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What does this mean:

CQ de KYHP QTC? K

My father-in-law was a radio operator in the merchant marines during WWII — this was his last writing.

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That was a Morse code message, using common abbreviations to save time. Here it is translated into plain language:

[CQ=] Calling any station, [de=] from radio station KYHP. [QTC?=] How many telegrams have you to send? [K=] Go ahead, I'm listening.

The first letter K means that the station was a US station; however, it may or may not have actually been located there.

The call sign KYHP has apparently been reassigned to a commercial TV station.

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