TACTICAL RADIO COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

Introduction

This document is used as reference material for standard radio policies for the 3rd Infantry Division within Armed Assault 3 (ARMA3).

 

Document Outline

Radio Frequencies and Zone Groups

Radios by Position
Call Sign Reference
AN/PRC-152 Radio
RT-1523G Long Range Radio

Radio Frequencies and Zone Groups

 

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Call-Sign Reference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position

Standard

Example

 

 

 

Platoon Leader

"Platoon Name" 6

Widowmaker 6

 

 

 

Platoon Sergeant

"Platoon Name" 7

Widowmaker 7

 

 

 

Platoon RTO

"Platoon Name" Romeo

Widowmaker Romeo

 

 

 

Platoon Medic

"Platoon Name" Doc

Widowmaker Doc

 

 

 

Squad Leader

"Squad Name" Actual

Reaper Actual

 

 

 

Flight Commander

"Detachment Name" 6

Falcon 6

 

 

 

Flight XO

"Detachment Name" 5

Falcon 5

 

 

 


AN/PRC-152 Radio


The AN/PRC-152 is the standard SHORT RANGE radio utilized by Squad Leaders, Team Leaders, Riflemen, and Command/Platoon Staff in most cases. 
 

Basic Operation

Interface

AN/PRC-152 Interface

Basic Use

Function Switch

Left and right clicking the function switch will cycle between the 1st 6 preset channels on the radio. Additionally this can be used to turn off the radio by placing the switch in the left most position, turning it back to any of the channel positions will turn the radio back on.

Volume Control

The radio volume can be adjusted using the volume control button on the left hand side of the radio, above the large press to talk key.

Left clicking on this will increase the volume, while right clicking will decrease the radio volume. The volume setting will be displayed on the LCD screen when you use this button.

Changing Channels

Click PRE +/- to change between channels. Alternatively, you can use the top knob to switch between channels 1-6.

In-depth Operation

Programming Instructions

The Farris radio operating system follows a standard across all farris radios for operational programming, usage, and menu navigation.

Menus and items are navigated with either the UP-DOWN or LEFT-RIGHT arrows; depending on the menu type. CLR will take you back at any time, and ENT is generally used for saving values. If you use CLR to back out of a menu, those settings are not saved. As you navigate through a series of menus, those values are not saved to the radio until the cycle is complete.

Entering values

Numerical values are entered with the number pad, clicking left and right to navigate the digit. Alphanumeric values are entered the same way, by repeatedly pressing the given button and cycling through letter options. Upon pressing a different button, that value is entered and the menu is moved to the next digit.

Operational Programming

All operational programming modes are accessible through pressing 7-OPT button. Once entering this menu, you’ll receive the operational programming menu. Operational changes to a radio are erased when the current channel is changed, unless auto-saving is on.

AN/PRC-152 OPT Menu

Preset Programming

All operational programming modes are accessible through pressing 8-PGM->System Presets menu. Once entering this menu, you’ll receive the operational programming menu. Operational changes to a radio are erased when the current channel is changed, unless auto-saving is on.

Programming a NET Preset

Press PGM, select System Preset Settings, select System Presets, use UP/DOWN to navigate the preset to modify. Begin changing settings.

AN/PRC-152 PGM Menu AN/PRC-152 Preset Menu

 

AN/PRC-343

The AN/PRC-343 PRR is short range lightweight intra-squad personal role radio originally known as Marconi H4855 in British service. It is designed to be carried by every squad member and features 16 channel in 16 blocks (256 channels in total) with a range up to 500 meters.

Operation

Interface

AN/PRC-343 Interface

The interface in ACRE 2 can be reached via two different ways:

  • double click the AN/PRC-343 in your inventory
  • press the “Open Radio” key as it is defined in the ACRE 2 keyboard controls (Default : Ctrl+Alt+CapsLock)

For the second option you need the AN/PRC-343 as your active radio. If another radio opens instead, use the ”Cycle Radio” key until the 343 is your active radio.

Volume Control

Left clicking the volume knob increases the radio’s volume by 20 % to a maximum of 100 % while right clicking decreases it to a minimum of 0 %.

Channel Control

Left clicking the channel knob increases the channel by 1 while right clicking decreases it. The current channel will also be shown in the lower left when you start transmitting. The channel knob has 16 different channels. If you want to access the other channels you have to left click the handle which offers you the following view:

AN/PRC-343 Channel Control

Left clicking the channel block knob increases the block by one to a maximum of 16 while right clicking decreases it. The current block will be shown while transmitting. Changing the block has no influence on the volume and channel knob setting. If you are on block 1 channel 13 and change your block by one, you will be on block 2 channel 13 which is a different channel.

AN/PRC-148

The AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR) is a secure handheld multiband, tactical software-defined radio. It was developed in the 1990’s entering service in 2000 with the US Army.

Basic Operation

Interface

AN/PRC-148 Interface

Power/Volume Control Knob

Left clicking will increase the radio’s volume to a maximum of 100%. Right clicking will decrease the radio’s volume to a minimum of 20%.

You can turn the radio off by holding control and right clicking the volume knob while it is at the minimum setting of 20%. To turn the radio back on simply left click the volume knob.

Channel Knob

Left clicking the knob will increment the current channel selection through the 16 settings on the knob.

Right clicking will decrement the current channel selection through the 16 settings on the knob.

The channel knob has 16 settings, the channels available is dependant upon the current group selected. By default: Group 1: Channels 1 - 16, Group 2: Channels 17 - 32, etc.

LCD Display Screen

The LCD display screen is where all menus and information will be displayed. The primary/default display screen has two ‘modes’. These are detailed in the graphic above.

The primary default display shows the current Group label, channel label, audio mode icon, battery indicator, operating mode, and encryption mode.

The alternate default display shows the current receiving (RX) and transmitting (TX) frequencies, current receiving (R) and transmitting (T) squelch tones, encryption key, data/traffic rate, and operating mode.

Keypad

Keypad Function ALT Function
ALT Press and hold your keyboard ALT key for alternate functions Not Applicable
MODE Opens Mode Select screen Opens Programming Menus screen
GR Opens Group Select screen Opens Scan Operation screen
ESC Closest current screen / Returns to previous screen Lock / Unlock keypad
Decrement selection or value Highlights character to left of current selection
Increment selection or value Highlights character to right of current selection

In-Depth Operation

Group Select

The channel knob on the AN/PRC-148 can access 16 of the 100 programmable channels. These are organized into groups of 16 channels. The channels available through the channel knob depend on the currently selected group.

Press the GR key to open the group select menu.

This menu displays the label of the currently selected group. To select a new group, press the  or  keys.

With the desired group highlighted, press ENT to select the new group and return to the default screen.

Mode Menu

To change the radio Operating Mode, press the MODE key on the keypad.

The menu of available parameters appears on the display. To move the selection outline, use the  or .

To change the selected parameter, first press ENT to select the currently highlighted menu item and use the  or  to change the selection value. Press ENT to confirm the change and move the outline to the next line.

The first line selects the audio path: internal audio, external audio, or external audio with sidetones enabled (INT/EXT AUDIO, SIDETONE).

The INT AUDIO setting will enable the internal speakers of the radio, all other settings currently use the external headset. None of the other MODE Select options, such as Emergency Beacon, are currently implemented.

Programming Menu

To manually alter channel data for any of the AN/PRC-148’s 100 channels the Programming Menu needs to be accessed.

The Programming Menu screen is accessed by pressing and holding the ALT keyboard key and pressing the MODE button on the keypad.

To select a sub-menu of the Programming Menu use the  or  keys and press ENT to select the desired menu. Currently the only implemented Sub-Menu is the “Program” menu, all other will return “ACCESS DENIED”.

Within the Program menu there are a number of other options, currently the only functional option is the Channel programming menu, to enter this select Channel in the programming menu.

The Program Menu allows for the programming of a variety of radio functions. Currently only the “CHANNEL” sub-menu is implemented, which can be selected through the  or  and ENT.

Channel Programming

The “Channel” Menu allows the user to program general channel data (channel number, encryption mode, channel label, transmission power, etc.) and select the operating mode (the type of radio operation to be programmed in a channel).

The screen opens with the Channel Number outlined. To change the channel use the Channel Knob. To navigate the channel programming menu use the  and  keys, and ENT to select a channel setting you would like to change.

Encryption Mode

To change the encryption mode setting use the  or  keys to toggle between “PLAIN” and “SECURE”, press ENT to confirm.

Channel Label

The Channel Label setting allows the user to give the Channel a custom label.

When entering the Channel Label setting, the rightmost character will be in reverse video. To select a new character, scroll up or down using the  or  keys.

Holding the ALT key and pressing  will move to the character to the right of the current selection. Holding the ALT key and pressing  will move to the character to the left of the current selection.

When all the characters of the new label have been selected, press ENT to confirm.

Output Power

The Output Power (“PWE”) can be set to: 0.1W, 0.5W, 1.0W, 3.0W or 5.0). Use the  or  keys to scroll through the available power settings. Press ENT to confirm.

Operating Mode

WIP

RX & TX - Receive & Transmit Frequencies

The Receive Frequency (RX) is the frequency the radio will receive on when using the channel being edited. The Transmit Frequency (TX) is the frequency the radio will transmit on when using the channel being edited.

To change the frequency, press ENT. To change the selected value, scroll up or down using the  or  keys. To change the selected digit, hold the ALT key and press  or  to move selection left and right.

Note that the TX frequency automatically matches the RX frequency unless it is manually changed.

R & T - Receive & Transmit CTCSS Subtones

Modulation

Traffic Rate

Encryption Key

RPTR - Repeater Delay

FADE - Fade Bridge

PHASE - Crypto Synchronization

SQUELCH - Squelch Level

The squelch level determines the signal quality required to “break squelch” and activate the receiver.