Why Is Listening Efficiency Low? Daydreaming Mental Tangents Don’t Want to Be There Juggling Don’t Like the Speaker Bored Don’t Understand the Topic Forming a Response Too Interested in Physical Characteristics Hearing what you want to hear
Leave a little extra time between pressing the push-to-talk switch and speaking
A variety of delays can occur within a system, including CTCSS decode time, and transmitter rise time
Leaving extra time is also necessary on any system of linked repeaters
Allow time for all the links to begin transmitting
After Transmission Pause a little longer than usual between transmissions any time there is a possibility that other stations may have emergency traffic to pass from time to time. A count of "one, one thousand" is usually sufficient.
“ Plain Language: Common terms and definitions that can be understood by individuals from all responder disciplines. The intent of plain language is to ensure the clear and accurate communication of information during an incident.”
Some pro-words are used in general communication, others while sending and receiving formal messages
Pro-words * Two letters are sent as one character in CW Source: ARES Field Resources Manual Voice Morse Digital* Meaning and function Clear SK End of contact. In CW, SK is sent before final identification Over K Used to let any station know to respond Go ahead KN Used to let a specific station know to respond Out CL Leaving the air, will not be listening Stand by AS A temporary interruption of the contact Roger R Indicates that a transmission has been received correctly and in full
Using what you have learned, edit the following exchange to make it clear and concise.
"KA1XYZ at Ramapo Base, this is Bob, K2ABC at Weston EOC calling."
"K2ABC, this is KA1XYZ. Hi, Bob. This is Ramapo Base, Harry at the mic. Go ahead. K2ABC from KA1XYZ."
"KA1XYZ, this is K2ABC returning. Hi, Harry. I have a message for you. By the way, remember to call me later about the get-together the club is having next month. Are you ready to copy the message?" KA1XYZ, this is K2ABC, over to you Harry."
Pass: to send messages from one station to another.
Third Party Traffic: Messages transmitted on behalf of a person or organization other than a licensed Amateur Radio operator. This term also applies to when a person other than a licensed operator is allowed to use the microphone.
Liaison Station: A station responsible for passing messages between different nets.
Something resembling an openwork fabric or structure in form or concept, especially:
A complex, interconnected group or system
An extended group of people with similar interests or concerns who interact and remain in informal contact for mutual assistance or support
A net of amateur radio service operators is one of the most effective methods of providing primary or supplementary communications support for a variety of public service or emergency activities or events
A Declared Net is a net started with a statement of purpose
If you are asked by someone in authority, such as a law enforcement officer, to move your station, then move immediately and without argument. Notify the NCS of the situation at the first appropriate opportunity.
If you are requested by someone in authority to turn off your radio, or to refrain from transmitting, do so immediately and without question . Do not notify Net Control until you have permission to transmit again, and can do so safely. There is usually a good reason for such a request. It may be an issue of security, or it may be a potential hazard, such as an explosive devise that could be triggered by RF energy.
To learn about NTS in your area, contact your Section Manager (SM), or Section Traffic Manager (STM). To locate your Section Manager (SM), see the ARRL Section Manager List at: www.arrl.org/field/org/smlist.html.
For a list of ARES and NTS nets in your area, see The ARRL Net Directory: www.arrl.org/FandES/field/nets/
Winlink 2000 - www.winlink.org
FNpack - www.w1fn.org - a Windows® packet radio terminal program designed for emcomm.
FNpsk - www.w1fn.org - similar to FNpack, but for PSK-31
Two or more people will handle them before reaching the recipient
Stations working formal message traffic operate like a telegram office or service desk, accepting messages in written form from a number of clients and transmitting them via voice, packet or other modes either directly to a destination or through a formal traffic network (like the NTS network)
Formal message handling guarantees high accuracy and validation of receipt, and is very good in situations where direct sender-to-receiver communications is unavailable
Formal message handling tends to be slower than informal and tactical messaging
Most clients will find the formalized procedures of authentication and submission very intimidating and user-unfriendly, making the use of amateur resources unattractive even in times of need.
HXA -- (Followed by number.) "Collect" telephone delivery authorized by addressee within (X) miles. If no number is sent, authorization is unlimited.
HXB -- (Followed by number.) Cancel message if not delivered within (X) hours of filing time; service (notify) originating station.
HXC -- Report date and "time of delivery" (TOD) to originating station.
HXD -- Report to originating station the identity of the station who delivered the message, plus date, time and method of delivery. Also, each station to report identity of station to which relayed, plus date and time.
HXE -- Delivering station to get and send reply from addressee.
HXF -- (Followed by date in numbers.) Hold delivery until (specify date).
HXG -- Delivery by mail or telephone - toll call not required. If toll or other expense involved, cancel message, and send service message to originating station.
ARRL-recommended procedure for counting the telephone number in the text is to separate the number into groups, with the area code counting as one word, the three-digit exchange one word, and the last four digits one word.
860 594 0301counts as three words
594 0301 as two words
Separating the phone number into groups minimizes garbling.
57 R W1AW ARL 16 PUEBLO CO DECEMBER 10 RICHARD RYAN 3820 S SUNNYRIDGE LANE NEW BERLIN WISCONSIN 53151 414 555 1234 BREAK ARL FIFTY ARL SIXTY TWO CHRISTMAS ARL SIXTY FOUR HOME MOM AND DAD SEND THEIR LOVE BREAK BOB AND ALICE
amateur call KILO JULIETT THREE ECHO.. ATSIGN I spell ALPHA TANGO SIERRA INDIA GOLF NOVEMBER.. amateur call KILO THREE HOTEL KILO INDIA.. DOT, I spell DELTA OSCAR TANGO .. POUNDSIGN I spell PAPA OSCAR UNIFORM NOVEMBER DELTA SIERRA INDIA GOLF NOVEMBER.. initials SIERRA OSCAR MIKE DELTA.. DOT, I spell DELTA OSCAR TANGO .. initials MIKE DELTA
What would you do if this is too long for a single transmission for the repeater?
Internet address HOTEL TANGO TANGO PAPA COLON SLASH SLASH.. WHISKEY WHISKEY WHISKEY.. DOT, I spell DELTA OSCAR TANGO.. initials HOTEL ALPHA MIKE.. DOT, I spell DELTA OSCAR TANGO..initials INDIA NOVEMBER FOXTROT OSCAR BACKSLASH.. initials ECHO DELTA UNIFORM
"Number two zero seven Priority HX Echo Whiskey One Foxtrot November One Zero Lebanon NH one two zero zero EST January four. Mark Doe Red Cross Disaster Office Figures one two three Main Street Rutland VT figures zero five seven zero one Figures eight zero two five five five one two one two Break Need more cots and sanitation kits at all five shelters Break Joan Smith Shelter Manager End No more"
"Number two zero seven Priority handling instructions, HX Echo station of origin W1FN check one zero place of origin, Lebanon NH time one two zero zero EST date, January 4 Going to Mark Doe Red Cross Disaster Office Address figures one two three Main Street Rutland VT ZIP figures zero five seven zero one Telephone Figures eight zero two five five five one two one two"
“ number.. TWO.SIX.. ROUTINE.. NOVEMBER TREE X-RAY YANKEE ZUZU.. ONE.SEVEN.. BANGOR.. MAINE.. JULY.. TWO.FOUR”.. ..
“ JOHN.. initial.ROMEO.. SMITH I spell SIERRA MIKE INDIA TANGO HOTEL.. .. figures TWO TREE.. OAK I spell O.A.K.. DRIVE.. .. PHILADELPHIA.. .. .. PENNSYLVANIA.. figures ONE NINER ZERO TREE FOUR.. .. figures TWO ONE FIFE.. FIFE FIFE FIFE.. TWO TREE FOUR FIFE.. break” (/.../) (interruption pause)
“ initial.INDIA.. WILL.. ARRIVE.. .. TOMORROW.. AT.. .. mixed group figure SIX PAPA MIKE.. initial X-RAY.. CAN.. YOU.. .. PICK.. ME.. UP.. .. AT.. THE.. AIRPORT.. .. QUERY.. figures SEVEN TREE.. break.. BILL I spell BRAVO INDIA LIMA LIMA.. end.. no.more”
ICS 213 was never intended to be used as a RADIOGRAM substitute, because the folks that created the 213 had no reason to consider that kind of a specialized need
ICS is ICS, and they will never likely approve the use of a RADIOGRAM as a substitute for the ICS 213
ICS-213 is an office memo
It was not designed for, nor was it ever intended to be, a format for record message radio traffic, that often must pass through multiple relay stations; and often must (of necessity) change mode(s) along the route
Incident traffic rarely gets relayed from station to station to station, since the vast majority of incidents are of a local nature
Who they want the message to go to...(as complete as possible physical address.)
What they want to say...(text preferably in less than 25 words or groups)
Who is sending it...(signature + contact info.)
The above items (that the "customer" needs to supply) are three of the four parts of a RADIOGRAM
Adding the "preamble" (msg number, precedence, HX, station of origin, check, place of origin, time, date) is the responsibility of the "counter person(s)" that are acting in the interfacing capacity between the actual radio operator(s) and the public or "served agency" that desires to have their traffic moved.
Hearing or Vision ability of the Receiving Operator is not adequate.
Desire of the Receiving Operator to “edit” the message or to “correct errors”. Using one too many Relay stations.
The ability of the human mind to transpose letters and words (example: 1467 1476)
Lack of use of the “copy” and “paste” features of a computer.
Inadequate use of phonetic spelling of words. Sending Operator assumes that the Receiving Operator has excellent knowledge of “common spelling”. Receiving Operator is not familiar with the dialect (voice) or fist (cw) of the Sending Operator. The message contains words from a culture unfamiliar to the Receiving Operator.
Receiving Operator has inadequate penmanship or typing ability. “I can’t read my own writing”. Use of fonts which do not have enough distinction between letters. Example
3 8 B 5 6 7 9 2 Z L I i 0 F O r n m VV W R K U V
Sending Operator Sends or Speaks too fast.
Receiving Operator is reluctant to ask the Sending Operator to Slow Down, or to ask for multiple “repeats”.
When “manual” modes (voice, cw, RTTY, Delivery via telephone) are used, a procedure is not used by the Sending person to verify that the Receiving person has apparently acquired the message correctly.
Compose four complete ARRL formatted messages, one example for each Precedence, in written form. Use Handling Instructions and include the time and date sent. To determine the word count for the check, refer to this link:
Create a formal ARRL style message using an ARL numbered radiogram text. Be sure the word count is correct.
Assume that you are helping a served agency staffer condense a lengthy message. Edit the following message text to reduce the number of words to a minimum, without losing any clarity.
"We need 50 additional cots and blankets at the Roe School shelter, and we also need more food since 20 new people just arrived and we are told another 30 may be coming soon. Please call me and tell me when these supplies will arrive."
You are the NCS of a net involved in an emcomm operation and you notice that some other station is intentionally interfering with your net. Which of the following represents your best course of action?
Shut down the net and go home.
Address the interfering station directly and inform them of the error of their ways.