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K5CEY
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« on: October 28, 2003, 06:06:52 PM »

Just been listening to 40 meter CW this afternoon.
   I know some years ago it became quite common for someone to send "Qrl" (usually without station identification) as a courtesy to make sure the frequency is clear before lashing out with a CQ or a call to a specific station.
   My question is: If you are in QSO or otherwise waiting for a response on a given frequency,and someone sends "Qrl", what would be a typical response to his query?
   I've just never heard a response. Is there a common shortened reply for, "Thank you sir for asking. As a matter of fact, I am in QSO on this frequency at this time".
             John  K5CEY
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2003, 07:04:16 PM »

The answer to "QRL?" is "QRL."  QRL? means, in essence, "is this frequency busy?"  QRL means, "this frequency is busy."  The only difference is the question mark, or lack of one.

Usually, if I want to reply that the frequency is indeed busy, I send, "QRL TU," meaning, "yes, the frequency is busy, thank you for asking."

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NI0C
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2003, 07:34:50 PM »

Another very quick way to respond on CW is to send "C" meaning yes.
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K5CEY
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2003, 08:55:27 PM »

Steve and Chuck,
    Thank you for two very logical and obvious answers. If I had my lid on straight, I should have recalled that "Q" signals are both questions and answers. In my mind, I kept thinking that "Yep" would be appropriate. This falls right in line with Chuck's response.
              John   K5CEY
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W5HTW
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2003, 08:56:02 PM »

I do "C TU"

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N8IK
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2003, 01:18:59 PM »

A "QRL?" can trash a 35wpm QSO if sent slowly.  I've heard folks send a quick "IE" first, listen, then QRL?.  Don't know where IE started but it's effective.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2003, 04:57:49 PM »

I often send just a quick ? at first, wait a few seconds, then send QRL? if I don't hear anything.  
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K2ACX
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2004, 12:12:58 PM »

<<A "QRL?" can trash a 35wpm QSO if sent slowly.>>

Agreed!  Personally, if I'm going to call CQ I park on the frequency and listen for at least 2-3 minutes before sending the "QRL?".  Ten seconds later I send "QRL?" again.  Then, if the coast is clear, I start the CQ.  You can never be too careful.

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N8YAD
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2004, 05:47:02 PM »

I do what N0XAS does, a few ?'s at first, listen, then a QRL??, listen, etc...I wish digital ops did this too instead of blasting over a CW QSO in progress...If someone asks while I'm in a QSO, I send a "C"...
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