What does a Radio Operator do?

Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.

Jobs Roles

  • Monitor emergency frequencies to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.
  • Communicate with receiving operators to exchange transmission instructions.
  • Operate radio equipment to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.
  • Broadcast weather reports and warnings.
  • Maintain station logs of messages transmitted and received for activities such as flight testing and fire locations.
  • Conduct periodic equipment inspections and routine tests to ensure that operations standards are met.
  • Turn controls or throw switches to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.
  • Operate sound-recording equipment to record signals and preserve broadcasts for purposes such as analysis by intelligence personnel.
  • Send, receive, and interpret coded messages.
  • Repair radio equipment as necessary, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Coordinate radio-related aspects of locating and contacting airplanes and ships that are missing or in distress.
  • Determine and obtain bearings of sources from which signals originate, using direction-finding procedures and equipment.
  • Examine and operate new equipment prior to installation to ensure that it performs properly.
  • Review applicable regulations regarding radio communications, and report violations.
  • Set up antennas and mobile communication units during military field exercises.
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