The Missing Q signals

Original List by John Queen, KA0SEY & Mike Colyar, K7ITL

Additions by Thom LaCosta K3HRN and members of QRP-L

     Some Q signals have never made it to the ARRL's official list. Here are some that may agree would be useful in appropriate situations. As with regular Q signals, each can be a statement or a question, depending on whether a question mark follows it.

  • QAS - I am speaking out of my ass
  • QAS? - Are you speaking out of your ass?
  • QBA - My antenna is BIG!
  • QBA? - How big is your antenna?
  • QBO - Don't sit next to that guy in the meeting.
  • QBO? - Buddy, can you spare some soap?
  • QBS - It's getting deep in here.
  • QBS? - Did I tell you about the one that got away?
    Alternate suggested by ken cubilo w8ob
  • QBS - Clean the bird sh*t off your antenna so you can hear me
  • QBS? - Should I clean the bird sh*t off my antenna so I can hear you
  • QCP - I am using Cat Power(From Rotary Cat Power Wheel)
    Suggestions made for spark gap transmitter on QRP-L mailing list
  • QCP? - Are you using Cat Power?
  • QCW - I am going to whistle Morse Code on FM (or SSB)
  • QCW? - Why are you whistling Morse?
  • QDR - Damn Right the frequency is busy!} In response to QRL
  • QDR? - Do you have a Receiver?} In respone to QRL
    Contributed by Don Melcher = W6ZO
  • QET - Phone home.
  • QET? - Has anyone called me from another planet?
  • QEW - Copy is difficult due to Ear Wax.
  • QEW? - Is copy difficult due to Ear Wax?
    Contributed by John L Sielke W2AGN
    Contributed by TOM CARROLL, W9CSX
  • QFH - This frequency is MINE! - go elsewhere.
  • QFH? - Is this frequency hogged?
  • QHI - I am jumping in quick to say hi, then going QRT.
  • QHI? - Are you leaving after only one transmission?
  • QKB? - How many knobs does your radio have?
  • QKB n - My radio has "n" knobs.
    Contributed by Fred K6DGW
  • QKN? - How many of them do you know how to use?
  • QKN n - I think I know how to use "n" of them.
    Contributed by Fred K6DGW
  • QLF - I am sending with my left foot.
  • QLF? - Are you sending with your left foot?
  • QLK - I am sending with my left foot and keyboard.
  • QLK? - Are you sending with your left foot and keyboard?
    Contributed by Thom LaCosta K3HRN
  • QNO - I am sending through a non-standard orifice.
  • QNO? - Are you sending through a non-standard orifice?
    Contributed by Thom LaCosta K3HRN
  • QOF Yes, I am an Old Fart.
  • QOF? Are you an old Fart?
    Contributed by Jim W7RY
  • QOK - Your last transmission was Okie Dokie.
  • QOK? - Was my last transmission OK?
  • QPM - Your signal is purr modulated.
  • QPM? - Is my signal purr modulated?
  • QRC - Warning, rag chewer on frequency.
  • QRC? - Are you a rag chewer?
  • QRG - You are transmitting in or near the ... (wave length or frequency) amateur band.
  • QRG? - Am I transmitting in or near an amateur band, and if so which one?
  • QRW - Means Qrp - Really Weak
  • QRW? - Qrp, you are Really Weak?
    contributed by w0rw
  • QWC? - Who cares? } Courtesy of
  • QWC - I don't care } Fred Bonavita, K5QLF
  • QWC - I have to go to the bathroom } Courtesy of
  • QWC? - Do you have to go to the bathroom? } Fred Bonavita, K5QLF
  • QZZ - I fell asleep at the mike.
  • QZZ? - Is that a 60Hz hum, or are you snoring?
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