I have seen many posts on QRZ, Reddit, Facebook groups and other places about what 73 means and which is correct 73 or 73s? So let’s talk about that today. Where Did 73 Come From? The term 73 was created in 1879 by Water P. Phillips along with hundreds of other shorthand code to help those that were telegraph operators. These codes were shorthand for commonly used words to help decrease the number of characters that were required for sending a telegraph. By 1909 there were nearly 1800 codes ranging from the two-character short cut that we use to this day for state abbreviations to short cut word POTUS, which means President Of The United States. This code includes both… Read moreIs it “73” or “73’s”?