December 20, 2013

FCC Technician Exam Question Of The Day (T2C08)

Q) What is usually considered to be the most important job of an amateur operator when handling emergency traffic messages?

A) Passing messages exactly as written, spoken or as received

NJ2X Notes:
Message traffic can be form or information.  Formal traffic messages consist of four parts: preamble, address, text, signature.  The ARRL provides a radiogram form as an aid for capturing a message.

Parts of a formatted message:
1. Preamble:

  1. Message Number
  2. Precedence
  3. Handling Instructions
  4. Station of Origin
  5. Check
  6. Place of Origin
  7. Time Filed
  8. Date Filed
2. Addressee:
  1. Full name (If Ham operator - call sign)
  2. Street Address - House number and street
  3. City, State/Province, and Zip/Postal Code
  4. Telephone number with area code
4. First Break
5. Body of the message
Should not exceed twenty-five (25) words by convention.
6. Second Break
7. Signature - Of the party originating the message. Should contain address and phone number of the sender if reply requested.