The Traffic Handler's Quiz


~A Traffic Handling Quiz ~

1-Third party written message traffic is:
Short written messages between people who are not ham radio operators.
An order for tractor parts from a farm equipment dealer.
c) Dog team arrival and departure times at a race checkpoint.
d) Asking net control to send another case of drinking water to your checkpoint.

2- Press (Media News reports) traffic is normally allowed on amateur circuits.
a) True
b) False

3- If you engage in third party traffic work, you should be committed to:
Accepting originated traffic correctly from the sender.
Using proper form in transmitting the traffic on radio circuits.
Making legible, accurate copy when receiving and ensuring prompt delivery as required.
All of the above are correct.

4- Standard message format is used because it helps messages flow in an orderly manner from origination to destination.

5- ARL Numbered Text messages are used to:
Avoid using CW to handle traffic.
Order spare parts from a supplier.
c) Conceal the meaning of a message.
d) Reduce commonly used texts to fewer words and shorten transmission time.
e) All the above.

6- Which of the following statements are true regarding emergency traffic?
a) It is extremely rare, occurring only in extreme life-threatening situations.
b) The precedence "EMERGENCY" is always spelled out in full, when sending and copying the message preamble.
c) It is always handled before message traffic with any other precedence.
d) a, b and c above.

7- List the four parts of a written third party message.

8- Why does a message carry a number?
a) Its nice to do it that way
b) It helps trace and service a message if necessary
c) It makes your monthly station activity report look good
d) It tells how many messages you handled this month
e)All the above

9- List the four types of precedence used for amateur message traffic.

10- What is the "HX" code in the message preamble used for?
a) It adds to the word count in the message.
b) It tells you where the message came from.
c) It gives operators instructions for relaying or handling the delivery of a message. 
d) It confirms the check.

11- What is the "Station of Origin" of the message?
a)The place where the message originated.
b)A ham station that relayed the message.
c) The call sign of the first amateur station to put the message on a circuit.
d) The destination station for the message.

12- What is the check of a message?
a) The count of figures in the message body.
b) The count of words or groups in the text part of the message. 
c) The results of a spell-check on the message.
d) You ask the station you are receiving from to repeat.

13- The "Place of Origin" in a message preamble is always the same place as the originating station's location.
a) True
b) False

14- What time zone is proper for recording the filing time of a message?
a) Local time.
b)Eastern Standard Time.
c) UTC or "Universal Time" also known as "ZULU" time.
d)The time shown on your station clock.

15- Both the time filed and date filed are required on every message.
a) True
b) False

16- Every message originated should have the date on it?
a) True
b) False

17- The "ADDRESS" part of messages should contain what four items? 

18- State one reason a complete address is very important on formal messages.

19- Why might you want to contact the sender of a message at some time after the message has been sent?

20- What is the generally accepted limit on words for the text of a radio
message?  And why?

21- When copying an incoming message how many words usually go on each line in the text?
a)- Twenty
b)- Five
c)- Fifteen
d)- Doesn't matter

22- How does copying a certain number of words to a line help you with the message?
a)You can read the message more easily.
b)You can count the number of lines plus words of a partial line and get the check quickly.
c)It fills up the message blank better.
d)It doesn't help at all.

23- You copy a message down, and notice that the number of words in the text is different than the "check" number in the preamble. What do you do?
a) Acknowledge the message as received correctly.
b) Tell the sending operator "QSL" when on SSB.
c) Ask the sending operator to verify the check because your word count does not agree, and resolve the discrepancy before continuing on.
d) Change the check numbers and deliver the message because you are sure you got it right.

24- What is the "signature" of the message for?
a) It tells you what state the message came from.
b) It adds to the word count of the message.
c) It tells the recipient who sent the message.
d) The signature is not important.

25- If you are sending a message to another operator on SSB, what should you be careful to do?
a) Read the message rapidly so as to get done quickly.
b)Use your own version of cute phonetics for unusual words.
c)Dictate slowly, enunciate each word clearly, underline each word on your copy as you speak it to allow the receiving operator to copy accurately and avoid missing or duplicating words.
d) Ask the receiving operator if he is "QRV".

26- If you have to resort to that old reliable mode, CW,  to send your message traffic. What is most important in your transmission?
a)Send the message at 40 wpm to get it over with quickly.
b)Increase your transmitter power.
c) Use a straight key.
d)Send at a speed the receiving operator can accurately copy.

27- You have a string of messages to send to another operator. How do you indicate on SSB that you have more after the first one?
a)Say "More". 
b)Say "QTC 5".
c)Don't say anything.
d)Click your mike several times.

28- You have finished sending a string of messages on CW. How do you tell the distant operator you have no more to send?
a) Send the words "no more".
b) Send the signal "N" 
c) Wish the operator a good day.
d) Send NNNN.

29- Net control sends you and another station off net frequency to pass traffic. The other station has traffic for you. Which station calls the other?
a) The station with the traffic to send calls the station receiving.
b)Both stations go to the assigned frequency and call "CQ"
c)The station to receive calls the station with the
traffic on hand.
d) You use "split" and call the other station before he calls you.

30- How do you properly acknowledge receipt of a message on SSB?
a) Say "I got it all OK".
b) Say "QSL" 
c) Say "Roger".
d) Give your call sign.

31- On CW, how do you tell the distant operator that you are ready to copy his traffic?
a) Send "QRV" 
b)Send "KKK"
c) Send "dit-dit"
d) Send "RST 599 Ready To Receive"

32- What important information should you put on your copy of a message received?
a) Your initials.
b) Your call sign.
c) The time received, station received from and frequency or net name.
d) The the distant operators name.

33- You receive a message on a late-night net for someone in your local area. The message is fairly routine, and not of an urgent nature. How would you go about delivering it?
a) Phone the addressee immediately, get them out of bed and read it to them right away.
b) Type the message on a formal message blank or neatly on a half sheet of paper, put it in a stamped envelope and drop it in the mail.
c) FAX your "working copy" to them on their fax machine.
d) Wait until the following day during a reasonable hour then attempt to deliver by phone.  If unsuccessful, type it on a message blank and mail it as in "b" above, or hand carry it to the recipient.

34- What do you do if you cannot deliver a message you have received for some good reason (bad address, unknown, deceased, etc)?
a) Throw the message away, it doesn't matter anyway.
b) File the message as undelivered.
c) Send a "service message" to the originating station stating why the message could not be delivered, and ask for further instructions.
d) Both b and c above.

35 - You have no printed message blanks available, and you are working at or near a disaster shelter or evacuation center. Some people want to send messages out to their families to let them know they are okay. There is a radio operator working a traffic net available. How do you help these people?
a) Ignore them, you can't do anything to help.
b) Find some plain blank paper (school tablets, typing paper, etc) and cut it into half sheets, then have them write their messages. Help them put the message in proper form and limit the word count to 25 or less.
c) Refer them to the Red Cross officials running the shelter.
d) Charge them a quarter each to take down their messages for sending.

36 - In the scenario above, you elect to help the people write their messages. What things are important to get written down on the half sheet of paper?
a) Who the message goes to (a name).
b) Where the message should be sent (complete address, zip code, and telephone number if known).
c)What the person wants to say (25 words or less).
d)Who is sending the message ( a person's signature, and a local contact number or address, location, etc. for that person).
e) All of the above.

37- What should the radio operator do with a formal message once it has been sent?
a)Write down the time sent, station call sign sent to, and frequency.
b)Throw the message away.
c) File the message as "sent" and retain the original or a copy of it.
d)Give it back to the sender as a souvenir.
e)a and c above.

38 - What can you do to make sure your message handling skills are up to date?
a) Get on a traffic net and actually handle some formal written traffic as often as possible.
b)Practice copying messages on the air when others are engaged in passing traffic.
c)Bring written traffic to a CW net, and send it to hone your CW skills.  (So you can do it on CW if you need is fun)
d)none of the above.
e) a, b and c above.

39 - The filing time in the message preamble (when used) is:
a) The time the message is transmitted.
b) The time the message is filed after it has been sent.
c) The time the message is written by the originator.
d) The time the contacts of your key are cleaned.

40 - Where can you find material about amateur message handling?
a)The ARRL Web pages on the Internet.
b The public library.
c)The post office.
d) Joe's Bar downtown.

(NOTE: For this question, if youre not an old timer, you may need to ask one.) 
If a CW operator begins his transmission to you with the signal "HR MSG", what does this mean?

a) "Here is a message".
b) Get your pencil and a message blank ready, you need to copy this.
c) You can listen to the transmission and write it down later.
d) Health Routine message is about to be sent you can't read CW so you don't care.

Did you learn anything from this quiz?
a) Yes
b) No

a) Yes


(for the faint hearted)

2003 Lake Trump

updated: 25 Dec 2012