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Old 30th May 2003, 22:35   #1 (permalink)
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Always get these 2 mixed up! which is which again, and any good ways to remember.

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Old 31st May 2003, 00:03   #2 (permalink)
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For QDM and QDR I go alphabetical, so they end up:


QDM is the starting point, aircraft to the station and magnetic.
QDR is the station to the aircraft and magentic.

I visualize:

QDM -------->
QDR <-------

Are you set on QTE, QUJ?
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Old 31st May 2003, 00:17   #3 (permalink)
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I initially tried to remember the difference by saying that the aircraft flies a magnetic heading so qdM is Magnetic to the station. This didn't always work cause I found it to easy to think magnetic from the station. Now I remember the R for radial, which is radiating out from the centre, i.e. from the station. So far so good.

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Old 31st May 2003, 01:10   #4 (permalink)
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This sounds ridiculous written down but:

QDM - M Makes you go home/Mothers you...ie towards the station (and M for magnetic too)

QDR - R Rejects you...pushes you away..ie away from the station.

Not the slickest answer you'll see on here but I had to work it out myself..and I aint that slick.
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Old 31st May 2003, 07:07   #5 (permalink)
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Alternatively, forget all this 'Q' code stuff, and simply request a 'Steer'.
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Old 31st May 2003, 07:48   #6 (permalink)
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What's wrong with 'bearing to...' & 'bearing from....'???
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Old 31st May 2003, 14:27   #7 (permalink)
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Dont laugh it works!

I like to think of a "true" cute atc lady "a cutey" sounds like QTE

Grouped with QDR, R for radio station amg from.

QUJ the completly useless one that no one seems to know what its used for!

QDM- M for magnetic. Strange but true I never get confused.
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