Many Airsoft fields require players to have a radio for safety concerns. But, they also enhance the general atmosphere and enjoyment of each Airsoft game as long as they are used correctly.
A radio is used to communicate with other players and/or administrators on the field. A majority of radios are push-to-talk meaning you have to push a button before you can talk to everyone listening.
You may think of a radio channel as a room. Imagine you are in a room with other people. If you say something, everyone else in that room will hear it. However, someone else in another room will not be able to hear you. Channels work the same way. So if you speak on radio channel one, then anyone else set to channel one will be able to hear you.
In addition, there are sub-channels which is a selection of additional channels under a main channel. For example, Channel 1 Sub-channel 5.
Unlike a telephone, only one user may speak over the radio channel at a given time. To avoid chaos and confusion, follow this guideline when you want to say something.
Identify yourself and whom you wish to speak to. This is to ensure he is listening.
User A: User B, this is User A. Please respond.
User B: User A, this is User B. Go ahead.
Deliver your message clearly and as direct as possible.
User A: Three enemy soldiers inbound to your location. ETA 2 minutes.
User B: Roger that, my men are ready.
When talking, be sure to speak clearly and slowly. Your mouth should be no closer than 4 inches to your radio to deliver a clear message. In addition, wait a second after pushing the button to talk to avoid the beginning of your transmission being cut off.
The call button will send a “Beep” sound to everyone on the channel. Your own radio will not make a noise. Be sure you are not accidentally hitting or holding down the call button! Doing so is very annoying and blocks most communication on the channel.
VOX stands for Voice Operated eXchange. Instead of pressing a button to talk, VOX enables you to talk over the channel by simply talking. However, any sound over a certain volume will begin the conversation and in many cases, cause a lot of unintentional calling over the channel.
If you are new to radios, make sure that VOX is turned OFF. Many times a radio channel will be blocked because a player has their radio set on VOX and is constantly transmitting due to the sound of gunfire in the background.
This is a procedure where a player will discover what channel the enemy is on and hold down his call button; thus disabling communication amongst the opposing side. This technique is not allowed on most fields.
Radios are a terrific part of the game of Airsoft. Just make sure that you are using yours properly.