  I love the translation!! The term "Lid" apparently comes from the landline
telegraph days, where there would be multiple op's in one room transmitting
and receiving different messages at the same time. The sounders sounded
pretty much alike so some ops attached a piece of metal (a can lid perhaps)
  to make theirs different. Older ops sneared at them and called them "lids"
ie:inferior op, sloppy op etc etc

  Keep cruising towards the Extra!!

  George  wa8sco




    Hey, George, I'd agree...'cept that I'm still learning the lingo
    and I'm Not quite certain what a LID is. I suspect it means
    something along the lines of "Loud, Ignorant Dummy (or Doofus)!" ??

    73, Terry Bakowski KC9KEL not an Extra yet


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