Answer or Statement
What is the name of your station?
The name of my station is ___.
Will you tell me my exact frequency?
Your exact frequency is ___ kHz.
Does my frequency vary?
Your frequency varies.
How is the tone of my transmission?
The tone of your transmission is ___ (1-Good, 2-Variable, 3-Bad.)
Are you receiving me badly?
I cannot receive you, your signal is too weak.
What is the intelligibility of my signals?
The intelligibility of your signals is ___ (1- Bad, 2-Poor, 3-Fair, 4-Good, 5-Excellent.)
Are you busy?
I am busy, please do not interfere.
Is my transmission being interfered with?
Your transmission is being interfered with ___(1-Nil, 2-Slightly, 3-Moderately, 4-Severly, 5-Extremely.)
Are you troubled by static?
I am troubled by static ___ (1-5 as under QRM.)
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?
Please inform ___ that I am calling.
When will you call me again?
I will call you again at ___ hours.
Who is calling me?
You are being called by ___.
What is the strength of my signals?
The strength of your signals is ___ (1-Scarcely perceptible, 2-Weak, 3-Fairly Good, 4-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 you 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?
Repeat the last message.
Did you hear me on ___ kHz?
I did hear you on ___ kHz.
Can you communicate with ___ direct or by relay?
I can communicate with ___ direct (or by relay through ___.)
Will you relay to ___?
I will relay to ___.
Do you want me to repeat my call?
Please repeat your call.
What working frequency will you use?
I will use the working frequency … kHz (or MHz).
Here is a broadcast message to all amateurs.
Shall I send or reply on this frequency?
Send a series of Vs on this frequency.
Will you send on this frequency?
I am going to send on this frequency.
Will you listen to … (call sign(s) on … kHz (or MHz))?
I am listening to … (call sign(s) on … kHz (or MHz)).
Shall I change to another frequency?
Change to another frequency.
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 ___.
How many messages have you to send?
I have ___ messages for you.
What is your location?
My location is ___.
What is the correct time?
The time is ___.
Extended Mostly Maritime Q Codes
Answer or Statement
(slang) Sorry, my sending is poor and it sounds like I am sending with my left foot.
How far are you from my station?
I am ____ km from your station
Where are you bound and where are you coming from?
I am bound ___from ___.
Are you ready for automatic operation?
I am ready for automatic operation. Send at ___ WPM.
What is my turn?
Your turn is number ___.
What is the charge to be collected per word to ___ including your international telegraph charge?
The charge to be collected per word is ___ including my international telegraph charge.
Have you a doctor on board? (Or is ___ on board?)
I have a doctor onboard (or ___ is on board.)
Shall I send a series of Vs on this frequency?
Send a series of Vs on this frequency.
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.
What is my true bearing from you?
Your true bearing from me is ___degrees.
Will you send two dashes of 10 seconds each followed by your call sign?
I am going to send two dashes of 10 seconds each followed by my call sign.
What is your true track?
My true track is ___ degrees.
What is your speed?
My speed is ___ km/h
What is your true heading?
My true heading is ___ degrees.
At what time did you depart from ___?
I departed from ___ at ___hours.
Have you left dock (or port)?
I have left dock (or port).
Are you going to enter dock (or port)?
I am going to enter dock (or port.)
Can you communicate with my station by means of the International Code of Signals?
I am going to communicate with your station by means of the International Code of Signals.
Will you send your call sign for ___ minutes so that your frequency can be measured?
I will send my call sign for ___ minutes so that my frequency may be measured.
What are the hours during which your station is open?
My station is open from ___ hours to ___ hours.
Shall I stand guard for you on the frequency of ___ kHz?
Stand guard for me on the frequency of ___ kHz.
Will you keep your station open for further communication with me?
I will keep my station open for further communication with you.
Have you news of ___?
I have news of ___.
Can you give me information concerning visibility, height of clouds, direction and velocity of ground wind at ___?
Here is the information you requested…
What is the number of the last message you received from me?
The number of the last message I received from you is ___.
Have you received the urgency signal sent by ___?
I have received the urgency signal sent by ___.
Have you received the distress signal sent by ___?
I have received the distress signal sent by ___.
Will you be forced to land?
I am forced to land immediately.
Will you give me the present barometric pressure?
The present barometric pressure is ____ (units).
International Phonetic Alphabet
A = Alpha N = November
B = Bravo O = Oscar
C = Charlie P = Papa
D = Delta Q = Quebec
E = Echo R = Romeo
F = Foxtrot S = Sierra
G = Golf T = Tango
H = Hotel U = Uniform
I = India V = Victor
J = Juliet W = Whiskey
K = Kilo X = X-ray
L = Lima Y = Yankee
M = Mike Z = Zulu
1 – Unreadable
2 – Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable.
3 – Readable with considerable difficulty.
4 – Readable with practically no difficulty.
5 – Perfectly readable.
The RST System
1 – Faint signals, barely perceptible.
2 – Very weak signals.
3 – Weak signals
4 – Fair signals.
5 – Fairly good signals.
6 – Good signals.
7 – Moderately strong signals.
8 – Strong signals.
9 – Extremely strong signals.
1 – Sixty cycle AC or less, very rough and broad.
2 – Very rough AC, very harsh and broad.
3 – Rough AC tone, rectified but not filtered.
4 – Rough note, some trace of filtering.
5 – Filtered rectified AC. but strongly ripple-modulated.
6 – Filtered tone, definite trace of ripple modulation.
7 – Near pure tone, trace of ripple modulation.
8 – Near perfect tone, slight trace of modulation.
9 – Perfect tone, no trace of ripple or modulation of any kind.
If the signal has the characteristic steadiness of crystal control, add the letter X to the RST report. If there is a chirp, the letter C may be added to so indicate. Similarly for a click, add K. The above reporting system is used on both cw and voice, leaving out the “tone” report on voice.