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Communications

Overview

The Civil Air Patrol communications system includes thousands of HF and VHF radios with trained operators across the United States.

The system operates in support of all CAP missions, including Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and the CAP Cadet Program. The CAP communications system has significant capabilities, including long haul HF communications and tactical communications such as air to ground, ground team to ground team, and communication with mission base.

Interoperability with other agencies is stressed. In most cases, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is signed with each agency before operation on each other 39 frequencies.

The Civil Air Patrol operates primarily on frequencies assigned by the United States Air Force. As a result, all CAP radios must comply with NTIA standards for transmitting and receiving. This requirement also applies to all radios used by other agencies that are permitted by MOU to operate on CAP frequencies.

Advance planning is a priority of the communications program. Communication managers at all levels develop mission communication plans and manage resources to ensure sufficient assets are available to accomplish the missions of CAP. Because emergency communications is our business CAP communicators are obligated to have standard procedures developed and trained for communication under demanding conditions.

 

 

NET TYPE TIME (ST) TIME (DT) DAYS OLD CODE PLUG CHANNEL NEW CODE PLUG CHANNEL NATIONAL CHANNEL PLAN NOTES
WING NET HF 0200Z 0100Z Mo 51 42 N/A Joint with MSWG
WING NET HF 0230Z 0130Z We 51 42 N/A 2030L, Wednesday. Note new time

Mobile

VHF 0130Z 0030Z Tu Zone 2 - Channel 15 Zone 2 - Channel 13 Zone 10 - Channel 12  
Tuscaloosa VHF 0130Z 0030Z Th Zone 2 - Channel 14 Zone 2 - Channel 12 Zone 10 - Channel 16  
Huntsville VHF 0145Z 0045Z Mo, We Zone 2 - Channel 12 Zone 2 - Channel 8 Zone 11 - Channel 1  
Cheaha VHF 0215Z 0115Z Mo Zone 2 - Channel 10 Zone 2 - Channel 9 Zone 9 - Channel 10  

 

Director of Communications: Lt Col John Jerman
Assistant Director of Communications: Lt. Col John Randolph
Licensing Officer: Lt. Col John Randolph
Engineering Officer: Capt Eric Lewis

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