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1 ECP3128A M7100 System Mobile Radio Users Guide for York County, PA Emergency Services Training Session Notes

2 ECP3128Apage 2 Introducing the M7100 The M7100 is multi-mode mobile radio designed to operate in a challenging public safety environment. We will learn about its operation by: –Discussing the RF system. –Learning about the parts of the mobile installation. –Name the parts of the control unit. –Originate and receive calls. –Change user parameters. –Become aware of limitations.

3 ECP3128Apage 3 Project 25 (P25) Project 25 is a public safety communications standard dedicated to ensuring interoperability in communications. It is designed to ensure fast and secure communications between local, state and federal agencies when protecting the public's welfare. The Project 25 standard organization is comprised of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), the National Association of State Telecommunications Directors (NASTD) and the U.S. Federal Government. The Federal Government through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has dictated that all new and existing federal communications systems will be P25 compliant. P25 is an all digital voice system that can be trunking or conventional non-trunking.

4 ECP3128Apage 4 Conventional vs. Trunked System Selects which Repeater to Use Trunked Approach Channel 1 Channel 2 Group A Group B Group C Group D Conventional Approach Users Select which Repeater to Use Group A Group B Group C Group D

5 ECP3128Apage 5 Why Trunking? Trunking: –Improves spectral efficiency –Relieves the user from managing the channel –Encourages cross agency / shared communications –Establishes communications privacy –Encourages private communications –Discourages eavesdropping by scanners –Establishes queuing rather than waiting –Enables priority use during busy times

6 ECP3128Apage 6 P25 Trunking System Features Digital Control Channel Multiple Working Channels < 0.5 Second Access Group & Individual Voice Calls Unit ID for each radio Late / Delayed Entry Emergency Calls Queuing with Priority Unit Enable / Disable Wide Area Coverage

7 ECP3128Apage 7 ??? How Far Does it Cover ? Many factors affect range: –Site Location –Urban Clutter –Reflections / Multipath –Ducting over Water –Heavy vegetation –Weather –Frequency

8 ECP3128Apage 8 Simulcast – Extending the Coverage SIMULtaneous broadCAST All RF sites have: –Same number of channels –Same radio frequencies –Same channel designated as control channel When someone makes a call, that call is rebroadcast to every site regardless of whether or not someone is there to listen. The users have no indication that simulcasting is occurring other than better coverage.

9 ECP3128Apage 9 Multisite – Extending Coverage Units inform the network of their location: –Each time the Radio is powered up. –Each time a System selection is made. –Each time a Group selection is made. When Radio detects a high bit error rate on the Control Channel –Radio will look for another site using an algorithm. –Automatically switches to new site when criteria is met. RF Site 1 RF Site 2

10 ECP3128Apage 10 Radio Nomenclature Before actually operating the radio, one should know some of the terms and descriptions associated with operation. Such as: –Radio –Microphone –Speaker –Control Unit Display Buttons Knobs –Antenna Lets take a look at these before actually operating the radio.

11 ECP3128Apage 11 Mounting The M7100 has several mounting configurations that could apply to you. –Front Mount – radio and control is mounted together near the operator. –Remote Mount – the radio is mounted remotely (trunk) and the control unit is near the operator. –Dual Control – Two control units controlling one radio. Operation is using the control unit.

12 ECP3128Apage 12 Operator Position Control Unit has most of the controls for the radio. The removable microphone provides voice input as well as the Push To Talk switch. Speaker is located near the control unit. Programming or mobile data connector may be visible. Military Style Microphone Programming Interface May not be installed! Speaker

13 ECP3128Apage 13 Microphone Contains Microphone – Hold the microphone approximately three inches from the mouth and speak in a normal voice. PTT – Push-To-Talk and Release-To-Listen Hang-Up Button – Off hook is the same as a CLEAR/MONITOR function. Placing the microphone on hook will end special calls. (Does not stops scanning.) Hang-Up-Button Microphone PTT

14 ECP3128Apage 14 SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDISIND SCAN CENTRAL EMS MAIN Control Unit Power On-Off Volume Control Display 2 lines 8 characters Keypad Light Sensor Group / Channel Selector 360 Rotation Microphone Connector Ramp Systems Menus Scan On-Off Scan Add/Delete Indicators Emergency

15 ECP3128Apage 15 Display Messages Listing of some messages that appear on line 1 and 2. Talkgroup or Channel Name(EMS MAIN) Call Queued (QUEUED) System Busy (SYS BUSY) Call Denied (DENIED) Individual Call (*INDV*) Control Channel Scan (CC SCAN) Wide Area Scan (WA SCAN) Receive Emergency (*RXEMER*) Transmit Emergency (*TXEMER*) Menu Items(BCK LGHT) System Name (example: CENTRAL) Volume Level(VOL = 10) Caller Identification (GR 1234) Who Has Called(* WHC *) Menu(MENU) LINE 1: LINE 2:

16 ECP3128Apage 16 Basic Operation Items to Discuss –Power on the radio. –Read the display. –Change systems. –Change groups. –Originate a group call. –Receive a group call. –Declaring an Emergency. –Scanning –Menu Operation

17 ECP3128Apage 17 SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDIS IND SCAN POWER UP SELFTEST Power On and Log In Rotate Volume On/Off Control Clockwise about ¼ turn. All segments of the VFD* display should briefly display and the display should show Power Up Self Test, followed by an audible beep and the system/group display. The radio will transmit into the network and log in automatically, telling the network the ID of the radio and the group that is selected. Power On/Off & Volume * Vacuum Florescent Display

18 ECP3128Apage 18 Displaying the Systems and Groups The radios display is showing the system and group that you are part of. The top line will be the system name representing a location and a set of groups. Examples are: –NORTH –WEST –CENTRAL –SOUTH –FULTON –UTAC The second line will show the selected group control by the small buttons on the side of the radio. Examples are: –MAIN –CF ADMIN –CAR CAR1 –EMS MAIN –UCALL 40 –etc SCAN CENTRAL EMS MAIN

19 ECP3128Apage 19 Changing the System The System represents a location and a set of groups. 1.System names appear on Line 1 of the display. 2.Press the ramp button up to ramp up to the desired System or down to ramp down to the desired System. In normal operation, the system name may change as the radio acquires the best RF site for operation. The radio will not select the FULTON or UTAC system automatically. SCAN CENTRAL EMS MAIN 2 1

20 ECP3128Apage 20 Changing Groups A group represents the people to which you want to communicate. 1.The Group name will appear on Line 2 of the display. 2.Use the rotary knob on the bottom left to select the group. Rotate the knob in one direction to advance through the list or rotate the knob in the other direction to back up in the list. 3.The groups are the same in all of your systems except for UTAC. There are lots of groups to select! SCAN CENTRAL EMS MAIN 1 2

21 ECP3128Apage 21 SCAN CENTRAL EMS MAIN 4 1 2 3 5 Originate a Group Call 1.Turn on the radio. 2.Select the group you want to talk to. 3.Group names appear on Line 2 of the display. 4.Push-to-Talk (PTT). 5.Indicator will light red while transmitting. 6.Speak into the microphone. 6

22 ECP3128Apage 22 Receiving A Group Call 1.The callers Radio ID or alias appears on Line 1 (ex. 12345). 2.The group that is being received appears on Line 2. 3.The Indicator will light green while receiving. 4.Adjust Power On/Off & Volume control for pleasing level of audio, but not to overdrive the speaker. 5.PTT to respond. SCAN GR 12345 EMS MAIN 4 1 3 5 2

23 ECP3128Apage 23 Declaring an Emergency 1.Press and hold the red EMERGENCY button for approximately 1 seconds. 2.*TXEMER* appears in the display and will continue to flash, alternating with the selected group, until the emergency is cleared. 3.PTT and talk. The console dispatcher clears emergencies. If you declare an emergency, your radio will remain on the group until the emergency is cleared. This feature only available when in the trunked mode, not available in UTAC system. SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDIS IND SCAN CENTRAL *TXEMER* 3 1 2 EM 12345 *RXEMER* Receive Indication

24 ECP3128Apage 24 Group Scanning A list of groups to scan must exist before scanning can occur. The M7100 System model radio is configured for user programmable scanning – the user creates and modifies the list. There are three levels of priority. Priority 1 is the highest and priority 3 (S) is the lowest. Scanning must be off to create, add or delete groups from the scan list.

25 ECP3128Apage 25 Turning SCAN On/Off 1.Press SCAN and release to turn on the scan function; any group in the scan list will be scanned. 2.The light above the SCAN key indicates SCAN on/off. 3.Press SCAN again to turn off the scan function (light off). SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDIS IND SCAN CENTRAL EMS MAIN Note: The microphone does not have to be on hook for the scanning to function. 1 & 3 2

26 ECP3128Apage 26 Establishing or Modifying a Scan List 1.Make sure Scan is turned OFF. 2.Select the group you wish to scan. 3.Press scan ramp up (+) to add the group to the scan list 4.S,1, or 2 will appear based on users desired priority level. 5.Press scan ramp down (-) to decrease delete the group from the Scan List. SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDIS IND SCAN S EMS MAIN 2 1 3, 4 &5

27 ECP3128Apage 27 Nuisance Deleting from a Scan List User entered or limited scan list only: –When a call is being heard while in scan mode and the call is not the selected or priority 1 group and you wish to remove the group from the scan list. –Press the +/- button down once to show the priority level. Press the button down again to delete the group from the Scan List. –The group or channel will return to the scan list when the radio is powered off and back on. +/- SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDIS IND SCAN CENTRAL EMS4

28 ECP3128Apage 28 Backlight Control 1.Press DIS button to adjust the brightness of the display, indicators and the backlighting of the buttons simultaneously. 2.The top line of the display with the current setting (BCKL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6). 3.Use the RAMP CONTROL to change the level of brightness from off to 6 (seven levels). 4.Press the MENU button to accept the value. 5.If the display is set to off, powering the radio off and back on will power up the radio to display of 1. SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDIS IND SCAN BCKL 5 EMS MAIN 3 1 4 2 Ambient light changes will cause the brightness to increase 1 level with bright light or decrease 1 level in darkness, provided the BCKL is not set to the limits of 1 or 6. There is a four second delay.

29 ECP3128Apage 29 Menu Control 1.Press MENU to enter the Menu mode. 2.The display will show MENU on the top line and the menu item on the second line. 3.Use the Ramp control to find and select desired menu item, and press M a second time to select the item. 4.The menu items sub-menu will appear. Again use the ramp control to select the desired choice and press the M button to enter the choice. 5.Pressing the CLR button will exit the menu without changes or wait for time out (10 seconds) to leave the menu. SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDIS IND SCAN MENU KEY LOAD 3 1 1 & 4 2 5 !Some menu items may exist for maintenance information. While no harm will occur from accessing them, they will not be explained to the user.

30 ECP3128Apage 30 Dual Control Dual Control allows two different control units to control the radio at different times.

31 ECP3128Apage 31 Dual Control Operation Dual Control operation is confirmed when the inactive control unit shows *DUAL* on its display. The active control unit is in control of the radio. Taking over the control from the active control unit is done by meeting certain requirements at the inactive control unit. –Operating PTT momentarily. (Pressing and releasing the PTT on the microphone is the most common method, but momentarily operation of any PTT function that in programmed in the radio such as Auxiliary inputs will accomplish the transfer.) –Pressing the Emergency button, if configured. Turning off the active control unit will transfer operation to the other control unit. SYSGRP OPT STSMSGCLR MENU PHNDIS IND SCAN *DUAL*

32 ECP3128Apage 32 M7100 Alert Tones Call Originateshort mid-pitched beep (beep) Autokeyshort mid-pitched beep sounding after queued and an open channel is gained (beep) Call Queuedhigh-pitched tone (beep) sounded when the system places the call request in a queue System Busythree low-pitched tones (dut-dut-dut), only with I- Calls Call Deniedlow-pitched tone (bomp) sounded when the radio is not authorized on the selected system Timing Outfive short high-pitched warning tones (beep..) followed by a low-pitched tone (bomp) Key Press Alertshort tone beep= access; low-pitched bomp= denial Missed I-Calltelephone ring sounded when an incoming individual call is not answered

33 ECP3128Apage 33 Transmitter Hazards Explosive Atmospheres – Just as it is dangerous to fuel a vehicle with the motor running, similar hazards exist when operating a mobile radio. Be sure to turn the radio off while fueling a vehicle. Do not carry containers of fuel in the trunk of a vehicle if the radio is mounted in the trunk. Areas with potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked. Turn OFF your radio when in any area with a potentially explosive atmosphere. It is rare, but not impossible that the radio or its accessories could generate sparks. Interference to Vehicular Electronics Systems – Electronic fuel injection systems, electronic anti-skid braking systems, electronic cruise control systems, etc., are typical electronic systems that can malfunction due to the lack of protection from radio frequency energy present when transmitting. If the vehicle contains such equipment, consult the dealer and enlist their aid in determining the expected performance of electronic circuits when the radio is transmitting. Electric Blasting Caps – To prevent accidental detonation of electric blasting caps, DO NOT use two-way radios within 1000 feet of blasting operations. Always obey the Turn Off Two-Way Radios signs posted where electric blasting caps are being used. (OSHA Standard: 1926-900) Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gas Powered Vehicles – Mobile radio installations in vehicles powered by liquefied petroleum gas with the LP gas container in the trunk or other sealed-off space within the interior of the vehicle must conform to the National Fire Protection Association standard NFPA 58 requiring: –The LP gas container and its fittings. –Outside filling connections shall be used for the LP gas container. –The LP gas container shall be vented to the outside of the vehicle.

34 ECP3128Apage 34 RF Energy Exposure Awareness RF Energy Exposure Information is printed in the operators manual. The user is expected to read and be aware of this information. The antenna should be installed on the outside of the vehicle in such a way to minimize RF exposure to the driver and passengers. Keep away from the antenna when transmitting and report any missing or loose antennas or cables. For bystanders unaware of the transmitter, a save distance for your band and power would be approximately 3 feet. The distance is less (half) when you are aware of the transmitter and can govern your actions.

35 ECP3128Apage 35 Safe Driving Recommendations (Recommended by AAA) Read the literature on the safe operation of the radio. Keep both hands on the steering wheel and the microphone in its hanger whenever the vehicle is in motion. Place calls only when the vehicle is stopped. When talking from a moving vehicle is unavoidable, drive in the slower lane. Keep conversations brief. If a conversation requires taking notes or complex thought, stop the vehicle in a safe place and continue the call. Whenever using a mobile radio, exercise caution.

36 ECP3128Apage 36 Operating rules and regulations Two-way FM radio systems must be operated in accordance with the rules and regulations of the local, regional, or national government. In the United States, the M7100IP Series mobile radio must be operated in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As an operator of two-way radio equipment, you must be thoroughly familiar with the rules that apply to your particular type of radio operation. Following these rules helps eliminate confusion, assures the most efficient use of the existing radio channels, and results in a smoothly functioning radio network. When using your two-way radio, remember these rules: –The use of profane or obscene language is prohibited by Federal law. –It is against the law to send false call letters or false distress or emergency messages. The FCC requires that you keep conversations brief and confine them to business. To save time, use coded messages whenever possible. Using your radio to send personal messages (except in an emergency) is a violation of FCC rules. You may send only those messages that are essential for the operation of your business. –It is against Federal law to repeat or otherwise make known anything you overhear on your radio. Conversations between others sharing your channel must be regarded as confidential. –The FCC requires that you identify yourself at certain specific times by means of your call letters. Refer to the rules that apply to your particular type of operation for the proper procedure. (The P25 system sends the call sign!)

37 ECP3128Apage 37 Operating Tips The following conditions tend to reduce the effective range of two-way radios and should be avoided whenever possible: –Operating the radio in areas of low terrain, or while under power lines or bridges. –Obstructions such as mountains and buildings. –In areas where transmission or reception is poor, some improvement can be obtained by moving a few yards in another direction or moving to a higher elevation.

38 M/A-COM, Inc. Technical Training Center Telephone 434-455-9469 Copyright © 2008 M/A-COM, Inc. All rights reserved.

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