NEWS | Oct. 21, 2019

Radios: Care Keeps Radios Communicating!

Dear Editor,

Soldiers need reminding that rough treatment can quickly silence radios.

If they jam connectors on, twist knobs hard, throw gear around, don’t watch where they’re stepping, and pile equipment on radios, then they’ll soon have a radio that can’t communicate.

Carefully mate connectors. Don’t twist knobs farther than they want to go.

Watch where you put your feet.

Don’t throw stuff around radios that can knock off knobs or connectors.

Never pile equipment on top of radios. If radios can’t get fresh air, they overheat.
Graphic of radio covered with equipment which causes overheating.

Please use caution when climbing into vehicles with installed radios.

It’s a good idea to take off as much gear as possible, depending on the tactical situation, before getting in the vehicle. Especially in HMWWVs, there’s not much room inside to maneuver. The more gear you’re wearing, the more likely you are to damage something on the radio.

CPL Ryan Latour
Ft Hood, TX
Editor's Note: We hear you loud and clear, Corporal. Thanks for the reminders.