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Half-duplex radios

All the radios currently included in ACRE 2 are what is commonly known as half-duplex radios. This means that they can only transmit or receive at any given time. In practice, this means that if you are transmitting on a radio, you cannot hear anyone else.

If there are multiple speakers on the same frequency, they will interfere with eachother in such a way that you will only receive the strongest (usually closest) speaker.

Half-duplex limitations can be turned off in missions by using the Full Duplex and Interference CBA Settings.

Radios

Radio Name Strength City Range Perfect Range
AN/PRC-343 100 mW 400 m 850 m
AN/PRC-148 5 W 3-5 km 5-7 km
AN/PRC-152(c) 5 W 3-5 km 5-7 km
AN/PRC-117F 20 W 10-20 km Horizon
AN/PRC-77 4 W 1-3 km 3-5 km
SEM 52 SL 1 W 1-2 km 2-4 km
SEM 70 4 W 1-3 km 3-5 km

Classes can be found on the Class Names page.

Terrain and object interference

ACRE 2 realistically traces a signal path from the transmitting radio to any potential receivers. At the frequencies used on the currently available radios (VHF to UHF, 30 to 3000 megahertz), the radio waves act mostly like light, in the sense that they are blocked or attenuated by objects and the ground.

Unlike light these radio waves can still penetrate things like walls to some extent, but they will lose power and the range of the radio will be reduced. This might not affect a speaker if he is in a lone building in otherwise open terrain, but it will reduce signal strength and range inside a city or built-up area.

Terrain will outright block VHF and UHF signals. Some waves can bleed through via scattering and reflection, but generally radios on these bands are considered to be Line of Sight (LOS) radios as far as terrain is concerned.

The amount the signal is attenuated by objects and terrain can be reduced or removed using the Loss Model Scale CBA Setting.

Antennas

Following table shows a list of all antennas implemented in ACRE2. Currently, antennas cannot be swapped on the devices, default attached antennas are marked in bold.

Each antenna has a gain pattern (visualized in linked video), which is the signal pattern of the antenna over the supported range of frequencies. Gain patterns can be used to determine best frequencies to use in specific conditions with a given antenna. This is only relevant if using directional antennas (Ignore Antenna Direction setting disabled).

Antenna Name Type Compatible Devices
1M VHF TNC TNC AN/PRC-148, AN/PRC-152
1M VHF BNC BNC AN/PRC-148, AN/PRC-152
2.5 INCH UHF PRC343 TNC AN/PRC-343
0.4M SEM52/SEM70 BNC SEM 52 SL
0.9M SEM52 BNC SEM 52 SL
1.03M SEM70 BNC SEM 70
AT-271 PRC-77 3/8” AN/PRC-77
1.23M VHF TNC TNC AN/PRC-117F
2.7M MB VEH BNC BNC AN/VRC-103, AN/VRC-110, AN/VRC-111
FA80 VEH BNC BNC SEM90
AS-1729/VRC 3/8” AN/VRC-64
2.43M Ground Spike TNC AN/PRC-148, AN/PRC-152, AN/PRC-117F, AN/PRC-77, SEM 70
6.43M Ground Spike TNC AN/PRC-148, AN/PRC-152, AN/PRC-117F, AN/PRC-77, SEM 70

Classes can be found on the Class Names page.