TELEPHONE TALKER PROCEDURES
Upon completing this chapter, you should be able to do the
Describe the proper telephone-talker procedures.
As you undoubtedly realize by now, you will stand some
form of watch aboard ship as a telephone talker. A ship at sea
requires many phone talkers, even during a peacetime cruising
watch. In addition to those serving as lookouts, talkers perform
duty in spaces such as the bridge, the combat information center,
and engine rooms. To be a good sound-powered phone talker,
you must learn proper circuit discipline and telephone-talker
On the sound-powered telephone system, everyone can talk
and listen at once. For that reason, talkers must maintain strict
circuit discipline. Otherwise, the circuit could become clogged
with private conversation just when someone is trying to transmit
an important message.
The rules for circuit discipline are as
Transmit only official messages.
Depress the transmitter button
only when you are
Use only standard words and phrases.