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Author Topic: Mumbo-Jumbo  (Read 5647 times)

Posts: 15

« on: February 05, 2001, 03:48:37 PM »

Is there anyone that can inform me of what "Lids" stands for, and all of the "Q**" abbrevations?  Thanks bunches!!


Posts: 426


« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2001, 10:56:46 PM »

Hi Matt...I think you said you just got your ticket recently so let me welcome you to Ham Radio my friend!
Ok now for your questions:

lid - a poor operator, one who does not follow proper procedures or sends sloppy morse code.

Sign Meaning
QRA What is the name of your station? The name of my station is ___.
QRB How far are you from my station? I am ____ km from you station
QRD Where are you bound and where are you coming from? I am bound ___ from ___.
QRG Will you tell me my exact frequency? Your exact frequency 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 signal is too weak.
QRK What is the intelligibility of my signals? The intelligibility of your signals is ___ (1-Bad, 2-Poor, 3-Fair, 4-Good, 5-Excellent.)
QRL Are you busy? I am busy, please do not interfere
QRM Is my transmission being interfered with? Your transmission is being interfered with ___ (1-Nil, 2-Slightly, 3-Moderately, 4-Severly, 5-Extremely.)
QRN Are you troubled by static? I am troubled by static ___ (1-5 as under QRM.)  
QRO Shall I increase power? Increase power.
QRP Shall I decrease power? Decrease power.
QRQ Shall I send faster? Send faster (___ WPM.)
QRR Are you ready for automatic operation? I am ready for automatic operation. Send at ___ 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.
QRW Shall I inform ___ that you are calling? Please inform ___ that I am calling.
QRX When will you call me again? I will call you again at ___ hours.
QRY What is my turn? Your turn is numbered ___.
QRZ Who is calling me? You are being called by ___.
QSA What is the strength of my signals? 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 Is my keying defective? Your keying is defective.
QSG Shall I send ___ messages at a time? Send ___ messages at a time.
QSJ What is the charge to be collected per word to ___ including your international telegraph charge? The charge to be collected per word is ___ including my international telegraph charge.
QSK Can you hear me between you 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 repeate the last message which I sent you? Repeat the last message.
QSN Did you hear me on ___ kHz? I did hear you 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 ___.
QSQ Have you a doctor on board? (or is ___ on board?) I have a doctor on board (or ___ is on board.)
QSU Shall I send or reply on this frequency? Send a series of Vs on this frequency.
QSV Shall I send a series of Vs on this frequency? Send a series of Vs on this frequency.
QSW Will you send on this frequency? I am going to send on this frequency.
QSY Shall I change to another frequency? Change to another frequency.
QSZ Shall I send each word or group more than once? Send each word or group twice (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.
QTE What is my true bearing from you? Your true bearing from me is ___ degrees.
QTG Will you send two dashes of 10 seconds each followed by your call sign? I am going to send two dashes of 10 seconds each followed by my call sign.
QTH What is your location? My location is ___.
QTI What is your true track? My true track is ___ degrees.
QTJ What is your speed? My speed is ___ km/h.
QTL What is your true heading? My true heading is ___ degrees.
QTN At what time did you depart from ___? I departed from ___ at ___ hours.
QTO Have you left dock (or port)? I have left dock (or port).
QTP Are you going to enter dock (or port)? I am goin gto enter dock (or port.)
QTQ Can you communicate with my station by meains of the International Code of Signals? I am going to communicate with your staion by means of the International Code of Signals.
QTR What is the correct time? The time is ___.
QTS Will you send your call sign for ___ minutes so that your frequency can be measured? I will send my call sign for ___ minutes so that my frequency may be measured.
QTU What are the hours during which your station is open? My station is open from ___ hours to ___ hours.
QTV Shall I stand guard for you on the frequency of ___ kHz? Stand guard for me on the frequency of ___ kHz.
QTX Will you keep your station open for further communication with me? I will keep my station open for further communication with you.
QUA Have you news of ___? I have news of ___.
QUB Can you give me information concering visibility, height of cluds, direction and velocity of ground wind at ___? Here is the information you requested...
QUC What is the number of the last message you received from me? The number of the last message I received from you is ___.
QUD Have you received the urgency signal sent by ___? I have received the urgency signal sent by ___.
QUF Have you received the distress signal sent by ___? I have received the distress signal sent by ___.
QUG Will you be forced to land? I am forced to land immediately.
QUH Will you give me the present barometric pressure? The present barometric pressure is ___ (units).

I can give you one site if you are new that is a great source of information....I have many others sites but this one will give you a great start!  Any the Q signals have many variations and more of them but here is the web address and please check it out and you will have thousands of links to go to and get answers on about anything for Ham radio....also you will always learn something new!

Here is a very good reference link:

 73's and hope to work you sometime de KB9UMT Don Peoria IL

Posts: 15

« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2001, 12:12:30 PM »

Hey Don!

Thanks for the list of abbreviations.  I'll keep you in mind when I start to work DX in the summer months on 6M SSB!!!


Posts: 426


« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2001, 02:05:46 PM »

Hi Matt...working you on 6 meters would be great!!  But I could be working you everyday via the Satellites!!  Interested in working your other ham friends, all 50 States, and some DX...everyday on vhf/uhf?  Many techs do see the satellite questions on the ham tests but never try to work them or investigate furthur. I find the Satellites very fun to work and interesting, a learning experience at that! And it is almost a sure bet someone will QSL with you to confirm your grid square.  So Matt you interested?  The equipment you have now is all you may need.  If you get a chance please give this a second look and go to the AMSAT home page for Satellite work and then go down to the FAQs and Introductory Articles for Satellites and then read the "Working the Easy Sats".  After I read that great article was working Sats the next day!  73 my friend and hope to work you sometime...and oh yes while you are leaning the Sats by all means study and upgrade to get to the HF bands.
Here is the web address for the AMSAT stuff:

Now you need to know when they pass so here is JTRACK from NASA and you can watch the Sats in realtime and see where they are!  Can give you more info no trackig software anytime just email is the address:

Keep an open mind...and keep learning!!

Posts: 56

« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2001, 05:09:42 PM »

Now, WHY the Q-codes. The letter Q doesn't get used much. The messages contained in Q-codes are common messages that take a while to send and tie up the frequencies. So they came up with Q codes to reduce traffic. If you hear the lettter Q, it's more likely to be a Q code than one of the few words that start with Q.

Regarding "Roger" for yes - in the early days they sent the letter "R" at acknowledge that the message was received. When CW military types moved to phone, they pronounced the "R" phonetically. They'd get an order, over the radio, "Roger" it, and perform the task. So Roger for received became Roger for yes.

As to "SOS" - it makes a distinctive sound. It did not mean "Save Our Ship".

Posts: 1435

« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2001, 05:14:21 PM »

You will be able to find many answers to your questions At the ARRL web site, WWW.ARRL.ORG

I recently down loaded a list of all of the prefixes assigned to every country from their site.

Have FUN


Posts: 145

« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2001, 12:54:55 PM »

Don's list is pretty long.  But believe it or not, there are about 2 or 3 times that many Q signals in existence.  Mostly only used by commercial cw operators (there are still some left in the third world).

You don't need to memorize them all.  For every day ham operations, the ones you should know are: QRM, QRN, QRS, QRT, QRZ, QSB, QSL, QSO, QSY, and QTH.  Add QRU and QRV if you get into traffic handling.  Note that the "official" definitions and the way hams actually use the Q signals don't always correspond exactly; but, you'll catch on.  Make up a quick reference card and keep it handy.  Welcome to the hobby.



Posts: 90

« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2001, 10:40:35 PM »

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