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    Long Distance Communications

    Long Distance Communications

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Kerstin Roberts | Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division conduct a high frequency long shot...... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Kerstin Roberts 

    Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

    U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, made a long distance
    call via radio to Okinawa, Japan on Jan. 18, 2020, at approximately 1 p.m. on Marine Corps Base
    Camp Pendleton, California. Using the mountainous terrain of Camp Pendleton to their
    advantage, these Marines were able to amplify their high frequency (HF) radio shot to reach over
    6,000 miles to Camp Shwab in Japan.
    “We are shooting a high frequency shot into Okinawa, Japan using a field expedient
    antenna ran through our vehicle system,” stated Cpl. Shelton Needham, a field radio operator,
    3/1, 1st MARDIV. “No matter where we are at, we can set up one of these antennas and talk to
    anyone that we need to talk to.”
    With this highly mobile platform, Marines are able to establish worldwidecommunications. This capability is extremely vital to maintain in this modern era. Other means
    of communications, such as satellites, can be targeted and taken offline. However, with these
    systems, Camp Pendleton can maintain global communication regardless of other systems being
    “High frequency radio is able to talk world wide with the right antenna and the correct
    power outage that is,” stated Cpl. Clay Fitzpatrick, field radio operator with 3/1, 1st MARDIV.
    These long distance calls do not occur frequently on base. The field radio operators of 3/1
    routinely conduct shorter radio calls throughout Camp Pendleton. Longer calls have not been
    conducted in several years. However, the Marines of 3/1 are more than confident with these
    longer distance calls.“This is my first time directing the long shot to Oki,” said Needham. “Most of the time
    our maximum distance is across Camp Pendleton.”
    Communication is a key factor in all operations. The United States Marine Corps makes
    sure that it’s Marines will always be able to contact who they need to. In any place and at any
    time, Camp Pendleton’s radio operating Marines work to maintain fast and reliable



    Date Taken: 01.15.2020
    Date Posted: 01.17.2020 12:26
    Story ID: 359540
    Location: CAMP PENDLETON , CA, US 

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