Communications was extremely important for Intaf. The late Duncan Harper started the Technical Radio Section for Intaf with its HQ in Gwelo. He was awareded the MSM for his excellent work in this regard. (See the Medals and Decorations page for a photo). There were satellite offices in Bulawayo and Mike Gover and Ian Chattertom were staff members there. Planning of Radio Networks, Roll Out and Maintenance were conducted from Salisbury.
Radios were used on a daily basis to communicate to the deployed personnel who were based at the Keeps, the ARUs and those who were in the field on a daily basis. A Signals Section was established at Chikurubi Training Depot to train uniformed personnel. The Agric-Alert radio system was introduced as the war ecalated and this was maintained by the DCs stations. It allowed daily contact with the surrounding farming community.
Each army JOC also relied on radio communications for command and control of all units (including Intaf units) and the JOCs were responsible for issuing radio codes to all arms of service for daily use.
Specific pro words were used by everybody as follows:
Rhodesian Armed Forces Radio Appointment Titles
Radio language was cryptic of nature due to the necessity for secrecy so that the enemy was less able to monitor and collect information. The following appointment titles were used on a daily basis by all arms of service.
Army - CRUSADER
INTAF - LIGHTHOUSE
Police - BAILIFF
Air Force - CYCLONE
Guard Force - BASTION
Infantry - FOXHOUND
Armoured Cars - IRONSIDE
Artillery - SHELDRAKE
Engineers - HOLDFAST
Signals - PRONTO
Medics - STARLIGHT
Intelligence - ACORN
BSAP Support Unit - MANTLE/BADGER
POU - SENSOR
Military Police - WATCHDOG
Trackers - SPARROW
Quartermaster - NUTSHELL
Transport Officer - PLAYTIME
Vehicle Maintenance - BLUEBELL
Paymaster - GOLDFINGER
Duty Officer - GLOWWORM
Senior rank in command - SUNRAY
Second in command - SUNRAY MINOR
Adjutant - SEAGULL
Channel compatibility chart issued by the Signals Section of Chikurubi Training Centre
Comms net diagram as illustrated in the Keep Commanders Handbook