Re: All Caps

Donald Evilsizor


I sent my response as a spoof concerning MARS using CW again.
And did it to see who or if anyone would respond knowing we
have a number of MARS members on the emails from all the

Yes, am aware of most changes. Even though I retired from
the army and am in Air Force MARS sort of a long story how
all that happened here in the Hoosier State.

Forgot what year I got into AFMARS, guess it was around
mid 80's possibly. Then when realignment came had to give
up my old call Grrr.

I copied ditties at Fort Devens while going to morse school
and overseas, then later changed to RTTY. All for the military
and NSA. Worked with all the services about every place
assigned in 20+ years.

Taught classes at Fort Devens for both CW & RTTY variations.
Did signal analysis too which was one of my favorite topics.

Later taught CW/RTTY down at Pensacola on Corry Field.

Sure been busy here trying to keep up on all the modes and
radio traffic too. Glad my xyl is also a very active ham. It
has been and still fun for me.

See you are also busy in radio.

Thanks Steve,


From: "N2CKH"
To: digitalradio@...
Sent: Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:22:20 AM
Subject: Re: [digitalradio] All Caps


Hi Don,

Perhaps you are not in MARS or perhaps you just missed it, but CW was re-authorized some time ago now, in Navy MARS as I recall it came about in 2008.

/s/ Steve, N2CKH

At 11:33 PM 6/7/2013, you wrote:

Guess I could never get very excited if someone was using
Caps in emails, messages or otherwise. Almost wondered
about those who had stated about being shouted at some
years ago.

But understand about the FH modes.

Oh well maybe someday MARS may even go back to
using CW - har.


From: "Andrew O'Brien"
To: "digitalradio"
Sent: Friday, June 7, 2013 10:34:18 PM
Subject: Re: [digitalradio] All Caps


73 de Andy NNN0OBY

On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:08 PM, Pete Kemp <radioguy@... > wrote:


Jun. 6, 2013 - 07:20PM

By Sam Fellman
Staff writer - Navy Times

Call it the message read ’round the world.

On May 8, the Navy’s personnel chief issued a
policy directive likely unique in the annals of
naval messages that came before it ­ a bulletin
that featured lowercase letters.

For sailors who find it hard to get through
all-caps messages or think that they READ LIKE
YOU’RE BEING SHOUTED AT, your time has come: The
Navy is shifting to a new message-routing system
that is cheaper and easier to operate and has the
side benefit of sending messages that are easier to read.

The ability to mix upper- and lowercase letters
and special characters “makes the readability
better for the folks that are actually monitoring
in a chat room or reading messages off a portal
site,� said James McCarty, the naval messaging
program manager at Fleet Cyber Command who is
overseeing the changes, which oddly were first
announced in an all-caps dispatch.

Naval messages ­ from routine GENADMINs (general
administration) and MOVREPs (movement report) all
the way up to a Flash OPREP, sent to the nation’s
leaders during a crisis ­ are the tidings of the
fleet. Changing that age-old format has prompted
plenty of feedback. Younger personnel like it
because it’s more readable and is similar to an
email. But there are holdouts ­ especially among
the old guard who are accustomed to reading their messages only in uppercase.

“You have a lot of folks that have been around
for a long time and are used to uppercase and
they just prefer that it stay there because of
the standardized look of it,� McCarty said. “But
the truth of it is, as we move forward, it’s imminent.�

The Navy and other services have a long history
with all-caps messages. Early teletype machines,
which the military started using in the 1850s,
were made up of only three rows of keys and did
not allow for lowercase letters.

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