Basic Communications

21 February 2019, Thursday

Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,

As we have traveled around we have learned a few things as we have each been injured on the trails and we have assisted with others that have been injured and earlier today I was looking at the NATO Phonetic Alphabet after Sweets made a phone call and had to use “Victor” for the V in our last name. Ninety-nine times out of one hundred the V gets mixed up with a B as well as other letters getting mixed up. So today let’s talk about making sure that when you are putting together your first-aid kit whether you are using a full kit with a hard plastic case (which, in the back country is not necessary for me, but we each have our quirks and the luxury items we like to have along) or a few bandages in a plastic bag.

My suggestion is to have an index card with the NATO Phonetic Alphabet on it as it is a good safety item to have in case of an emergency whether you are making a phone call, using a radio or an in-reach device, or you are using a reflective surface. Along with having a basic understanding of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet a basic understanding of CPR and First-Aid are great things to know on the trail. Twisted ankles, cuts, abrasions, broken bones, seizures, concussions, tick bites, blisters, hyperthermia, and hypothermia are all common issues while on the trail and being prepared for them is a wise course of action.

It’s great if you never encounter anything more than blisters, however, being prepared for them is much better. And a good first step is understanding the use of the phonetic alphabet. Now knowing the code for your name makes for an interesting conversation for Campfire TV and know the code for others that you encounter can increase the experience. There is the other point that you can use this code around others that know or don’t know it and that can be fun as well.

So let’s take a look at the code; by using the code below “Sweets” would use “Sierra, Whiskey, Echo, Echo, Tango, Sierra” for her trail name if she needed to communicate it to someone to let them know who she was. Each letter also has a Morse Code equivalent to it as well and Morse Code never goes out of date. Of course if it was an emergency she would be using her full birth name and that would be nineteen letters long, mine is a bit shorter, though not by much. Usually chatting is easy in today’s age with the technology we have available but there are still many instances that require something more basic.

AlfBravo Charlie Delta Echo Foxtrot  Golf Hotel India Juliett Kilo Lima  Mike November Oscar Papa Quebec Romeo Sierra Tango Uniform Victor Whiskey X-ray  Yankee Zulu

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Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets

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