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Author Topic: QRL?  (Read 337 times)
KA3VEZ
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« on: October 08, 2006, 08:05:15 PM »

Not sure if I am using the right Q signal but I was told to see if the freq is in use to use that?  Is that true or what are the thoughts of using QRL?  Good? Bad?  Just wondering? Thanks for any answer

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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2006, 01:17:35 AM »

QRL is the proper way to determine if the frequency is in use when using CW. When using any other mode, simply ask, "Is the frequency in use?" whether it is voice or digital. I usually do this at least twice and if I get no response, it is fair to assume that calling CQ will not QRM an existing QSO.

(But you know what happens when you assume!)

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2006, 12:49:28 PM »

QRL followed by a question mark IS the correct procedure.  Send:  QRL? and pause a couple of seconds or so.  Then send it a second time.  If no answer, you are probably ok to use the frequency.

However!! (Always a "however")  That does NOT identify your transmission, and not identifying is illegal.  So, if you get no answer to your QRL? then you go ahead and call CQ, the problem of identification is taking care of.  If, though, someone comes back with "YES" and you simply go away, *technically* that leaves you with an unidentified transmission under your belt.  Chances anyone is going to catch you and complain are very slim, but the fact remains, it is lack of ID.  

If you are fast with CW, you can toss in a quick TNX DE (CALL) and then move.  Or just your call sign, and move.  If you are down in the 5 wpm bracket, by the time you can say all that, you have been interfering for several seconds.

No easy answer.  The *practice* though, even though illegal, is to simply move somwhere else and try again.  

So the reality doesn't lend itself readily to the rules, but that's the way that cookie bounces sometimes.  At any rate, QRL? is correct.  ID'ing is the problem!

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AB9LZ
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2006, 03:52:02 PM »

BTW if you send QRL? and hear a single C, move on, there's a good chance some guy is straining to hear the station that you can't.
 
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