Listener's Guide

The Q Code - Text Speak For Radio Operators

The shorthand we use so very little of, so here it is in full. Try sneaking some new ones into your QSO and nobody will like you for it.

Shortwave Listening Conditions Band By Band
QRAWhat is the name of your station?
QRBHow far approximately are you from my station?
QRCHow are the accounts for charges for your station settled?
QRDWhere are you bound for and where are you from?
QREWhat is your estimated time of arrival at...
QRFAre you returning to...
QRGWill you tell me my exact frequency?
QRHDoes my frequency vary?
QRIHow is the tone of my transmission?
QRJHow many radiotelephone calls have you to book?
QRKWhat is the intelligibility of my signals?
QRLAre you busy?
QRMAre you being interfered with?
QRNAre you troubled by static?
QROShall I increase transmitter power?
QRPShall I decrease transmitter power?
QRQShall I send faster?
QRRAre you ready for automatic operation?
QRSShall I send more slowly?
QRTShall I stop sending?
QRUHave you anything for me?
QRVAre you ready?
QRWShall I inform ... that you are calling him on ... kHz (or MHz)?
QRXWhen will you call me again?
QRYWhat is my turn?
QRZWho is calling me?
QSAWhat is the strength of my signals?
QSBAre my signals fading?
QSCAre you a cargo vessel?
QSDIs my keying defective?
QSEWhat is the estimated drift of the survival craft?
QSFHave you effected rescue?
QSGShall I send ... telegrams at a time?
QSHAre you able to home on your direction-finding equipment?
QSII have been unable to break in on your transmission.
QSJWhat is the charge to be collected to ... including your internal charge?
QSKCan you hear me between your signals and if so can I break in on your transmission?
QSLCan you acknowledge receipt?
QSMShall I repeat the last telegram which I sent you?
QSNDid you hear me on ... kHz (or MHz)?
QSOCan you communicate with ... direct (or by relay)?
QSPWill you relay to ... free of charge?
QSQHave you a doctor on board?
QSRShall I repeat the call on the calling frequency?
QSSWhat working frequency will you use?
QSUShall I send or reply on this frequency?
QSVShall I send a series of Vs on this frequency?
QSWWill you send on this frequency?
QSXWill you listen to ... on ... kHz?
QSYShall I change to transmission on another frequency?
QSZShall I send each word or group more than once?
QTAShall I cancel telegram (or message)?
QTBDo you agree with my counting of words?
QTCHow many telegrams have you to send?
QTDWhat has the rescue vessel or rescue aircraft recovered?
QTEWhat is my true bearing from you?
QTFWill you give me my position according to your bearings?
QTGWill you send two dashes of ten seconds each followed by your call sign?
QTHWhat is your position in latitude and longitude?
QTIWhat is your true track?
QTIWhat is your true course?
QTJWhat is your speed?
QTKWhat is the speed of your aircraft in relation to the surface of the Earth?
QTLWhat is your true heading?
QTMWhat is your magnetic heading?
QTNAt what time did you depart from ...?
QTOHave you left dock (or port)?
QTPAre you going to enter dock (or port)?
QTQCan you communicate with my station by means of the Internanational Code of Signals?
QTRWhat is the correct time?
QTSWill you send your call sign for tuning purposes or so that your frequency can be measured?
QTTThe identification signal which follows is superimposed on another transmission.
QTUWhat are the hours during which your station is open?
QTVShall I stand guard for you on the frequency of ... kHz?
QTWWhat is the condition of survivors?
QTXWill you keep your station open for further communication with me until further notice?
QTYAre you proceeding to the position of incident and if so when do you expect to arrive?
QTZAre you continuing the search?
QUAHave you news of ... ?
QUBCan you give me in the following order information concerning: the direction in degrees and speed of the surface wind, visibility, present weather, and amount, type and height of base of cloud above surface elevation at ... ?
QUCWhat is the number (or other indication) of the last message you received from me?
QUDHave you received the urgency signal sent by ...?
QUECan you use telephony in ... (language), with interpreter if necessary; if so, on what frequencies?
QUFHave you received the distress signal sent by ...?
QUGWill you be forced to alight (or land)?
QUHWill you give me the present barometric pressure at sea level?
QUIAre your navigation lights working?
QUJWill you indicate the true track to reach you?
QUKCan you tell me the condition of the sea observed at ...?
QULCan you tell me the swell observed at ...?
QUMMay I resume normal working?
QUNWill vessels in my immediate vicinity please indicate their position, course and speed?
QUOShall I search for ... (aircraft, ship, survival craft)?
QUPWill you indicate your position by searchlight, black smoke trail, pyrotechnic lights?
QUQShall I train my searchlight nearly vertical on a cloud, and if your aircraft is seen, deflect the beam up wind and on the water?
QURHave survivors ... (1. received survival equipment, 2. been picked up by rescue vessel, 3. been reached by ground rescue) party?
QUSHave you sighted survivors or wreckage?
QUTIs position of incident marked?
QUUShall I home ship or aircraft to my position?
QUWAre you in the search area designated as ...?
QUXDo you have any navigational warnings or gale warnings in force?
QUYIs position of survival craft marked?
QUZMay I resume restricted working?