Other SOTA sites: SOTAwatch | SOTA Home | Database | Video | Photos | Shop | Mapping | FAQs | Facebook | Contact SOTA

The True Value of 5 and 9

In reply to G8ADD:

Being a meanie, I haven’t bought a Radio Communication Handbook since
the Sixth Edition

My copy is packed for moving house…

But the current RSGB yearbook has QSA as signal strength (but doesn’t mention QRK).

Wikipedia seems to agree with me http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_code

As does http://www.qsl.net/w5www/qcode.html although it uses “legibility” rather than “readability”. A couple of other refs I’ve checked seem to confirm it.

Colin G8TMV

In reply to 2E0YYY:

Nah, Mike, much more recent than that - its oggham!

Anybody got a Handbook more recent than the 6th edition - or are we all meanies!

73

Brian G8ADD

In reply to G8ADD:

In reply to 2E0YYY:

Anybody got a Handbook more recent than the 6th edition - or are we
all meanies!

A real radio ham would construct his own printing press, make his own paper, reprint the book from memory and finally, bind it, using nothing more than a six inch nail an empty baked bean can and an aubergine for materials…

73
Mike M6MMM

In reply to G8ADD:

8th and 10th editions are out there if you look. Me? I’d rather have a real book than just a pdf. abebooks (www.abebooks.co.uk) is an excellent way of finding secondhand books. I’ve been buying all the books I should have bought when I was a student through abe. Never bought them when I was at Uni… money went on beer, Vodka & Southern Comfort.

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:
I’ve been buying all the

books I should have bought when I was a student through abe. Never
bought them when I was at Uni… money went on beer, Vodka &
Southern Comfort.

So what went wrong with your sense of priorities?

73

Brian G8ADD

In reply to G8ADD:

In reply to MM0FMF:

I’ve been buying all the
books I should have bought when I was a student through abe.
Never bought them when I was at Uni… money went on beer, Vodka &
Southern Comfort.

So what went wrong with your sense of priorities?

When I was at Uni all my money went on Sue and Christine. :frowning:

I’ve learnt better now!
:slight_smile:

73,
Walt (G3NYY)

In reply to G8ADD:

So what went wrong with your sense of priorities?

I paid off my mortgage so now I can afford hooch and books! :wink:

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to G8ADD:

10th edition Brian ;-b

Save money by home brewing antennas and stuff!

73
John GM8OTI

In reply to GM8OTI:

Just checked and my handbook is 10th edition too! I also ‘save’ money by building my own gear and antennas!

Hopefully I’ll be sending out correct reports on my activation next week!

73
Colin
M0CGH

In reply to M0CGH:
So, two 10th editions handy, could you please check and see if the RSGB authors still say that the QRK scale goes up to 9?

73

Brian G8ADD

In reply to G8ADD:

So, two 10th editions handy, could you please check and see if the
RSGB authors still say that the QRK scale goes up to 9?

I have the version on CD (which, incidentally, has an excessively-intrusive copyright watermark on every page that makes the document painful to read), and a quick search found no occurrences of “QRK” anywhere in it…

73, Rick M0LEP

In reply to M0LEP:

ISTR you can turn off the rendering of watermarks in PDF docs. Not with Adobe Acrobat but with other software.

cough Very useful. cough :wink:

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:

ISTR you can turn off the rendering of watermarks in PDF docs.

Thanks. I’ll have to see whether I’ve got anything that’ll do that, as the watermark does make the document pretty much unreadable to my eyes…

73, Rick M0LEP

In reply to M0LEP:

I have the version on CD and a quick search found no occurrences of
"QRK" anywhere in it…

Does it mention QSA anywhere?

Colin G8TMV

In reply to G8TMV:
http://www.qsl.net/w5www/qcode.html

In reply to G6MZX:
QRJ seems a little odd to me…

    Question

QRJ Are you receiving me badly? Are my signals weak?

    Answer

QRJ I cannot receive you. Your signals are too weak.

If the signals are too weak to be recieved, how did you manage to hear “QRJ” in the first place.

Adrian
MM0TAI

In reply to G6MZX:

My eyes are burning! Comic Sans font, every colour in the rainbow and flashing background graphics… 1998 called and it wants its web page back! All that was missing was a geocities or angelfire web address.

:wink:

In reply to G8ADD:

The 8th and 10th editions only mention 1 Q-code that I could find and that was QRSS data transmissions.

Andy
MM0FMF

In reply to MM0FMF:
1998 called and it wants its web page

back! All that was missing was a geocities or angelfire web address.

Geocities has closed…“but theres much more to explore on Yahoo!”

Angelfire is still on the go by the looks of it.

The 90’s will live on!!

:slight_smile:

In reply to MM0FMF:

I really must get a more recent edition if only out of curiosity! My edition has a chapter on “Operating technique and Station Layout” which includes Q codes and morse abbreviations and a paragraph on the evolution of the RST code which is where I quoted QRK to 9 though I learned that back in the 60s for my RAE.

73

Brian G8ADD

In reply to G8TMV:

Does it mention QSA anywhere?

“Found on 0 pages” …so that’d be a “Nope” then. 73, Rick M0LEP