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Author Topic: QSO or QSL?  (Read 25803 times)
KJ6ANT
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« on: June 29, 2014, 11:21:14 PM »

When operating SSB during contests, I have heard a Q-signal being used to ask, "Did you copy that?"
but I'm not sure which Q-signal they are using.

I hear both of these:
"You are 5-9 123, QSO?"
"You are 5-9 123, QSL?"

When I look at the list of Q-signals, it seems like QSL would be the one to use, but I'm pretty sure
I hear QSO most of the time.

I have two questions:
a. Do you hear people using QSO, QSL or both?
b. Which is correct?
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2014, 03:14:56 AM »

QSL is the correct usage: I acknowledge receipt/Can you acknolwedge receipt. As a noun, of course, it means the card you send someone to acknowledge a QSO.

QSO theoretically means I can relay that message/Can you relay this message? but realistically today is only a noun - an on the air conversation is a QSO.

I've never heard anyone say 59 123 QSO? - they were probably saying QSL!

By the way, on 1 April you may hear QLF? That means "Are you sending with your left foot?"...

73 John K3TN
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2014, 01:26:13 PM »

On fone, I just use "roger", which is one fewer syllables. On Morse, just "r" is equivalent.
Apparently, lots of hams want me to send them my card...  Wink

vy 73,
Bryan WA7PRC
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KJ6ANT
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2014, 08:47:53 PM »

Thanks for the info. Now I'll just need to break the habit of using "QSO?"
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2014, 11:59:18 PM »

Thanks for the info. Now I'll just need to break the habit of using "QSO?"
QSO = communication
QSL = confirmation of communication
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G4CMY
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2014, 01:45:09 AM »

On fone, I just use "roger", which is one fewer syllables. On Morse, just "r" is equivalent.
Apparently, lots of hams want me to send them my card...  Wink

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I'm with you.

"roger" on phone or "r" on cw means "received and understood" - says it all.

73
Tony
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N3QE
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2014, 07:53:18 AM »

On fone, I just use "roger", which is one fewer syllables. On Morse, just "r" is equivalent.
Apparently, lots of hams want me to send them my card...  Wink

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I'm with you.

"roger" on phone or "r" on cw means "received and understood" - says it all.

I personally use "R" on CW for most every confirmation, but I often hear "C" as a confirmation to the question as to whether something is correct, and "CFM" is also surprisingly common even when nobody's asked for a confirmation.

There are some super-stylized exchanges (WAE QTC, CW Sprinting) where a simple dit is enough.
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2014, 08:50:37 AM »

Neither are correct.
Q signals are for use on CW NOT on phone.

OK, Thank you, roger,  are perfectly fine and convey
the intended communication.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2014, 04:48:39 AM »


I've only ever heard QSL?

During contests etc.. for confirmation of My 59001 or My Callsign
especially when there is heavy QRM.. or My antenna is pointing the wrong way etc.. Hi Hi
Because I have never heard QSO doesn't mean they didn't say it.. as My brain would be in QSL
mode... Hi Hi  not expecting to hear QSO..

Lee   VK2LEE
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2014, 10:32:15 PM »

I agree with KB3LIX.  I'm not sure how "QSL" came to substituted for "OK," or "Roger," or simply "I copy you fine."  It is almost as irritating hearing hams say "QSL this" and "QSL that" as "10-4" or "first personal here is..."  

With CW abbreviations are a given for brevity, but on phone with good copy, plain English is the best bet.  Phonetics are fine when clarifying spelling but can the jargon and CB lingo.
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