GLOSSARY OF TERMS

 


TERM MEANING
COPY To maintain a continuous receiver watch and keep a complete log.
CHANNEL An independent communication facility that could be found bundled together with other channels on a circuit.
CIRCUIT An electronic path between two or more points capable of providing one or more channels.
GUARD To maintain a continuous receiver watch with transmitter ready for immediate use. A complete log to be kept.
LISTENING
WATCH
A continuous receiver watch establishment for the reception of traffic addressed to, or of interest to, own unit. Keeping log is optional.
OVERLOAD
CIRCUIT
An overload circuit is used when the volume of traffic on the primary channel requires an additional channel.
PRIMARY
CIRCUIT
The normal channel of communication between stations. 
SECONDARY 
CIRCUIT
The channel of communication used whenever the primary becomes unsuitable for any reason. This secondary channel must be available for use but not necessarily manned.
SPARKER Navy term for a Radioman. A derivative from the old days when transmitters used spark gap technology. Pressing down the Morse key would produce a spark across the gap and in some cases, across the key contacts.

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