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Q Codes

Q codes are standardized three-letter message encodings used for radiotelegraph communication. They are also known as brevity codes. The codes in the range QAAQNZ are reserved for aeronautical use, QOAQQZ for maritime use, and QRAQUZ for all services. Below is a list of codes commonly used by ham radio operators.

Code Question Answer or Statement
QRA What is the name (or call sign) of your station? The name (or call sign) of my station is ___.
QRG Will you tell me my exact frequency (or that of ___)? Your exact frequency (or that of ___) is ___ kHz/MHz.
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 How many voice contacts do you want to make? I want to make ___ voice contacts.
QRK What is the readability of my signals (or those of ___)? The readability of your signals (or those of ___) is ___ (1 - bad; 2 - poor; 3 - fair; 4 - good; 5 - excellent).
QRL Are you busy? I am busy (or I am busy with ___ ). Please do not interfere.
QRM Do you have interference? I have interference.
QRN Are you troubled by static? I am troubled by static.
QRO Should I increase power? Increase power.
QRP Should I decrease power? Decrease power.
QRQ Should I send faster? Send faster (___ wpm).
QRS Should I send more slowly? Send more slowly (___ wpm).
QRT Should I stop sending? Stop sending.
QRU Do you have anything for me? I have nothing for you.
QRV Are you ready? I am ready.
QRW Should I inform ___ that you are calling him on ___ kHz/MHz? Please inform ___ that I am calling him on ___ kHz/MHz.
QRX When will you call me again? I will call you again at ___ (hours) on ___ kHz/MHz.
QRZ Who is calling me? You are being called by ___ on ___ kHz/MHz
QSA What is the strength of my signals (or those of ___ )? The strength of your signals (or those of ___) is ___ (1 to 5).
QSB Are my signals fading? Your signals are fading.
QSD Is my keying defective? Your keying is defective.
QSG Should I send ___ telegrams (messages) at a time? Send ___ telegrams (messages) at a time.
QSK Can you hear me between your signals? I can hear you between my signals.
QSL Can you acknowledge receipt? I am acknowledging receipt.
QSM Should I repeat the last telegram (message) which I sent you, or some previous telegram (message)? Repeat the last telegram (message) which you sent me.
QSN Did you hear me (or ___ (call sign)) on ___ kHz/MHz? I did hear you (or ___ (call sign)) on ___ kHz/MHz.
QSO Can you communicate with ___ direct or by relay? I can communicate with ___ direct (or by relay through ___).
QSP Will you relay a message to ___? I will relay a message to ___.
QSR Do you want me to repeat my call? Please repeat your call; I did not hear you.
QSS What working frequency will you use? I will use the working frequency ___ kHz/MHz.
QST -- Here is a broadcast message to all amateurs.
QSU Should I send or reply on this frequency (or on ___ kHz/MHz)? Send or reply on this frequency (or on ___ kHz/MHz).
QSW Will you send on this frequency (or on ___ kHz/MHz)? I am going to send on this frequency (or on ___ kHz/MHz).
QSX Will you listen to ___ (call sign(s) on ___ kHz/MHz)? I am listening to ___ (call sign(s) on ___ kHz/MHz)
QSY Should I change to transmission on another frequency? Change to transmission on another frequency (or on ___ kHz/MHz).
QSZ Should I send each word or group more than once? Send each word or group twice (or ___ times).
QTA Should I cancel telegram (message) number ___ as if it had not been sent? Cancel telegram (message) number ___ as if it had not been sent.
QTC How many telegrams (messages) do you have to send? I have ___ telegrams (messages) for you (or for ___).
QTH What is your position in latitude and longitude? My position is ___ latitude, ___ longitude.
QTR What is the correct time? The correct time is ___ hours.
QTU At what times are you operating? I am operating from ___ to ___ hours.
QTX Will you keep your station open for further communication with me until further notice (or until ___ hours) I will keep my station open for further communication with you until further notice (or until ___ hours).
QUA Do you have news of ___ (call sign)? Here is news of ___ (call sign).
QUC What is the number (or other indication) of the last message you received from me (or from ___ (call sign))? The number (or other indication) of the last message I received from you (or from ___ (call sign)) is ___
QUD Have you received the urgency signal sent by ___ (call sign of mobile station)? I have received the urgency signal sent by ___ (call sign of mobile station) at ___ hours.
QUE Can you speak in ___ (language), with interpreter if necessary; if so, on what frequencies? I can speak in ___ (language) on ___ kHz/MHz.
QUF Have you received the distress signal sent by ___ (call sign of mobile station)? I have received the distress signal sent by ___ (call sign of mobile station) at ___ hours.