I know I’m not the only one!
Not that long ago one of our friends commented that he had noticed that Rebecca and I, or was it mostly me, have adopted a number of VHF radio phrases into our day-to-day vocabulary. I definitely notice a few of the things that I say. For example, instead of saying what, or could you repeat that when I don’t quite hear what someone has said to me, I’ll frequently respond with Say Again. I definitely say Stand By when I want someone to hang on for a minute, and use Negative instead of the word No occasionally. I’m fairly sure I say Roger from time to time too, and perhaps even a few others. Do I know why I do this? Negative, but if you’ll Stand By for a moment, I’ll see if I can come up with a good explanation. 🙂
Radio newbies: Check out the above link to find the meaning of these, and many other important radio words and phrases. Not only does using proper radio speak make communication easier, and limit misunderstandings, it will make you sound less like a newbie to other boaters too!