HOW CAN I AVOID SOUNDING LIKE AN AMATEUR WHEN TALKING ON THE VHF RADIO?
Here’s how to sound like a pro when communicating via VHF radio:
BE BRIEF Keep your messages short and to the point. Long-winded, aimless chatter is the sign of an inexperienced radio operator.
LEARN TO LISTEN Nothing is more amateurish than to start talking on a channel where a conversation is already in progress. Avoid stepping on others.
DON’T SHOUT When talking on the radio, many shout into the microphone, thinking it helps to get their message through. This actually has the opposite effect and can distort your transmission. Pros speak clearly with a slightly elevated voice.
REMEMBER RSVP Rhythm — maintain a natural speaking rhythm. Speed — speak slightly slower than in normal conversations. Volume — speak at the same level as you would on the phone. Pitch — talk at a slightly higher pitch than normal.
Listen to the radio procedures of professional radio users such as the U.S. Coast Guard, harbor patrol and commercial marine channels, and mimic their communications style. —Ken Englert