1. NUMBER - Station of Origin's
message serial number, starting each year with 1 and counting up.
3. HX (Handling Instructions) - if
Emergency [EMERGENCY] Spell out in full
(Life or death). Handle as quickly as possible.
Priority [P] - (Urgent). Handle after
Welfare [W] - Inquiry or report as to
health or welfare of an individual in the disaster area.
Routine [R] - (All other messages).
HXA followed by a number -
Collect telephone delivery authorized by addressee within ___ miles. e.g.
HXB followed by a number -
Cancel if not delivered within ___ hours of filing, and advise the originating
station. e.g. HXB36
HXC - Report time and date
of delivery to originating station.
HXD - Report to originating
station identity of station from which received plus date and time. Report
identity of station to which relayed plus date and time. Report identify
of station to which relayed, plus date and time, or if delivered report
date, time and method of delivery.
HXE - Delivering station to
get reply from addressee, and originate message back to station of origin.
HXF followed by a number -
Hold delivery until ___ (insert date). e.g. HXF21
HXG - Delivery by mail or
toll call not required. If toll or other expense involved, cancel and advise
4. STATION OF ORIGIN - This
is the station that first wrote the message.
5. CHECK - Actual number of
words, number of character groups and separators (X) in TEXT. See Item
11. Relay operator can correct your count by adding a corrected count.
6. PLACE OF ORIGIN - This
is the actual place where the message started from, not necessarily the
location of the Station of Origin. For example if you originate a message
for a person in a town that is not your own, use the person's own town.
Otherwise, use your own location.
7. TIME FILED - Time the message
was written. Not necessary for Routine traffic but should be used for Emergency
or Priority traffic. Time should be UTC, not local time.
8. DATE - Date the message
was written. Date should be correct for UTC time.
9. TO - Get complete info
from person for whom you are sending the message. Name, and complete address
are necessary to get the message to the right person as quickly as possible.
10. TELEPHONE NUMBER - If
possible a number including area code should be included.
11. TEXT - The text is what
the sender wants to tell the addressee, and should sound like a telegram
- clear and concise and written so the meaning cannot be misconstrued.
Text should be limited to 25 words and be NON-COMMERCIAL in nature. Phone
numbers are broken into area code, exchange and number and are counted
as three words. Periods are noted as X (X-Ray) and there is no X at the
end of text. Each separator or X (X-ray) counts as 1 word. Closings such
as “Love” and “Best Regards” are counted as words of text. When sending,
a “Break” precedes and follows the text. These simplified procedures omit
usage of standardized ARL numbered radiograms, the handling of book messages,
and other less frequently seen message requirements.
12. SIGNATURE - The signature
identifies the person sending the message. Additional identifying information
may be added to the signature. Not counted in word count.
Above based on an initial compilation
by Jean Whitcomb - VA3FW