The Q Signals as Used by Ham Radio and 11 Meter Operators

Q Signal Meaning
QRA What is the name of your station?
The name of your station is _____.
QRG Will you tell me my exact frequency (or that of ____)?
Your exact frequency (or that of ____) is ____ kHz.
QRH Does my frequency vary?
Your frequency varies.
QRI How is the tone of my transmission?
The tone of your transmission is ____
(1. Good; 2. Variable; 3. Bad).
QRJ Are you receiving me badly?
I cannot receive you. Your signals are too weak.
QRK What is the intelligibility of my signals (or those of _____)?
The intelligibility of your signals (or those of ____)
is ____ (1. Bad; 2. Poor; 3. Fair; 4. Good; 5. Excellent).
QRL Are you busy?
I am busy (or i am busy with ____). Please do not interfere.
QRM Is my transmission being interfered with?
Your transmission is being interfered with (1. Nil; 2. Slightly; 3. Moderately; 4. Severely; 5. Extremely.)
QRN Are you troubled by static?
I am troubled by static ____ (1-5 as under QRM).
QRO Shall i increase power?
Increase power.
QRP Shall i decrease power?
Decrease power.
QRQ Shall i send faster?
Send faster (____ WPM).
QRS Shall i send more slowly?
Send more slowly (____ WPM):
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
QRW Shall i inform ____ that you are calling on ____ kHz?
Please inform ____ that i am calling on ____ kHz.
QRX When will you call me again?
I will call you again at ____ hours (on ____ kHz).
QRY What is my turn?
Your turn is numbered ____
QRZ Who is calling me?
You are being called by ____ (on ____ kHz).
QSA What is the strength of my signals (or those of ____)?
The strength of your signals (or those of ____) is ____
(1. Scarcely perceptible; 2. Weak; 3. Fairly good; 4. Good; 5. Very good).
QSB Are my signals fading?
Your signals are fading.
QSD Is my keying defective?
Your keying is defective.
QSG Shall i send ____ messages at a time?
Send ____ messages at a time.
QSK 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.
QSL Can you acknowledge receipt?
I am acknowledging receipt.
QSO Can you communicate with ____ direct or by relay?
I can communicate with ____ direct (or by relay
through ____)
QSP Will you relay to ____?
I will relay to ____
QST General call preceding a message adressed to all amateurs and ARRL members. This is in effect “CQ ARRL”.
QSU Shall i send or reply on this frequency (or on ____ kHz)?
Send or reply on this frequency (or ___ kHz).
QSV Shall i send a series of Vs on this frequency
(or on ____ kHz?
Send a series of Vs on this frequency
(or on ____ kHz).
QSW Will you send on this frequency (or on ____ kHz)?
I am going to send on this frequency ( or on ____ kHz).
QSX Will you listen to ____ on ____ kHz?
I am listening to ____ on ____ kHz.
QSY Shall i change to transmission on another frequency?
Change to transmission on another frequency
(or on ____ kHz).
QSZ Shall i send each word or group more than once?
Send each word or group twice (or ____ times).
QTA Shall i cancel message number ____?
Cancel message number ____
QTB Do you agree with my counting of words?
I do not agree with your counting 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 (or for ____).
QTH What is your location?
My location is ____
QTR What is the correct time?
The correct time is ____
QTV Shall i stand guard for you?
Stand guard for me.
QTX Will you keep your station open for further communication with me?
Keep your station open for me.
QUA Have you news of ____?
I have news of ____.

This is the list of Q signals as in the ARRL handbook, the ARRL QN signals are not listed as those do not serve any major purpose on 11 meter band.

(Q abbreviations take the form of questions only when each is sent followed by a question mark.)

Some Q signals are misunderstood on 11m band, especially QRZ is widely misused. QRZ is only used when you didn’t copy the station who was calling you and you want him to call again (i.e. repeat his callsign).