ROYAL AIR FORCE. COMMON CORE AND DEPLOYMENT SKILLS AIDE-MEMOIRE

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BASIC RADIO PROCEDURE

You must assume that all radio transmissions are monitored. The key elements to remember are:

Security, Accuracy and Discipline (SAD).

Rhythm, Speed, Volume and Pitch (RSVP).

DO:

◉ Use your call-sign at the start of a transmission.

◉ Use only authorised nicknames and codewords.

◉ Answer calls promptly.

◉ Think before transmitting.

◉ Maintain constant radio watch.

◉ Keep messages brief, clear and logical.

◉ Use pro-words.

◉ Authenticate when a spoof message is suspected. DO NOT:

DO NOT:

◉ Use individual mannerisms.

◉ Use slang or jargon.

◉ Transmit aircraft types, roles, loads, names, units or locations in clear.

◉ Swear or lose your temper.

◉ Violate radio silence (unless operationally necessary).

PRO-WORDS:

Hello - Used to alert the radio net.

This is - Indicates identity of calling station.

Over - End of my message, reply required.

Send - I am ready to receive your message.

Roger - Message received and understood.

Say Again - Repeat all or part of message.

Out - End of my message, no reply required.

Contact wait out - In contact with enemy, report to follow. Radio silence enforced, until Contact Report sent.

Figures - Groups of numbers sent digit by digit

I spell - Used in conjunction with the phonetic alphabet.

Grid - Used before any grid reference, whether in clear or code.

Radio check - Repeat how you receive my transmission.

OK - Communications satisfactory.

Weak - Your transmission is weak.

Nothing heard - No transmission received.

AUTHENTICATION TABLE

" Hello C34 this is 40 authenticate 3C over."

"C34, 35 over."

"40 correct out."

See table on the Desktop-site

Then stroke through 35 to indicate that it has been used once and is not to be used again. Should another station request call-sign to authenticate re-using 3C, no reply should be offered and 'spoof signal precautions should be taken in accordance with local orders.

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