Receiving Voice Traffic

How to Answer

In "Sending Traffic by Voice," we considered what the sending station says when checking in to a net, listing and passing traffic. So what happens if you can handle the traffic listed for Somewhere?

The first statement you will say can be when you check in or after the NCS asks who can handle traffic for Somewhere, Wisconsin. You give your call followed by, "I can take Somewhere." The NCS will give you instructions -- either to handle the traffic on frequency or to move. For example, the NCS might say, "K9LGU, call N9BDL and pick up one Somewhere." You will call the station with the traffic on net frequency, check the copy if necessary, tell him to go ahead and begin to copy the message.

If the NCS says, "K9LGU, call N9BDL and arrange," you (the receiving station) suggest a frequency and move. You know best where you have a TV birdie or how badly the splatter down the band is affecting your reception. You pick the spot, ask if the frequency is in use, and call the station with the traffic.

Chances are, the sending station will break often during the sending of the message, so you can interrupt and ask for clarification or repeats. If not, when the sending station completes the message and stands by, you can ask for fills. There are some easy ways to do it. You might just say, "Please repeat the message number," or "Please confirm the phone number as 920-563-2439." If you're uncertain about the spelling, you might ask "Please spell phonetically the word after…"

The prowords included on the famous pink card, ARRL Operating Aid FSD-218, can be very helpful. Some of them are, "All after…, All before…, Break (the separation between addressee and the text or the text and the signature), Confirm…, Say again…"

Sometimes a sending operator tends to speak a little too fast for the neophyte receiver. If the sender writes out the message as he sends it, this is less likely. The request, "Please speak slower," is always honored.

When you are certain you have copied the message correctly, just say "Roger" and your call. You DO NOT need to repeat the text to the sender. If you’re off net frequency, return to the net and tell the NCS you received one. The NCS will thank you, as do we all. The idea is to get the message through accurately, and you did. 73 – K9LGU/STM Wisconsin