Proper Methods of Speaking
Radio communications need to be professional, clear and precise.
1. Verify that your radio equipment is functioning properly by performing a radio check with another radio operator before you get in the field.
2. Except in an emergency, plan your message before you transmit; using the least number of words. Be brief. Be concise.
3. Hold the radio at a 45 degree angle, approximately one to three inches from the lips and slightly to the side. This eliminates “blowing” into the mouth piece.
4. Always listen first to be sure that the channel is clear before transmitting.
5. Press the microphone button firmly, wait a few seconds, and then begin speaking.
6. Speak clearly and distinctly.
7. Signal quality is affected my talking too loudly, too fast, and also by being too close or too far from the mic. Do not
shout or become exited. It is essential that your voice remain a constant volume that does not trail off. Do not mumble.
8. Do not transmit when advised to standby.
9. Note: Being asked to repeat constantly indicates that you may not be using the microphone correctly.