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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate a radio transceiver 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230052  Operate a radio transceiver 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Military Professional Development 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable learners to operate the radio transceiver in a military and law enforcement environment. The purpose of voice communication and undertaking of basic maintenance will enhance the learner's ability to operate the radio transceiver.

Accuracy and security is paramount in this environment, compared to other users of the radio transceiver. This unit standard will also enable learners to apply speech procedures to communicate over a radio transceiver in a military and law enforcement organisation.

Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Describe the uses and types of radio transceivers.
  • Describe the technical data of the radio transceiver.
  • Demonstrate the use of the specific radio transceiver.
  • Handle and test the radio transceiver in use.
  • Explain the purpose of radio speech procedures.
  • Describe measures to ensure security when communicating over a radio transceiver.
  • Describe the measures to promote accuracy when communicating over a radio transceiver.
  • Describe the elements of a radio network.
  • Explain the procedures to establish communication over a radio network. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Wherever the term "speech procedures" is used throughout this unit standard it should be interpreted as the procedures which are commonly used when communicating verbally via a radio transceiver.

    Range of types of radios include, but are not limited to: Very High Frequency (VHF), High Frequency (HF).

    Range of roles include, but are not limited to: man pack, handheld, vehicle installation.

    Range of modes of operation include: but are not limited to: frequency modulation, amplitude modulation, simplex, speech, duplex.

    Range of features include, but are not limited to: rebroadcast, relay, pre-selected channels, saveable channels. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the uses and types of radio transceivers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the radio is described in terms of their operating principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Types of radio transceivers are identified in terms of their uses. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of types of radios include, but are not limited to: Very High Frequency (VHF), High Frequency (HF).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The frequency range of the radio transceiver is identified for optimum use within a structured scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the technical data of the radio transceiver. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The radio in use is described in terms of its modes of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of modes of operation include: but are not limited to: frequency modulation, amplitude modulation, simplex, speech, duplex.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The radio in use is described in terms of its features. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of features include, but are not limited to: rebroadcast, relay, preselected channels, saveable channels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The power supply of the radio used is identified in order to perform troubleshooting and for maintenance purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The power output of the radio used is identified in order to perform troubleshooting and for maintenance purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Types of antenna used by the radio are listed with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate the use of the specific radio transceiver. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Any radio transceiver used in a high security environment can be used to assess this specific outcome. Learners must be assessed using at least one radio transceiver. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of the control features of the radio is demonstrated in a structured scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Control features include: switching on, setting of volume and tuning in to a specific frequency.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The selection of a mode of operation is demonstrated in a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of the radio handset is demonstrated in a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The functioning of a power supply of a radio is tested in a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Radio components are connected in a structured scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Handle and test the radio transceiver in use. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Test only refers to the testing in terms of user maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The handset is tested for serviceability in a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Handling methods which avoid damage to radio is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reasons why malfunctions of the radio must be reported are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the purpose of radio speech procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need for use of speech procedures is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Rules of transmission are explained in terms of organisational processes and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of deviating from prescribed procedures are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Describe measures to ensure security when communicating over a radio transceiver. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Rules to ensure security when communicating over a radio are listed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Procedures for reporting a security violation when communicating over a radio are explained according to organisational prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of code words when communicating over a radio is described in terms of its effect on the security of the communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reasons why nicknames are used when communicating over a radio is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Procedures to defend against jamming of radio communications are described in relation to organisational communication protocol. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Describe the measures to promote accuracy when communicating over a radio transceiver. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Voice techniques used for radio transmission are described in terms of their impact on the communication. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of voice techniques include, but is not limited to; pronunciation, emphasis, tone, clarity.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools used to clarify a voice message are described in terms of their impact on the communication. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of accuracy tools include, but are not limited to; phonetic alphabet, numerals, date, time.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Radio discipline when communicating over a radio is described in terms of its impact on the security aspect of the communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Operating rules for communicating over a radio is listed with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 8 
    Describe the elements of a radio network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A radio network is defined in terms of its components and operating principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Call signs are described as they are applied within an organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of radio calls are described as they are applied within an organisation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 9 
    Explain the procedures to establish communication over a radio network. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Radio network refers to an elementary radio network. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Phases to establish communication on a net is listed with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Preliminary procedures to establish communications over a radio network are listed using examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Procedures to perform a radio test on a radio network is explained according to manufacturer's instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedure for calling a station on the radio network is demonstrated in a structured scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Procedures for answering a station on the radio network is demonstrated in a structured scenario. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Types of radio transceivers
  • Frequency ranges of the types of radio transceivers
  • The technical data of the radio transceiver
  • Operating instructions of the radio in use
  • Radiotelephony procedures
  • Radio speech procedures
  • Radio transceiver security measures
  • Radio transceiver accuracy measures
  • The procedures to establish communication over a radio network
  • Elements of a radio network 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the use of a radio in the safety and security organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in operating and maintaining a radio in a safety and security organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral means over a radio network. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Develop a macro vision in terms of organisational methods of communication.
  • Enhance their capability to understand and use the knowledge gained to access communication services. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58577   National Certificate: General Security Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. 44 PARACHUTE REGIMENT 
    2. AIR DEFENCE ARTILLERY SCHOOL 
    3. ENGINEER SCHOOL 
    4. SA ARMY GYMNASIUM 
    5. SCHOOL OF ARTILLERY 
    6. SCHOOL OF TACTICAL INTELLIGENCE 



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