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    Question In Q Signals, what is QSS?

    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 (http://picasaweb.google.com/RadioW6ANF) 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? I've attached a couple of sample cards here...

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    If you're an ARRL member, the following link will give you your answer!

    http://p1k.arrl.org/cgi-bin/topdf.cgi?id=2889&pub=qst

    There are several other references to "QSS" in the QST search, but this was the earliest. It looks like W1AW was running "QSS tests".

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    Ahhhhh....QSB

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    Quote Originally Posted by W0IS View Post
    If you're an ARRL member, the following link will give you your answer!

    http://p1k.arrl.org/cgi-bin/topdf.cgi?id=2889&pub=qst

    There are several other references to "QSS" in the QST search, but this was the earliest. It looks like W1AW was running "QSS tests".
    Thanks!

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

    QSS Here's a new abbreviateion to add to your list. It's not international but it's being adopted by the ARRL to fill a big need. For a long time we have been saying "your signals fade OM QTA" whereas if the cause of the trouble were anyting outside of fading we could convery the information by the use of a single abbreviation such as QRM or QRN. It has therefore been suggested that it would be most convenient if we would adopt some one of the unused "Q" combinations to cover this fading business.

    Let's write this down on our lists: "QSS? - Do my signals fade?" "QSS - Your signals fade."

    We'll have to pull together on it, for its value depends on everyone knowing what it means, so tell your neighbor, and let us start in using it at once. It will be a big help."
    Thanks!

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    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.



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    My mind is more and more QSS every day!
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    Talking the source

    take a look at the "bible" of Q and Z signals...the ACP-131

    http://f6iie.free.fr/zips/abreviatio...ating_sigs.pdf
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    why does ARRL want to replace QSB with QSS ??????????????????????
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    WoW, I'm gonna start memorizing those right now! (It may take a while).

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    Question ARRL

    Quote Originally Posted by K8JD View Post
    why does ARRL want to replace QSB with QSS ??????????????????????
    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.....
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