The Q Code

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The Q Code

Newcomers are often puzzled by the codes and abbreviations used by radio amateurs. These codes make international communication possible with operators with little knowledge of English and they save time conveying information.

A full listing of the Q Code can be found in publications of the International Telecommunication Union.

Listed below are some Q-codes used by radio amateurs.

The Q Code is used in two ways - with or without a question mark. Sometimes a figure, a callsign or a frequency, accompanies a Q-code. For example:

QTC?

QTC3

QRG

QRH

QRK

QRL

QRM

QRN

QRO

QRP

QRQ

QRS

QRT

QRW

QRX

QRZ

QSA

QSB

QSK

QSL

QSO

QSY

QTC

QTH

(the question mark) means "have you any messages for me?".

means "I have three messages for you".

Will you tell me my exact frequency (or that of ...)? Your exact frequency (or that of ...) is ... kHz

Does my frequency vary? Your frequency varies

How intelligible are my transmissions? The intelligibility of your signal is ... (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Are you busy? I am busy

Am I being interfered with? You are being interfered with

Are you troubled by static? I am troubled by static

Shall I increase power? Increase power

Shall I decrease power? Decrease power

Shall I send faster? Send faster

Shall I send slower? Send slower

Shall I stop sending? Stop sending

Shall I inform ... that you are calling him on ... kHz? Please inform ... that I am calling on ... kHz

When will you call me again? I will call you again at ... hours.

Who is calling me? You are being called by ...

What is my signal strength? Your signal strength is ... (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Are my signals fading? Your signals are fading

Can you hear me between your signals? I can hear you between my signals

Please acknowledge receipt. I acknowledge receipt (See OPERATING for examples)

Can you communicate with ... ? I can communicate with ...

Shall I shift frequency? Shift frequency to ...

Have you any messages? I have ... messages for you

What is your location? My location is ...




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Compiled Sun Nov 28 2010 at 8:41:44pm


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