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All messages handled by Amateur Radio should contain precedences--that is,
an evaluation of each message's importance, made by the originating station.
A precedence is an "order of handling." There are four precedences in the ARRL
message form: Emergency, Priority (P), Welfare (W) and Routine (R), in that
order of handling. When and as they appear on a net or any other kind of circuit,
messages will be handled in this order.
Emergency (Always written out completely)
Any message having life and death urgency to any person or group of persons,
which is transmitted by Amateur Radio in the absence of regular commercial
facilities. This includes official messages of welfare agencies during
emergencies requesting supplies, materials or instructions vital to relief
to stricken populace in emergency areas. During normal times, it will be
very rare. On CW, RTTY, AMTOR and packet this designation will always be
spelled out. When in doubt, do not use this designation.
Use abbreviation P on CW, RTTY, AMTOR and packet. This classification is for
important messages having a specific time limit, official messages not covered
in the emergency category, press dispatches and emergency-related traffic not
of the utmost urgency.
This classification, abbreviated as W on CW, RTTY, AMTOR and packet,
refers to either an inquiry as to the health and welfare of an individual
in the disaster area or an advisory from the disaster area that indicates
all is well. Welfare traffic is handled only after all emergency and priority
traffic is cleared. The Red Cross equivalent to an incoming Welfare message
is DWI (Disaster Welfare Inquiry).
Most traffic in normal times will bear this designation. In disaster situations,
traffic labeled Routine (R on CW, RTTY, AMTOR and packet) should be handled last,
or not at all when circuits are busy with higher-precedence traffic.
The precedence will follow, but is not a part of the message number. For example,
a message may begin with NR 207 R on CW, "Number Two Zero Seven, Routine" on
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