Friday, 27 January 2017

#hamradio abbreviations (for my dad)

This blogpost is for my dad (as well for others who are interested). He noticed some amateurradio abbreviations I often use in my blog are difficult to find on the internet. Of course that's not true, it's just a matter of the searching with the right search words. But the list with abbreviations is long, too long. Many Q'codes are not in everyday use, a list like Q Signals, Prosigns and CW abbreviations is long and not even complete. So I just highlight the most used (in my blog).

Q-codes:

QRM - Interference (by another signal)
QRN - Interference (by static)
QRP - Station use 5W or lower power to transmit
QRO - Station use more as 5W to transmit
QRT - Stop transmitting/receiving
QRV - Ready to transmit/receive
QRX - A short stop
QRZ - Who is calling me?
QSB - Signals are fading
QSK - break into transmission (although not much in use in QSOs)
QSL - Confirmation of the contact, sometimes used on air to confirm a message has been received.
QSO - Communication/contact with another station
QSY - Move to another frequency
QTH - Location

CW (morse) abbreviations, some are also used in phone:

AGN - Again
AM - Amplitude modulation
ANT - Antenna
B4 - Before
BCI - Broadcast (Radio) Interference
BUG - Semi automatic key (to transmit morse)
CQ - Calling any station
CW - Continues Wave - Morse code
DX - Distant - Distance
FB - Fine Business, Excellent
FM - Frequency modulation
GA - Good afternoon
GM - Good morning
GN - Good night
HI - The telegraph laugh
HR - Here, Hear
HW - How
LID - Poor operator (not in terms of money)
LSB - Lower side band modulation
MSG - Message
N - Nine
NIL - Nothing
NW - Now
OM - Old Man (most of amateurradio operators are old ;-) )
OP - Operator
PSE - Please
PWR - Power
R - Received as transmitted (RRR is common)
RFI - Radio Frequent Interference
RIG - Station equipment
RTTY - Radio Tele Type, text via radiotransmission
RX - Receiver
SASE - Self Addressed Envelope (to send QSL in)
SKED - Schedule
SRI - Sorry
SSB - Single Side Band modulation
T - Zero
TNX/TKS - Thanks
TU - To You
TVI - Television Interference
TX - Transmiiter
USB - Upper Side band modulation
UR - You, you're, Your
VY - Very
WKD - Worked
WX - Weather
XYL - Married YL, Wife
YL - Young Lady

These are the most used in my opinion. Overall abbreviations are mainly used in morsecode.
Most "Q" codes are also very common in phone (speech).

When you end a QSO you normally end your transmission with:

73 - Best regards
88 - Love and kisses (in case you are a (X)YL)


6 comments:

  1. Hi Bas
    You forgot TU (maybe unofficial but frequently used)

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    1. I've thought about it Hans but it is a abbreviation only used for Flora Fauna activations. Not very common. This list above is imcomplete and shows only the most used. 73, Bas

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    2. Hallo bas, 44 en 88 zijn best gangbaar in CW taal. 73 Paul PC4T

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Thanks for your comment. Bedankt voor je reactie. 73, Bas