Amateur Radio Terms

ATV

Amateur television. Sometimes called Fast Scan TV. Same as commercial TV.

CQ Jamboree or CQ JOTA

A request for any other JOTA station to answer my call.

CW

A mode for sending messages by Morse Code.

FM

Frequency modulation

Ham

Slang for amateur radio operator.

Logging

To record details of the contacts made for future reference.  The log includes call signs, time, frequency, names, etc.

Net

A group of stations who meet “on the air” at a specified time for a specific purpose.

Packet

A digital form of communications as in teletype but more reliable. Requires a computer, an interface box, and a radio transceiver.

QSL Card

A written acknowledgment that a contact has been made by amateur radio between the two parties.  QSL cards are usually of the postcard variety.

RTTY

Radio teletype.

Schedule

A prearranged meeting "on the air" at a preset time and frequency.

Shack

The room where the amateur operator has his radio.

SSB

Single side band.  A form of voice communications.

SSTV

Slow Scan TV.  A single frame shown like a still picture.  Example:  WX photo from satellite.

TNC

Terminal node controller.  The interface in packet between the computer and the transceiver.

Transceiver

A transmitter and receiver in a single box.

XYL

Wife

YL

Young lady (girlfriend)

73

Best wishes

88

Love and kisses

Q Signals

The "Q" Code was originally developed as a way of sending shorthand messages in Morse Code.  However, it is still used by operators for voice communications.  Some of those in common use are listed below.

QRA     What is your call sign.

QRM    I have interference (manmade).

QRN    I am receiving static (atmospheric noise).

QRT     I am closing station.

QRX     Please wait.

QRZ     Who is calling me?

QSB     Your signal is fading.

QSL     I acknowledge your contact.

QSO     Are you in contact with__________?

QSY     Change frequency to__________.

QTH    My location is__________.

Phonetic Alphabet

A - Alpha

B - Bravo

C - Charlie

D - Delta

E - Echo

F - Foxtrot

G - Golf

H - Hotel

I - India

J - Juliet

K - Kilo

L - Lima

M - Mike

N - November

O - Oscar

P - Papa

Q - Quebec

R - Romeo

S - Sierra

T - Tango

U - Uniform

V - Victor

W - Whiskey

X - X‑Ray

Y - Yankee

Z - Zulu