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Chinese radio beacon

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The Chinese radio beacon is a radio station found in random encounters in Fallout 3.


The Chinese radio beacon will be added to your radio in a random location in the Wasteland. The signal will grow stronger as you get closer to the source of the beacon – a dead Chinese commando.

The commando carries a full set of Chinese equipment, including a Chinese pistol, Chinese officer's sword, and a dirty Chinese jumpsuit, as well as assorted medical supplies.

If you can't find the corpse, try making Dogmeat search for a weapon.

If the player uses the tcl console command, they can go underground where they will find a ham radio labeled "Chinese Radio Beacon" underneath the commando. The radio can be talked to like any non-player character. If interacted with, the player will hear "Hello?" or "Hey there" in English through the radio, to which the only reply available is "See you later. or Time for me to go." Upon choosing this, the player then hears "Bye" or "Later" in English as the dialog ends.

The message broadcast over the signal is "bai shi" (敗 失), which is pronounced more like "bye sir" by people for whom Chinese is a second language, or can also be perceived as "shi bai" (失 敗), both of which mean losing and failing.


  • If the dead Chinese commando spawns at a location such as Super-Duper Mart with raiders present, the raiders will loot the commando's body of most or all weapons but leave the dirty Chinese jumpsuit behind. If the commando spawns at a raider location, search the raiders first if you want the commando's weapons, which are in much better repair than normal raider weapons.


  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png If the player already has a given Chinese object in their inventory the Commando may spawn without that particular object in his inventory.
  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png Sometimes the dead Chinese commando doesn't spawn. You can still noclip underground and find the ham radio, but there will be no corpse above it.
    • PCIcon pc.png A workaround on the PC is to use the console command player.placeleveledactoratme a0a4c.
  • Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Sometimes the beacon will become available only at a far edge of the world-map, indicating the commando's body is somewhere far off-map.