2-8. PRELIMINARY STEPS
Before you leave your base, make sure you have:
Usable maps for your area of operations.
A working hand-held compass.
A CURRENT CEOI.
It is also a good idea to take along:
A supply of WARNING SIGNS.
Extra cloth for streamers.
A suppIy of special stakes to use in the type of terrain you may find in your area of operations.
Measurement standard, short/long.
Antenna site selection and antenna erection should be rehearsed as much as possible. This practice is very
important when team members change.
To help you when practicing antenna site selection and antenna erection, you should make use of 20 foot and
83 foot standards of length to help you make accurate stake placement.
These standards can be very helpful during night operations.
Examples of a 20 foot SHORT STANDARD (to accurately place mast guy stakes) are:
A 40 foot GUY LINE (COLOR
folded in half.
A 20 foot length of field wire. Make sure it is tagged.
An 83 foot length of field wire makes a good long standard for establishing the location of the two
HALFRHOMBIC ANTENNA stakes.