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Broadcaster or 2 Way operator?
Dissertation or Conversation?
Chances are that if
you don't the difference you might not be a good listener as well as
an Orator or Broadcaster, you might be giving a dissertation rather
then communicating. This is what 2 way radio is all about, the
exchange of vocal banter. It in not a Lecture Hall.
We all get a little
long winded from time to time but we should stay on track. Maybe
even try exchanging one Idea at a time and try to keep the questions
limited to one at a time. Answering the question and not going off
to other topics before the return. Remember it is a PTT (Push To
Talk) button not a RTL (Release To Listen) on the microphone.
Some of these
repeaters are home brew and mobile radios with a shorter duty cycle
are used in the development of these machines.
Try and let the
systems drop before responding. I know we all get stuck in the "Back
to Back" key ups when we run a conventional repeater. One that
maybe is an actual manufactured model, with a closer to 100% duty
cycle, where it is good to respond before it drops. Some of these
have longer tails and are intended to to "Keep it up". Now with the
linking of many machines using VoIP it takes a few seconds for all
to reset timers. In most cases on the Club member machines there can
be several links as well as repeaters connected. You will hear them
ID sometimes even over the Echolink. Many machines read aloud, using
text to speech, any text that is typed in the IM box, announce
connects/disconnects and they may even tie up the repeater for
several seconds after you think the system has been reset. IT MAY
SEEM LIKE ALL MACHINES HAVE RESET because you have heard a courtesy
tone, however it could still be talking for several seconds locally.
We all like to have
a good "Rag Chew" or "Wind Up" a few friends on these radios, just
remember when you are using someone else's repeater or system, you
are a guest. It is the "Keeper" or "Owner" that has the financial
responsibility for any repairs. They also are responsible for the
conduct of it's users. So, Play Nice and have fun.