International Q Code is an abbreviated way to exchange a great deal of information with a simple code. The Q Code consists of three-letter groups with each group having a specific meaning. Each group begins with the letter Q. Auxiliary letter groups or numbers are also used to help define the information that is need or passed with certain Q Code three-letter groups.
The International Q Code can be arranged in three types of code groups according to the second letter in the three-letter Q Code.
||Answer, Advice or Order
||Will you indicate my exact frequency in kilocycles?
||Your frequency is ... kc.
||Does my frequency vary?
||Your frequency varies.
||How is the tone of my transmission?
||The tone of your transmission is ...
||Are you receiving me badly? Are my signals weak?
||I cannot receive you. Your signals are too weak.
||What is the legibility of my signals (1 to 5)?
||The legibility of your signals is ... (1 to 5).
||Are you busy?
||I am busy (or busy with....). Please do not interfere.
||Are you being interfered with?
||I am being interfered with.
||Are you troubled by static?
||I am troubled by static.
||Must I increase power?
||Must I decrease power?
||Must I send faster?
||Send faster ... (words per min.).
||Must I send more slowly?
||Transmit more slowly ... (w.p.m.).
||Must I stop transmission?
||Have you anything for me?
||I have nothing for you.
||Are you ready?
||I am ready.
||Must I advise ... that you are calling him on ... kc?
||Please advise ... that I am calling him on ... kc.
||When will you call again?
||I will call you again at ... hours (on ... kc.).
||By whom am I being called?
||You are being called by ...
||What is the strength of my signals (1 to 5)?
||The strength of your signals is ... (1 to 5).
||Does the strength of my signals vary?
||The strength of your signals varies.
||Is my keying correct? Are my signals distinct?
||Your keying is incorrect; your signals are bad.
||Must I transmit ... telegrams (or one telegram) at a time?
||Transmit ... telegrams (or one telegram) at a time.
||Shall I continue the transmission of all my traffic?
||I can hear you between my signals. Continue: I shall interrupt you if necessary.
||Can you acknowledge receipt?
||I am acknowledging receipt.
||Shall I repeat the last telegram I sent you?
||Repeat the last telegram you sent me.
||Can you communicate with ... directly (or through...)?
||I can communicate with ... direct (or through...).
||Will you relay to ...?
||I will relay to ... free of charge.
||Shall I send a series of VVV....?
||Send a series of VVV.
||Will you listen for ... (call sign) on ... kcs?
||I am listening for ... on ... kcs.
||Shall I change to ... kilocycles without changing the type of wave?
||Change to ... kc. without changing type of wave.
||Shall I send each word or group twice?
||Send each word or group twice.
||Shall I cancel nr ... as if it had not been sent?
||Cancel nr ... as if it had not been sent.
||Do you agree with my word count?
||I do not agree with your word count; I shall repeat the first letter of each word and the first figure of each number.
||How many telegrams have you to send?
||I have ... telegrams for you or for ....
||What is your position (location)?
||My position (location) is ....
||What is the exact time?
||The exact time is ....