Fun with Q-Signals

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  1. KB1NXE

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    I remember when I worked communications centers in the USAF while supporting both US and NATO commands, we used a lot of Z signals and the occasional Q signals while servicing messages. You typically serviced messages when there was a problem with it's reception (even via data lines) like missing part 2 of 3. I recently stumbled upon this page. It has all the Q signals I do recall.

    So QHZ and make sure your aren't QBN until QGN. And make sure you're QGW!
  2. KC0W

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    It doesn't have QLF...............Much needed for some CW op's.

    Tom KCØW
  3. W5BIB

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  4. KB1NXE

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  5. K9STH

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    Couple of things:

    There used to be, may still be, an amateur radio operator who had no use of his arms and who did send CW with his feet. He actually sent very well and he often sent QLF (not QLF?).

    The late Dave Osborn, K9BPV (ex W2ZSK) used to sign off with QBE and not QRT. Dave was an airborne radio operator for the U.S. Navy when trailing wire antennas were used by a lot of aircraft. QBE basically means that the trailing wire antenna is going to be "reeled in" which, of course, meant that no more transmissions would be forthcoming. He used QBE even on phone and, if someone had not "worked" him before, they would almost always ask what QBE meant. Dave would then "educate" the other operator.

    Glen, K9STH
  6. WA4BRL

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    Legend has it that CW nets with little traffic sometimes had ops pull the quick in-and-out drive-by: QRU QRV QRT.
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2012
  7. N8CPA

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    On my main computer, I used WinMorse to replace some of the event sounds with Q-signals. When a program starts, I hear QRV. And, because I hate talking machines, I no longer hear the annoying and ungrammatic "You've got mail." Instead I hear QNU. And when I close a program down, I hear 73.

    And one of the last Navy airship sparkies lives locally. He and I were team members through a numner of VE sessions.
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