General Ham-Related Information

The Amateur Radio Q-Code

Signal Question Answer, Advice or Order
QRA What is the name (or call sign) of your station? The name of my station is [my name / callsign].
QRG Will you indicate my exact frequency in kilocycles? Your frequency is … kc.
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? Are my signals weak? I cannot receive you. Your signals are too weak.
QRK What is the legibility of my signals (1 to 5)? The legibility of your signals is … (1 to 5).
QRL Are you busy? I am busy (or busy with….). Please do not interfere.
QRM Are you being interfered with? I am being interfered with.
QRN Are you troubled by static? I am troubled by static.
QRO Must I increase power? Increase power.
QRP Must I decrease power? Decrease power.
QRQ Must I send faster? Send faster … (words per min.).
QRS Must I send more slowly? Transmit more slowly … (w.p.m.).
QRT Must I stop transmission? Stop transmission.
QRU Have you anything for me? I have nothing for you.
QRV Are you ready? I am ready.
QRW Must I advise … that you are calling him on … kc? Please advise … that I am calling him on … kc.
QRX When will you call again? I will call you again at … hours (on … kc.).
QRZ By whom am I being called? You are being called by …
QSA What is the strength of my signals (1 to 5)? The strength of your signals is … (1 to 5).
QSB Does the strength of my signals vary? The strength of your signals varies.
QSD Is my keying correct? Are my signals distinct? Your keying is incorrect; your signals are bad.
QSG Must I transmit … telegrams (or one telegram) at a time? Transmit … telegrams (or one telegram) at a time.
QSK Shall I continue the transmission of all my traffic? I can hear you between my signals. Continue: I shall interrupt you if necessary.
QSL Can you acknowledge receipt? I am acknowledging receipt.
QSM Shall I repeat the last telegram I sent you? Repeat the last telegram you sent me.
QSO Can you communicate with … directly (or through…)? I can communicate with … direct (or through…).
QSP Will you relay to …? I will relay to … free of charge.
QSV Shall I send a series of VVV….? Send a series of VVV.
QRW Will you transmit on [frequency]? I will transmit on [frequency].
QSX Will you listen for … (call sign) on … kcs? I am listening for … on … kcs.
QSY Shall I change to … kilocycles without changing the type of wave? Change to … kc. without changing type of wave.
QSZ Shall I send each word or group twice? Send each word or group twice.
QTA Shall I cancel nr … as if it had not been sent? Cancel nr … as if it had not been sent.
QTB Do you agree with my word count? I do not agree with your word count; I shall repeat the first letter of each word and the first figure of each number.
QTC How many telegrams have you to send? I have … telegrams for you or for ….
QTH What is your position (location)? My position (location) is ….
QTR What is the exact time? The exact time is ….
QTV Shall I stand guard for you? Stand guard for me.
QTX Will you keep your station open for further communication with me? I will keep my station open for further communication.
QST General call preceeding a message address to all amateurs and A.R.R.L. Members. This is in effect “CQ ARRL”.
QUA Have you news regarding [event]? I have news regarding [event].
QRRR Official A.R.R.L. “land SOS.” A distress call for emergency use only.