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Amateur Radio Common Abbreviations

In December, 1915, the American Radio Relay League began publication of a magazine titled QST, named after the Q code for "General call to all stations". In amateur radio, the Q codes were originally used in Morse code transmissions to shorten lengthy phrases and were followed by a Morse code question mark (..--..) if the phrase was a question.

Q codes are commonly used in voice communications as shorthand nouns, verbs, and adjectives making up phrases. For example, an amateur radio operator will complain about QRM (man-made interference), or tell another operator that there is "QSB on the signal"; "to QSY" is to change your operating frequency.

Abbreviations Meaning
AA All after
AB All before
ABTAbout
ADRAddress
AGNAgain
AM Amplitude Modulation
ANTAntenna
BCIBroadcast Interference
BCLBroadcast Listener
BK Break; Break in
BN All between; Been
BUGSemi-Automatic key
B4 Before
C Yes
CFMConfirm; I confirm
CK Check
CL I am closing my station; Call
CLDCalled
CLGCalling
CQ Calling any station
CW Continuous wave (Morse code)
DLDDelivered
DLVDDelivered
DR Dear
DX Distance
ESAnd
FB fine Business (Excellent)
FM Frequency Modulation
GA Go Ahead
GN Good Night
GNDGround
GUDGood
HIThe telegraph laugh; High
HR Here; Hear
HV Have
HW How
LIDA poor operator
MA Millamperes
MILSMillamperes
MSGMessage; Prefix to radiogram
N No
NCSNet Control Station
ND Nothing Doing
NILNothing; I have nothing for you
NM No More
NR Number
NW Now; I resume transmition
OB Old Boy
OC Old Chap
OM Old Man
OP Operator
 
Abbreviations Meaning
OPROperator
OT Old Timer; Old Top
PBLPreabble
PSEPlease
PWRPower
PX Press
R Received as transmitted; Are
RCDReceived
RCVRReceiver
RX Receiver
REFRefer to; Referring to; Reference
RFIRadio Frequency Interference
RIGStation Equipment
RTTYRadio TeleTYpe
SASESelf-addressed, stamped envelope
SEDSaid
SIGSignature; Signal
SINEOperator's personal initials or nickname
SKEDSchedule
SRISorry
SSBSingle Side Band
SVCService; Prefix to service message
T Zero
TFCTraffic
TMWTomorrow
TKSThanks
TNXThanks
TT That
TUThank You
TVITelevision interference
TX Transmitter
TXTText
UR Your; You're
URSYours
VFOVariable Frequency Oscillator
VY Very
WA Word after
WB Word before
WD Word
WDSWords
WKDWorked
WKGWorking
WL Well; Will
WUDWould
WX Weather
XCVRTransceiver
XTALCrystal
XYLWife
YL Young Lady
73 Best Regarde
88 Love and kisses



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