There will be more music playing out across the Canadian prairies than ever before as 5,000 of our pocket radios have arrived in BATUS.
Troops have been tuning in to Forces Radio BFBS in tanks, offices, and during downtime while on exercise.
Commander BATUS, Colonel Marcus Evans, requested the tiny FM transmitters for the battlegroups and permanent staff:
“Whether they’re on winter repair or whether they’re safety staff working for me, troops on training or the opposing force, they’re away from the UK for a really long time, almost as long as if they’re on operations."
“When they’re undertraining we try and take their personal electronic devices away from them because we think the enemy could exploit those, so they have to deploy on the prairie with nothing.”
The first soldiers to listen to the new portable radios are from 6 Armoured Close Support Battalion, REME, on Exercise Prairie Phoenix.
Radios On Rotation
The radios will now be issued with kit from the BATUS stores and handed back at the end of each exercise.
As well as listening to the latest tunes, troops will get the latest forces news, sport, and features, and keep in touch with the rest of the forces world.
Exercise Prairie Storm starts in BATUS this week, when units within the battlegroup will be issued with the radios.
The timing of the Forces Radio BFBS Canada afternoon show has also been moved to 1400-1700hrs local time, as this three-hour slot is a better fit for the troops out on the prairie.
Station Manager, Frank McCarthy, said:
“Those who have deployed to operational areas in the past may be familiar with our little radios, but this is the first time we’ve donated them on such a large scale to a training area."
“The team at BFBS Canada looks forward to broadcasting on 104.1FM to many more of our listeners across the prairies.”