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    Radio etiquette

    Over the past few days I have noticed RTO being enforced more strictly, which is great. I feel a point where some people are lacking is radio etiquette and procedures. I will briefly go over some points and one example in this. Radio Etiquette. In reality, in most cases when using a two way radio, you can not talk and listen at the same time like you can with a mobile phone, it is simply transmitting or receiving. Make sure not to talk over anyone as this causes confusion and further complicates situations. Bearing in mind that a dispatchers only information is the things they're hearing through the radio, if you've got 5 people telling you different things, it's going to get difficult. Never interrupt a radio conversation unless it is an emergency. Wait until the conversation is over before starting another radio call. Do not respond if the call is not for you. Always wait for your callsign to be said before responding to a radio call. If you think your callsign was mentioned but you are not quite sure, wait for the caller to say it again. Always make sure to think before you speak, the key to radio transmissions is to get your message across as quickly and efficiently as possible. Make sure to listen before transmitting, that way you can be sure you are not going to interrupt a radio call or emergency situation. If dispatch or superior engages a Signal 100 or emergency radio traffic rule, only emergency radio traffic should be transmitted. Any other traffic should be taken to another channel. Make sure all communications are done in a Clear and Calm way. Examples; Plate check; “P-90 to P-00 Direct P-90, P-00 send traffic P-00, P-90 available for plate check? P-90 this is P-00 affirm. P-00, P-90 Plate check on 46JEK628 P-90 standby P-90 Standing by” From this point the airways are clear until P-00 engages contact again. This would be done similarly to how the traffic first started. “P-00 to P-90 P-00, P-90 go P-90 information comes back…” ------------------------------ Changing channel; “P-90 to P-00 Direct, P-90, P-00 send, P-00 switch to channel x, P-90 switching to channel x.” Switch to the channel specified and wait for the person to reply to you. “P-90 this is P-00, send your message….” Words like 'this is’ or 'send your traffic’ can be shortened or sometimes even missed out. As long as your radio traffic makes sense, even so much so a 3 year old could know what you're talking about, you're doing part of your job right. I could go on for longer but most of radio communication is quite similar. I hope this is useful in anyway shape or form. Stick to proper radio etiquette and everything will be much more efficient! A radio is your friend and a lifesaver!
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