The Importance of Messages
FAQ # 207 Are the messages we hear on our nets important? Sure they are. Some might question the value of the messages we relay. It seems to them that the information we transfer isn't of high importance, so why do we bother? Couldn't we just call the recipient with our cell phone? Well, that's the point. We do it for the times that the cell phone isn't working.
When we pass someone and say, "Hello," "Good Morning," or "Hot enough for you?" we aren't really exchanging information - but it is important to say those greetings to recognize the other person, to be polite, to test the system.
Before any significant, sizeable meeting -- such as a national political convention, a large congregation's church service, or a sold-out rock concert -- some sound technician walks up to a microphone and says something like, "Testing. One, two, three. . ." (Or "Czech one, two, three" or "Norwegian, one, two, three" but I digress.) Those words certainly don't carry important information, but it is extremely important that they be said. If they're not, how will the technician know if the system is functioning properly? So it is with our nets. We run them to exercise the system - including our equipment, our knowledge, and our skills.
Exercises such as the Simulated Emergency Test, Field Day, a public service event, or daily traffic nets are valuable because of the training they provide. When we test equipment, procedures or ourselves, it makes us a better team for doing what we do.
Is the content of all of our the messages of high importance? Sometimes, maybe not. Is it important that we use those messages for practice? Always. 73 -- K9LGU/STM
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