Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to--
Describe the function of military antennas and wave propagation.
Check, install, operate, and maintain antenna RC-292.
Check, install, operate, and maintain antenna AT-984A/G.
Check, install, operate, and maintain antenna OE-254/GRC.
Select effective operating sites for tactical radios.
This lesson is based on FM 24-18, TM 11-666, TM 11-5820-348-15, TM 11-5985-
357-13, and other materials approved for US Army instruction; however,
development and progress render the text continually subject to change.
Therefore, base your examination answers on material presented in this text
rather than on individual or unit experiences.
a. Military thinkers envision that the battles of the next war will be
fought over expanded frontages by widely dispersed, highly mobile forces
concentrating superior combat power at critical places and times to
influence the battle.
Command, control, and communication (C3) will be
essential to fight and win on this lethal battlefield. All forces will rely
heavily on radios to communicate over long distances under less than ideal
b. The US Army has several configurations of radios available to help
complete its fire support mission.
Maximum performance from radio
communication is necessary. The antenna is the heart of the radio system.
The antenna is the means used to send and receive electromagnetic energy.
Proper use of the antenna may increase radio communicating range to several
times its rated value.
installation, and capability. Lesson 2 deals with improvising antennas from
material readily available on the battlefield.
d. As a lieutenant, you must be able to install, operate, and maintain
all radio components.
How you use or abuse your radios determines how
effectively you communicate and perform the fire support mission.