Simulation or emulation of mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) is used to predict or analyze the performance of MANETs under various scenarios. One challenge is to emulate realistically the MANET’s radio performance. Running the Extendable Mobile Ad Hoc Network Emulator (EMANE) framework, we show how to reproduce measured characteristics, namely throughput and round-trip time, of real tactical radios using wideband or narrowband TDMA-based waveforms. Additionally, a solution to simulate rate adaptation is proposed. An introduction to EMANE and the EMANE radio model plugins is also provided.