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What do you say?

When handling traffic with the voice mode, there are some ways to facilitate the process. Generally, when you check into a voice traffic net, you give the call of the NCS, listen, and then give your call followed by the word "traffic," if you have some. The net control will ask you to list your traffic when you are recognized, and you will say how many messages and the name of the city of destination.

Let's say you have four pieces of traffic, so you list them this way, "Two- Milwaukee, one - Green Bay, one - Thru (going to a higher level of the NTS to go out of state)." The net control will acknowledge your list.

When you are directed to send your messages, the NCS will probably say, "Your Call, move to (a nearby frequency) and send your two Milwaukee to W9YCV" (or some other stalwart traffic handler in the Milwaukee area). You will go to the frequency and listen for the receiving station. You don't call first, since the receiver has to find a clear spot in which to copy your traffic. When you are called, you respond to see if the station hears you okay and is ready to copy. You'd say, "W9YCV, this is ______. Are you ready to copy?" (No sense in sending a bunch only to realize it's not being received.) Your receiving station tells you to go ahead, so you start.

In the preamble, you do not need to label the parts. It's customary to say "number" before the message number, but, after that, the receiver already knows what's coming next, so you can just say the precedence, handling instructions, station of origin, check, place of origin, and date without saying the words, "precedence, handling instructions, station of origin," etc. That's why we have a message format; it saves time.

Well-adjusted VOX can let the receiving station interrupt you and ask for repeats as you go along, or you can just pause briefly after the preamble, addressee, and text.

As you send the addressee and address, be methodical. Pace yourself. Spell out difficult names or streets. Say the telephone number in three parts, 920 (pause) 563 (pause) 1421. Between the address and the text, say the word, "Break." This tells the receiving station that you are starting the next part of the message. It's also a good time to stand by in case the receiving operator needs any fills so far, but don't expect a response. If you don’t hear anything, go ahead with the text. Here's where labels sometimes help. If you are going to say a letter group which is not an actual word, you can label it as "letter group" before you say it. This also works for number groups and mixed groups (those with numbers and letters). Spell out difficult words. If there are ARRL numbered messages in the text, they are always spelled out. It's "ARL SIXTY NINE" not "ARL 69." At the end of the text, say the word, "Break" again to indicate you are changing to the next section of the message, the signature.

After the signature, you would say, "End, one to follow." This means it's the end of this message but you have one more for Milwaukee. If you didn't, you'd say "End, no more." 73 - K9LGU/ STM-Wisconsin




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