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Old December 2nd 18, 05:05 AM posted to rec.radio.scanner
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Default What does QSL mean???

On Friday, November 30, 2018 at 1:30:02 PM UTC-5, wrote:

"As far as I know Dade County is the only police Department that uses the Q code which comes from HAM radio operators."

Yes, ham operators use Q codes. No, Q codes do not come from ham radio. The Q codes were devised to allow European land-line telegraphers who did not necessarily speak the same language to communicate procedural matters, such as "Do you accept these charges?", "Yes, I accept these charges." They were defined by the International Telegraph Union.

When radiotelegraphy was invented, the same codes were used for the same purposes, as well as newly devised codes pertaining only to radio. "Shall I decrease transmitter power?", "Yes, decrease transmitter power."

Once amateur radio became established, Q codes were used in part for the same purposes as in commercial radio and wired telegraphy, in part to appear professional.