After 25+ years off the air I rediscovered much of my old equipment and decided to give the hobby another go. That was two years + ago. I was original on air from about 74 until 87. During those years I strictly stayed on my home Channel (15 AM BK NY) and spoke locally only. I don't ever recall shooting skip. I did have a couple of single Side Band transceivers (tram/browning) but never used them on SSB. About 2 years ago I set up two stations. One which I would use strictly for my AM station (sonar FS 2340). And the other a Uniden Madison. I wanted to finally give SSB a try. After 2 months of local AM talk I decided to use the Madison on SSB. I quickly found it more enjoyable as during that time the conditions were allowing for worldwide contacts. Since those conditions have died out I've been using my AM and SSB stations for mostly local qso's. Even though the conditions worldwide have not returned to my area there are conditions throughout the US (during the past month) almost every time I turn my radios on. I noticed many local AM stations making numerous amounts of contacts throughout the US when conditions allowed. But for some reason I just couldn't make those same contacts. I don't want to be a hypocrite. I have made fun at the AM skip lingo that appears to be a prerequisite when dxing on that mode. I've recently been using the very lingo that I found funny, awkward, and sometimes annoying. You know the lingo. Everyone seems to call each other three or four times and then say there handle and qth as many times. Well lo and behold I actually can make contacts With my AM only rig which I wasn't making while using the standard type of SSB single call (while on AM.) It really works and works well. When I would call one time on a AM I would never make contacts and just assumed it was the lack of height on my antenna (7') that for some reason affected my ability to make contacts on AM. I thought there was a technical explanation. I began to believe that my antennas lack of height had something to do with me not getting out on AM. One call on SSB and 90% of the time I would get a return. One call on AM and no would ever get back to me. And I mean never! I'm not sure why this lingo is a must on AM. But I will assume it's that so many people unlike SSB are calling at the same time and it's necessary to repeat ones handle and qth three or four times in order to be heard. I find it a little awkward but as time goes by I seem to be getting used to it. I have become that which I have made fun of. I think I even posted about the funny way AM skip shooters spoke. I guess if it works it is what it is. Although I think it's going to take time getting comfortable using this type of lingo I will indeed get used to it. And I am for the first time enjoying the hobby, while shooting skip on AM. And I'm making as many contacts as I did on SSB. I went from no one replying to multiple stations calling back at one time when using the AM Skip lingo. 73 And I just got down!