Just wondering. I was one back in the dark ages. Or should I be asking if anyone still remembers what a ditty-bopper is?
Wow, it's not every day an ASA veteran stops by. Thanks for serving. Nope, I can't say I know what a ditty-bopper is, though I guess I can go google it.
There's still a need for em. Nothing like it use to be, though.
What am I missing here??
I had to google it, but I figured you were talking about morse operators. The MOS is now called 98H (used to be 058, then 05H). I hear they are being phased out. I have not met one in real life.
For a blast from the past, check out the old MOS chart:
It's amazing how much consolidation there has been. 98G is now doing the job of about 4 of those MOS, and same as the other current MOS. Geez, pretty soon there will probably only be 3 of them or something.This message has been edited. Last edited by: 98GCM,
Actually, 98H has already been deleted (year before last as a matter of fact). They were merged with the 98G's and given an SQI of "A." This year the SQI was rescinded and all the remaining Morse people were force reclassed to whatever (a lot went 98Y).
Of course, there's still this requirement to fill something like 50 seats a year for Basic Morse. From what I understand, they're now sending any 98C, 98G or 98Y's that pass the morse test.
From one old dog to another, yes I know you 058s, used to drive me crazy listeneing to you guys up at Devens. Dit-Dit-Dot -Dit, or whatever. Was a 989 myself, schooled in Devens, served in Frankfurt, how about yourself?
Hi I did my 6 months at Devens, 2 at Vint Hill and then went to the 4th ASA fld station in Asmara, Eritrea. After my active duty time I went to work for the Army Material Command.
Ah, the 05's who stood in a circle jerk outside in the parking lot of Hale Hall yelling Morse at each other!
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Used to love sitting in the chowhall by you weirdos and tapping my spoon on the table just to watch y'all half-turn yer heads!
Glad to meet you guys too. It's just a little depressing knowing that the one thing I was good at in life is totally obsolete (at least I was the best at it!). It's just a shame there are no longer any jobs for people that can totally disconnect their brains and let their fingers do the walking - outside of the Pentagon, of course. By the way, before you fancy smancy analyst types start feeling too proud, just remember it was about twice as hard to become a fully proficient ditty bopper than any of the other jobs (OK, I'll exclude oriental linquists) Excuse me I think I need to go drink now.
I so bummed in not seeing this thread earlier. As you can guess by looking at my avatar, ASA is still near and dear to my heart.
This is the first discussion thread I've seen about 05H.
I joined in '69. Our entire 05H graduating class had orders directly to Vietnam. About 6 days prior to leaving, my orders were changed to Field Station-Berlin. Spent the rest of the active duty tour there. In the Reserves, I spent some time with the 12th SF Group, followed by a stint in a PSYOP Company.
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I'm a prior service ditty bopper. Of course I was in during the transition from 05H to 98H. The mos is no more unfortunately...But yeah, some of remember what a ditty bopper is..
ASA - the secret Army!
Back in the day, I was a 98G as well as having done AMIC (for SF). That was only 15gpm and we lost 50% of the class. I can't imagine how you Hogs did it!
I wasn't a ditty bopper, but spent a lot of time with them in Kassel Germany. Do a search for wd4ngb kassel. Saw several Sp7 and Sp8's there in ASA.
For the guy that was stationed in Asmara, do a Google "e30ga eritrea picture page". I would post the link, but this site does not allow it. I was there in 1998, and enjoyed it.
I was a AFSS ditty bopper stationed in Karamursel, Turkey 1963-64
Only full time ditty boppers I know of are old timers on ham op equipment. I also was AFSS 1960-1962, Peshawar, Pakistan...cold war days. I guess we'll all be dying off but we filled the need back then.
Had the opportunity to attend Ft. Devens as 05H from October, 1978 'til July of 1979. Shipped out to FS Misawa for 18 months. Then on to FS Augsburg. What a great experience. So much going on back then, we always felt like we were involved in national security and helping the intel effort. My head still snaps around when I hear the Dits and Dahs.
Dit dah, bunny, hops.... code, women and beer.... anyone remember that one?
or the Lightning fast chicken effer?
Was an 05H graduating in June 78, then went to 98C school when I reupped in 81 graduating GFAFB in Feb 82....
Retired in 99
I wish you all well.
Ditty Bopper is a morse code inteceptor
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