International Q-Codes (Extract)

 

QRG

What is my exact frequency?

Your exact frequency is......kHz

QRH

Does my frequency vary?

Your frequency varies

QRI

What is the tone of my transmission?

The tone of your transmission is...

QRK

What is the readability of my signals?

The readability of your transmission is...

QRL

Are you busy?

I am busy. Please do not interfere.

QRM

Are you being interfered with?

I am being interfered with.

QRN

Are you troubled by static?

I am troubled by static.

QRO

Shall I increase power?

Increase power.

QRP

Shall I decrease power?

Decrease power.

QRQ

Shall I send faster?

Send faster

QRS

Shall I send more slowly?

Send more slowly.

QRT

Shall I stop sending?

Stop sending

QRU

Have you anything for me?

I have nothing for you.

QRV

Are you ready?

I am ready.

QRX

When will you call me again?

I will call you again (at .... hours.)

QRZ

Who is calling me?

You are being called by ......... (on ....kHz)

QSA

What is the strength of my signals?

The strength of your signals is .....

QSB

Are my signals fading?

Your signals are fading.

QSD

Is my keying defective?

Your keying is defective.

QSL

Give me acknowledgement of receipt

I give you my acknowledgment of receipt.

QSN

Did you hear... on KHz?

I can hear ... on KHz.

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

QSP

Will you relay to....?

I will relay to....

QSV

Shall I send a series of V's ?

Send a series of V's.

QSY

Shall I change to another frequency?

Change to another frequency (or to .....kHz)

QSZ

Shall I send each word more than once?

Send each word twice

QTH

What is your location? ...

My location is....

QTR

What is the correct time?

The correct time is ....

 

Use of Q-Codes as nouns

 

QRG

Frequency

QRI

Bad note

QSD

Bad sending other stations

QRK

Signal strength / Readability

QSL

Verification card

QSO

Radio contact

QSY

Change of frequency

QTH

Location

QRT

Close down

QRX

Stand by

QSB

Fading

QRM

Interference from other stations

QRN

Interference from atmospherics

QSP

Relay message

QRO

High power

QRP

Low power

 

Unofficial Q-Code

 

QLF

Send with Left Foot   (Bad sending)

 

 

   Number Codes

 

Virtually all radio amateurs are familiar with the meaning of 73 and 88. However, there are more.

The following code is taken from The Telegraph Instructor by G.M. Dodge.
Some Railroad variation are shown in italics.


1859 WESTERN UNION "92 CODE"
1 Wait a minute. 25 Busy on another wire.
2 Very Important. 26 Put on ground wire.
3 What time is it? 27 Priority, very important.
4 Where shall I go ahead? 28 Do you get my writing?.
5 Have you business for me? 29 Private, deliver in sealed envelope.
6 I am ready. 30 No more - the end.
7 Are you ready? 31 Form 31 train order.
8 Close your key, stop breaking. 32 I understand that I am to ....
9 Priority business. Wire Chief's call. 33 Answer is paid.
10 Keep this circuit closed. 34 Message for all officers.
12 Do you understand? 35 You may use my signal to answer this.
13 I understand. 37 Inform all interested.
14 What is the weather? 39 Important, with priority on thru wire.
15 For you and others to copy. 44 Answer promptly by wire.
17 Lightning here. 55 Important.
18 What's the trouble? 73 Best Regards.
19 Form 19 train order. 77 I have a message for you.
21 Stop for meal. 88 Love and kisses.
22 Wire test. 91 Superintendent's signal.
23 All stations copy. 92 Deliver Promptly.
24 Repeat this back. 134 Who is at the key?

 

   Common CW abbreviations

 

 


Abbrev. Word Abbrev. Word
ABT About OB Old boy
ADR Address OM Old man
AGN Again OP Operator
ANT Antenna OT Old timer; old top
B4 Before PSE Please
C Yes PWR Power
CFM Confirm RIG Station equipment
CUL See you later RPT Repeat; report
ES And RX; RCVR Receiver
FB Fine business SED Said
GA Go ahead SEZ Says
GA Good afternoon SIG Signal
GB Good bye SKED Schedule
GB God bless SRI Sorry
GE Good evening TMW Tomorrow
GG Going TNX Thanks
GM Good morning TT That
GN Good night TU Thank you
GND Ground TVI Television interference
GUD Good TX Transmitter
HI Laughter UR; URS Your; Yours
HI High VY Very
HR Here; hear WKD; WKG Worked; working
HV Have WL Will
HW How; how copy WUD Would
LID A poor operator WX Weather
MSG Message XMTR Transmitter
N No YF; XYL Wife
NIL Nothing YL Young lady
NR Number 73 Best regards
NW Now 88 Love and kisses