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[SOP] Radio Protocols and Conduct

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The purpose of this short-ish SOP is to introduce the fundamentals of tactical radio communications over the Platoon Net(PT).

 

Golden rules for radio transmissions:

  1. Think before transmitting.
  2. Be brief.
  3. Be succinct.
  4. Use Out instead of Over whenever possible.

 

Bad Example:

 

"Bulldog-1-6,Bulldog-1-6 this is Bulldog, message over"

 

"Roger Bulldog, this is Bulldog-1-6, send traffic over"

 

"Bulldog-1-6, initiate movement at this time to scheckpoint Three Two Tango,Break,How copy over?"

 

"Bulldog this is Bulldog -1-6, Roger Wilco, moving to checkpoint Three Two Tango, I am Oscar Mike over"

 

"Bulldog-1-6 rthis is Bulldog Roger Out"

 

 

Good Example:

 

"Bulldog-1-6 this is Bulldog, move now to Checkpoint Three Two Tango,over"
 
"Bulldog-1-6, Roger"

 

"Bulldog out"
 

 

Example of a radio check:

 

 A-11 (Alpha 11)   Sender:  D-12 (Delta 12)  


 A-11 This is D-12 "RADIO CHECK, OVER"


 D-12 This is A-11 "ROGER, OVER" 


 A-11 this is D-12 "ROGER, OUT"
 

 

Prowords:

Prowords are standardised calls used to ensure understanding of common terms and tasks and help keep comms clear and succinct.  Every proword has a specific and unique meaning and some of them will by implication trigger a certain set of activities.  For example “CONTACT” explicitly means the call sign is engaged with the enemy and the chain of command will react accordingly.  Care should therefore be taken to use the correct proword to avoid unintended consequences.

 

BREAK

Indicates a 5 second pause in a long message to allow others to break in with critical information.  Should only be used on half duplex nets by commanders providing long messages such as quick battle orders.

CANCEL

Cancel a previous message, as in "reference move to FRV, CANCEL. Hold firm."

CONTACT

I am coming under effective enemy fire and have engaged the enemy, as in “CONTACT WAIT OUT.”

CORRECT

You are correct, or what you have transmitted is correct.

CORRECTION

An error has been made, the correct version is...

DANGER CLOSE

Used in Close Air Support requests to indicate ordnance will be dropped within a range that could cause friendly forces casualties.

DISREGARD

Transmission made in error, disregard it.

FIGURES

(Optional) Numerals to follow.  Only required to avoid ambiguity.

MESSAGE

A message that requires recording is about to follow.  Reply with “SEND”.

OUT

I have finished speaking and do not require a reply.

OVER

I have finished speaking and require a reply.  OVER and OUT are never used together.

RADIO CHECK

Use to confirm comms are working.  Reply with "ROGER OVER”

READ BACK

Read back the last message to confirm it has been received correctly.

RELAY (TO)

Retransmit this message to the following stations.

REPEAT

Repeat the last artillery or naval gunfire fire mission.  Not to be confused with SAY AGAIN!

ROGER

I have received and understood your message.  Used in reply to RADIO CHECK.

ROGER SO FAR

Confirm receipt and understanding of the part of a long message sent so far.

SAY AGAIN

Send the last message again.  Can be combined with prowords “ALL AFTER” or “ALL BEFORE,” as in “SAY AGAIN ALL AFTER Grid...”

SEND

I am ready to record your message.  Response to “MESSAGE”.

SIGHTING

I have seen the enemy but am not engaged.  Followed by a Sighting Report.

VERIFY

Verify all or part of a message and send the correct version.

WAIT

Short pause - further information to follow in a few seconds.

WAIT OUT

Further information to follow in a few minutes (net is cleared for other users).

WRONG

You are wrong, or what you have transmitted is wrong.

WILCO                  

I have received and understand your message and will comply.  Since the meaning of ROGER is already implied, the two prowords should never be used together.

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