BSA Radio Merit Badge – Requirement Nine – A3

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(3) Explain at least five Q signals or amateur radio terms you hear while listening.

Q Signals are three letter shortcuts used in Morse Code and useful when radio operators don’t speak the same language.  Here are the most common:
QTH: location
QSO: a Conversation
QSL: I acknowlege receipt
QSY: Change frequency
QRM; Manmade Interference
QRN: Noise
QRP: Low Power
QRT: Stopping Transmitting
Other common terms are
CW: Morse Code (comes from Continuous Wave)
DX: Long distance
Ham: An Amateur Radio Operator
Phone: Voice transmissions
RTTY: Radio Teletype
Rig:  My radio
Shack: my radio room
YL: Young Lady
Signal reports on Morse Code are given as:
RST (Readabilty, Strength, Tone);  599 is the best.
Signal Reports on Voice are given as:
RS (Readability, Strength); 59 is the best.