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International Q Codes (Signals)


Note: Q abbreviations take the form of questions only when they are sent followed by a question mark.

QRG Will you tell me my exact frequency (or that of ___)? Your exact frequency (or that of ___) is ___ kHz.
QRH Does my frequency vary? Your frequency varies.
QRI How is the tone of my transmission? The tone of your transmission is ___(1. Good; 2. Variable; 3. Bad).
QRJ Are you receiving me badly? I cannot receive you. Your signals are too weak.
QRK What is the intelligibility of my signals (or those of ___)? The intelligibility of your signals (or those of ___) is ___ (1. Bad; 2. Poor; 3. Fair; 4. Good; 5. Excellent).
QRL Are you busy? I am busy (or I am busy with ___). Please do not interfere.
QRM Is my transmission being interfered with? Your transmission is being interfered with ___ (1. Nil; 2. Slightly; 3. Moderately; 4. Severely; 5. Extremely).
QRN Are you troubled by static? I am troubled by static ___. (Usually, QRM is man-made interference and QRN is natural interference.)
QRO Shall I increase power? Increase power.
QRP Shall I decrease power? Decrease power.
QRQ Shall I send faster? Send faster (___ WPM).
QRS Shall I send more slowly? Send more slowly (___ WPM).
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 (on ___ kHz).
QRY What is my turn? Your turn is numbered ____.
QRZ Who is calling me? You are being called by ___ (on ____ kHz).
QSA What is the strength of my signals (or those of ___)? The strength of your signals is ___ (1. Scarcely perceptible; 2. Weak; 3. Fairly good; 4. Good; 5. Very good).
QSB Are my signals fading? Your signals are fading.
QSD Are my signals defective? Your signals are defective.
QSG Shall I send ____ messages at a time? Send ____ messages at a time.
QSK Can you hear me between your signals and if so can I break in on your transmission? I can hear you between my signals; break in on my transmission.
QSL Can you acknowledge receipt? I am acknowledging receipt.
QSM Shall I repeat the last message which I sent you, or some previous message? Repeat the last message which you sent me [ message(s) number(s) ____].
QSN Did you hear me (or ____) on ____ kHz? I did hear you (or ____) on ____ kHz.
QSO Can you communicate with ___ direct or by relay? I can communicate with ___ direct (or by relay through ___).
QSP Will you relay to ___? I will relay to ___.
QST General call preceding a message addressed to all amateurs and ARRL members. This is in effect "CQ ARRL".
QSU Shall I send or reply on this frequency (or on ____ kHz)? Send or reply on this frequency (or ____ kHz).
QSV Shall I send a series of Vs on this frequency (or ___ kHz)? Send a series of Vs on this frequency (or on ___ kHz).
QSW Will you send on this frequency (or on ____ kHz)? I am going to send on this frequency (or on ____ kHz).
QSX Will you listen to ____ on ____ kHz? I am listening to ____ on ____ kHz.
QSY Shall I change to transmission on another frequency? Change to transmission on another frequency (or on ___ kHz).
QSZ Shall I send each word or group more than once? Send each word or group two (or ___ times).
QTA Shall I cancel message number ____? Cancel message number ____.
QTB Do you agree with my counting of words? I do not agree with your counting of words. I will repeat the first letter or digit of each word or group.
QTC How many messages have you to send? I have ____ messages for you (or for ____).
QTH What is your location? My location is ___.
QTR What is the correct time? The time is ___.

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