In Q Signals, what is QSS?

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by W6ANF, Apr 28, 2009.

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  1. W6ANF

    W6ANF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does anyone know the REAL meaning of QSS? I see a lot of websites that list it as referring to what frequency to use. However, I have hundreds of QSL cards from the 1920's ( that would say otherwise.

    Almost every card has QSS listed as part of the signal report. It was typically described as nil, slight, some, bad, etc. One QSL had a box to describe the "Character" and it was described as "some QSS."

    So, what do you think? I thought maybe it refered to "static" or maybe had something to do with the quality of a spark gap signal as they were licensed to use them back then.

    Anyone know? :confused: I've attached a couple of sample cards here...

    Rick W6ANF
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  2. W0IS

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  3. KB9BVN

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  4. W6ANF

    W6ANF Ham Member QRZ Page


    For those of you who can't look that up, it's from the May, 1920, QST and says

  5. K4KB

    K4KB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looking on the web, I found the following for QSS:

    "QSS as a question: What working frequency will you use?

    QSS as a statement: I will use the working frequency of ______kHz. (Usually only the last three digits are necessary.)"

    Apparently is a Q-signal that has not been used since before the 30's or 40's.


    Jorge, K4KB
  6. KA0SOG

    KA0SOG Ham Member QRZ Page

    My mind is more and more QSS every day!
  7. K4LSX

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  8. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    why does ARRL want to replace QSB with QSS ??????????????????????
  9. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    WoW, I'm gonna start memorizing those right now! (It may take a while).

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  10. K4LSX

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    since when is the ARRL the "authority" on Q signals?

    methinks they might have been defined before the ARRL was a "twinkle" in anyone's eye...(Hiram Percy???)

    I don't think so.....:D
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