National Response Directorate 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Welcome This
National Response Directorate 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Welcome This workshop has been developed to: Review existing policies and procedures Overview current communications programs and missions Preview, soon to be announced (TBA) programs and missions Note: Although this is an optional workshop, it can be required at the local level for all Telecommunications Operators (TCO) 2016 Telecommunications Workshop
Response Directorate 2 Ground Rules This workshop should be interactive, NOT a Lecture Ask Questions Answer Questions Share Experiences Share Insights
Participate Participate - Participate 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 3 Authorized Operation of Radio Facilities Qualified Auxiliarists may only activate Auxiliary fixed land, land mobile, and RDF facilities under one or more of the following conditions: For a mission ordered or scheduled by the Coast Guard When necessary to handle valid distress traffic While conducting technical tests to determine a
facilitys capability (e.g., facility inspection) When necessary to contact a Coast Guard unit to determine if Auxiliary help is required 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 4 Authorized Operation of Radio Facilities (cont) When conducting net drills For assisting in time of disasters or national emergencies When necessary to conduct authorized Auxiliary activities as assigned by appropriate Auxiliary Operational Commanders or Staff officers
Reference: Operations Policy Manual, Annex 4.C.4 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 55 Radio Basics In all radio communications, we are to act as professionals At no time shall we make reference to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation in radio transmissions This is a zero tolerance policy and must be strictly adhered to 2016 Telecommunications Workshop
Response Directorate 6 Radio Basics (cont) It is often not what you say, but how you say it that demonstrates your professionalism Brevity and accuracy supports mission success and safety Remember, the public and other agencies hear you as the voice of the U.S. Coast Guard Practice and use proper radio procedures to achieve success, safety, and professionalism 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate
7 VHF Communications 7 Marine channels 1/25 watts 7 LMR narrow band frequencies, 50 watts Others by CG Spectrum Management approval only 46 Repeaters allowed on LMR frequencies with CG Spectrum Management approval. AUX Repeater Policy (TBA 2016) Only Part 80 Marine or Part 90 narrow band radios 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate
8 VHF Communications (cont) RDF station authorized No encryption allowed on AUX radios No power amplifiers allowed VHF Policy (Pending) APRS is not authorized MMSI numbers are not authorized for Auxiliary
aircraft 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 9 VHF REPEATERS 10 HF Communications Serves as a platform for other missions Auxiliary Monitoring Mission (AUXMON) - A quality control program for the Coast Guard SHARES A Radio Program that coordinates a
voluntary network of government, industry, and disaster response agency HF radio stations used for emergency communications Augmentation Communications Mission (AUGCOM TBA 2016) GMDSS distress monitoring in support of Coast Guard Communications Command (COMMCOM) 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 11 HF Communications (cont) Maximum power output 1000 watts Usable for AUXNETS 41 frequencies 2-23 MHz Radios must be able
to transmit outside of Amateur bands Accommodates digital modes Supports CG contingencies Reference: http://rdept.cgaux.org/documents/BeQualified/Becoming QualifiedAuxiliaryHighFrequencyProgram.pdf 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 12 Copyright 2004 Coast Guard Auxiliary Copyright 2004 Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc. 13
13 Station Radio Watchstanding Administered by each CG station. Please see: Communications Watchstander Qualification Guide, COMDTINST M16120.79series) AUXCOM or TCO/PQS not required for CG station watchstander, but helpful If station is only Auxiliary manned, TCO/PQS after Aug. 2008 or AUXCOM before Aug. 2008 is required. Some districts may have extra requirements A radio watch requires that the station is actively manned and the operator is ready for intervention 2016 Telecommunications Workshop
Response Directorate 14 SHARES This program provides the Federal emergency response community with a single interagency emergency message handling and frequency spectrum management system SHARES promotes interoperability between HF radio systems used by Federal departments and agencies and monitors applicable regulatory, procedural, and technical issues 62 Auxiliary HF facilities have applied to SHARES Never send SHARES documents via open e-mail 2016 Telecommunications Workshop
Response Directorate 15 SHARES (cont) Only use the Auxiliary furnished application, Form 1, available only from DVC-RT Do not use SHARES furnished application Use Auxiliary HF call sign when logging into a SHARES net The DVC-RT acts as only a facilitator of the application process See: http://www.dhs.gov/shares 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate
16 AUXMON 50 Stations enrolled in program, 36 in LANT, 14 in PAC Must possess an HF facility with Auxiliary call sign Quality control by monitoring CG HF broadcasts. Requires time commitment For application, please see: http://rdept.cgaux.org/documents/Comms/AUX MONApplicationrs.pdf 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate
17 2016 Telecommunications Workshop 18 COMMCOM Note: The content of this slide and the following three slides are taken from a letter sent from A.T. Campen, CDR, CG CAMSLANT on 3 March, 2015 to Auxiliary DIR-Rd How the Coast Guard manages and operates its radio stations has changed. Last summer that relationship and associated responsibilities changed The change was implemented under a Coast Guard Headquarters COMMSYS reorganization project called the
Communications Command (COMMCOM) Neither our relationship nor monitoring/QA efforts with the Auxiliary will change with the migration to COMMCOM Nor will any of our radio broadcasts or operations that the COMMSYS currently performs 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 19 COMMCOM (cont) The COMMCOM, which is the new name of CAMSLANT in Chesapeake, VA (NMN), will be the only command in the COMMSYS The Coast Guard decommissioned CAMSPAC (NMC), Kodiak (NOJ), Honolulu (NMO), New Orleans (NMG),
Miami (NMA), and Boston (NMF) last summer All radio systems and operations from all of these stations will continue as before. All the facilities (with the exception of NOJ) are no longer manned. NOJ will still maintain a live radio watch in Kodiak 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 20 COMMCOM (cont) Kodiak lost their support staff, become a subordinate unit to the COMMCOM (NMN), and will be referred to as COMMS Det Kodiak CAMSPAC also lost the majority of its staff and will no
longer have a live radio watch. All of their radio operations, in addition to NOJ will be remoted to COMMCOM NMC will keep approximately 23 people to support their contingency and training mission They will be referred to as Mobile Contingency Communications (MCC) West and will be a subordinate unit to COMMCOM 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 21 Impact to the Auxiliary In the end, the Coast Guard will continue to carry out all radio broadcasts and GMDSS alert
and monitoring as normal. NOJ will do this for the D17 AOR, and COMMCOM (NMN) will do it for the rest of the Coast Guards AOR, including NMO. For Auxiliary in the LANT AOR, nothing should change for your reporting, tasking or POCs Auxiliary in HONO or PACAREA (minus D17), your POC and reporting has changed to COMMCOM 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 22 Impact to the Auxiliary (cont) There will still be a Chief Warrant Officer at COMMS Det West, whom you are encouraged
to keep in touch and work with Expect an increase in requests for AUXMON support, due to the un-manning of these radio stations and expected increased delay for repairs 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 23 CHANGE AGENTS Technology voice to digital communications Wide band VHF shifting to LMR narrowband and NTIA compliant GMDSS replaces traditional SSB MF/HF distress
messaging August 1, 2013 - Coast Guard halts monitoring of 2182 SSB for distress calls and 2670 VOBRA Rescue 21 implemented for Sea Area 1, VHF COMMCOM Email July 2015 http://wow.uscgaux.info/Uploads_wowII/R-DEPT/COMMCOM_MEMO_SMLL_SIZE.pdf Concept of Operations (TBA 2016) 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 24 CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS CONOPS (TBA 2016) for Auxiliary Communications is intended to provide a
foundation for the growth and development of current Auxiliary communications capabilities while conveying to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGAUX) and the US Coast Guard (CG), the role, assets, activities, operations and overall policies of the Auxiliary Communication System (ACS) Communication officers at all levels, will be responsible for maintaining a radio communications resource availability list. (See: ICS Form 217A CG) 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 25 CONOPS (cont) Require every DCO to participate in quarterly
communication drills conducted by their DSO-CM DSO-CMs and ADSO-CMs are encouraged to participate in sponsored TELECONS with the national telecommunications staff, when held CM officers are encouraged to share the annual Communications Workshop with all unit members possessing an approved Auxiliary radio facility 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 26 AUXILIARY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM - 2016 & Beyond
Response Directorate 27 AUGCOM MISSION Specifics of AUGCOM mission TBA 2016 Directly supports the CG COMMCOM, Sectors and other CG Commands Aids response to GMDSS HF maritime services for sea area A2, A3 and A4 Participants are a select group of qualified Auxiliary HF facilities and designated as AUGCOMSTA http://rdept.cgaux.org/documents/Comms/AUGCOM%20Recruiting%20Statement.pdf 2016 Telecommunications Workshop
Response Directorate 28 AUGCOMSTA REQUIREMENTS Ability to receive, decode, record, and transmit digital messages via SEATTY or comparable software Transmitter power output no less than (TBD) watts Receiver meeting NTIA standards Well tuned and matched antennas covering the GMDSS, DSC frequencies between 4 to 17 MHz Long term emergency power Presently fixed land only
2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 29 Making an Application to Become a AUGCOMSTA Submit the AUGCOMSTA application to the BCRTC You must prove that you have capability of receiving and decoding a GMDSS transmission and include it with your application Once approved, you will be notified by the DVCRT 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate
30 AUGCOMOP (Operator) REQUIREMENTS Must be both AUXCOM and TCO qualified Only those operators qualifying as AUGCOMOP may be the lead operator at any time at an AUGCOM facility or operation Applicant shall possess an understanding of HF/MF GMDSS/DSC and its significance within the SOLAS Treaty Are owners of an approved USCGAUX HF radio facility which is properly equipped to monitor and report HF GMDSS/DSC, GMDSS and other forms of communications deemed suitable Are specifically approved by the USCG Communications Area Master Station
2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 31 FIXED LAND RECEIVER Selectivity - The passband shall be no greater than the authorized bandwidth of emission and the slope of the selectivity characteristic outside the passband shall be 100 dB/kHz Tunability - The equipment shall be capable of operation on any frequency within its tuning range. Where a synthesizer is employed as the frequency controlling element, the receiver shall be capable of operation on any frequency which is an integral multiple of 0.1 kHz
NTIA Redbook 2013, 22.214.171.124 http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/redbook/2014-05/5_14_5.pdf 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 32 FIXED LAND TRANSMITTER Frequency tolerance: All, except SSB 10 Hz/SSB radiotelephone 20 Hz NTIA Redbook, May 2014 rev., May 2013 ed., 126.96.36.199 http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/redbook/2014-05/5_14_5.pdf 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate
33 FIXED LAND Antenna Standards Directive antennas are not required below 4 MHz Directive antennas shall be employed above 4 MHz unless in specific cases where they are shown to be impracticable Minimum forward power gain over an isotropic radiator located at the same height over the same earth as directive antenna shall be 10 dB in the range 4 to 10 MHz and 15 dB in the range 10 to 30 MHz The antenna gain in the desired direction over that of a lobe in any other direction shall be greater than 6 dB. NTIA Redbook, May 2014 rev., May 2013 ed., 188.8.131.52 http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/redbook/2014-05/5_14_5.pdf
2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 34 AOM Considerations When Land Mobile and Transportable Facilities are required to move/change location they should request orders via AOM (AUXDATA Order Management) rather than using Form 7030.Per the Operations Policy Manual, mission orders must be submitted within 30 days after completion of the mission Meals may be reimbursable, at CG subsistence rate, for Land Mobile and Transportable Facilities if the facility is required to move/change location Mileage may be claimed for Land Mobile and
Transportable Facilities that are required to move/change location 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 35 AOM (cont) FINCEN does not pay for water, soda, snacks, etc. If you receive fuel or meals from the Coast Guard at no cost, check Government Provided box Orders through AOM are all electronically requested and submitted Entry into AUXDATA is automatic no
separate 7030 required 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 36 AOM Permission Changes All OIA functions are restricted to E-6/GS-7 or above, to include: Create DIRAUX or OIA Add active duty users Create users/owners Manage user permissions Request open orders Approve patrol requests Deny patrol requests Reactivate orders Approve crew overrides Submit without SAMA
Submit orders to FINCEN Manage patrol areas View district/location reports Allocate district funds Add/update district accounting codes 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 37 Additional Reminders Any other special requirements from your local DIRAUX How about your Order Issuing Authority (OIA) 2016 Telecommunications Workshop
Response Directorate 38 To Learn More For current information on any communications activities, members are asked to refer to Telecommunications under the National Response Directorate website at: http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=R-DEPT. 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 39
Coast Guard Support Denis Rossiter [email protected] 717-249-9047 Chief, Telecommunication Branch Gary G. Young PhD. [email protected] 781-581-6659 2016 Telecommunications Workshop Response Directorate 40 Bravo Zulu!
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