Ham Radio

United States Frequency Allocations, Amateur Q Signals, Some Abbreviations for CW Work, International Telecommunication Union of USA Recommended Phonetics.


United States Frequency Allocations

Activity Code and
Band Allotment Code
KHz: Kilohertz
MHz: Megahertz
GHz: Gigahertz
3 KHz to 30 KHz Range
30 KHz to 300 KHz Range
300 KHz to 3 MHz Range
3 MHz to 30 MHz Range
30MHz to 300 MHz Range
300 MHz to 3 GHz Range
3 GHz to 30 GHz Range
30 GHz to 300 GHz Range
The amateur Q signals are the same in all amateur group around the world, from HF to UHF band.
Source: The American Radio Relay League, Inc. Handbook for Radio Amateurs
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Some Abbreviations for CW Work.

AA- All after
AB- All before
ABT- About
ADR- Address
AGN- Again
ANT- Antenna
BCI- Broadcast interference
BCL- Broadcast listener
BK- Break; break me; break in
BN- All between; been
BUG- Semi-automatic key
B4- Before
C- Yes
CFM- Confirm; I confirm
CK- Check
CL- I am closing my station; call
CLD-CLG- Called; calling
CQ- Calling any station
CUD- Could
CUL- See you later
CW-Continuous wave (radiotelegraph)
DLD-DLVD- Delivered
DR- Dear
DX- Distance, foreign countries
ES- And, &
FB- Fine business, excellent
FM- Frequency modulation
GA- Go ahead (or resume sending)
GB- Good-by
GBA- Give better address
GE- Good evening
GG- Going
GM- Good morning
GN- Good night
GND- Ground
GUD- Good
HI- The telegraphic laugh; high
HR- Here, hear
HV- Have
HW- How
LID- A poor operator
MA, MILS- Milliamperes
MSG- Message; prefix to radiogram
N- No
NCS- Net control station
ND- Nothing doing
NIL- Nothing; I have nothing for you
NM- No more
NR- Number
NW- Now; I resume transmission
OB- Old boy
OC- Old chap
OM- Old man
OP-OPR- Operator
OT- Old timer; old top
PBL- Preamble
PSE- Please
PWR- Power
PX- Press
R- Received as transmitted; are
RCD- Received
RCVR (RX)- Receiver
REF- Refer to; refering to; reference
RFI- Radio frequency interference
RIG- Station equipment
RPT- Repeat; I repeat; report
RTTY- Radioteletype
RX- Receiver
SASE- Self-addressed, stamped envelope
SED- Said
SIG- Signature; signal
SINE- Operator's personal initials or nickname
SKED- Schedule
SRI- Sorry
SSB- Single sideband
SVC- Service; prefix to service message
T- Zero
TFC- Traffic
TMW- Tomorrow
TNX-TKS- Thanks
TT- That
TU- Thank you
TVI- Television interference
TX- Transmitter
TXT- Text
UR-URS- Your; you're; yours
VFO- Variable-frequency oscillator
VY= very
WA- Word after
WB- Word before
WD-WDS- Word; words
WKD-WKG- Worked; working
WL- Well; will
WUD- Would
WX- Weather
XCVR- Transceiver
XMTR-(TX)- Transmitter
XTAL- Crystal
XYL (YF)- Wife
YL- Young lady
73- Best regards
88- Love and kisses

International Telecommunication Union of USA Recommended Phonetics

A- Alfa (AL FAH)
B- Bravo (BRAH VOH)
D- Delta (DELL TAH)
E- Echo (ECK OH)
F- Foxtrot (FOKS TROT)
G- Golf (GOLF)
H- Hotel (HOH TELL)
I- India (IN DEE AH)
J- Juliet (JEW LEE ETT)
K- Kilo (KEY LOH)
L- Lima (LEE MAH)
M- Mike (MIKE)
N- November (NO VEM BER)
O- Oscar (OSS CAH)
P- Papa (PAH PAH)
Q- Quebec (KEH BECK)
R- Romeo (ROW ME OH)
S- Sierra (SEE AIR RAH)
T- Tango (TANG GO)
V- Victor (VIK TAH)
W- Whiskey (WISS KEY)
Y- Yankee (YANG KEY)
Z- Zulu (ZOO LOO)

Source: The ARRL (The American Radio Relay League) Handbook for Radio Amateurs, Fifty-Ninth Edition (1982)

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