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Director of Communications DC Col James Schmitt
Asst Director of Communications DCA Maj Robert Lawrence
    Lt Col Timothy Paquin
    Capt Patrick Wineman
Advisor to the Director of Communications DCAA Lt. Col. David Rudawitz
    Lt Col Bradley Naas
Communications Engineering Officer DCE Lt. Col. Joe Boyd
Communications Programming POC DCEA 2nd Lt. James Gadsby
Wing Communications Licensing Officer DCL Capt Derek Hampton
Net Manager and Net Control Station (NCS) DCN Maj Robert Lawrence
Alternate Net Control Stations DCNA VACANT
ReadyOP POC DCR Col James Schmitt
Communications Supply Officer DCS Col James Schmitt
Communications Training Officer DCT Maj. James Hutches


General questions about ORWG Communications may be directed to:  communications@orwg.cap.gov

Duties of the Wing Director of Communications

  • Develop and implement communications plans, programs and directives in close coordination and in support of command, operations and emergency services.
  • Proper accountability of communications equipment assigned to the wing.
  • Ensuring communications equipment assigned to the wing is properly used and is secure.
  • Manage communications data for the wing in ORMS.
  • Ensuring staff, records and corporate property are available for the annual survey audit.
  • Assisting with the coordination of reassigning communications assets as and where needed within the wing.
  • Coordinate communications plans and programs with other staff agencies and with subordinate and higher headquarters.
  • Develop detailed operating procedures for communications operations and guidance to subordinate units and personnel.
  • Collect and report data to determine the effectiveness of communications operations.
  • Coordinate licensing or frequency authorizations for all radio operations.
  • Develop communications training programs.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for communications during compliance inspections of the wing.
  • Assist units in preparing for subordinate unit inspections.




PCR Webinar - Using ReadyOp​ - A Primer for the Neophyte User​

Pacific Region Communications is hosting a webinar "Using ReadyOp​ - A Primer for the Neophyte User​" on Wednesday April 19, 2023 from 1900-2000 PDT.   Lt Col David Rudawitz, PCR Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications will be the webinar leader.  Topics to be covered are:

  • ReadyOp – a quick overview​
  • Radios and ReadyOp​
  • ReadyOp Roster​
  • Tracking Assets in the Field​

The webinar will include live demonstrations of ReadyOp features and there will be a Q&A session at the end.  The webinar will also be recorded with links posted.  Access may be limited to CAP members with "official" CAP email addresses due to OPSEC and COMSEC considerations.  

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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 was recorded.



Communication Resources






PACE Whitepaper

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 8/2022for 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!

Information Links


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 Forms

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 communications@orwg.cap.gov 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.


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 Training

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




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