Ten Two Way Radio Communication Etiquette for Efficient and Effective Communications

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In order to make your experience with radio communication well worth the while, you ought to know that certain guidelines which are observed while communicating via two-way radio. To make radio communication go more smoothly, over the years certain rules and proper etiquette, have been set to make radio communication go efficiently. . Here are the ten basic rules you really need to follow when using two way radios while hunting or camping or using it for any other form recreation or during emergencies.


  1. Clarity, Simplicity and Be Concise: Two-way radio is made to send and receive important messages and isn’t designed for idle chit-chat. Be clear about what you have to say and keep it as basic and as brief as you possibly can. Speak slowly, clearly and in your normal voice, without shouting or yelling.The International Radio Language is English. You could only speak in a foreign language if you are licensed to do so.The message need to be simple and concise, try to prevent long messages. If it happens to be too long, divide it into short messages so the listening party would understand.
  2. Wait for the conversation to finish: Tend not to interrupt the person talking unless in emergency situations and wait for the other party to finish what they are trying to say.Warn the other party if you have any emergency message to convey to them.
  3. Wait until you hear your call sign before you respond: Do not reciprocate the call unless you hear the call sign that tells you to answer or  it clearly states who you wish to speak with and who you are who’s speaking.
  4. Do Not Transmit Confidential, Financial, Military or Sensitive Information:Never relay military or any confidential personal information unless you are certain that the conversation is secured.It is a good practice not share any confidential information over two way radios.
  5. Do maintenance check ups on your radios: Always make sure that two way radio that you are using is in good condition and the radio is within range. Check the batteries if it is fully charged and the power is on. Maintain your volume on a optimum setting to hear calls.Carry addition  AA batteries if it is supported by the radio.
  6. Make Sure You Have other party’s  Attention:Common radio etiquette requires that you acknowledge if somebody contacts you, either with “Go Ahead” (when you’re ready to listen) or “Stand By” (you know they’re calling but you need a minute to be available).
  7. Transmitting Long Radio Messages:If you’ve got a long message to send out, you can easily divide it into sections and say “break,” waiting a few seconds before communicating the second part, and then continuing in that way. Saying “break in between individual points or instructions and then waiting a few seconds permits the other person to ask a question or comment if necessary.
  8. Avoid Saying simple Yes, No, Uh-huh and No and things like that:In the interest of absolute clarity, use the words “Affirmative” and “Negative” instead of words that may be misheard or misinterpreted.
  9. Things to remember: Count to two then talk.(Don’t count to two out loud).Speak clear,Turn out of the wind,Speak loud but do not yell,Do not use 10 code.
  10. How to Terminate a Call: When you are done with your transmission, say “over and out.” This should end the communication with no further speaking by anyone.

Now that we have covered ways on how one can properly use the two-way radios, it’s simple to see and understand how to maintain the manners and follow the two way radio Etiquette for Efficient and Effective Communications.

Commonly used Two-Way Radio Language:

  • Radio Check – Check on signal strength. Can you hear me now?
  • Read you loud and clear – Responding to “Radio Check.” Transmission Signal is strong.
  • Go Ahead – Resume the transmission.
  • Roger or Ten Four – Message is received and understood.
  • Wilco – This means “I will comply.”
  • Affirmative – Yes.
  • Stand By – Acknowledges transmission, unable to respond.
  • Say Again – Re-transmit your message.
  • Negative – No.
  • Come in – Asking other party to acknowledge that they hear you.
  • Copy – Indicates that you understand what was just said.
  • Over – Transmission finished.
  • Out – Communication is over; channel is available.
  • Break, Break, Break – To interrupt a communication because of an emergency.