ARRL Radiograms (6)
From Daryl Stout
@618:250/1 to All
on Sat Jul 25 00:05:17 2020
VERBALLY PASSING TRAFFIC ON A NET
When net control gives permission for you to pass your traffic to another station, the receiving station of your message contacts you and says
"ready to copy".
Your message would go like this, just read it exactly like this, and fill
in the blanks with your info. Remember when reading the message that
someone is writing it on the other end, so read at writing speed.
"Please copy my number: 1, Routine, HX Golf, (your call sign), 25,
(your location), (time if applicable),December two zero."
"Going to (your addressee) and (amateur call sign if any),
figures 1234 Brushy Creek Drive, Bandera TX, zip figures 99877,
phone figures 919 555 1234, break for text."
* Now WAIT for the receiving station to say "go with text"; plus, this
allows them any fills they might need of the preamble information, or any needed fills of information of the addressee.
When they say, "go with text," read your message, word for word, at
writing speed. For any tough words, use phonetics. The number of words
should match the (check) in the preamble. ARL Message codes (at the top
of this bulletin) are always phonetically spelled out. One number character
Example: ARL Fifty Six would be 3 words.
When done delivering your text to receiving station say, "Break for
* Wait for receiving station to ask for fills, or say, "Go With Signature".
Give signature of message sender, amateur call sign if applicable, and
say "End Message Number One, how copy?".
The receiving station will acknowledge your message number one, and say
"Thanks for the traffic", ending with their call sign.
You can reply by saying "Thank you for taking it", and end with your
call sign, so net control knows the message has been passed, and you both
That's all there is to passing a message. Pretty easy, isn't it??
Not much to it, this is how we do it on the DFW Traffic Net; some nets
are different, you just have to listen to see what their format is like.
Delivering a radiogram is even easier. Call the person with the phone
number provided, read the text part of the message, explain ARL message
codes if there are any, and they don't know what they mean, and tell them
who it is from. That's it.
Just a brief mention of how I present myself when calling someone.
When someone answers I say "Hi, my name is Bob, and I am a ham radio
operator with the DFW traffic net". Usually this gets their attention,
so they don't think I am a "telemarketer".
I have found the use of the word "ham" to be better than "amateur". You
just have to find what works for you.
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