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On Air Message Passing Practice

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Purpose: This is an on-air practice session for message passing. It provides an opportunity to practice the various techniques used for voicing both simple and complicated messages over the air. Participants will gain experience and valuable feedback while sending and receiving messages. Errors will be discussed so everyone can improve.
Intended Audience: Anyone involved in ARES/RACES, since we ALL must pass messages by voice ... correctly!
Scheduling Info:

Message passing practice will usually occur on the third Tuesday of the month, during the Tuesday night training net time. Consult the activities schedule and sign up in advance.

Start time: 20:30 hours
Run time: approximately 45 minutes, depending on message complexity and operator skill


Any of the three linked Resource Net repeaters:

  • AA6BT: 146.115 MHz (+) 100.0 Hz
  • W6ASH 440.800 MHz (+) 100.0 Hz    NOT CURRENTLY LINKED
  • N6NAC: 444.625 MHz (+) 110.9 Hz

Suggestion for getting the most out of the training session based on your experience and familiarity of message passing procedures and prowords.

Good: Applicable to someone who's new to message passing in SCCo and who may not have attended any training classes, yet. Follow along with the message as it's being passed. Listen to the process that's used, and the prowords that are exchanged.

Better: Applicable to someone who's attended training classes, but who is not yet comfortable with our proword vocabulary or processes. Review the message ahead of time, and identify what prowords should be used where, referring to classroom materials if necessary (see links above). If you're sending the message, have your notes available. If you're receiving the message, put your notes and your advance copy of the message source away while you copy.

Best: Applicable to someone who has attended training classes, and who believes they know our processes and procedures. Don't look at the message ahead of time, regardless of whether you're sending or receiving. Practice like this is "real life", and don't refer to notes or "cheat sheets".


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