That’s a Big 10-4

Oct 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

When I was growing up, I loved when cereal companies put a “prize” in the box. The trouble was I had seven other siblings who wanted it too. Often as I spooned-in cereal I would read the front and back of the box. How cool it would be to get all of the prizes — especially a decoder ring. My brothers and I could be spies, have our own code and our parents wouldn’t even know it.

I get the same feeling when I use radio codes when dispatching. What a great communication tool for law enforcement and truck drivers — but most of the motoring public does not understand it.

The movie Smokey and the Bandit is a classic example of using radio codes most everyone understands: That’s a big 10-4 good buddy — meaning that’s a big “message received” good buddy.

I was talking to a dispatcher of another tow company and she explained how her boss made October 4th a day of appreciation for their dispatchers. I was a bit confused at first, and then the meaning of the date hit me: “10/4” … how perfect. The dispatchers got an extra long lunch hour and little thank you gifts throughout the day. How clever of her company to recognize the importance of the dispatcher’s job, and to use the date of 10/4 to show their appreciation. I’m sure that after the dispatchers’ special day, they know they’re appreciated and thanked for a job well done.

That’s a big 10-4 — messaged received loud and clear.