Knowledge base Radios Walkie-talkie exercise for emergency response

Walkie-talkie exercise for emergency response



A walkie-talkie is in most cases equipped with 2 rotary knobs. Sometimes these are designed in the form of buttons on the front. The main functions are the volume switch and the channel switch. The volume switch is usually off first and then the volume goes from 0 to 100. The channel switch usually has 16 channels. In some cases only 3 or 6 channels are programmed. There is a large key on the left. We call this the PTT (push to talk) button. Pressing the key causes your call to be broadcast. Only one person can speak at a time. When speaking, you should pay attention to the following points:


        • Always wait 1 second after pressing the PTT key. The line must be built. If you start right away, the beginning of the conversation is dropped.
        • After speaking, close with the word 'about'.
        • When you end the entire conversation, say 'over and close'.


Radios with equal programming can only communicate with each other if they are both on the same channel.


Use of the battery and charger


Most walkie-talkie batteries last about 300 charges. It is recommended to only charge the walkie-talkie when the battery is empty. Do you always want to be sure it is full? Then place a timer between the power supply of the charger. If the walkie-talkie is off all week, it is usually more than enough to charge it for 2 hours every week.

Oefening 1



Hide an object somewhere in the building.


The exercise


This exercise is based on 3 participants. Two participants are the guide, 1 participant is the scout. The participants are all given a walkie-talkie and together they have to find the previously hidden object. The two guides will receive a map indicating where the object is located and will both sit in a separate room. The scout is instructed (in turn) by the guides on how to walk to get to the object. Names of rooms or departments are not allowed. Only instructions such as 'left at the end of the corridor' or 'stairs to the 2nd floor' are allowed. The guides may ask the scout once (per turn) what he or she sees. The scout may only describe what the location looks like.




because the guides are not in the same room, they have to listen carefully to each other to determine which route to follow. By also requesting information from the scout, it must be determined where the scout is located. The aim of this exercise is to be able to communicate briefly and concisely and to listen carefully to information on the channel.

Oefening 2



Buy simple Lego object.


The exercise


This exercise is based on 4 participants. The participants are placed in pairs in a random room in the building, where both groups receive a walkie-talkie. 1 Two are instructed to pass on the manual of the Lego design via the potophone to the other pair who will assemble a Lego object using the instructions provided by the two-way radio. All words are allowed. Optionally, you can later charge a penalty point for each wrong block where the best foursome wins a small prize.




By separating the instruction and the object, the participants will have to pass on detailed, but extremely careful instructions via the walkie-talkie. The aim of this exercise is to be able to communicate briefly and concisely and to listen carefully to information on the channel.

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