This field manual (FM) serves as a reference document for tactical radio systems. It also provides doctrinal procedures and guidance for using tactical radios on the modern battlefield.
This FM targets operators, supervisors, and planners, providing a common reference for tactical radios. It provides a basic guidance and gives the system planner the necessary steps for network planning, interoperability considerations, and equipment capabilities.
Chapter 1 - APPLICATIONS FOR TACTICAL RADIO DEPLOYMENT * Modularity * Tactical Radio Deployment * Army Special Operations Forces * Army Force Generation Process * Chapter 2 - TACTICAL RADIOS * Tactical Radio Networks * Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations * Chapter 3 - HIGH FREQUENCY RADIOS * High Frequency Communications Concepts * AN/PRC-150 I Advanced High Frequency/Very High Frequency Tactical Radio * Improving High Frequency Radio Operations * Improved High Frequency Radios * Chapter 4 - VERY HIGH FREQUENCY RADIO SYSTEMS * Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Characteristics and Capabilities * Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Radio Sets * Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Ancillary Equipment * Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Planning * Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Wireless Network Extension Station * Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System Jamming and Anti-Jamming * AN/PRC-148 Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio AN/PRC-152 Multiband Handheld Radio * Chapter 5 - ULTRA HIGH FREQUENCY RADIOS * Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below * Enhanced Position Location Reporting System * Blue Force Tracking * Near Term Digital Radio * Tactical Digital Information Link-Joint Terminals * Multifunctional Information Distribution System * Chapter 6 - SINGLE-CHANNEL TACTICAL SATELLITE * Single-Channel Tactical Satellite Introduction * Single-Channel Tactical Satellite Planning Considerations * Single-Channel Ultra High Frequency And Extremely High Frequency Terminals * AN/PSC-5 Radio Set (Spitfire) * AN/PSC-5I UHF Tactical Ground Terminal (Shadowfire) * AN/PSC-5D Multiband Multimission Radio * AN/PRC-117F Manpack Radio * Army Conventional Forces * Operations and Intelligence Networks * Single-Channel Tactical Satellite Fire Support Networks * Single-Channel Tactical Satellite Communications Planning * Chapter 7 - AIRBORNE RADIOS * Airborne Single-Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems * AN/ARC-210 Radio System * AN/ARC-220 Radio System * AN/VRC-100(V) High Frequency Ground/Vehicular Communications System * AN/ARC-231 Radio System * AN/ARC-164(V) 12 Ultra High Frequency Radio * AN/VRC-83(V) Radio Set * AN/ARC-186(V) VHF AM/FM Radio * Chapter 8 - OTHER TACTICAL RADIO SYSTEMS * AN/PRC-126 Radio Set * ICOM F43G Handheld Radio * Land Mobile Radio * Land Warrior * Combat Survivor Evader Locator * AN/PRC-90-2 Transceiver * AN/PRC-112 Combat Search and Rescue Transceiver * Joint Tactical Radio System * Chapter 9 - ANTENNAS * Antenna Fundamentals * Antenna Concepts and Terms * Ground Effects * Antenna Length * Improvement of Marginal Communications * Types of Antennas * Field Repair * Chapter 10 - AUTOMATED COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING SYSTEM * System Description * Hardware * Software * Chapter 11 - COMMUNICATIONS TECHNIQUES: ELECTRONIC PROTECTION * Electronic Warfare * Commanders Electronic Protection Responsibilities * Staff Electronic Protection Responsibilities * Planning Process * Signal Security * Emission Control * Preventive Electronic Protection Techniques * Electronic Warfare for Single-Channel Tactical Satellite * Counter Remote Control Improvised Explosive Device Warfare * Joint Spectrum Interference Resolution Reporting * Chapter 12 - RADIO OPERATING PROCEDURES * Phonetic Alphabet * Numerical Pronunciation * Procedure Words * Radio Call Procedure