The student should attempt to complete this basic training in order.

  • Radio Quick Start (Radio 101)
    • Introduction
    • Cautions about transmitting
    • Frequencies
      • Line of Sight (LOS)
      • Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS)
    • Parts of the Radio
      • Radio
      • Antenna
      • Battery Chargers
      • Accessories
        • Microphones/Headsets
        • Programming Cable
      • Warning about fake radios, batteries, and accessories
    • Basic Radio Operation
      • Power on/off
      • Lock/unlock button
      • Frequency Mode (VFO)
      • Channel Mode (MR)
      • Channel/Sub-channel (Dual Watch) (A/B)
      • Scanning
      • Other Buttons
      • Baofeng UV-5R, UV-82 and Anytone Radio Differences
    • Recommended Settings
      • Squelch
      • Voice Activation
      • Voice Prompts
    • Procedures (choose one for your radio type)
      • Manually programming a Channel (Baofeng)
      • Manually programming a Channel (Anytone)
    • Final Thoughts
      • Securing your Radio
      • Listening is way more important than talking on a radio.
      • Find interesting local frequencies, write them down in your area intelligence book, and listen to them on the radio
        • Radio Reference
        • Repeater Book
  • Radio Procedures (Radio 102) (Radio 102 Practice)
    • Date and Time Format
    • Call Signs
      • MCM assigned
      • Tactical
      • Vanity
    • The Golden Rules of Radio Communication
      • Clarity
      • Simplicity
      • Brevity
      • Security
    • Other Helpful Rules
    • NATO Phonetic Alphabet and Numbers
    • Basic Procedural Words (Pro Words)
  • Basic Reports (Radio 103) (Radio 103 Practice)
    • Review of Pro Words used in reporting
    • Dangers When Reporting
      • Wait Until Clear from “Kinetic Action” for Normal Traffic
      • Move from Hide to Transmit
      • PTT is a megaphone
      • Direction Finding/Close Call
    • Spot Report (SALUTE format)
    • Abbreviated Spot Report (SALT format)
    • 9-Line Medivac and MIST Reports
  • Advanced Reports (Radio 104) (Radio 104 Practice)
    • Review of Pro Words used in reporting
    • ANGUS – Initial Entry Report
    • BORIS – Intelligence Report
    • CYRIL – Situation Report
    • UNDER – Cache Report
    • CRACK – Battle Damage Report or a Condition Report
  • Authentication/Manual Encryption (Radio 105) (Radio 105 Practice)
    • Why use?
    • Trivial – Challenge Password
      • Examples
      • Disadvantages
      • Advantages and Improvements
        • Duress or “Something is wrong” Code
        • Phrase Fragments
    • Simple – Numerical Encryption Grid
      • Examples
      • Disadvantages
      • Advantages and improvements
        • Duress or “Something is wrong” Code
        • Alternative mappings
        • Encryption
    • Advanced – Generated One Time Pad, Dryad Encryption Grid
      • Examples
      • Disadvantages
      • Advantages and improvements
        • Duress or “Something is wrong” Code
        • Alternative mappings
        • Encryption
    • Warning – Won’t protect from practiced Signals Intelligence Operators
  • Brevity Codes (Radio 106) (Radio 106 Practice)
    • Why use?
    • Examples in real life
      • Procedural Words (Pro Words)
      • Police 10 Code (10-4, 10-22, etc)
      • NATO/American Multiservice (Blue/Red, Heavy, Hot/Cold, Repeat, Weapons Free/Safe, etc)
      • Radio Q codes (QSL – Can you acknowledge receipt?, QTH – What is your position? (Lat/Long), etc)
      • ARRL Radiogram codes (ONE – everyone safe here, THIRTEEN – Medical emergency here, etc)
      • Morse Code (CQ CQ CQ DE xxx – Calling anyone listening this is station xxx)
    • Simple Brevity Code
    • MCM Brevity Code
    • Warning – Won’t protect from practiced Signals Intelligence Operators
  • Putting it all Together (Radio 107)
    • Signal Operating Instructions (SOI)
    • PACE
      • Primary Frequency
      • Alternative Frequency
      • Contingency
      • Emergency
    • Non-Radio Signalling
      • Hand motions
      • Colored Light
      • Marking Panel
      • Whistle
      • Field Phone
    • Communications Windows
      • 3-3-3 Plan
      • 3-2-1 Plan
      • Agreed upon times that are random
    • What if you miss a check in?

Certification of Basic Radio Training

  1. Required: Have attended all level 100 training
  2. Proficiency: Can name the antenna connection type for their radio
  3. Proficiency: Can name the external microphone type for their radio
  4. Proficiency: Can show that they can charge their battery safely in or out of the radio
  5. Proficiency: Can show the input voltage to their battery charger
  6. Proficiency: Can show they can lock/unlock their radio keyboard
  7. Proficiency: Can show they can switch A/B
  8. Proficiency: From an SOI, can change a radio to a specified channel
  9. Proficiency: From an SOI, can change a radio to a specified frequency
  10. Proficiency: From an SOI, can authenticate a 2nd party
  11. Proficiency: From an SOI, can give covert distress signal to a challenging 2nd party.
  12. Proficiency: Can give a basic report, transmitting on A
  13. Proficiency: Can give an advanced report, transmitting on B
  14. Proficiency: Can receive a report and correctly copy it back.

Training Attendance:

  • Every MCM training class will have attendance taken and the RTO instructing the class will report this to the Region and State.
  • Students are required to stay in and participate in class.
  • Students are encouraged to run through the associated training practice and exercises.

Individual Radio Proficiency 1-7 Exercise:

  • A student will ask their Zone/Region RTO to certify their proficiency
  • After demonstrating the skills, the RTO will report success or failure of showing Basic Radio Proficiency 1-7 to the Region and State

Group Radio Proficiency 8-14 Exercise:

  • Three students (with radios) are given a generated common SOI and individual instruction sheets with scenario A, B, and C
  • Each person will then write down their assigned call signs and SOI information.
  • Each person will then set their radio up according to the SOI
  • The group will run through scenario A, B, and C.
  • The RTO will perform an AAR (After Action Report) and discuss sustaining and improving actions
  • The Instructor will report the students success or failure of showing Basic Radio Proficiency 8-14 to the Region and State.

Other Radio Training is also available.