Setting up and using radios - Core Infantry - United Task Force (UNITAF) Arma 3


Setting up and using radios

UNITAF / Arma 3 / Core Infantry Procedures



Version 2 / 14min read / Updated Tue 21 Apr 2020 / 269 views


General Key Binds

  • Push-to-talk button in TeamSpeak   Direct Speech.
  • Caps Lock   To talk on a radio.
  • CTRL + Caps Lock   To talk on a long range radio.
  • CTRL + P   To open the personal radio interface (the radio must be in the inventory slot). In that case if you have a number of radios - you can select the one needed. It is also possible to set the radio as active (the one that will be used for transmission). Also it is possible to load radio settings from another radio with same encryption code.
  • CTRL + + [/]   Cycle through available shortwave radios.
  • CTRL + Up/Left/Right Arrow   Rapid switching of shortwave stereo mode.
  • NUM[1-8]   Rapid switching of shortwave radio channels.
  • ALT + P   To open a long range radio interface (a long range radio must be put on your back, or you should be in a vehicle in a position of a driver, shooter, or pilot assistant). If a number of radios are available – you'll be offered to choose one. Besides, one of them can be set as active. Also it is possible to load radio settings from another radio with same encryption code.
  • CTRL + ALT + [/]   Cycle through available long range radios.
  • ALT + Up/Left/Right Arrow   Rapid switching of long range stereo mode.
  • CTRL + NUM[1-9]   Rapid switching of long range radio channels.
  • CTRL + TAB   To change the direct speech volume. You can talk: Whispering, Normal or Yelling. Does not affect the signal volume in the radio transmission. (Please keep this volume to normal unless told otherwise by a Squad leader or superior).
  • CTRL + ]   Select next personal radio.
  • CTRL + [   Select previous personal radio.
  • CTRL + ALT + ]   Select next long range radio.
  • CTRL + ALT + [   Select previous long range radio.
  • CTRL + [←,↑,→]   Change personal radio stereo mode.
  • ALT + [←,↑,→]   Change long range radio stereo mode.
  • T   Transmit on additional channel of personal radio.
  • Y   Transmit on additional channel of long range radio. (REBIND THIS KEY)
  • ESC   To exit from the radio interface.
     



Rifleman Short Range

RF-7800S-TR + MicroDAGR Radio Programmer (Basic Rifleman Radio/Short Range) - This is the most basic Short Range radio and only given out in certain scripted missions


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Number Guide:

1. Previous Channel (Left Click) | Next Channel (Right Click)
2. Decrease Volume (Left Click) | Increase Volume (Right Click)
3. Current Channel
4. Current Frequency
5. Clear Frequency
6. Enter Frequency

To change your "Current Channel", left or right click on (1) If you want to change your "Current Frequency" you must highlight the "Current Frequency" area (4) with your mouse and type in the wanted Frequency with your keyboard, then click the "Enter Frequency" button (6).

 

Personal Short Range

AN/PRC-152 (Squad Level Radio/Medium Range) - This is the most common Radio. Usually every squad member gets one of these by default

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Number Guide:
1. Previous Channel (Left Click) | Next Channel (Right Click)
2. Current Channel
3. Current Frequency
4. Clear Frequency
5. Enter Frequency
6. Next Channel
7. Previous Channel
8. Speakers
9. Set additional channels
10. Stereo settings

To change your "Current Channel", press the "Next Channel" area (6) and "Previous Channel" area (7) buttons. If you want to change your "Current Frequency" you must highlight the "Current Frequency" area (3) with your mouse and type in the wanted Frequency with your keyboard, then click the "Enter Frequency" button (5).

 

Additional channel for the Short Range
The 152 has a feature which allows you to set an additional channel. Follow these steps to set and use an additional channel:

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Steps:
1. Set the "Current Frequency" area to the primary channel you want to have then confirm it by pressing "Enter Frequency".
2. Click "Next Channel"
3. Click "Set additional channels"
4. You can see if this worked if the "Current Channel" area now says "AX" (X Being the channel number)
5. Set the "Current Frequency" area to the secondary channel you want to have then confirm it by pressing "Enter Frequency".
6. Click "Stereo settings" to change it to either the left ear or right ear so you can tell the difference from the primary and secondary channels
7. Click the "Previous Channel" button to return to your primary channel.
8. Click "Stereo settings" to change it to the opposite of what you set for your secondary channel to.
You shall now be able to hear two channels at once, and to talk on either of them:
- To speak on your primary channel press "Caps Lock" on your keyboard.
- To speak on your secondary channel press "T" on your keyboard.



Long Range

RT-1523G (ASIP) Big BWMOD - This is the “Long Range” Radio - Squad Leaders and 2ICs will select these in the arsenal (Unless given on a scripted mission) and can also be found in some vehicle seat positions (See the vehicle section at the bottom). 


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Number Guide
1. Current Channel
2. Current Frequency
3. Channel 1
4. Channel 2
5. Channel 3
6. Set Frquency
7. Channel 4
8. Channel 5
9. Channel 6
10. Set additional channel
11. Channel 7
12. Channel 8
13. Channel 9
14. Increase volume
15. Clear Frequency
16. Speakers
17. Stereo settings
18. Decrease volume

 

Additional channel for the Long Range
The RT-1523G (ASIP) has a feature which allows you to set an additional channel. Follow these steps to set and use an additional channel: 


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Steps:
1. Set the "Current Frequency" area to the primary channel you want to have then confirm it by pressing "Set Frequency".
2. Click "Channel 2"
3. Click "Set additional channel"
4. You can see if this worked if the "Current Channel" area now says "CA:X" (X Being the channel number)
5. Set the "Current Frequency" area to the secondary channel you want to have then confirm it by pressing "Set Frequency".
6. Click the "Channel 1" button to return to your primary channel.

You shall now be able to hear two channels at once, and to talk on either of them:
- To speak on your primary channel press "Left Ctrl + Caps lock" on your keyboard.
- To speak on your secondary channel press "Y" on your keyboard.
 

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Steps:
1. Go to your options menu via Esc Key
2. Click "Options" -> "Controls" -> "Configure Addons"
3. Change the addon drop option to "TFAR" (Should be bottom of the list)
4. Scroll down to the Action "LR Transmit Additional"
5. Double click in the "Assigned Key" column for the Action and rebind it (I use Ctrl+T)
6. Click "Ok" to save the key bind change

 

Vehicle Radios

A long range radio is available for a driver, commander, shooter, and pilot assistant. Not all the vehicles support built-in radios. Each vehicle slot has its own radio, which must be configured separately. If you plan to change the position in a vehicle – configure the radio in all the slots beforehand (for instance, on a driver or shooter slot). Vehicles are classified into open and closed (isolated). If you are in an isolated vehicle, you will almost not hear voices from outside (and vice versa). However, if you turn out of the vehicle, you will hear voices both from inside and outside.

 

Vehicle Intercom

With the beta release of TFAR 1.0 a new feature has been added, vehicle intercoms. Now you no longer need to talk on the short range to your squad to hear each other over rotor blades or the vehicles engine. Moreover this allows separate internal comms for Crew and passengers and allow the crew to switch to comms for the passengers quickly.

The way you set which intercom challenge you are on is via the ACE Interaction menu (Windows Key) and you get the option of switching from the channel you are on to the other internal intercom channel, or disabling it in it's entirety.


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ACE Interaction Menu with TFAR

ACE now has interaction options for any radios you have equipped. They preform similar actions to already existing key binds and functions so there is nothing which isn't already covered in the other sections of this guide. To access the ACE Interaction menu for your radio, press the Self Interaction Key Bind (CTRL + Windows Key), drag it to "Equipment", then you have two options. "Radios" and "Lower Headset". Dragging and releasing the cursor on the "Lower Headset" option will lower the volume of the radios as if it were slung round your neck. Useful if Comms is getting too loud but you still want to listen in for key things (i.e. calls for you) or you don't want to change your volume settings to take a Comms breather.


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Dragging the ace interaction cursor to "Radios" will show you each Radio you have equipped. Dragging and releasing the cursor one any of these options will bring up the respective radio (Long or Short range). The same way CTRL+ P and ALT + P bring them up.


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Dragging the cursor over the respective radios and not releasing gives you two further options. "Left Only" and "Right Only". This sets the respective radio to output in that ear, similar to the key binds CTRL + Up/Left/Right Arrow (Short range key bind) and ALT + Up/Left/Right Arrow (Long range key bind) do.


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Common Brevity Terms
 

  • Copy/Copies
    Standard acknowledgment. "Bravo, enemy armor headed your way from the north" "Bravo copies"
     
  • ROGER
    This is a simple affirmative acknowledgment. If told to watch to the NW by your fireteam leader, you should sound off with a quick "Roger" to let him know that you heard him and are complying.
     
  • WILCO
    Short for "will comply". Typically used in conjunction with roger, so that it ends up as "Roger, wilco" which translates into "Understood, and I will comply with the order".
     
  • Stand by / wait-one
    This acts as either a wait request or a preparatory command. When used as a preparatory command, it is a warning to anyone listening that an important event is about to happen, typically one which other players will need to participate in. For instance, a squad leader might tell his fireteams to hold their fire while an enemy patrol approaches unaware. He would then say "stand by" to indicate that they are about to initiate the ambush (alternatively, he could say "stand by to open fire"). Upon hearing "stand by", all squad members would prepare to engage the enemy.

    When used as a wait request, it is a way to tell the person asking you a question that you need a few moments to get the answer. If the PltCo asks Bravo squad if they can get eyes on an enemy patrol near them, Bravo SL might answer back with "Command, this is Bravo, stand by..." and then try to accomplish that goal before radioing back with a yes/no.
     
  • Radio Silence / Break, Break, Break
    Typically used by a Squad Leader or Platoon Commander to tell everyone in their channel to be quiet while command chat occurs. Also can be used to get everyone to shut up so that faint sounds, such as distant vehicles, can more clearly be heard.
     
  • Be advised
    Used to indicate important information during a radio communication, typically to another leadership element. "Command, be advised, Bravo squad took heavy casualties and is down to one reinforced fireteam"
     
  • Say again
    The prior message was not understood - say it again. "Alpha, say again your last?"
     
  • Stepped on
    Used to tell the last transmitting party that they were talked over by another person. "Bravo, say again your last, you were stepped on."
     

 

Radio Checks

A radio check is a way for anyone, but usually an element leader to request the readability of a radio connection between them and the target element.

Radio checks can be performed from person to person, or to an entire element (i.e. a fireteam) as is common before leaving a base to confirm everyone is setup correctly.

There are only two possible responses to a radio check both are prefixed with who YOU are. In the case of a personal radio check that would be your name, or if acting as an element then your callsign.

  • MY NAME or MY CALLSIGN - CHECKING IN
  • "Readability 4, 3, 2 or 1" (e.g. READABILITY 2) meaning 2 out of 5 (this could be volume, distortion if less than 5)

 

How to Radio Check

Team Radio Checks

Prior to a mission starting, an element leader will always perform a radio check

FTL "Alpha 1 - Stand by for Radio Checks"
*some seconds pass*

FTL "Alpha 1 - Radio Check, 343 Channel X"
If you do not hear him in your right ear, you are wrong. Fix yourself.

Person 1 "MYNAME CHECKING IN"
Person 2 "MYNAME CHECKING IN"
Person 3 "MYNAME CHECKING IN"
Person 4 "MYNAME CHECKING IN"
Person 5 "MYNAME CHECKING IN"

FTL "Alpha 1 - Radio Checks Complete"

Note: the ordering of reponses in a fireteam, for radio checks, ACE, SITREPs and any other team wide-request is ALWAYS in the order of STHUD. For Squad level and above, elements are in order, i.e. Alpha 1 then Alpha 2 and Bravo 1 then Bravo 2 and so on.

 

When nothing is heard

If the person above you on STHUD is not responding, give it a few seconds and then prefix your response with "Nothing Heard" which will let them know that there is an issue, but allow for the check to continue



UNITAF Standard Operating Proceedure (SOP) is adapted from two primary source materials - in addition to our own experience and past learnings:
US Army Techniques Publication, Infantry Platoon and Squad (ATP 3-21.8) ->view online
Dyslexi's Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures for Arma 3 (TTP3) -> view online



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