Listener's Guide

The Western Union 92 Code

If the day job was to bash a morse key in a 19th century telegraph office, you will do anything to to keep your messages as short as possible. One way is reduce much-used phrases to a number.

Code 30 just about covers the feelings of those of you who have used this site before.

The Western Union 92 Code
CodeMeaningCodeMeaning
1Wait a minute.25Busy on another wire.
2Very Important.26Put on ground wire.
3What time is it?27Priority, very important.
4Where shall I go ahead?28Do you get my writing?
5Have you business for me?29Private, deliver in sealed envelope.
6I am ready.30No more - the end.
7Are you ready?31Form 31 train order.
8Close your key, stop breaking.32I understand that I am to...
9Priority business.33Answer is paid.
10Keep this circuit closed.34Message for all officers.
12Do you understand?35You may use my signal to answer this.
13I understand.37Inform all interested.
14What is the weather?39Important, with priority on through wire.
15For you and others to copy.44Answer promptly by wire.
17Lightning here.55Important.
18What's the trouble?73Best Regards.
19Form 19 train order.77I have a message for you.
21Stop for meal.88Love and kisses.
22Wire test.91Superintendent's signal.
23All stations copy.92Deliver promptly.
24Repeat this back.134Who is at the key?

This first appeared in The Telegraph Instructor by G.M. Dodge back in 1859. We wonder why it's called the 92 Code?