International "Q" Codes
as used on 11 meter
The following list consists of all used
"Q" Codes and their actual meaning. These "codes"
were of course never meant to be used for voice
operations. They were originally set-up for CW,
or "Morse Code" operators to use, as
abbreviations for commonly asked guestions or
statements. The explanations for the Q codes
below, has come straight from The ARRL Handbook,
1999 edition and are used everyday
in the amateur spectrum. Please take a moment to
look and see the actual meanings of these codes!
You'll be surprised how many operators mis-use
- CQ...Seek contact with any
with any distant station(s).
- QRA...What is the name of your
station? / The name of your station is
- QRG...Will you tell me my exact
frequency(or that of _____)? / Your exact
frequency(or that of) is _____kHz
- QRH...Does my frequency vary? / Your
- QRI...How is the tone of my
transmission? / The tone of your transmission is
______(1.Good; 2.Variable; 3.Bad)
- QRJ...Are you recieving me badly? / I
cannot recieve you. Your signals are too
- QRK...What is the intelligibility of my signal(or those of _____)? / The intelligibility
of your signals(or those of _____) is
_____.(1.Bad; 2.Poor; 3.Fair; 4.Good
- QRL...Are you busy? / I am busy(or I am
busy with _____). Please do not
- QRM...Is my transmission being
interfered with? / Your transmission is being interfered with _____.(1.Nil; 2.Slightly; 3.Mooderately; 4.Severely; 5.Extremely).
- QRN...Are you troubled by static? / I am troubled by static _____.(1 through 5, as used in QRM)
- QRO...Shall I increase power? / Increase power.
- QRP.....Shall I decrease power? /
- QRT...Shall I stop transmitting? / Stop
- QRU...Have you anything for
me? / I have nothing for you.
- QRV...Are you ready? / I am
- QRW...Shall I inform _____ that you are
calling on _____kHz? / Please inform _____ that I
am calling on _____kHz.
- QRX...When will you call me
again? / I will call you again at _____ hours(on
- QRZ...Who is calling me? / You are being called by _____(on _____kHz).
- QSA...What is the strength of my
signals(or those of_____)? / The strength of your signals(or those of_____) is_____(1.Scarcely
perceptible; 2.Weak; 3.Fairly Good; 4.Good;
- QSB...Are my signal fading? / Your
signals are fading.
- QSG...Shall I send messages _____ at a
time? / Send _____ messages at a time.
- QSK...Can you hear me between your
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 reciept? / I
am acknowledging reciept.
- QSM...Shall I repeat the last message
which I sent you, or some previous message? /
Repeat the last message which you sent me (or
message(s)) number(s) _____.
- QSO...Can you communicate with _____
direct or b relay? / I can communicate with _____ direct (or by relay through _____).
- QSP...Will you relay to
_____? / I will relay to _____.
- QSX...Will you listen to _____ on _____
kHz? / I am listening to _____ on _____
- QSY...Shall I change to transmission on
another frequecy? / Change to transmission to
another frequency (or on _____kHz).
- QTH...What is your exact location? / My
exact location is _____.
- QTR...What is the correct
time? / The correct time is _____.
- QTX...Will you keep you station open for
further communication with me? / Keep your
station open for me.
- QUA...Have you news of _____? / I have
news of _____.
You see what I mean? There is an
awful lot of misuse on the airwaves. Oh well,
hope this will help a little! Feel free to print
yourself a copy!!