Q CODES - COMMON HAM RADIO Q SIGNALS

COMMON HAM RADIO Q SIGNALS

Hams use three-letter Q signals on every mode and even in face-to-face conversation. Here are the Q signals most commonly used in day-to-day operation. Each signal can be a question or an answer, as shown in the Meaning column. A complete list of ham radio Q signals.




Q SignalMeaning
QRLIs the frequency busy?
The frequency is busy. Please do not interfere.
QRMAbbreviation for interference from other signals.
QRNAbbreviation for interference from natural or human-made
static.
QROShall I increase power?
Increase power.
QRPShall I decrease power?
Decrease power.
QRQShall I send faster?
Send faster (__words per minute [wpm]).
QRSShall I send more slowly?
Send more slowly (__wpm).
QRTShall I stop sending or transmitting?
Stop sending or transmitting.
QRUHave you anything more for me?
I have nothing more for you.
QRVAre you ready?
I am ready.
QRXStand by.
QRZWho is calling me?
QSBAbbreviation for signal fading.
QSLDid you receive and understand?
Received and understood.
QSOAbbreviation for a contact.
QSTGeneral call preceding a message addressed to all
amateurs.
QSXI am listening on ___ kHz.
QSYChange to transmission on another frequency (or to ___
kHz).
QTHWhat is your location?
My location is ____.


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