The proposition I make here is a one primarily for use with people who are either in an area that they're unfamiliar with, or they're communicating with people who are not familiar with an area, especially if communications are difficult (either a voice connection is unstable, typing is made difficult by a bouncing vehicle if you're a passenger, or you're in a congested 2-way radio channel).

The greatest example of a congested channel with bad connection would be any radio channel used by people who may not have familiarity with an area is a given military communications method. Especially in the air, one really only has their electronic navigations system as a reliable reference point between allies who must communicate. Therefore, since aviation notoriously uses 360 degree compass directions, NATO aircraft pilots use GPS coordinates as a "bullseye" and use positions relative to said bullseye. Using "brevity code," one can also efficiently and effectively communicate these locations (and other things) using said brevity code.

Brevity code is simple, enough. The syntax follows a regular pattern: [person you're directing the message to] [your own identification] [directive] [information]. For example, if Maverick from Top Gun is on the USS Nimits (and they used the movie callsigns instead of using aircraft numbers), and a Mig-29 50 miles south-west of him is about to ruin his day, they would say "Maverick [person they're talking to] Nimits [their own name] be advised [directive] Mig-29 bearing two-four-five, five zero miles angels two five [25,000 feet above the ground]." Another form, for giving information to everyone about yourself only, is: [your own name] [information definition] [information]. For example, if Maverick encountered the fulcrum 25 miles directly south of the nimits (which presumably they'd be using as bullseye since they're moving), and because the mig-29 is a better turning airplane more likely to win the fight, in hopes that someone will come help him he would say, "Maverick [his name] engaged [he's tied up in a dogfight with a missile or enemy aircraft] defensive [he's loosing the dogfight] bullseye [more on this below] one-eight-zero, two five miles, angels two zero."

The difference between BRAA (Bearing Range Altitude Attitude - "bearing" in brevity code) and Bullseye is what the point of reference is. BRAA is simpler to use, however you need alot of information to use bearing in the first place: you need to know exactly where the person you're talking to is. Now, surely, if I said that, as of writing this, I live in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, USA, you could go to there on google maps. Now, if I said I'm at walmart as i'm loosing connection, how long would that take you to find? Now, if I were to give you a map (the scale is on the bottom right corner) and you already knew that the first number was the angle, and the second number were distance (we wouldn't need angels, because we're not in an airplane), how long would it take you to find "bullseye two four one, three kilometers" given that the scale is in metric?



I understand that Walmart was cut off that map, but now you should have no problem finding it. I'm sure it took you no time to figure out that you needed something straight that you could mark. You would have made markings the length of the paper until you got the distance, then you would have moved paper to match 241 degrees. Naturally, this is impractical, too, and the amount of time it would take to get to the point where you could eye-ball the angle without paper and also quickly adapt to the distance would be about the time it would take to memorize local landmarks. However, if you are traveling, have multiple locations you could be at in which the number of local landmarks becomes large (or if there just aren't local landmarks that are easily found in google maps) this becomes fairly practical fairly quickly, especially if you're going to be able to translate those skills to multiple maps.

Now, for another practical tip, say I was at 360 (saying "zero zero zero" is frowned upon) two kilometers, at about 313, 800 meters, is a road ("Big Ridge Road") was a road my driver (since I wouldn't be driving unless I knew the location by heart) was going to take, I could say to my buddy Maarten, "Maarten Kohlrak riding Lewistown bullseye three six zero two kilometers, heading about two two zero at eighty nine kph." I would then say "Maarten Kohlrak reference about one one five." During this, there's a good chance my audio connection is unstable, given my location, so using single digits only assists if some of the information gets lost, there's a better chance that he'll get at least a semi-accurate picture. If I'm trying to type these things on skype in a bouncy vehicle (very likely in Pennsylvania), I would leave out our names since it's direct, "ride lb [short for Lewistown Bullseye] 360 2km head 220 89kph" and "ref 115." He'd know at that point that my connection would be stablizing within 30 seconds at that point, and if I specify that I'm heading home, he'd be able to figure out how long it'd take me to get there to get to a higher quality microphone to start speaking to him again. If something were to slow me down, he could foresee that, too, instead of me being super late and him assuming i was being a jerk.

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