Message Forms

Messages

 

There are different forms that can be used to send and receive messages. The most widely used form used by amateur radio operators is the radiogram. If a message needs to be sent for a served agency, the ICS 213 form will likely be used. The Red Cross has forms they like to use and there are several other forms depending on what organization the amateur radio operator is woirking with. A good way not to get overwhelmed by all the different forms is to think of the forms as message formats.

If you want to tell a friend the following message:

“Everyone is OK. Can you send your backhoe and dump truck? We need to repair the driveway. “

 

If you write a friend a letter and mail it to them using a stamp and envelope, you may use this format to write the letter.
 

John Doe
123 State Street
Mytown, OH 12345
July 25, 2019

Jane Smith
123 Green Street
Friendtown, OH 12345

Dear Jane,

Everyone is OK. Can you send your backhoe and dump truck? We need to repair the driveway.

Best Regards,

John

 

If you are sending an e-mail the message may look like this


To: Jane@email.com
From: John@email.com
Subject: Storm

Jane,
Everyone is OK. Can you send your backhoe and dump truck? We need to repair the driveway.
John

 

In both of these examples, the message is the same. The form of the message is different.  The first one uses the street address and is formatted to use the Postal Service. The second one is formatted to use electronic mail. When reading an e-mail, you would not expect to receive one formatted like a the first example and when getting a letter delivered by the post office, you would not expect it to look like the second example.
Organizations that use organization specific forms expect to receive messages using their preferred format, For example served agencies would expect the message to be on an ICS 213 form. A traffic handler taking traffic on an amateur radio traffic net would be expecting to see a radiogram form, The Red Cross would expect the message to be using their form. If a served agency needs to send a message using a ICS 213 form on a traffic net, the header from a radio gram can be used as the header on the ICS 213 so traffic handlers on the net will know where to send the message and a reply back to it over the National Traffic System.

Messages or Traffic can be sent using different methods over amateur radio. 

  • Digitally using fldigi
  • Voice
  • CW
  • Email using winlink


The next sections will focus on filling out a radiogram form, the ICS213 form and a modified ICS213 form for the National Traffic System.