Q-Signals and other Shortcuts


The CW Nets are a combination of ARRL CW Net only and International Q signals.

The nets also employ shortcuts.


For use only by the Net Control Station:


QNA - Answer in prearranged order.

QNB - Act as relay Between _____ and _____

QND - Net is Directed (controlled by net control station).

QNE - Entire net stand by.

QNK - Transmit message for _____ to _____

QNM - You are QRMing the net. Stand by.

QNQ - Move frequency to _____ and wait for _____ to finish handling traffic. Then send him traffic for _____

QNS - Following Stations are in the net. *(Follow with list.) Request list of stations in the net.

QNU - The net has traffic for you. Stand by.

QNV - Establish contact with _____ on this frequency. If successful, move to _____ and send him traffic for _____

QNY - Shift to another frequency (or to _____ kHz) to clear traffic with _____


For Use by all stations:


QNC - All net stations Copy. I have a message for all net stations.

QNF - Net is Free (not controlled).

QNG - Take over as net control station.

QNH - Your net frequency is High.

QNI - Net stations report In.*. I am reporting into the net. (Follow with a list or traffic or QRU).

QNJ - Can you copy me? Can you copy _____?

QNL - Your net frequency is Low.

QNN - Net control station is _____. What station has net control?

QNO - Station is leaving the net.

QNP - Unable to copy you. Unable to copy _____

QNR - Answer _____ and Receive traffic.

QNT - I request permission to leave the net for _____ minutes.

QNW - How do I route messages for _____?

QNX - You are excused from the net.* Request to be excused from the net.

QNZ - Zero beat your signal with mine.

QRS - Send slower

QRU - Have you anything for me? (Answer in negative)

QTC - How many messages have you to send?


Abbreviations, Prosigns, and Prowords:


A note about characters that have the bar over them - Characters with a bar above them are to be sent together as a single character.

For example AA (no spaces between the A's) is not the same as AA. The pronoun AA is used to separate lines of address while AA (with a space between the A's) means ALL AFTER.


AA - Used to separate the address portion of the message.

AR - End of message (end of record copy).

BT - Separation (break) between address and text; between text and signature

ARL - (Used with "check," indicates use of ARRL numbered message in text).

DE - From; this is (preceding identification).



GE - Good Evening

TU - Thank You

SU or CU - See You

NW - Now

HR = here


AA - All After ____

AB - All Before _____

WA - Word After _____

WB - Word Before _____

BTN or BN - All between _____ and _____

CFM - Confirm

C - Yes

N - No

R - Roger (acknowledged, not to be confused with C or Yes)

NR = number

PBL = preamble

TXT = text

SIG = signature

AR B = End of message more to follow  Might have number after  ie. AR B1 or B2 etc. (one more to follow, 2 more to follow etc.)

AR N = End of message no more