Common Q Signs

Resources – Common “Q” Signs
A Q signal followed by a ? asks a question. A Q signal without the ? answers the question affirmatively, unless otherwise indicated.
Sign Meaning
QRA What is the name (or grid square) of your station?  The name of the station is…
QRB What is the distance between us [in km]?  The distance between us is…
QRG What’s the exact frequency [mine or yours or that of …]?  The exact frequency is…
QRH Does the frequency vary?  The frequency varies.
QRI What is the tone of transmission?  The tone of transmission is…
[1 = good, 2 = variable, 3 = bad]
QRJ Is the signal weak?  The signal is weak.
QRK What is my signal intelligbility?  The intelligibility of the signal is…
[1 = bad, 2 = poor, 3 = fair, 4 = good, 5 = excellent]
QRL Are you busy?  Can we talk?  I am busy.
QRM Is my transmission being interfered with?  Interference in your signal is…
[1 = nil, 2 = slight, 3 = moderate, 4 = severe, 5 = extreme]
QRN Are you troubled by static?  Noise (“static”) in signal is
[1 = nil, 2 = slight, 3 = moderate, 4 = severe, 5 = extreme]
QRO Shall I increase transmitter power?  Increase power.
QRP Shall I decrease transmitter power?  Decrease power.
QRQ Shall I send faster?  Send faster [… WPM]
QRS Shall I send slower?  Send more slowly [… WPM]
QRT Shall I stop sending?  Stop sending.
QRU Have you anything for me?  (Answer in negative) Listening for messages directed to station.
QRV Are you ready?  Ready.
QRX When will you call again?  Next call [at … hours [on … kHz]]
QRZ Who is calling me?  Callsign.
QSA What is my signal strength?  Signal strength is…
[1 = Scarcely perceptible, 2 = Weak, 3 = Fairly good, 4 = Good, 5 = Very good]
QSB Are my signals fading?  Signal fading.
QSL Can you acknowledge receipt?  Receipt acknowledged.
QSO Can communicate with … { directly | by relay through … }
QSP Will you relay to ______?  Relay to …
QSX Will you listen for ______ on ______?  Listening to ( call / sign[s] ) on … kHz
QSY Shall I change frequency?  Change frequency to … kHz
QSZ Shall I send each word/group more than once? (Answer, send twice or ______)?  Send each word or group twice [or … times]
QTC How many messages have you to send?  Have ____ messages to send.
QTH What is your location?  Geographic location is…
QTR What is your time?  Current time is…
QUA Have you news of ______?  I have news of______

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