Avoiding Errors in Your Radio Communication

radio communicationThe Other day I wrote a blog on   Using the 24-Hour Clock, Converting Civilian time to Military Time.  Now this is really useful if you are communicating by radio, it can save a lot of confusion.  A friend of mine sent the following information to help you with your radio communication.  He included some other suggestion in addition to the ones on time.  So here are his comments.

“It is helpful also to know how to “voice” these figures over the radio, as doing so in a standardized manner is an aid to clear communications when reception is less than ideal.

When replying to a request for a “radio check”, use plain language:

LOUD AND CLEAR means, Excellent copy with no noise
GOOD READABLE means, Good copy, with slight noise
FAIR READABLE means, OCCASIONAL FILLS are needed
WEAK READABLE means, FREQUENT FILLS are needed
WEAK UNREADABLE means, RELAY REQUIRED.

Voicing 24-Hour Time Examples:

12:45 a.m. zero zero four five hours
12:00 noon one two zero zero hours
11:45 p.m. two three four five hours
12:00 midnight two four zero zero hours
1:30 a.m. zero one three zero hours

Voicing number groups, examples:

10 becomes one zero
75 becomes seven five
100 becomes one zero zero
5800 becomes five eight zero zero
11000 becomes one one thousand
121.5 MHz becomes one two one decimal five Megahertz
$0.75 becomes currency, seven five cents
$17.25 becomes dollars, one seven decimal two five”

I know that he has had lots of radio communication experience and he knows what he is talking about.  In my own experience, I have seen serious errors in communications occur on the radio.  If you are in any doubt, always repeat the information.  Also, you may want to take the time to learn the phonetic alphabet.  In the future, I will write a post on it.

Howard

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One Response to Avoiding Errors in Your Radio Communication

  1. tmm says:

    You left out 9 = “niner”
    Too easy to confuse 5 and 9 otherwise…

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