Q-Signals explained

So I have a question on how to remember Q signals. First, feel free to just print and read off the printed sheet. Otherwise, if you are ever in doubt just ask. Yes, that is right. We were all there at one point and if you do not know how to respond just use plain English. Most of us are happy to help educate.

Here are the ones I use most often. But keep in mind there are unofficial ones you will come across such as “XYL” – A ham radio term for a wife. (x young lady) A girl friend would be a yl (young lady)

I only found this out by asking 😉

Q Signal Meaning
QRL Is the frequency busy?
The frequency is busy. Please do not interfere.
QRM Abbreviation for interference from other signals.
QRN Abbreviation for interference from natural or human-made static.
QRO Shall I increase power?
Increase power.
QRP Shall I decrease power?
Decrease power.
QRQ Shall I send faster?
Send faster (__words per minute [wpm]).
QRS Shall I send more slowly?
Send more slowly (__wpm).
QRT Shall I stop sending or transmitting?
Stop sending or transmitting.
QRU Have you anything more for me?
I have nothing more for you.
QRV Are you ready?
I am ready.
QRX Stand by.
QRZ Who is calling me?
QSB Abbreviation for signal fading.
QSL Did you receive and understand?
Received and understood.
QSO Abbreviation for a contact.
QST General call preceding a message addressed to all amateurs.
QSX I am listening on ___ kHz.
QSY Change to transmission on another frequency (or to ___ kHz).
QTH What is your location?
My location is ____.

And here is a Munsters picture…. just because


Have fun and 73’s,

Let me know what questions you want me to address. My email is k0fey@arrl.net




About K0FEY

I am a member of the Eden Prairie Radio club. This is a Minnesota Ham Radio Enthusiast club and we promote experimentation and learning through the Amateur Radio hobby. Come check into a net on Sunday with us or better yet meet us in person on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
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