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Do you know the Q Code?

Do you know the Q Code?

Around 1909, radio communication still had many technological limitations. To facilitate the transmission of messages, a set of codes called the Q Code was created. It is a standardized collection of three letters, all beginning with the letter "Q", which was widely used during the two world wars.

Today, with the advance of technology, radio transmissions have evolved a lot and no longer require the use of the code. However, many sectors such as the Police and the Army still use it, much more out of tradition than necessity.

Check out the following video to see a demonstration of the use of the Q Code by the Paraná Military Police.

Learn some of the main codes used in radio communications: 

QAP - In listening, listening

QAR - Abandoning Listening

QTA - Cancel the last message

QRA - Operator Name

QTC - Message

QRM - Interference

QTH - Location, address

QRT - Stop transmitting

QRU - New, problem

QRV - I am at your disposal

QTO - Toilet

QTR - Right time

QTU - Hours of Operation

QTY - I'm on my way

QUA – News

QUB - Inform Visibility

QSL - Understood

TKS - Thank you, thank you

QSM - Repeat the message

NIHIL (NIL) - Nothing, none

QSO - Personal Contact

Note: The same group of letters can have a negative meaning when followed by the letter "N".

Phonetic Alphabet and Numerals 

Besides the Q code, there is also the Phonetic Alphabet and Numeral, created to facilitate the transmission of letters, numbers and uncommon names. Check out the list: 

A – Alpha

B – Bravo

C – Charlie

D – Delta

E – Echo (eco)

F – Foxtrot

G – Golf

H – Hotel

I – India

J – Juliet

K – Kilo

L – Lima

M – Mike (maique)

N – November

O – Oscar

P – Papa

Q – Quebec

R – Romeu

S – Sierra

T – Tango

U – Uniform

V – Victor

W – Whiskey

X – Xingu ou X-Ray

Y – Yankee

Z– Zulu

0 – Zero, nadazero

1 – One, unaone

2 - Two, bissotwo

3 - Three, terrathree

4 - Four, kartefour

5 - Five, pantafive

6 - Six, soxisix

7 - Seven, setteseven

8 - Eight, oktoeight

9 - Nine, novenine

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