EFFECTIVENESS IN COMMUNICATIONS AT COMMUNITY EVENTS
- HAVE AN EXTRA BATTERY! You
might also carry an empty battery case and enough AA alkaline batteries to fill it. There is
absolutely nothing worse than to travel all the way to an event, where others are
depending on you, only to tell your fellow team members -- as well as event sponsor
AND any other Communicaters --
that you came without being prepared!!!
- MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT! Make
sure your radio is in good operating condition. Small problems such as loose antenna
connections, bad microphones, and intermittent operation can spoil your day. Pay
attention to minor problems during low use before they turn into monsters under high use.
- PROPER HANDHELD OPERATIONS!
Operating your handheld while it hangs former belt is both good and bad. The good
news is by using your speaker-mic, you don't have the constant -- pick it up -- put it
back. There is less wear on your belt, pants, belt clip, etc. The bad news is
when the antenna is next to your body, there is a MAJOR decrease in radio
performance. Best to take the speaker-mic and use it only if you don't need to
talk/listen very far. Also, consider using a headset instead of a speaker-mic.
- USE THE "BEST" ANTENNA!
The decrease in performance has to do with the antenna next to your body. Don't make
matters worse by using a "stubby duck" antenna rather than the specified ones.
- USE THE "RIGHT" POWER!
Keep the radio on low or medium power unless high power is really needed.
- SPEAK SLOWLY AND CLEARLY! By
taking your time, speaking slowly and clearly enough, you'll be understood the first
time. This is mentioned in the RUG Manual, but still the message doesn't get through
all the time ( in both senses! ).
- CHECK THE CHANNEL!! Listen when
you unkey to see if the repeater came up when you thought you were on simplex. Check
radio controls frequently, as accidental changes occur surprisingly often.
- KNOW THE PLAN FOR THE EVENT!
Communications may or may not go through a control. Is simplex to be used when
arriving at , departing from, and communication during the event? Has a special
frequency been assigned to be used during the event? Again, know the plan for the
- ADVISE OTHERS IN ADVANCE! Let
others know your intentions BEFORE YOU ACT. Your other team members are depending on
you to "maintain your post" and keep the communications flowing smoothly and
efficiently. If you have to leave your area or become unavailable for a short time
-- let others know in advance!!
- PROJECT A PROPER IMAGE! Wear
proper Communications identification. This includes grooming and attitude. The event
coordinators depend on us for our professionalism -- not only in our communications -- but
in our demeanor, dress and attitude.
information appeared on Page 7,
Issue No. 9, Jul-Aug-Sep, 1998.