Radiotelegraph Operator

Operate and keep in repair equipment used in radiotelegraph communications.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Radiotelegraph Operators do?

Operates and keeps in repair equipment used in radiotelegraph communications: Watches frequency lights on receiver to ascertain if station is being called. Snaps toggle switch that sets receiver to frequency when call is indicated. Opens circuit and manipulates key to acknowledge call. Listens to telegraph signal, types message on form, and relays it to addressee by telephone or teletype. Manipulates key to call ships or stations by code, and to send messages after acknowledgment. Monitors emergency frequency for distress calls, and Conelrad as required by regulations. Performs routine repairs and maintenance, such as changing tubes, resistors, and transmitters. Is required to have Radiotelegraph License issued by Federal Communications Commission.


Should I be a Radiotelegraph Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Radiotelegrapher, Radiotelegraphist

    How to become a Radiotelegraph Operator

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