- Richard, KB5JBV, discusses some training he prepared for emergency communications. But first, he raises the possibility of resurrecting Resonant Frequency, The Amateur Radio Podcast, with your financial support.
- Making yourself clear and understood on an emergency communications net.
- Some tips:
- Send your callsigns slowly and clearly.
- Use the ITU phonetic alphabet.
- Don’t yell or whisper into the microphone. Most local emergency communications use the FM mode, and too much or too little audio will cause distortion or no intelligible information.
- Hold the microphone an inch or two away from your mouth, and a bit to one side. Again, “eating” the microphone will only cause distortion.
- Keep Q-signals, codes and jargon to a minimum. Many of the served agencies do not use the same jargon as amateur radio operators. Q-signals are meant for CW (Morse code), not voice modes.
- There are proper uses for “over”, “out” and “roger”. Learn the correct usages.
- Monitor a traffic net to hear the proper techniques in use.
- Contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org
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