AUTHORISED VKS-737 USERS
Authorised users are welcome to run a VOICE check of their HF hardware with a base station, during any of our daily skeds (see notes below) regardless of their location. The purpose of the common 'voice' radio check is for users to both practise their radio operation and to ascertain if the communications via their sets are clear and effective.
Selcalls to bases are not allowed during SKED TIME because they cause disruption to the working of the telephone interconnect in use. Even in OFF-SKED TIMES, a selcall will require a phone response from our volunteers, who are only on standby for users needing remote assistance, or for emergencies. There are also STD phone costs to the network.
If you want to selcall a base as a test during OFF-SKED TIMES, we suggest you make prior arrangements with the base staff to ascertain if the exercise will be practically effective.
IN ALL CASES
GUIDE FOR VKS-737 USERS
Should users know that their radio is working well, BUT other family members need to learn to use it, then a call-in for that purpose is appropriate also. As is the case for for radio checks, pick an appropriate sked and time (when traffic volume is low).
The caller should advise that its a training call - the operator can then take a little extra time for the call and assist the caller to the required extent. The main purpose of this exercise is to have the caller gain confidence in the use of their set.
RADIO CHECKS FOR AUTHORISED VKS-737 USERS
Authorised users are welcome to run a VOICE check of their HF hardware with a base station, during any of our daily skeds regardless of their location.
- Check your sked timetable - choose a sked.
- Listen in to the sked.
- Wait until regular traffic lightens off.
- Call in, with:
The operator will provide information in return, as:
"Your signal strength is x out of 5"
"Your clarity is x out of 5"
Both of these values will then be qualified by the operator, comparing them to the normally expected quality of communication factors for someone in your location, at this time (that is, a poor copy might be "normal" for your location, and the base in question).
Users should note that "HF conditions" vary a lot across the nation due to various influences. An experienced operator can indicate what your expectations should be for the distance covered, on the frequency chosen, from your current location, at that time, under the prevailing conditions.