Using Two-Way Services at Michigan Tech

Normal Transmitting

  1. Radios are to be used for business use only! Our systems are licensed in the Industrial/Business Land Mobile Radio Service, and may be monitored at any time.
  2. Operate your radio on the proper channel and make only necessary transmissions. Remember, you are sharing a limited number of radio channels with other Michigan Tech radio users.
  3. Think before you speak. Don't press the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button until you know what you want to say in your transmission.
  4. Hold your radio with the antenna "vertical" for best results.
  5. Before you press the PTT button, listen to the channel to make sure the channel is clear. Don't interfere with traffic in progress.
  6. Hold your radio an inch or two from your mouth and use a normal tone of voice when speaking. Keep your transmissions short, and speak clearly.
  7. Use radio identifiers, not personal names, when talking to another radio. The University's licenses do not authorize personal conversations. When calling another radio, say its identifier first and then your own radio identifier. Example: "B-2 [pause] "B-4" or "B-1, this is B-3"
  8. After you press the PTT button, pause a second or two for speaking. This gives the repeater time to respond to your radio and prevents the first part of your transmission from being cut off. Likewise, do not release the Push-to-Talk button until you have finished speaking. If you are often asked to repeat part of your message, you may be inadvertently cutting off part of your transmission.
  9. Before you finish your conversation, be sure to end with your radio identifier and 'Clear', as in 'B2 Clear'. This lets the person you are talking to know that the conversation is done. it also lets other potential radio users know that the radio is available for a new conversation.

Emergency Transmitting

The campus PS DISPATCH Channel is monitored at all times by the Michigan Tech Department of Public Safety and Police Services (DPSPS). If you are unsure whether to use the PS DISPATCH Channel, ask yourself if you would dial 9-1-1 in the same circumstance.

If you are unable to dial 9-1-1 and need to report an emergency using a radio that IS equipped with the PS DISPATCH Channel:

  • Use the rotary dial on the top of the radio to switch position 2. The text PS DISPATCH will appear in the display. Press the Push-to-Talk button and announce:

    "Dispatch, this is __[your radio identifer]__ , reporting an emergency."

  • The DPSPS dispatcher will answer your call and prompt you for the details of the emergency. Listen to and follow instructions from the dispatcher or other public safety personnel responding to your report.

If you are unable to dial 9-1-1 and need to report an emergency using a radio that IS NOT equipped with the PS DISPATCH Channel:

  • Use the rotary dial on the top of the radio to switch to one of your designated channels. Press the Push-to-Talk button and announce: "Emergency, Emergency, Emergency".

  • Wait for a response from another radio user. If you get no response, try another channel.

  • When you do make contact, state your [radio identifier] and using plain language, give as many details on the emergency as possible, including the exact location of the emergency, making sure to use enough description of the location so it can be easily found by first responders.

Remember the person on the other end of your transmission needs to relay the information to the appropriate authorities. So don't panic, speak slowly and clearly so the details will be understood the first time! Help that person help you get your message through.