A number of phonetic alphabets exist. The NATO version is most common and can be considered to be the "international" phonetic alphabet. Main articles: morse codeWikipedia:Morse code.
Directed from K4ICY. There are dozens of specialities or activities under the broad banner of Amateur Radio. Amateur radio is also known as ham radio, why, nobody knows for certain.
A basic knowledge of some of the basic formats and the abbreviations used enables any new operator to sound very proficient very quickly. With a prior knowledge and using some of the formats below, a even newcomer can sound like an old hand with a small amount of practice. As with any other form of ham radio contact over the air, it is necessary to listen first.
There are dozens of specialities or activities under the broad banner of Amateur Radio. Amateur radio is also known as ham radio, why, nobody knows for certain. From working DX, to building radios from scratch, to satellite communications, to slow-scan TV, to just plain rag chewing or talking with new and old friends all over the world; there is something for everybody.
So, with his permission, I have taken it over. I have also got it working on Linux and MacOS. After a year of doing this on a one to one basisI decided it would be easier, and more helpful to users if there was a website where CWCOM users could go to get answers to their questions.
The group will be working speeds as slow as 5 WPM for all those interested in getting in some practice and on-air experience! The net will be held on an easy to get to Be sure to join them and work some slow code!
Amateur Radio is a fascinating hobby with many facets that can be practised by all amateurs alike. All the different things that make up this hobby culminate in contacting other persons with the same basic interest and, above all, the contacts made will contribute towards friendship and goodwill to each other. In these times of stress and strife, we all need to make friends more than ever before, and we can only promote goodwill by being on our best behaviour whenever we pick up the microphone, the Morse key or use a computer in Amateur Radio.
The Q-code is an international set of abbreviations that was created at the beginning of the last century to simplify radiotelegraph communication. Each code is composed by three letters always starting with Q. Each code can be a question if followed by a question mark or an answer or statement if not.