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 19.37 DATE: September 15, 2019
SUBJECT: HOW LONG SHOULD YOU WAIT?
How long does it take you to answer your radio? What happens if have your hands full and can't get to the radio right away, or you are sitting on the throne in the library? Will the person that called give you time to get to the radio and answer them? If the call is important enough, they should hang around awhile just in case you were busy doing something else.
What if you weren't in hearing range of the radio, and someone called you on the telephone to let you know that you were being called? How long do you wait for someone to answer you, or get back to you? Always assume the party you are trying to reach is busy and will get back to you as quick as they can.
Suggestion: Try to estimate how long it would take you to put down your remote control, get up out of your chair, or off the throne, and walk to another room to answer your radio. This should allow enough time. Don't just clear off and leave the frequency, hang around for awhile and give them time to respond. Also, if you are doing the calling, call more than one time. The person being called may not have heard who the call was for or from.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV