What QRJ stands for?

I read an article written by JK1OPL on the latest Japanese CQ Hamradio magaizne (May 2009 issue). In the article, he introduces Q-code "QRJ".
I've never heard such Q-Code "QRJ".
In the article it is explained that QRJ means "Your signal is too weak to continue QSO." something like that.

I searched "QRJ" by internet and found the site where ITU regulations are listed:
According to this site, QRJ stands for
"How many radiotelephone calls have you to book?" in question style.
"I have ... radiotelephone calls to book." as answer.

Which one is correct?


The Ancient Mariner said...

Atsu san,

When I was at sea as a ship's R/O, QRJ was an offficial code for "I have .... radio telephone calls for you". We would call the coast station on a CW frequency and agree duplex SSB frequencies, ship to shore, and then change modes and frequencies and patch through the caller on the ship to the telephone subscriber ashore.
- John 9 V 1 V V

Atsu JE1TRV said...

Hi John-san
Thank you for your practical instruction. It's very interesting story.

After reading your comment, I got the reason why amateur radio operators has been used QRJ to say "your signal is too weak".
Because when the signal is too weak to continue QSO, they must use landline telephone instead of radio. :-)

W3MT said...

QRJ? Is my sig too weak fer QSO?
QRJ. Ur sig too weak to cpy.