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Posted By: Walt Mathers on: 08/31/2019 20:09:46 EDT
Subject: Mistakes - Everyone Makes Them

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Paul,

Thanks for your question. It is a good one!

Mistakes? It all depends on who is making the mistake, the sender or the receiver.

If it is the receiver, as the code is being dis-ciphered, underline the number combination and move on to complete the message. Come back to it later once the message is complete.

If it is the sender who knows he is offering the wrong combination, the flagman will, upon hearing the command, "Error!" place the flag over his head with the flag staff horizontal or parallel to the ground. The flag will drape toward the ground (except in higher winds).

Once displayed, in such a manner, it should be kept in this position until the flagman attached to the receiving party likewise brings his flag into the same position.

Once seen, by the party chief of the sending sette, the command of "Come to the Ready!" is again called to his flagman, whereupon the flag is brought to the upright or first position. The number combinations can resume beginning with the corrected combination.

It ought to be noted that flagmen are admonished not to begin waving attention as soon as they may see another party attempting to open communication with his station.

Instead, whomever of a party may see an operator calling his station, he is to point in the direction that he sees a waving flag and call out "Incoming Signals!"

Once the party chief is satisfied that pencil and book are poised in the recorder's hands, he will then call his flagman to "Come to the Ready... Signal For Attention!"

Once the sending party brings their flag to the ready from the horizontal position, the receiving chief will call, "Cease Signalling... Flag Down!" Whereupon his flagman brings his flag staff to his side, furling the flag if any chance of there being a wind so as to obscure the reader's line of sight.

All are to remain silent on a signal station during the receiving of a transmission, excepting the individual calling out the combinations.

The person designated to 'take down' the combinations must look to his book and not gaze about him. If beginning a new page in the signal message book, skip a line and begin writing the groups of combinations in tight form (not spread out across the page as paper is highly sought after).

The person calling out the combinations ought to stand directly behind the recorder so as to be at the recorder's ear. Conversely he is to stand directly behind his flagman when transmitting.

When reading and calling out the combinations to the recorder, there will be from one to five digits. WAIT until at least the third digit is read so that the entire combination can be called in a signal burst, as in "1121", not One.... two-two... one. A proficient signalist ought never to resort to saying the word "Pause". Say the combination in one burst in a commanding voice.

When the recorder hears the burst of digits called off, as one combination, he immediately writes down the entire combination placing a period mark immediately thereafter.

When the end of each subsequent line of text is reached, the recorder will skip a line and pick up the left-to-right recording of digits.

A message is never complete until "Three-Three-Three" is offered. Such a premature conclusion has been the bane of many a new and embarrassed signal-man.

Should a message seem as if to be totally incomprehensible the first thing to be checked is to reverse the numerals comprising each combination. The message may have been transposed during transmission.

Always remember that when a party takes to the field the party chief ALWAYS directs the members of his party in their duties unless command is devolved to another individual.

Once the receiving party breaks out the message, the customary "11.11.11.3.3.3." is given. Should there be a message waiting to go back to the party who had just sent the message, "11.11.11.3." will be given. This combination means "Msg Recd & Undrstd.. I Hv 4 U!"

It is extremely importation, when communicating on the re-created field to insure that the two remaining "threes" come across prior to allowing a party to "Stand At Ease!"

Every participant should have an understanding that a signal party taking the field stands in as being similar to being officers on the bridge of a ship.

If you make it real for your day camp attendees they will gain an understanding they would have never expected.

Don't forget to introduce them to the homographic code and let them try the code out using their blinking eyelids or rapping out a message on a cracker box devoid of army bread.

Hope that helps explains a few things somewhat... Have Fun -- "5-5-5"

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