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N8YQM
11-21-2008, 02:10 PM
This might be a silly noob-type question, but on phone it's customary to ask "Is this frequency in use?" before calling CQ. Is "QRL?" the equivalent in CW?

WA7OET
11-21-2008, 02:31 PM
This might be a silly noob-type question, but on phone it's customary to ask "Is this frequency in use?" before calling CQ. Is "QRL?" the equivalent in CW?

Yes. Be sure to put the question mark in.

N8YQM
11-21-2008, 02:44 PM
Thanks! Not much experience in CW, but I'm getting back into it.

KB9BVN
11-21-2008, 02:46 PM
If you send "QRL?" and you hear "C" as the reply - that means YES.

If you start sending CQ's and you hear "QRL" - that means the freq is in use.

It's nice to ask "QRL?" twice if you don't get an answer on the first one...just leave a couple seconds between them.

Sometimes you'll hear an op send "QRL?" twice, wait 100 nanoseconds, and start CQing. It's a bummer.

W4HAY
11-21-2008, 03:18 PM
Far too few have the courtesy of asking if a frequency is in use before firing up! It's right up there at the top of the Lid's List.

If you're looking for some slow-speed QSOs, try around 7.114 MHz. It's the SKCC "Elmer" frequency. After nightfall and the SWBC stations start rolling in, switch in your narrow filter and hunker down between the 5 KHz allocations -- 7.102.5, 7.107.5, 7.112.5, 7.117.5, etc.

The SKCC (http://www.skccgroup.com/) and FISTS (http://www.fists.org/) calling frequencies are also good bets.

KB9BVN
11-21-2008, 03:30 PM
Far too few have the courtesy of asking if a frequency is in use before firing up! It's right up there at the top of the Lid's List.

If you're looking for some slow-speed QSOs, try around 7.114 MHz. It's the SKCC "Elmer" frequency. After nightfall and the SWBC stations start rolling in, switch in your narrow filter and hunker down between the 5 KHz allocations -- 7.102.5, 7.107.5, 7.112.5, 7.117.5, etc.

The SKCC (http://www.skccgroup.com/) and FISTS (http://www.fists.org/) calling frequencies are also good bets.

Pretty soon the SWBC stuff will be above 7125...YAY!!

K9STH
11-21-2008, 05:17 PM
BVN:

The frequency is not 7125 kHz but is 7200 kHz for the shortwave broadcast stations to be above.

Glen, K9STH

WA9ZZZ
11-21-2008, 05:47 PM
The shorter alternative to QRL? is to just send a "didit dit". This is mentioned in the Wikipedia entry on Q codes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_code) and in at least some of the ARRL Operating Manuals. I'll have to admit that I have not been on the air much in the past several years, so do not know if it has fallen in to disuse. It does seem like a good idea since it is short and will not mess up an existing QSO as much as sending out the "QRL?".

K9ZMD
11-21-2008, 09:14 PM
Didit Dit used to work just fine when there were many operators who understood it as a query for "busy?" (comes from landline morse, I believe). Fell into disuse quickly by OT's, at least in Novice bands, when the shave & a haircut Lids began using it as a substitute for CQ.

WA2ZDY
11-21-2008, 09:49 PM
Didit Dit used to work just fine when there were many operators who understood it as a query for "busy?" (comes from landline morse, I believe). Fell into disuse quickly by OT's, at least in Novice bands, when the shave & a haircut Lids began using it as a substitute for CQ.

"didit dit" is the Aneriican (landline) morse letter C. The ARRL guides mentioned above suggested one "send a morse C . . ." with no hint they didn't mean "dahdidahdiit," thus causing plenty of confusion amongst newer hams.