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Radio etiquette

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We've lately been doing some military RP with the latest UN group and have introduced an element into the group I've never experienced yet; IG radios. Now over the past few days we've been learning the ropes and had a lot of fun so far. So I decided to make a little guide to perhaps aid in the future if others get interested in radios. However the IG radios are in a very "alpha" state (surprise surprise) and have some issues with them and in this thread I will also try to go through some of them. Hopefully the devs will continue to work on that area a little more in the future.

The guide itself is slightly inspired from an actual military perspective as I recently completed my military service due to conscription, serving half of it as an NCO in the FDF. My own specialization and war time assignment in the military being a "Communications NCO" I also do realize the IG walkie-talkies aren't actual military grade VHF radios but still, it's been fun.

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General

When transmitting use short sentences. Try to keep the messages reasonably short and don't babble about irrelevant things. Prepare the message you're about to send so that it's as short and clear as possible. If the message is going to be long, divide it into segments. One segment should not last longer than 3-5 seconds at a time. The other party should not respond until the sender of the message has concluded the transmission by saying OVER. Do not transmit when you hear someone else transmitting.

At the start of the transmission, DayZ's VoIP mechanics being based solely on PTT radios (which should also be included by everyone when speaking in direct chat), hold down the PTT for a brief moment before transmitting a message and after you're done talking. This is so that the start and the end of the message don't get cut out at all.

Do not use ranks over the radio. Use predefined code names for each individual and group. Prefix or suffix SIR for example is not needed.

Keywords:

- GO AHEAD: I'm ready to receive the message

-  STAND BY: If you cannot respond immediately

- ROGER/NEGATIVE: You've received the message or explain why you don't agree/didn't hear the message

- WILCO: Will comply, after receiving new orders, implies Roger.

- SAY AGAIN: Didn't hear some message

- OVER: Said after each message sent over the radio

-  OUT: When ending the transmission. Needs to be said by both parties to conclude the transmission

Good and clear words to use over the radio in the start and during the transmission. Of course the messages may contain much more than just these.

Examples:

Simple transmission

Group 1 (RAPTOR ACTUAL): PHOENIX 1 this is RAPTOR ACTUAL OVER.

Group 2 (PHOENIX 1): This is PHOENIX 1, GO AHEAD OVER.

Group 1: PHOENIX 1 you have infected approaching from the east, go and take care of them OVER.

Group 2: ROGER that RAPTOR ACTUAL, we have eyes on and will proceed to handle them. OUT.

Group 1: OUT.

 

More complex transmission

Group 1: PHOENIX 1 this is RAPTOR ACTUAL OVER.

Group 2: ...

Group 1: PHOENIX 1 this is RAPTOR ACTUAL do you read OVER.

Group 2: This is PHOENIX 1. GO AHEAD OVER.

Group 1: PHOENIX 1 be advised you have a horde of infected approaching from the north.

Group 1: Couple more infected closing up on you from the south. Split your team up and take care of them.

Group 1: After that report back to us at the center of the town. OVER.

Group 2: RAPTOR ACTUAL we have no eyes on the ones down south but will send out men to take care of the ones up north.

Group 2: Can you be more specific of the location of the ones down south OVER.

Group 1: They're just over the hill down south of you. You should see them in just few seconds OVER.

Group 2: REPEAT the last message OVER.

Group 1: You should see them coming over the southern hill in a few seconds OVER.

Group 2: ROGER that. Will handle the infected in north and south. OUT.

Group 1: OUT.

 

DayZ and issues with IG radios

The IG radios are easy to break sometimes. They usually work fine when the server has recently restarted but their usability degrades fast the further we get from the last server restart. Some of the issues are related straight to the server performance or DayZ just being "DayZ" in general. While some of the issues just come from the simple mechanics that the game has.

Examples of issues that occur:

- Not hearing the other party transmitting. 2 different parties may be trying to transmit the message to one another but for some reason person A cannot hear person B. Sometimes neither of them can hear each other but it works fine between person A and person C

- Transmitting over the radio while VoIP is set on "Direct". An annoying issue that usually keeps people from having walkie-talkies on 24/7 while trying to RP

- Low battery life on walkie-talkies. Sometimes the radios literally eat up the battery incredibly fast. And due to batteries being a rare commodity it is an issue to actively keep radios on. Rumored that server restarts sometimes charge up the battery to full while sometimes they degrade over a period of few hours

- Radio transmission covers the rest of the RP. Should multiple people have their radios on in a same place and a transmission comes over. It'll literally cover the rest of the RP by being excessively loud and drives people crazy

- Very limited amount of radio frequencies. Self explanatory, sometimes causes people to get on the same frequency interfering with their RP. On the other hand can also cause events beneficial to RP. Maybe search for those who disrupt the radio communication

Solutions?

- If you're only using radios when separated as groups you could assign a radio operator / comms specialist for each group. Split off to different channels on TS and the designated radio operators set "Whisper" for each other on TS and talk with each other using that. Possibly while also holding Caps Lock to speak IG for the immersion

- Have the radios off for everyone. When group 1 wants to contact group 2 the radio operator pokes the other operator on TS to transmit a message. They then turn on their radios and start relaying the message they want to send. Meanwhile the rest of the group members pray to the DayZ gods that it works between the operators

If you have any additions, corrections that I find useful I'll be happy to add them to the guide. I gladly accept constructive feedback to improve the thread. Also might've fucked up something in your eyes since things might be different around here.

I will try to keep working on this guide, trying to improve it even more.

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I love it Skeetsi. Good shit.

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This is looking dope!

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Majoo    642

This looks pretty cool :)

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William    398

Looks great!

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Kerkkoh    44

Great work on this! If even someone used the radios and proper etiquette, it would definitely bring back some milsim vibes and realism.

I hope the IG Radios get fixed soon :/

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I like the idea of using voip and in game radios rather than using TS. Really makes the RP better

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Just wanted to add some clarifications here as not everyone is familiar with military radio lingo.

Callsign Actual: Would indicate that the commander of the detachment, and thus the entire unit to which it is attached, is requested to be spoken to, or is actually speaking. In the above example, Raptor Actual means that the commander is at the radio and not just a junior clerk or operator.

Reading you five/Five-by-five: Means that the transmission is loud and clear.

Wilco: Will comply, after receiving new orders, implies Roger.

Say again: Please repeat your last message.

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I like the idea of using voip and in game radios rather than using TS. Really makes the RP better

Then again we get to the many issues this causes. Surely this will change as the game develops further and we get the long awaited mods that will improve many aspects of the game. Radio chatter aslo some day hopefully

Just wanted to add some clarifications here as not everyone is familiar with military radio lingo.

Callsign Actual: Would indicate that the commander of the detachment, and thus the entire unit to which it is attached, is requested to be spoken to, or is actually speaking. In the above example, Raptor Actual means that the commander is at the radio and not just a junior clerk or operator.

Reading you five/Five-by-five: Means that the transmission is loud and clear.

Wilco: Will comply, after receiving new orders, implies Roger.

Say again: Please repeat your last message.

Cheers, will see if I can update some of them. The last keyword REPEAT I just freely translated from Finnish that we use ;)

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Phoenix    1046

I am not a fan of military, but good guide :)

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I like the idea of using voip and in game radios rather than using TS. Really makes the RP better

Then again we get to the many issues this causes. Surely this will change as the game develops further and we get the long awaited mods that will improve many aspects of the game. Radio chatter aslo some day hopefully

Just wanted to add some clarifications here as not everyone is familiar with military radio lingo.

Callsign Actual: Would indicate that the commander of the detachment, and thus the entire unit to which it is attached, is requested to be spoken to, or is actually speaking. In the above example, Raptor Actual means that the commander is at the radio and not just a junior clerk or operator.

Reading you five/Five-by-five: Means that the transmission is loud and clear.

Wilco: Will comply, after receiving new orders, implies Roger.

Say again: Please repeat your last message.

Cheers, will see if I can update some of them. The last keyword REPEAT I just freely translated from Finnish that we use ;)

Yeah when you say repeat over the radio, at least over in NA, it means repeat your last action. Say again is used to repeat a message you didn't hear correctly.

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I like the idea of using voip and in game radios rather than using TS. Really makes the RP better

Then again we get to the many issues this causes. Surely this will change as the game develops further and we get the long awaited mods that will improve many aspects of the game. Radio chatter aslo some day hopefully

Just wanted to add some clarifications here as not everyone is familiar with military radio lingo.

Callsign Actual: Would indicate that the commander of the detachment, and thus the entire unit to which it is attached, is requested to be spoken to, or is actually speaking. In the above example, Raptor Actual means that the commander is at the radio and not just a junior clerk or operator.

Reading you five/Five-by-five: Means that the transmission is loud and clear.

Wilco: Will comply, after receiving new orders, implies Roger.

Say again: Please repeat your last message.

Cheers, will see if I can update some of them. The last keyword REPEAT I just freely translated from Finnish that we use ;)

Yeah when you say repeat over the radio, at least over in NA, it means repeat your last action. Say again is used to repeat a message you didn't hear correctly.

Eh we got one word that's used in both occasions...?

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DarkSide    229

Looking good here Skeetsi.

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Wendigojames    14

I like the idea. I'm in the US Marine Corps as an infantryman. and when do things a bit different. Instead of saying the "you this is me" format, we just say "you-me". Pretty much like "Reaper actual - Reaper 1". And instead of saying "Repeat your last message. Over." We just say "Say again your last. Came in broken and unreadable." Cause most of the time it is broken and unreadable. And we don't really say over much. At least with my chain of command, we don't. But the idea of using it in military rp is good and i believe it brings out more realism if you're trying to be a military type group.

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Loving it. Not sure if I could do this without laughing at myself though

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Castiel    1124

This is pretty cool. I'm sure a few groups could use this, good stuff.

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Really nice guide, useful!

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Mazer    5

Love doing this kind of stuff, but along of the time it's just taking the piss in Teamspeak OOCly. But I reckon it's sick af and I hope I can see it in some of the UN's future videos.

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I like the idea. I'm in the US Marine Corps as an infantryman. and when do things a bit different. Instead of saying the "you this is me" format, we just say "you-me". Pretty much like "Reaper actual - Reaper 1". And instead of saying "Repeat your last message. Over." We just say "Say again your last. Came in broken and unreadable." Cause most of the time it is broken and unreadable. And we don't really say over much.  At least with my chain of command, we don't. But the idea of using it in military rp is good and i believe it brings out more realism if you're trying to be a military type group.

Also correct but this guide has also been slightly Hollywoodinized if you get what I mean. This is the kind of stuff usually seen in the movies so to speak and they're not always 100% representative to real life military. Already edited one of these off and it was OVER and OUT in the same sentence. Apparently it isn't used irl but you see it a lot in movies :)

We also use the following when starting a transmission for example

Group 1: KILO LIMA, BRAVO ECHO

Group 2: KILO LIMA

and that's it

If message came in unclear it's only

- REPEAT

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Wendigojames    14

I like the idea. I'm in the US Marine Corps as an infantryman. and when do things a bit different. Instead of saying the "you this is me" format, we just say "you-me". Pretty much like "Reaper actual - Reaper 1". And instead of saying "Repeat your last message. Over." We just say "Say again your last. Came in broken and unreadable." Cause most of the time it is broken and unreadable. And we don't really say over much.  At least with my chain of command, we don't. But the idea of using it in military rp is good and i believe it brings out more realism if you're trying to be a military type group.

Also correct but this guide has also been slightly Hollywoodinized if you get what I mean. This is the kind of stuff usually seen in the movies so to speak and they're not always 100% representative to real life military. Already edited one of these off and it was OVER and OUT in the same sentence. Apparently it isn't used irl but you see it a lot in movies :)

We also use the following when starting a transmission for example

Group 1: KILO LIMA, BRAVO ECHO

Group 2: KILO LIMA

and that's it

If message came in unclear it's only

- REPEAT

Oh yeah dude I get what you're saying. I was just stating that it's what we use. Not trying to say you need to change at all.

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Undead    235

Ayee I played as an RCO in the 173rd Muslim unit for quite a while before leading my own squad and I love this guide. Really solid and I would love to see some of this stuff used in game. I miss acre tbh.

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Bowser    45

Sick guide. If I were military I would use this a lot!

Cheers!

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