Aside from some of the "techno-syncracies" inherent in amateur vernacular, please use plain conversational English. The kind of English that would be suitable for prime-time television, not R rated movies. Avoid starting or encouraging conflicts on the air. If a topic of conversation starts to draw strong debate, change the subject. Avoid "radio-ese" lingo whenever possible. CB has its own language style and so does Amateur Radio, but the two are not the same. Amateurs have "Names", not "Personals Handles". Although many new hams have graduated from the CB ranks, let's try to keep the CB lingo off the amateur bands. When visiting a new repeater, take some time to monitor before jumping in to get a feel for the type of traffic and operating mannerisms of that particular system. Some repeaters are very free-wheeling in that there are people jumping in and out of conversations constantly. Others primarily have directed calls on them and discourage ragchewing. Others are member-exclusive repeaters. Listen before you talk and "When in Rome do as the Romans do".

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Posted on MAY 01, 2015