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1 CAP Communications Radio Operator Authorization Course
“Voice of Command” Revision Jan / Lt. Colonel Steven Haney, SWR-TX-001 CAP Revision Jan-2014 / Lt. Colonel Fred Blundell, TX-129

2 This Training Slide Show is a project undertaken by Lt Colonel Fred Blundell of the TX-129 Fort Worth Senior Squadron, Fort Worth, TX for local use to assist those CAP Members interested in advancing their skills. The information contained herein is for CAP Member’s personal use and is not intended to replace or be a substitute for any of the CAP National Training Programs. Users should review the presentation’s Revision Number at the end of each file name to ensure that they have the most current publication.

3 CAP Radio Operator Authorization
Authorization is done in two phases 1. Basic Communications User Training 2 - 4 Hour Class on: Standard Operating Procedures Local Operating Procedures Basic Radio Operations Entitles a CAP member to operate a CAP Radio Required for most ES specialties

4 CAP Radio Operator Authorization
(Continued) Advanced Communications User Training 4 - 8 Hour Class Hands on Radio Operations and Radio System Setup Pass the Advanced Communications User Test, CAPF 119 Entitles CAP member to be assigned a call sign for their radio Required as part of the Communications Specialty Track

5 CAP Radio Station Licensing
CAP is a considered a federal agency, thus its Radio Stations are authorized by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Public stations are licensed by the FCC Federal agencies are not allowed to use services allocated exclusively to the public sector for their business. This excludes the use of Amateur Radio and Citizens Band for CAP business. The regulation for all CAP Communications is CAPR 100-1

6 5 Habits Of A Good Radio Operator
1. Speak clearly 2. Annunciate your words. 3. Speak slowly 4. Remain calm no matter what happens - Never Panic. 5. THINK - “Use Your Head”

7 Operator Responsibilities
LISTEN Be Prepared to Assist Do NOT Transmit Unless You Have Something to Offer or Contact is Requested

8 Prohibited Operating Practices
Transmission of False Distress Signals Violation of Radio Silence Personal Conversation Transmitting in a Net without permission of NCS Lack of identifying call sign Excessive tuning and testing 10-4, QTH, QSL

9 Prohibited Operating Practices
(Continued) Use of Amateur Radio or Citizens Band frequencies for CAP business, and Vice-Versa Use of 10 codes or Amateur Radio Q Signals DO NOT Transmission of false distress signals Violation use Profanity Violating operational security rules

10 Prowords Prowords are a special set of words used for clarity and brevity in communications. Some of the most commonly used prowords are: ROGER - Last transmission received OK THIS IS - Preface to your call sign OVER - I’m done, go ahead OUT - I’m done, bye WAIT - I will be back in a few seconds SAY AGAIN - Say that again CORRECTION - Oops! I really meant to say WILCO - ROGER and I will comply AFFIRMATIVE - Yes Refer to CAPR 100-3, Attachment 1, for the complete list

11 Phonetic Alphabet A Alpha B Bravo C Charlie D Delta E Echo F Foxtrot
G Golf H Hotel I India J Juliet K Kilo L Lima M Mike N November O Oscar P Papa Q Quebec R Romeo S Sierra T Tango U Uniform V Victor W Whiskey X X-Ray Y Yankee Z Zulu Say together

12 “I SPELL” Figures / Initials
Use “I SPELL” for pronounceable words PIZZA “I SPELL PIZZA PAPA INDIA ZULU ZULU ALPHA PIZZA” Use “FIGURE(S)” AND “INITIAL(S)” for non-words N516F “INITIAL NOVEMBER FIGURES FIVE ONE SIX INTIAL FOXTROT” Use proword “CORRECTION” to correct a mistake Example: Turn right at next corner … CORRECTION Turn left at next corner…”

13 Numerics Pronunciation 1 WUN 2 TOO 3 TREE
4 FO-WER 5 FIFE 6 SIX 7 SEVEN 8 ATE 9 NINER 0 ZERO When writing the numbers, do not write them down the way they are pronounced. For example, do not write “one” as “wun” or “five” as “fife.” Write them as “1” and “5”.

14 Punctuation Symbol Spoken as . Day-See-Mal or Full Stop , Comma /
Slant -- ? : Hyphen Question Mark Colon * Asterisk # Pound @ At Symbol & Ampersand ~ Coda ( ) Paren On - Paren Off [ ] Bracket On – Bracket Off

15 Use Prowords “FIGURES”, “DECIMAL”, “TIME”, “INITIALS”
Sending Numerics Use Prowords “FIGURES”, “DECIMAL”, “TIME”, “INITIALS” Digit-by-Digit Not “Seven Fifty” 750 “FIGURES SEVEN FIFE ZERO” Niner Not Nine 849 “FIGURES ATE FO-WER NINER” Decimal Point 14.5 “FIGURES ONE FO-WER DECIMAL FIFE” Z Time 1635Z “TIME ONE SIX TREE FIFE ZULU” Initial And Figures E21 “INITIAL ECHO FIGURES TOO WUN” One Figure and Initial 3-A “FIGURE TREE DASH INITIAL ALPHA”

16 ZULU Time AKA Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Coordinated Time.
Refers to the current time in Greenwich, United Kingdom. Zulu time is a system of timekeeping that refers to the same time, no matter what time zone you are in. Central Standard Time is Zulu – 6 Hours

17 Types of Stations Tactical Call Signs
TEXAS WING CALL SIGN EXAMPLES AIRMOBILE GROUND CAP 4247 CAP VEHICLES TEXAS CAP 2112 TEXAS CAP 6122

18 TEXASCAP 1 – TEXASCAP 99 Wing HQ Staff
Texas Call Signs TEXASCAP 1 – TEXASCAP 99 Wing HQ Staff -TC1=Wing Commander -TC2=Wing Vice Commander -TC3=Wing Chief of Staff -TC4=Wing Director of Communications -TC5=Wing Chaplain -TC6=Wing Director of Professional Development -TC7=Wing Director of Logistics -TC8=Wing ES Officer -TC9=Wing Operations Officer -TC10=Wing Headquarters Station -TC11=Wing Director of Cadet Programs -TC12=Wing Director of Personnel

19 Texas Call Signs Assistants and staff officers working under a
director will be assigned calls signs accordingly Wing Communications staff will have calls in the 40 to 49 block, Operations staff in the 90 to 99 block

20 Texas Group Call Signs Wing HQ: 1 - 99
Group 1 HQ: – 199 Units: Group 2 HQ: – 299 Units: Group 3 HQ: – 399 Units: Group 4 HQ: – 499 Units: * Group 5 HQ: – 599 Units: Group 6 HQ: – 699 Units: Group 7 HQ: – 799 Units: * 42XX block is not assigned to reduce confusion with aircraft CAP42xx call signs

21 Calling Another Station
Aircraft To Establish Contact “TEXASCAP 2550 THIS IS CAP 4247 OVER” Response from the Ground Station “CAP 4247 THIS IS TEXASCAP 2550 OVER” On Closing the Contact “… CAP 4247 OUT” OR “…TEXASCAP 2550 OUT” Only the first station to finish must say this.

22 Calling Another Station
(Continued) Always end a transmission with OVER or OUT - NOT BOTH! Do not use “Roger Wilco” instead of Wilco. “Roger Wilco” means “Last transmission received OK last transmission received OK and I will comply.”

23 Radio Net Operation A Formal Net is established to control the flow of traffic on a single radio channel The Net Control Station (NCS) maintains net discipline by controlling who is talking Break Ins to the Net should be done only if you have emergency traffic The NCS must be contacted first for permission to contact another station Sample Net Check-in (TC2550 is the NCS): “TEXASCAP 2550, THIS IS TEXASCAP 5181 with no traffic, over”

24 Radio Nets - Contacting Another Station
TC2550 NCS 1 TC5181 2 TC5182 3 All transmissions must receive permission from the Net Control Station (NCS) “TEXASCAP 2550, THIS IS TEXASCAP 5181 with traffic for TEXASCAP 582 OVER” “TEXASCAP 581, YOU MAY PASS YOUR TRAFFIC, OUT” “TEXASCAP 582, THIS IS TEXASCAP 581, OVER”

25 Net Station Check-In Examples
Checking into a Net with no traffic during roll call: “This is TEXASCAP 5181 with no traffic OVER“ Acknowledgement of check-in: " I recognize TEXASCAP 5181 with no traffic OUT"

26 General Radio Controls Summary
Common Controls: Volume Squelch Channel Selector Mike with Push to Talk Switch (Release to Listen) Radio Setup Radio Transceiver (VHF-FM, HF-SSB, SAR) Power Supply (110 VAC or 12 Volt DC) Antenna (Vertical, Magnetic Mount, Dipole) AC Power 12 Volt Power Supply Radio Antenna

27 The Communications System

28 Civil Air Patrol Communications
TELEPHONES - Landline and cellular telephones can be used in addition to radio communications. INTERNET - communications, information web pages, internet phone and other methods of communication over the internet. GOAL - To have a readily available and comprehensive communications network using a variety of assets.

29 Civil Air Patrol Communications (Continued)
Intersquadron Radio (ISR) Military Ultra High Frequency channels Very short range Not CAP frequencies, may have to share with other Military users May not be used in flight 14 channels, named ISR 1 to ISR 14 Use standard CAP or ICS call signs Texas CAP numbers will be issued for these radios to support communications training. Use of ICS call sign (Ground Team 2) etc… is also permitted during operations.

30 Voice Operating Modes SIMPLEX REPEATER
Single Frequency - One Station at a Time SIMPLEX SAME FREQ REPEATER Two Frequencies - One Station at a Time R T OUTPUT FREQ INPUT FREQ

31 Repeater Operation *Repeater increases the range of mobile
INPUT FREQ OUTPUT FREQ *Repeater increases the range of mobile stations due to its high profile location*

32 Inside The Repeater Repeater will only turn on its transmitter if it hears the one site tone OUTPUT FREQ Voice Receiver Transmitter INPUT FREQ 123.1 Hz Tone PTT 123.1 Hz Tone 123.1 Hz Tone Decoder “Mike Button” The Tone Decoder “listens” for the specific site tone on the incoming signal The Tone Decoder “presses” the Push To Talk (PTT) button to turn on the transmitter. When the specific tone is received

33 Operational Security All CAP frequencies are FOUO – “For Official Use Only” Do not publicly release CAP radio frequencies. Do not release CAP radio frequencies over the air. Channels may be referred to by their designators THE DESIGNATORS WILL BE USED ON THE AIR TO DIRECT STATIONS TO ANOTHER FREQUENCY, SUCH AS “ALL STATIONS CHANGE FREQUENCY TO WHISKEY CHARLIE, OUT”.NEVER TRANSMIT THE DESIGNATOR OF THE FREQUENCY YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON!!!!

34 Extract from CAP/CC Memorandum of 20 Jan 2006
In addition, all documents containing frequencies will be marked “UNCLASSIFIED // FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” (FOUO) at the top and bottom of each page. And, the following statement should be clearly displayed on the front page of any document containing FOUO information: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Frequency information contained in this document is designated by the Department of Defense as For Official Use Only (FOUO) and may not be released to anyone without the prior permission of the NHQ DOK and CAP-USAF.

35 CAP VHF Radio Channels EF Johnson Mobile & Handheld
VHF-FM -- Analog Radio Channel Designator Use ZONE1 CH. 1 CC1 Primary Command ZONE1 CH. 2 CC2 Alternate Command ZONE1 CH. 3 Air 1 Aircraft to aircraft ZONE1 CH. 4 Air 2 Aircraft to aircraft ZONE1 CH. 5 TAC 1 Ground Teams VHF-FM -- Digital Radio Channel Designator Use ZONE16 CH. 1 CC 1P Primary Command ZONE16 CH. 2 CC 2P Alternate Command ZONE16 CH. 3 Air 1P Aircraft to aircraft ZONE16 CH. 4 Air 2P Aircraft to aircraft ZONE16 CH. 5 TAC 1P Ground Teams

36 TDFM-136 Aircraft Radio Indentifier Channel Position AIR 1 003 AIR 1P
019 TXLAW1 050 AIR 2 004 AIR 2P 017 TXLAW2 051 CC1 001 CC1P 014 TXLAW3 052 CC2 002 CC2P 015 TXFIRE1 053 TAC 005 TAC 1P TXFIRE2 054 Guard 1 GD1 Guard 1P 018 TXFIRE3 055 R63 010 R63P 024 TXMED1 056 R64 011 R64P 025 TXAIR2 057 R67 006 R67P 020 USCG 6 090 R68 007 R68P 021 USCG16 091 R69 008 R69P 022 USCG 21A 092 R70 009 R70P 023 USCG22A 093 VCALL10 058 USCG 23A 094 VFIRE21 060 USCG 81A 095 VLAW31 062 USCG 82A 096 VMED28 061 USCG 83A 097 VTAC11 059

37 Repeater Channels All repeaters have a Rxx designator
Fixed repeater designators are R01 through R62 Portable/Airborne repeater designators are R63, R64, and R67 through R70 Digital Channels have a “P” following the designator (e.g. R11P) Analog Channels EF Johnson radios use Zone 8 – 11 TDFM-136 (Aircraft) radios use Channels 101 – 164 Digital Channels EF Johnson radios use Zone 12 – 16 TDFM-136 (Aircraft) radios do not have digital capability Except R63P, R64P, R67P- R70P and 6 simplex channels Channels

38 Sample Of Operational Repeaters in Texas
Location Designator EF Johnson Analog Digital TDFM-136 Analog Only Amarillo R35 Z10,CH3 Z14, CH3 135 Brownsville R09 Z8, CH9 Z12, CH9 109 Dallas – North R11 Z8, CH11 Z12, CH11 111 Decatur R44 Z10, CH12 Z14, CH12 144 Granbury R01 Z8, CH1 Z12, CH 1 101 Houston – North R14 Z8, CH14 Z12, CH14 114 Kerrville R50 Z11, CH2 Z15, CH 2 150 King Mountain R52 Z11, CH 4 Z15, CH4 152 San Antonio – N R26 Z9, CH10 Z13, CH10 126 San Antonio – S R57 Z11, CH 9 Z15, CH9 157 Sulphur Springs R60 Z11, CH12 Z15, CH12 160 Tyler R07 Z8, CH7 Z12, CH7 107 Victoria R27 Z9, CH11 Z13, CH11 127

39 Portable/Airborne Repeaters
Field installable or aircraft mounted (in repeater configured aircraft) Limited power 10 watts airborne 20 watts ground mounted Designator EF Johnson Analog Digital TDFM-136 TDFM-136 Digital R63 R63P Z1,CH7 Z16, CH13 135 024 R64 R64P Z1, CH8 \ Z16, CH14 109 025 R67 R67P Z1, CH9 Z16, CH9 111 020 R68 R68P Z1, CH10 Z16, CH10 144 021 R69 R69P Z1, CH11 Z16,CH11 101 022 R70 R70P Z1, CH12 Z16,CH12 114 023

40 Aeronautical SAR Stations
Aeronautical search and rescue stations (SAR) operate on two aircraft frequencies 122.9 MHz - TRAINING only 123.1 MHz - ACTUAL missions only Contact ground teams by using VHF-FM Air 1 or air 2 - air-to-ground simplex Base call signs assigned by geographical location “THIS IS Spinks Mission Base OVER”

41 Use Of Non-CAP Channels
CAP may use state of Texas Interoperability Channels when specifically requested by a state agency to do so. These frequencies are programmed into Johnson and new aircraft FM radios. Marine Band: 8 Marine Band Channels are programmed for use with Coast Guard or other agencies. These frequencies should be used only for interagency communications with state, county or local government or agencies. CAP will use cap call signs and standard cap procedure.

42 Narrow Band Transition
Only VHF narrow band transmissions are permitted on CAP channels, wide band transmissions are prohibited Designators V1, V2, V3, V4 and any repeater designator beginning with a “P” are NOT TO BE USED for any CAP operations

43 Questions ? Always Think Safety!


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