Always use your full callsign (e.g. "G5ABC", not
"ABC"). Essex Raynet tends not to use tactical
callsigns, however, they do creep in sometimes.
If you use a tactical callsign, you must also
give your own callsign in every 15 minutes.
Messages should be allocated precedence, either by you or the
member of the user service asking you to pass
Immediate is the highest precedence of all,
and should only be used for messages where
life is immediately at risk.
which is used where a message is urgent, but
not of life or death urgency. An injured
person will usually be PRIORITY, unless the
injury is minor (but remember, telling
Control you need an ambulance is urgent,
telling Control the ambulance has arrived
Routine is used for other non-urgent messages
relating to the event or operation which the
group are participating in. In the examples
above, a message that the ambulance had
arrived, and was dealing with your patient,
would be routine.
The rules of the amateur licence do not permit
the use of secret codes when passing messages,
but remember that anyone can listen to our
frequencies and use tact, especially if passing
information about injured people:
Initially, pass minimal information:
If requesting an ambulance, for example, the
only information needed is age and sex of
the patient, your location and a rough
description of the problem. If Control
require any further information, they'll ask
Never use a 'real name' on air if there is any alternative:
At an event, participants/competitors are
identified by numbers, use that instead. If
no number is available (for example, a
member of the public watching an event), ask
yourself whether they need to be identified
on air anyway.
Raynet members must never pass on any
details regarding incidents, injuries,
or anything else to the press or public:
If you receive an enquiry, advise the person
asking to contact the press officer of the
all radio traffic.
interrupt unless you have relevant traffic, or
more urgent traffic.
information regarding operating procedures can
be obtained from the Essex Raynet