QSW? YES! QSW.
What is this QSW.ME site all about? Let us explain it to you...
QSW of course is one of the "Q Codes"
The Q code is a standardized collection of three-letter message encodings, also known as a brevity code, all of which start with the letter "Q".
Initially they were developed for commercial radiotelegraph communication, and later adopted by other radio services, especially amateur radio.
Although Q codes were created when radio used morse code exclusively, they continued to be employed after the introduction of voice transmissions.
So, "QSW"? What does "QSW" mean?
QSW: In the form of a question, "QSW?" = Will you send on this frequency (or on ... kHz (or MHz))?
QSW: In the form of a Statement, QSW = I am going to send on this frequency (or on ... kHz (or MHz).
And that is exactly what QSW.ME is!
QSW.ME is a web site that it's sole purpose is to make up schedules. So one amateur and another amateur can meet at a specific time and frequency in an attempt to make a contact for whatever purpose the contact is needed for.
You still looking for that missing state for your 5 band work all states? Or that last county you need to finish your worked all Wisconsin counties? Grid squares? You bet!
The DX spotting clusters, networks, and all types of alerting systems work great to alert you when a certain station appears on a certain frequency. But you have to also be there ready for when they indeed do appear. When does that happen, and on what frequency? Who knows? Also mainly these are only good for DXing chases. But if you need Montana for a W.A.S., They won't be helping too much.
Or you can join in one of the live on the air nets in the hope a station you would like to contact actually shows up. And if they do, then have to sit there waiting your "turn" to try to contact them. This often can take hours before your "turn" comes around.
Or how about one of the online chat rooms? Where people go to see who is
around to try to make a contact.
But again this is all random. You just have to be lucky that the station you need is also right NOW in that chat room, or the net, or being spotted on the spotting systems.
With QSW.ME all this "chance" is removed!
When you join QSW.ME you will end up filling out a station profile. This profile will store the location of your station, every band you can operate on, and on each band what modes you can operate.
From then on it is really simple.
Say you need Wyoming on 15 meters still for you 5BWAS. You simply go to
QSW.ME and indicate the filters.
For example you choose:
- North America
- 15 meters
then hit search and QSW.ME will display every station that it has as a member that is in Wyoming, and that is capable of operating on 15 meters.
You will also be able to perform detailed searches. As an example:
- North America
- Sauk County
- 40 meters
If someone from there meets all those parameters has registered, QSW.ME will display them!
Once displayed there will be contact information on how to get in touch with them to make your schedule.
They, and you, can use your regular E-Mail address, or if you wish you can sign up for a forwarding address through the QSW.ME site so your real address is only available to those that you create a schedule with.
Once a schedule is made we even have a chat room available to meet on at the time of the schedule, which is nice for the harder paths. Kinda of a "can you hear me now" thing. To see if either station is getting any traces of signal and then keep trying. Or give up and try again at a different time.
There are forums also available for your use.
As we are a new site we know when you join right now that there will be very few people to contact. But please still do fill out a profile. It is the only way this will eventually work. QSW.ME needs as many as possible to fill out profiles and become a part of this effort. If people do not join, this will not work.
It takes a small amount of effort to fill out the profile. And then you never need to even look at it again, unless you change your stations capabilities.
And this is all FREE!
We hope you join us on this new effort to make it easier to find those hard to find contacts.
The QSW.Me Staff