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Fine Tuning Clear Communications

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Fine Tuning Clear Communications

Take a look at the nicknamed communications van. Do we need a designated nomenclature (Name, part numbers, or other terminology)? No, not for the sake of this illustration, we are concentrating on the setup and function of the nicknamed communications van; in addition to the emotional experience with the process.

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Consider for a moment, you are given a traveling assignment to a jungle or desert to establish communications. There is another communications van that is hundreds of miles away from your location. Your task and desire is to secure communications with the vehicle.

You are given these settings:

  • Coordinates Location -Van and Satellite Direction
  • Frequency -Channel(s) to communicate

Your training has given you the knowledge of the equipment and setup. It takes you a few hours to set up generators, grounding rods, and connecting all the necessary equipment together at your designated location.

The next thing you do after running powered on diagnostics with the equipment is to look at the time frame window to establish communication.

Now you proceed to do the following:

  • Send out a strong signal on the designated frequency.
    No voice audible, all you hear is an equipment generated humming sound called tone.

Why is this done? So that the other communications van can pick up the signal. You see, even if the other communications van is having difficulty with its equipment being calibrated, the other operator can keep referencing the steady tone you have turned on without you having to keep yelling, “Can you hear me? Can you hear me?”

* The operator of the other communications van continues to adjusts the dial settings to amplify the signal strength.

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The signal dial measurements of strength can initially be low. Operators of both vans will have a moment of relief for establishing the connection; but they will be sensitive to, and acknowledge, the weak signal is not acceptable according to the measurement dials or the receiver’s ears. However, the signal is strong enough for you to pick up the broadcasting mouthpiece in order to project your voice with the tone still on, at least to the intended communication’s van. In other words, you are talking over the signal.

[Additional Note:The sound effect on you is like when you are studying for an important exam while hearing a phone rang constantly. It makes it hard to concentrate or focus, would you agree?]

“If you can hear me, pick up your mic and fine tune the signal!”

What happens during the fine tuning process?

Sometimes, one or both parties will review the settings given to them. So together, they may talk over the distracting tone for a little while to help one another out.

Questions like these are asked:

  1. Double check the location
  2. What is the direction of your antenna?
  3. Is there an obstacle or storm that is siphoning the signal?
  4. You turn your antenna a few degrees this or that way.
  5. Is there anything else you want me to do to help resolve this?

Once the adjustments are made for an acceptable or strong signal strength, the decision made by both operators in agreement is to “turn off the tone.”

There is always a feeling of elation to make it to this point when the two operators are able to clearly communicate without distractions, No buzzing, or blurred tones. Some today would probably just say, no noise.

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First Operator, “Is my voice sounding clear?”
2nd Operator, “You sound loud and clear.”

Now what’s on the agenda? Each operator will tidy up their environment as they prepare for the needed and regular intervals of communication for themselves and others. Regular diagnostics with the equipment and operators are also part of the schedule. You most likely know that due to the storms, environmental changes, and user errors, the signal strength can be weakened at times. Reestablishing the strength for clear communication is the utmost priority.

Well, with a viable systematic approach in place, the operators can fine tune the communications and keep what they are saying to one another loud and clear.

This is the start of a series

This series will cover how people communicate, what people communicate, why they communicate it; and much, much, more.

  •  This is not a technical series, though technical illustrations will be used at times.
  • This is not an exhaustive digest on communication(s), though according to the analogies and illustrations related in this series, you will see why the named series, is what it is.

The Fine Tuning Clear Communication blog series will encompass facets of reports and story creation with accompanying audio videos that hopefully you will find all sorts of value from stopping by; yes, even experience a smile with your day. It is a finite series that will build on the previous articles with this subject. You may want to subscribe to the POCbooks.com newsletter. See SignUp form in the sidebar.

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