Every formal radiogram message originated and handled should contain the following component parts in the order given
a. Number (begin with 1 each month or year)
b. Precedence (R, W, P or EMERGENCY)
c. Handling Instructions (optional, see text)
d. Station of Origin (first amateur handler)
e. Check (number of words/groups in text only)
f. Place of Origin
g. Time Filed (optional with originating station)
h. Date (must agree with date of time filed)
I NR 1 R HXG W1AW 8 NEWINGTON CT 1830Z JULY 1
II DONALD SMITH
165 EAST SIXTH AVE
NORTH RIVER CITY MO 00789
III HAPPY BIRTHDAY X SEE YOU SOON X LOVE
Note that X, used as punctuation, counts as a word.
Using CW: The prosign separates the parts of the address.
separates the adress from the text and the text from the signature.
marks end of message;
this is followed by B if there is another message to follow, by N if this is the only or last message.
It is customary to copy the preamble, parts of the address, text and signature on separate lines.