Sunday, August 27, 2017

Recent Message Traffic Training in Riverside

Yesterday, I went out to Riverside CA (1 hr + drive each way in freeway traffic) to teach my message traffic handling class, otherwise known as Radio Amateur's TFC School.  Most attendees were hams who volunteer their to to either ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) or the American Red Cross.  They may not be using actual radiogram format in their drills or disaster responses, but I claim that the skills learned as a traffic handler are widely useful, especially if you end up being Net Control station on a net.

One story was recounted by one of the organizers.  Back in 1989, when the San Francisco Bay area was hit by the Mw 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake, the narrator explained that he was worried about a close relative who lived in the epicentral area.  Phone calls were not going through.  Not too long after his failure to communicate, however, he got a call from an out-of-state relative, claiming that the SF relative "was fine," and they knew this because he had "stood in line" to send a radiogram.

This is exactly how the out-of-state contact concept is supposed to work.  It may or may not be a radiogram.  These days it might be just that one cell phone call you can get through at the time.  Either way, you should have a contact whose info you have with you, who can inform the rest of your extended family.

We all took the opportunity to congratulate Grant Gemel KK6AHZ, who was appointed the ARRL Orange Section Traffic Manager (STM) only the day before.

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