(2011-07-17) The faulty towers Q-code

I readily admit, I didn't check if someone else have already thought of this. I was pretty sure I wasn't the first HAM to suggest this, but it just popped into my head, so I'm posted it here. Sure enough, it even exists as an official code, but my version is funnier.

First off: what is a Q-code?

In short, it is a set of codes originally used in wireless telegraphy to create shortcuts to many of the common things you needed to ask or inform others about. Most of the codes are questions and answers about radio conditions, frequencies and other important stuff. An example:

QSY? means "shall I change the frequency?"
QSY (without the "?") means "change your frequency to ........."

Off course the last statement is followed by a proper frequency.

Sooooo... Here it is:

QUE? - Do you have any idea what you're doing?
QUE - I have .... idea what I'm doing.

The dots should be replaced with a number on a scale from 1-5. The scale values are:

0 - Que?
1 - no
2 - a feeling I may have an
3 - a faint
4 - fair
5 - an illusion that I have an

0 should not be used, but it will be, believe me.
All values below 2 are always honest.
All values above 1 may indicate that the other station is clueless.
Higher values technically mean the other party should have more of an idea or clue what they're doing. If this really is the case is unclear at best.

The "que?" comes from the character Manuel in Faulty Towers, one of the best TV-shows ever. Please understand that it's not meant as a racist comment. If you have seen the TV-series, you'll understand that it's clearly not the case! He is one of the more sane people in Faulty Towers, which when compared with John Cleese's character, doesn't say all that much.

Full disclosure
The code actually exists in real life and is at least a bit funny:

QUE? means "Can you speak in ... (language), - with interpreter if necessary; if so, on what frequencies?"

QUE means "I can speak in ... (language) on ... kHz (or MHz).".


Tags: HAM radio, humour
Posted: 2011-07-17 by Erik Zalitis
Changed: 2013-03-19 by Erik Zalitis

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