P222: Voice Operator Practice Workshop
To help each other keep our on-air and at-station skills fresh without pressure (brevity, tone, pace, clarity, and logging).
Format: 75 minute tabletop exercise, groups of 5
Build your “muscle memory” for core radio and control operator skills.
To smoothly and accurately shuttle messages between specific remote ESS or DSA sites and the EOC, VECTOR needs operators to feel comfortable with common wording, procedures, and protocols. We must also be able to confidently, smoothly, and accurately transfer messages by voice, while also sending complex messages on amateur radio data systems.
Every protocol described in this practice represents realistic conditions for VECTOR.
Expect a casual, supportive atmosphere with room to pause and ask questions. Locations include local public libraries, local community centres, City Hall, E-COMM, and Zoom. Session also suitable for radio practice.
- signing in on task registration form or City sign-in sheet
- maintaining your position log
- maintaining your message logs while messages are coming in
- activation net
- message exchange
- message recording
- channel hopping
- interrupting flow
- standing down
Prepare at home
Bring two radiograms with messages between 5 and 10 words long to add to the practice set (humourous or scenario-based messages collected from previous sessions). Good messages at least have (further tips below):
- key address and signature fields
- fun or probable message
Read the guide
Use the call signs for the sites on the VECTOR map
We have a “hard” set and an “easy” set, hard messages are long or complex
5 words is enough per message during practice
some have used music, movies, TV, limericks, jokes and more as inspiration
PERCS blank form helps when composing your message (PERCS)