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Radio Procedures


Radio Usage Tips.

  1. Be brief and to the point.
  2. Stay off the radio unless absolutely necessary.
  3. Engage your brain before your mouth.
  4. Think about how best to make yourself understood.
  5. Listen before you begin your transmission.
  6. Make sure the channel is clear. Wait a full second AFTER you push-to-talk and BEFORE you begin to speak. This will insure the beginning of your message is heard.
  7. Speak ACROSS the microphone rather than into it to improve intelligibility. Use a natural speaking voice. The only way to overcome loud ambient noise is to shield the microphone from the wind, point it away from the source of noise or wait until the noise passes. You should be aware that any portable radio is much less effective when worn on your belt, because your body absorbs the radio signal. This is very noticeable with low powered radios.
  8. Unless you are within 1/4 mile of the person you are talking to, hold the radio vertically, at face level, with its antenna in the clear. Also be aware, that you will lose more than half of your range if you use the radio inside a metal vehicle or inside a steel reinforced building.
  9. DO NOT shout into the radio. It only distorts your transmission.
  10. DO NOT turn the volume all the way up. This drains the battery and causes distortion. It also has no effect on outgoing transmission quality.

Team Use

If you are in a group, there will be one channel assigned for communication between you and let’s say your management or control zone officer.

For more than one group, there will be a channel assigned to communicate among group members.

Once you are allocated in a group, you turn on your radio to the corresponding channel and contact your Duty Manager. This is a way to let everyone know that your shift has started and this will also serve as a radio check.

When you have been assigned a radio and channel, stay on that channel unless you coordinate a change with your management.

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