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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


Radio Types:


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.

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This is the standard SHORT RANGE radio used currently by our unit, the 3rd Infantry Division.  It is utilized for:  Squad Leaders, Team Leaders, Individual Rifleman as well as our Platoon Staff (except where a long-range is needed)


Now, here's a closeup of the controls of the AN/PRC-152




We all know that to set your primary channel, you can highlight the numbers, change it to whatever frequency you want and then click "Set Frequency", and voila you're on a single channel.


But what if you want two channels?


Well, using the image above as a roadmap, here is how to set a primary and alternative frequency:


1) Press the #1 on your keyboard numpad to ensure that you are on Radio Channel 1.  (Your radio should say C1 on the left).

2) Enter your desired primary frequency.  For Team Members, this will be your fireteams net (211, 212, 213, etc).  As a team leader, I like to set mine as my team net as well.

3) Do a radio check to make sure others can hear you on the same frequency (the default button is CAPSLOCK):  "Radio check, frequency two-one-one (etc)".  If others hear you, it is customary to hear back "Lima Charlie", which stands for loud and clear.  Other responses could include Good Copy or I Read You Five by Five.

4) Alternate Channel.  Press the #2 on your keyboard numpad.  You should notice the radio go to Channel 2 (as noted by C2 in the left side of the frequency window).

5) Press the Set Additional Channel button.  It looks like a < in the bottom of the radio buttons.   You should see the C2 change to A2.  

6) Set your desired alternate channel.  For team leaders this may be your squad net (210) or Squad leaders this could be Platoon net (32).

7) Click "Set Frequency".

8) Press #1 on your keyboard numpad again to go back to your primary channel.  Now test your secondary radio channel by pressing the assigned key.  (TFR Default is the letter T).  As before, if others on the same frequency hear your communication, they will reply back Lima Charlie or one of the other above listed methods.


Congratulations!  You have now programmed your radio for dual frequencies.  This same method works for long range radios, with the exception that the buttons to push to transmit are different.  If you have questions about long range radios, let me know and I will post a tutorial on them as well.


If you have questions regarding some of the advanced features of this radio or TFR to help keep you immersed in the heat of combat, just ask below!

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RT-1523G Long Range Radio




This is the interface of the standard long range radio used by the 3rd Infantry Division during our operations.  Individuals most likely to use this radio include:  Squad Leaders, Platoon RTO's, Aviators & Company Commanders.  Here's how you use it & set up an additional channel.


*NOTE:  Whereas the shortrange radio's can use frequencies between 30 and 512Mhz, the long range is restricted to frequencies between 30 and 87Mhz


To set up your primary communication channel on the Long Range RT-1523G, follow the instructions below:


1) Open the radio using your keyboard shortcut.  The default keys are ALT + P.

2) When the interface is open, you should see the radio set to Channel 1 (noted by C1 in the left hand side of the screen).  Here you can change the frequency for your "command" channel (for example, 32 for 2nd Platoon).  

3) Click the "FREQ" button.  This will set your primary communications channel.  Proceed to send a test transmission using the keys you have selected for this radio.  The default key combination is CTRL+ CAPSLOCK.


Setting Additional Long Range Channel

1) With your radio open, select program channel 2 by either clicking the #2 on the interface, or by pressing CTRL + #2 (on your numpad).  You should see the screen change from C1 to C2.

2) Now that you are on Broadcast Channel 2, insert your secondary frequency.  For example, Brawlers is 60.

3) Click on the "FREQ" button, followed by clicking on the button labeled "ERF OFST" which is short for ECCM Remote Fill / Offset.  You should see the radio screen switch from C2 to CA.  This now means that channel 2 has been set as your secondary radio channel.

4) Click the #1 on the radio or press CTRL + #1 (on your numpad) to go back to your default channel.

5) Test your alternate channel by pressing your assigned keyboard key.  The default key is Y.


You now have successfully enabled your RT-1523G as a dual-channel long range radio!

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