This post will cover the Tactical Radio Communications Plan as well as the Radio Tutorials found on the "Communications Plan" page under "Policies and Procedures" in our main header menu. All information found there will be included here for reference, with this thread being available for discussion and questions as needed.
Radio Channels and Zone Groups
A Short List of positions call signs:
Platoon Leader: "Platoon Name" 6 [I will continue with Widowmaker]
Platoon Sergeant: Widowmaker 7
Platoon RTO: Windowmake Romeo
Platoon Medic: Windowmake Doc
Squad Leader: “Squad Name” Actual
Flight Commander: "Flight Detachment" 6 [continued with Brawler]
Flight XO: Brawler 5
AN/PRC-152 Range: 5km – Standard Radio
RF-7800S-TR Range: 2km
RT-1523G Range: 20km, backpack; 30km, inbuilt
AN/PRC-210 Range: 40km, built into most aircraft
Some of you may ask the question, well my fireteam net is working just fine, so why change it? Well the answer can be a bit complex dealing with light waves (and yes this is potentially a factor in TFAR as it seems to be the case in the TFAR code). So let’s start with the frequency – the number of waves passing a certain point in a given time. When you have two radios, let’s say set to 31Mhz and 31.1Mhz the difference between the two is .1Mhz and in game you cannot hear any interference; however this interference occurs in the radio waves, which reduces the range of the overall radio transmission. This may not seem like a big deal now, but this could mean the difference between the RTO understanding you want a Medevac or CAS on your location. When ultimately looking at this decision it changes very little input from the user. All that it requires is the individual gets used to setting the alternate channel to a different frequency. Another concern I am going to address is, why start at 142? Well the RT1523G, the long range radio, could be argued to be the most important radio for a larger operation with various ground and air elements, but as the current RTO I could be a bit biased. So the long range transmits between 30-87Mhz and having the standard AN/PRC-152 – which transmits between 30-512Mhz, setting a frequency above the transmission band allows for the least amount of interference which in turn give the most amount of range out of the radios in use.
General Radio Procedure
So when beginning on the radio it is important to already know what you want to broadcast over the radio. This will ultimately cut down on radio traffic overall as an individual will not need to be broadcasting a single transmission for an extended period of time. When speaking over the radio I was told an acronym to remember. “RSPV: R – Rhythm, don’t talk like a Dalek [speak clearly and fluidly]. S – Speed, talk slowly [take your time]. V – Volume, speak softly [no one like to be yelled at]. P – Pitch, pitch voice higher than normal and use the phonetic alphabet when spelling out place names [this should be used more so on the speaker option, so your voice is easier to pick up on]”. Those are all very important aspect to remember when broadcasting over the radio as those will all help others to understand the message you are trying to send. Before you transmit on the radio, especially command net, listen. Do not transmit while another person is broadcasting. We understand that you may be the most important person in the world, but every transmission is important and if you don’t think so bring it up during the AAR.
Additionally if you have any comments, concerns, or anything you feel I missed please reply to this topic.