A good operator listens and listens before transmitting! Make sure you know who it is you are contacting and what may be expected from you. The last thing you want to do is have a QSO with an operator expecting a chin wag and all he wants is the contest exchange!
The Q code is a standardized collection of three-letter message encodings, also known as a brevity code, all of which start with the letter “Q”, initially developed for commercial radiotelegraph communication, and later adopted by other radio services, especially Amateur Radio.
Here are a few of the common ones you will hear on the waves.
QSO – Contact
QSL – Confirmation
QSB – Fading
QRT – Ending Transmission
QTH – Location
QRP – Low Power