ORWG ES Webinar - Beyond Line-of-Sight LMR Communications Planning
Wednesday October 12, 2022 1900-2000 PDT
What do communications and mission planners have to do to ensure communications between the ICP and tactical resources in the field when the area of operations is outside of the range of their land mobile radio systems? In this webinar, we will examine this challenge and look at the pros and cons of a number of potential tools available to CAP that can be used in these situations. I would urge communicators, communications planners, incident management personnel, as well as air and ground crews to attend this webinar. This webinar will be recorded.
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FirstNet Subscriber Paid Service Available for ORWG ES Personnel
ORWG ES personnel are eligible to obtain FirstNet subscriber paid service which is provided exclusively by AT&T. Download the ORWG FirstNet Information Sheet (new 8/2022) for instructions. FirstNet subscriber paid service is available to ORWG ES personnel and individual members applying for service will be reviewed by the ORWG Communications staff to confirm eligibility. FirstNet subscriber paid service is paid by the individual member including any required device costs.
To obtain FirstNet Service as an ORWG CAP member - Contact Mary Miller FIRST to insure your qualification for FirstNet. THIS IS ONLY FOR ORWG ES PERSONNEL - NO OTHER WINGS!
COVID-19 Radio Equipment Cleaning/Sanitation Guidance
Guidance from the Emergency Communications Division of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Wipe down communications equipment with sanitizing wipes such as those from Clorox and allow to dry.
Another approach is to cover the microphone with a fold top plastic sandwich baggie (or a vegetable/meat bag from the market) to protect the microphone. Another baggie can be used by the operator to cover their fingers when operating the radio's controls. When the operating session is over, or between operators, dispose of the bags being careful to not touch the outside of the one used on the microphone nor the inside of the one used for the controls.
Communication's Directorate Collaboration
Leveraging the features of Microsoft Office 365, the Communications Directorate will be launching a number of Microsoft Office 365 Team spaces to support collaboration within the Communications community. Microsoft Office 365 Team enables collaboration through file sharing, file repositories, chat messaging, email and other capabilities. We will be using Teams to become the place to go for all communications information, thought exchange, communications training information, net participation logging and other capabilities and features.
Listed below will be a index of our team sites and channels along with a short description of each and a link to the site. We will also be pulling back FOUO as well as the new CUI and other materials that are currently stored in this website and placing them into Teams with a link from this website to the Team location. This provides user authentication security and will allow us to remove password protection on these materials and still meet OPSEC requirements.
Reporting, Forms, and Regulations
Communications Regulations and Publications
ORWG Communications Plans - These files stored in the ORWG - Communications Team - Comm Plans channel file space. Access is restricted. Some are password Protected. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the password or access to the ORWG - Communications Team site.
Pacific Region 2021 Virtual Communications Conference
Note that the recordings and slides are stored in a Pacific Region MS Teams site. If you do not already have access to that site, follow the on-screen instructions to request access when you attempt to download a recording or slide package.
Col Bryon Brammer, PCR DCS Communications Introduction
John Rosica, President, NVIS Communications, New CAP HF Radios and System
Kristi Wilde, FirstNet Senior Public Safety Advisor, Firstnet Update
Bruce Richter, CISA ECD Region X CISA Emergency Communications Division (ECD), ECD Overview
Dan Wills, Field Specialist, ECD - CISA, The NIFOG – National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (no slides see recording)
LtCol David Rudawitz, PCR LMR Codeplug and CAPFOG – PCR Communications Reference
William Chapman, Oregon SWIC, Everything you wanted to know about the SWIC (Statewide Interoperability Coordinator)
Cathy Orcutt, FEMA Region X PAR, The GETS Program
Oregon Wing Conference Communications and Annual Communications Conference Presentations
Microsoft Teams Training
As our use of Teams grows please encourage squadron members unfamiliar with Teams to watch these training videos provided by Microsoft.
Microsoft also offers training videos on YouTube.
ORMS (eServices) Training Materials
Link to eServices Training Materials
Communications Officer Training
Communications ES Personnel Training
APX Radio Training
HF Radio Training
- ORWG Micom 3 Basic User Training
- CAP National Traffic Net (NTN) - Listen to a recording of a typical NTN net - link
- Space Weather Effects on Communications: Effects, Operational Impacts, and Mitigations for Communications Systems, Webinar May 17, 2022 Slides Recording (located in PCR Communications Team)
- Rohde & Schwarz High Frequency (HF) Learning Center - In this learning center you’ll find videos, tutorials, white papers, brochures, applications notes, quick links, and articles focused on High Frequency Test and Measurement Solutions; the Rohde & Schwarz portfolio of HF radios for land, air, and sea; and their HF monitoring and direction finding solutions. Rohde & Schwarz is a Munich based technology group that develops, produces, and sells a wide range of electronic capital goods for industry and government customers with a focus on solutions that contribute to a safer and connected world. Rohde & Schwarz is not endorsed by CAP but this information is provided as a service to CAP members.
ICUT Training Materials
Tactical Repeater (PDR-3500)
Technisonic Aircraft FM Radio Training
Monthly Training Webinars
Recordings of the webinars may be found at here.
Access to the recordings requires an orwgcap.org, orwg.cap.gov or cap.gov email address. Log into your orwg.cap.gov Gmail account and then select the recording link above. You may need to copy the link and then paste it into your web browser.
Job Aids and Other Information
Call Sign List
CAP Communications Information
CAP NTN List Serve
This is the non-official CAP communications list serve where information is distributed as well as interesting discussions are shared among CAP communicators. You must be a current CAP member to subscribe.
One subscribes/unsubscribes to CAP-NTN with an email request to DOKO@CAPNHQ.GOV.
Please include your CAPID and desired email destination.
Requesting Radio Equipment Repair and Accessories
Various Tools and Information
Radio Information, Manuals, and Reference Guides
APX Radio Manuals
APX-4000 (Handheld Radio) Manuals
APX-4500 (Base/Mobile) Radio Manuals
Impres Radio Multi-unit Gang Charger
EF Johnson Information
NTN Message Center Stations (MCS)
Micom 2/3 and RDP HF Radio Information
Tactical Repeater (PDR-3500)
Technisonic (TDFM) Radio Information