Listening to some QSOs on 30 and 40 Meters tonight, I have noticed an increasingly less usage of "DE".
VERY often, I seem to be hearing (for instance) "W2WK W2LJ" instead of "W2WK DE W2LJ".
Was "DE" tossed out the window? Did I not receive the memo? I know it's gone by the wayside in contests. Lord knows, the hour and a half it takes to send two letters will really cut down on the ol' QSO per Hour rate. But in casual rag chews?
Call me a curmudgeon, call me old fashioned, but I'll stop using "DE" when I stop using my rotary phone, my 5.5" floppy disks, my Smith Corona typewriter and stop wearing my spats.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!