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Standard ITU Phonetics
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) phonetic alphabet is
generally understood by hams in all countries.
It is used when signing your call or passing information that must be spelled out.
For example, VK4YAR should sign Victor Kilo Four Yankee Alfa Romeo.
A - Alfa
B - Bravo
C - Charlie
D - Delta
E - Echo
F - Foxtrot
G - Golf
H - Hotel
I - India
J - Juliett
K - Kilo
L - Lima
M - Mike
N - November
O - Oscar
P - Papa
Q - Quebec
R - Romeo
S - Sierra
T - Tango
U - Uniform
V - Victor
W - Whiskey
X - X-Ray
Y - Yankee
Z - Zulu
Q-signals are short, three letter codes used in CW (morse code) communication to speed up the contacts.
Do not use these codes for voice communication, say what you mean instead.
QRG Will you tell me my exact frequency? Your exact frequency is...
QRL Are you busy? I am busy. Please do not interfere.
QRM Is my transmission being interfered with? Your transmission is being interfered.
QRN Are you troubled by static? I am troubled by static.
QRO Shall I increase power? Increase power.
QRP Shall I decrease power? Decrease power.
QRQ Shall I send faster? Send faster.
QRS Shall I send more slowly? Send more slowly.
QRT Shall I stop sending? Stop sending.
QRU Have you anything for me? I have nothing for you.
QRV Are you ready? I am ready.
QRX When will you call me again? I will call you again at... (hours).
QRZ Who is calling me? You are being called by...
QSB Are my signals fading? Your signals are fading.
QSK Can you hear me between your signals and if so can I break in on your transmission?
I can hear you between signals; break in on my transmission.
QSL Can you acknowledge receipt (of message or transmission)? I am acknowledging receipt.
QSN Did you hear me on (frequency)? I did hear you on (frequency).
QSO Can you communicate with (call sign) direct or by relay?
I can communicate with (call sign) direct or relay through (call sign).
QSP Will you relay to (call sign)? I will relay to (call sign).
QST General call preceding a message addressed to all amateurs and ARRL members. This is in effect "CQ ARRL".
QSX Will you listen to (call sign) on (frequency)? I am listening to (call sign) on (frequency).
QSY Shall I change to transmission on another frequency? Change to transmission on another frequency.
QTB Do you agree with my counting of words? I do not agree with your counting of words.
I will repeat the first letter or digit of each word or group.
QTC How many messages have you to send? I have # messages for you.
QTH What is your location? My location is ...
QTR What is the correct time? The time is ...
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