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Basic Radio Functionality

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Intro

The objective of this guide is to help the reader understand how the radio devices in TFAR works, we will look at the typical examples of radios in use on AWE but can be applied to any TFAR user looking for a quick start guide, note that this guide does not cover correct communication etiquette.


 

Short Range Radios (UHF)

 

AN/PRC-152
This radio is intended for fire team leaders, Within AWE frequencies are located on the edge of the map in the left corner, they are normally set up correctly as you spawn in.
 

Display
The first block (C1) refers to the channel selected.
The second block displays the frequency of the channel selected in megahertz (Mhz), you can click this, highlight the numbers and change the 7aDmOi3Rn9-lggjbOvpw4g8yUpEXiPpyttlTitcafrequency, you must use the function button ENT to confirm this input.

 


Function buttons
CLR: Clears the current frequency, this button is not really required because you can just highlight the current frequency and press backspace (delete).
ENT: Enter. (set frequency) Press this button to confirm what you have written into the frequency box, without pressing this the frequency will revert back to the frequency before you edited it.
PRE +/-: This button changes the channel up or down, the primary method of changing channels is done by the number pad on your keyboard.


Advanced functions
◄ (arrow left): Set additional channel creates an alternative frequency on the radio that enables the user to multitask their radio. An example might be a fireteam leader may have to communicate to an armoured element whilst maintaining watch on his own frequency. An additional channel is indicated via an A instead of a C in the channel display.
► (arrow right): Speakers, allows you to toggle between headphones and speakers, if you select speakers it means that others can hear the radio device.
0 (): Stereo settings, allows you to choose which earphone you hear the channel on. Note you may also set additional channels up on a different stereo setting to your selected channel.
 

The central rotary knob changes the volume for the device.
Numerical buttons - have no function on this device.

 


RF-7800S-TR
Intended for squaddie use it does not have any of the advanced functions, it requires a MicroDAGR to be programmable. Best practice is to switch channels using the numberpad on your keyboard
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Long Range Radios (VHF)

 

 

AN/ARC-210, (black interface)

This radio can be found predominantly in BAF JTAC/FAC backpacks as well as armoured units, aircraft and some transport vehicles. Within AWE you can usually find the frequencies at the edge of the map and also the preset frequencies are correct, to change with the number pad you have to press left control and then a number on your keyboard number pad. The next two interfaces are very similar.

 

Display

The first block (CH1) refers to the channel selected

The second block displays the frequency of the channel selected in megahertz (Mhz), you can click this, highlight the numbers and change the frequency, you must use the function button FREQ to confirm this input.

 

Function buttons

FREQ: Set frequency, same function as ENTer on the UHF radio, you must press this to confirm your entry into the frequency box.

ERF: Set additional channel creates an alternative frequency on the radio that enables the user to multitask their radio. An example might be an armoured unit trying to communicate with other units far away and also sticking to the command channel at the same time.

STO: Stereo controls which earphone will be used for the selected channel (or additional channel)

LOAD: Puts the radio on speaker, this is useful if there are multiple crew working in a vehicle where it may benefit them to hear VHF communications. For example, the passengers of a troop transport can hear the rest of the platoon’s movements and status to gain better situational awareness.

CLR: Clears the frequency window.

VOL: Controls the overall volume

PRESET: Adjusts channel selection, best practice is with ctrl+number pad on your keyboard.

 

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RT-1523G (ASIP) (Green interface)

Commonly found across the board of VHF communication in an infantry platoon, the buttons are the same as above with the exception of:

TIME - increase volume

BATT/CALL - decrease volume

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