TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 18.41 DATE: October 14, 2018
SUBJECT: IDENTIFY WHERE YOU'RE CALLING
Do you monitor more than one frequency at a time? If you have a scanner, or a transceiver that is capable of scanning more than a couple of frequencies, how many times have you heard someone making a call, but don't know what frequency or repeater they are calling on.
Wouldn't it be nice to know what frequency or repeater they are on so you could go back to them? If it's someone you would like answer, or just to talk to, you would know where to find them. If you don't know for sure what frequency or repeater they are on, you may have to try several ones. The problem with trying several ones is the time that it takes.
If you call them on the frequency you think they are on, how long should you stay on there waiting? They may have moved to another frequency or repeater, or it may just take them a short period of time to answer. If they don't answer right away, you may have to move to another frequency or repeater and try again.
The next time you call for someone, let the world know what frequency or repeater you're on. If the person you are calling doesn't answer right away, hang around a little bit and let them have time to get to the radio, change the channel, and answer you. If they don't answer, maybe someone else will want to talk to you.
If you don't get an answer from anyone, and you're going to move to another frequency or repeater, let the world know where you're going. You don't want to play frequency tag.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV