Calling All Calls
FAQ #192 – What's an STM Report you'd like to recycle? I like this one.
When my wife and I were married, 52 years ago, I remember the minister calling me David several times before I interrupted him. My XYL and I joked that, had I not said anything, the ceremony might not be valid. I suppose he just didn't know me well enough to remember my name. When we use a person's name, we demonstrate that we care enough to remember it. That's why even salespeople try to endear themselves to us by learning our names and then repeatedly using them as they sell. Although I'm not a big believer in that irritating technique, I do believe it's a good idea to learn and use someone's name appropriately. And, in Amateur Radio, name = call letters.
The importance of getting calls correct has been mentioned before in terms of a net control paying attention to details. True, if the call isn't right, the station may not answer. Records reflecting station activity will be inaccurate. Perhaps most importantly, getting the call right shows we care about the holder of the call.
I recall when I had to service an undeliverable message to a station on the East Coast, address inaccurate, phone not listed. As I attempted to look up the address of the orginating station, I discovered that the call had never been assigned. Hmmm. Using those handy data bases now available on the Internet, I checked a list of hams in the city of origin and discovered some letters in the call had been transposed. Then, again with the help of cyberspace, I found a listed phone number for my return traffic. It was gratifying to solve the mystery, but a little care in copying the call letters as the message was passed along could have saved some time.
Every detail counts. Yes, we're amateurs, but we should still be precise in what we do. This becomes especially important in ARES/RACES operation. The particulars in a message take on greater importance in times of need. Does a message number matter? You bet it does if there should be a record or if there's going to be a reply. It does if someone needs to check the sequence in which it was sent. Does the priority matter? It certainly makes a difference when a net control organizes how traffic will be sent. Handling instructions? Read them and decide. Every item in a formal message is there for a reason -- station of origin, place of origin, time, date, etc. Without these essential parts, without the right call letters, the right name, everything might be different. Even my wife might have been married to David instead of to me. 73 – K9LGU/STM-WI
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