Once a piece of traffic reaches its destination area, it will be relayed to an amateur radio operator within the addressee’s area for final delivery. Ideally this operator would be in the same city as the addressee, but it is not uncommon for the addressee to be in the area, such as within the same metropolitan area.
If you have an ARL numbered radiogram for delivery, you should look up the meaning of these when providing the radiogram text to the recipient. They will likely not know what “ARL FIFTY” means.
If you are able to deliver a piece of traffic to its recipient, unless the sender has explicitly requested confirmation, such as via the handling instruction HXC, there is no need to send confirmation, but it is good form.
There is an ARL numbered radiogram item for this, ARL FORTY SEVEN, which is shorthand for, “Reference your message number ___ to ___ delivered on ___ at ___ UTC.” You can use this shorthand in your reply traffic. For example, if you successfully delivered our example radiogram on October 5 at 23:15 UTC (which is 6:15 PM Central Daylight Time), your radiogram text would be:
ARL FORTY SEVEN 7 ARIT OCTOBER 5 2315 X 73
What would the check on this message be? ARL 10. We used an ARL shorthand in the text, so we need to place ARL ahead of the number. Also, we say 73 at the end, but given that number is right against another, it is good practice to separate the numbers with initial X-RAY for clarity.
After two or three days, if your delivery attempts were not successful, it is good practice to send a message back to the sender letting them know. Similar to successful delivery, there is an ARL numbered radiogram you can use, ARL SIXTY SEVEN, which is shorthand for, “Your message number ___ undeliverable because of ___. Please advise.” While this suggests you will receive a reply back on what to do, chances are the sender will appreciate your notification and leave it at that.
Let’s say our example radiogram was not successfully delivered after multiple phone call attempts because they are not answering, and we are not able to place this in the mail, email it, or deliver it personally. Our radiogram’s text would be:
ARL SIXTY SEVEN 7 NO ANSWER AFTER SEVERAL ATTEMPTS 73
Again, our check here is ARL 10 given we use an ARL shorthand.
While the text above fits the ARL shorthand, it is good practice to also provide the recipient’s callsign (if applicable), as well as phone number, for two reasons. Providing a callsign can aid the sender in matching up what traffic you’re referencing, and providing the phone number can help the sender determine if it somehow changed during transit. With this in mind, the text would read:
ARL SIXTY SEVEN 7 AR1T 330 555 4424 NO ANSWER AFTER SEVERAL ATTEMPTS 73
And its check is ARL 14.