Even on Zello, especially with the users that are more 2-way Radio savvy, you may hear certain 10 codes, Q codes, and other terminology that you may not be familiar with.
Below you will find the more common CB / Ham terminology that is still being used on Zello today:
Here are some 10 Codes:
- 10-4 reversed, usually used in a question and wanting a confirmation ("This weather is crazy, 4-10?")
- Confirmation. OK
- Busy / Stand By
- Signed off / Out of Service
- ("Hey everyone, I'm going 10-7") or ("Looks like Joe is 10-7)
- Signed on and active / In Service
- ("I'm 10-8.")
- Also when driving to a location, it can mean you are in route to a specific location.
- ("I'm 10-8 to your location.")
- Not signing off, but standing by and only listening
- ("I'll be 10-10 on the side....")
- usually shorted to "20".
- ("What's your 20?") or ("My 20 is on the corner of ________")...
- Emergency Traffic on this channel
- Correct Time...
- ("Joe's 10-36 is 3 hours behind ours")
- Take a leak (unofficial)
- Take a dump (unofficial)
Here are some Q Codes:
- Calling 'CQ' is a general call for contact, inviting any operators listening on that frequency (or channel) to respond.
- A two way communication, conversation or chat.
- ("Thank you for the QSO!" )
- Confirmation or agreement
- As a question "QSL?"
- confirm information is correct
- as an answer "QSL..."
- Your location or position
- As a question: "What is Your QTH?"
- As an answer: "My QTH is Ayrshire, Scotland."
- Change Frequency (or channel)
- "QSY to 3.777MHz" = change frequency to 3.777
- "QSY to channel 03" = change to channel 03
- Stand By
- As a statement: "Please QRX" = Please stop transmitting:
- "I am going to QRX" = I am going to stop transmitting.
- Who is calling me?
- (This is often used incorrectly by stations calling QRZ when no one else has actually called them)
- Closing down: "I am going QRT" = I am switching off the radio.
- Ready to receive on this frequency. (or channel)
- Best reguards / My Complements
- ("73 to all")
- Hugs and Kisses
- ("73 to all, and 88 to the Ladies!")
- Use this term to politely interrupt a conversation to get a hold of someone in the channel or to quickly change the subject
- Series of unique letters and numbers assigned to a person who has earned an Amateur Radio license.
Dropping the Hammer or Dropping the Maul
- Normally used when a strong station keys up over top a weaker station. Still can be used in Zello if the timer is set to where a mod or admin can quickly key up over top of a troll for example
- Distance, foreign countries. ("CQ DX.")
- Messages with life and death urgency
- Trucker term for prostitute found at truck stops
- Transmission is very loud and distorted
- Emergency-related messages, but not as important as Emergency traffic
- Push to talk
Reading the Mail:
- Same as 10-10 / Just listening ("I'll be 10-10 and reading the mail")
Roger / Roger Wilco
- Message Received / Understood
Step on someone:
- Keying up over-top of someone's transmission
- Transmission is very low; hard to decipher what was said
Amateur Radio Phonetic Alphabet