These Q signals most often need to be expressed with brevity and clarity in amateur work. (Q abbreviations take the form of questions only when each is sent followed by a question mark.)
Q Signal Meaning
What is the name of your station?
The name of your station is _________.
Will you tell me my exact frequency (or that of _________)?
Your exact frequency (or that of _________) is _________ kHz.
Does my frequency vary?
Your frequency varies.
How is the tone of my transmission?
The tone of your transmission is _________.
Are you receiving me badly?
I cannot receive you. Your signals are to weak.
What is the intelligibility of my signals (or those of _________)?
The intelligibility of your signal (or those of _________) is _________.
Are you busy?
I am busy ( or I am busy with _________). Please do not interfere.
Is my transmission being interfered with?
Your transmission is being interfered with _________.
Are you troubled by static?
I am troubled by static _________.
Shall I increase power?
Shall I decrease power?
Shall I send faster?
Send faster (________ WPM).
Shall I send more slowly?
Send more slowly (_________ WPM).
Shall I stop sending?
Have you anything for me?
I have nothing for you.
Are you ready?
I am ready.
Shall I inform ________ that you are calling on ________ kHz?
Please inform ________ that I am calling on ________ kHz.
When will you call me again?
I will call you again at _________ hours (on _________ kHz).
What is my turn?
Your turn is numbered _________.
Who is calling me?
You are being called by _________ (on _________ kHz).
What is the strength of my signals (or those of _________)?
The strength of your signals (or those of _________) is _________.
1. Scarcely perceptible
3. Fairly good
5. Very good
Are my signals fading?
Your signals are fading.
Is my keying defective?
Your keying is defective..
Shall I send _________ messages at a time?
Send _________ messages at a time.
Can you hear me between your signals and if so can I break in on your transmission?
I can hear you between my signals; break in on my transmission.
Can you acknowledge receipt?
I am acknowledging receipt.
Shall I repeat the last message which I sent you, or some previous message?
Repeat the last message which you sent me [or message(s) number(s) ______].
Did you hear me (or _________) on _________ kHz?
I did hear you (or _________) on _________ kHz.
Can you communicate _________ direct or by relay?
I can communicate with _________ direct (or by relay through _________).
Will you relay to _________?
I will relay to _________.
General call preceding a message addressed to all amateurs and ARRL members. This is in effect "CQ ARRL".
Shall I send or reply on this frequency (or on _________ kHz)?
Send or reply on this frequency (or _________ kHz).
Shall I send a series of Vs on this frequency (or on _________ kHz)?
Send a series of Vs on this frequency (or on _________ kHz).
Will you send on this frequency (or on _________ kHz)?
I am going to send on this frequency (or on _________ kHz).
Will you listen to _________ on _________ kHz?
I am listening to _________ on _________ kHz.
Shall I change to transmission on another frequency?
Change to transmission on another frequency (or on _________ kHz).
Shall I send each word or group more than once?
Send each word or group twice (or _________ times).
Shall I cancel message number _________?
Cancel message number _________.
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.
How many messages have you to send?
I have _________ messages for you (or for _________).
What is your location?
My location is _________.
What is the correct time?
The correct time is _________.
Shall I stand guard for you?
Stand guard for me.
Will you keep your station open for further communication with me?
Keep your station open for me.
Have you news of _________?
I have news of _________?