Your (His) readability is (1)unreadable to (5)perfect
Is this frequency busy?
This frequency is in use
Are you being interfered with?
I am interfered with
Are you troubled by static?
I am being troubled with static
Must I increase power?
I increase power
Can I decrease power?
I decrease power
Shall I send faster?
Send faster ——- WPM
Shall I send slower?
Send slower ——- WPM
Shall I stop sending?
Have you anything for me?
I have nothing for you
Are you ready?
I am ready
When will you call me again?
I will call you again at ——
Who is calling me?
You are being called by —-
What is the strength of my (his) signals?
Your (His) strength is (1)barely perceptible – (5)very good
Are my signals fading?
Your signals are fading
Can you acknowledge receipt?
I acknowledge receipt
Can you communicate with ——-?
I can communicate with ——-
Will you relay to ——-?
I will relay to ——-
Calling all radio amateurs
Shall I send a series of V’s?
Send a series of V’s
Will you listen to ——- on ——— kHz?
I am listening to ——- on ———–
Shall I change frequency?
Change frequency to ———-
Shall I send each word twice?
Send each word twice
What is your location?
My location is —–
What is the time?
The time is ———
Meaning or Usage
A general call that indicates you are inviting anyone who is hearing you to answer you.
CQ CQ CQ DE K3WWP K3WWP K
I received your transmission perfectly. Do not send R if you didn’t copy everything. Don’t be redundant and say R, I COPIED YOU SOLID.
KB3BFQ DE K3WWP R FB ON UR ………
FONE IS RINGING PSE AS
Break in text. Used as a separator between thoughts or a pause. Also something good to send when your mind goes blank or you are talking to someone in your shack, etc.
WX IS CLDY BT AGE HR IS ….
End of message. Use when you are through sending info, and turning it over to the station you are working. Also used when answering a CQ.
blah, blah, blah, hw? AR KB3BFQ DE K3WWP K. – or – To answer KB3BFQ’s CQ, KB3BFQ DE K3WWP AR
Some sources list this as VA. Used like AR, but only for your very last transmission
TNX NICE CHAT 73 CUL GE SK KB3BFQ DE K3WWP K
An invitation for the other station to break in immediately with an answer or comment. The other station may answer immediately after the BK is sent – do not say BK KB3BFQ DE K3WWP K just BK, then KB3BFQ will answer your question or comment.
(K3WWP SAYS) WHAT IS UR RIG? BK – – – – (KB3BFQ ANSWERS) RIG HR IS …….
Go ahead. Used to tell the station you are working you expect him to transmit now. Use after a CQ to invite someone to answer you. Do not use K after you answer someone’s CQ since you don’t know he is going to answer you, use AR.
HW? AR KB3BFQ DE K3WWP K
Go ahead, specific station only. No breakers are currently welcome. Used same as K when you only want to talk to one other station. Never use after a CQ unless you are not wanting anyone to answer you.
HW? AR KB3BFQ DE K3WWP KN
I am now shutting down my station completely. Use when you are completely done transmitting, and about to pull the big switch. This is a signal that you are not listening to any more calls.
TNX NICE CHAT 73 CUL GE SK KB3BFQ DE K3WWP CL
Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable
Readable with considerable difficulty
Readable with practically no difficulty
Faint signals, barely perceptible
Very weak signals
Fairly good signals
Moderately strong signals
Extremely strong signals
Sixty cycles or less, very rough and broad
Very rough ac, very harsh and broad
Rough ac tone, rectified but not filtered
Rough note, some trace of filtering
Filtered rectified ac, but strongly ripple-modulated
Filtered tone, definite trace of ripple modulation
Near pure tone, trace of ripple modulation
Near perfect tone, slight trace of modulation
Perfect tone, no trace of ripple, or modulation of any kind