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National Interoperability Field Operations Guide

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications

Version 1.4

January 2011
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INTRODUCTION
The National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) is a technical reference for emergency communications planning and for radio technicians responsible for radios that will be used in disaster response. The NIFOG includes rules and regulations for use of nationwide and other interoperability channels, tables of frequencies and standard channel names, and other reference material, formatted as a pocket-sized guide for radio technicians to carry with them. If you are not familiar with interoperability and mutual aid communications, start with the “How to Use the National Interoperability Field Operations Guide” section. We encourage you to program as many of these interoperability channels in your radios as possible, as permitted by the applicable regulations. Even if geographic restrictions on some channels preclude their use in your home area, you may have the opportunity to help in a distant location where the restrictions do not apply. Maximize your flexibility. To download or request copies of the NIFOG, please visit http://publicsafetytools.info Your comments are welcome at NIFOG@HQ.DHS.GOV Thank you.

Chris Essid, Director

Ross Merlin, NIFOG Author

DHS Office of Emergency Communications

............................................................... 25 VHF Low Band. 41 25 Cities Project Federal Interoperability Channels ............................................................................................. 23 FCC Rules and Regulations ............. 39 VHF Public Safety Mutual Aid and Common Channels ................................................................................................................. 25 VHF High Band ............................ EMS) Channels........................ 21 Law Enforcement Plans ................................................................................ 49 COMMON COMMUNICATIONS REFERENCES .................................................................................................................. 29 700 MHz Interoperability Channels ..................................... 35 VHF Law Enforcement (LE) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan ....................................................50 Operations Center Telephone Numbers ..................................................TABLE OF CONTENTS USING THE NATIONAL INTEROPERABILITY FIELD OPERATIONS GUIDE ............................ 24 INTEROPERABILITY CHANNELS ..................... 24 NTIA Rules and Regulations.................. 28 Non-Federal UHF National Interoperability Repeater Channels ............................................................................................................................ 36 UHF Law Enforcement (LE) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan ................................................. 33 VHF Incident Response (IR) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan ......................... 34 UHF Incident Response (IR) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan ............................... 40 UHF MED (Medical...................................................... 44 NOAA Weather Radio “All Hazards” Broadcasts.............................................................................................. 19 Regulations and Guidelines for National Interoperability ................................... 51 ............. 20 Conditions for Use of Federal Interoperability Channels ................................................ 38 Federal / Non-Federal VHF SAR Operations Interoperability Plan ............................................................................................................1 Recommendations for Programming the Federal Interoperability Channels ..............................................................................................25 Non-Federal VHF National Interoperability Channels .................................................................................. 37 Federal / Non-Federal SAR Command Interoperability Plan ... 22 Incident Response Plans ................. 26 VHF Inland ............................................................................................................................................................. 27 Counties Where VTAC17/VTAC17D May Be Used ..... 30 Non-Federal 800 MHz National Mutual Aid Repeater Channels .......... 50 Emergency Support Functions (ESF) .

.................................................... 79 GMRS Frequencies ..........................................84 NOTES............... 59 Telephone Block Wiring ................................................................................................................................................................................... 61 DSN Area Codes ..... 68 COMMONLY USED FREQUENCIES ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 54 DCS Codes.....85 .................... 65 GETS . 66 Line-of-Sight Formulas .......................................................................................................................................................................................FEMA Regions ..........................Govt............................................................................................................................................ 53 CTCSS Tones and Codes ........................................................................................... 61 Satellite Phone Dialing Instructions .............. 58 Telephone Connectors ................................. 65 Text Messaging.......................................................................................................... 74 Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) ........................... 55 P25 Digital Codes ........ 80 CB Frequencies ........................................................................... 60 Telephone Keypad Letters ..................................................... 57 RJ-45 Wiring.........................................S.............................................................. 64 Wireless Priority Service (WPS) .................................................................................................... 81 Railroad Frequencies . 82 SAR (Search And Rescue) Frequencies .. 69 VHF Marine Channel Listing ................................................... Emergency Telecomm............................................................................................................ Service ........................................................ 83 TEXAS COUNTIES WHERE VTAC17/VTAC17D MAY BE USED .................................................................................................................. 62 INMARSAT-M Service Codes .......................................................................................... Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers ..................................... 61 Cellular Telephone Emergency Response ......... 70 VHF Marine Channels & Frequencies ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 52 U....................................................................................................................................................................69 Aviation Frequencies............................................................... 80 Common Business Frequencies ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 80 FRS Frequencies ........................... 56 RS-232 Connectors (DB25 and DB9) ........................................................States and Territories....................................

or regional governmental authority. and other information useful to emergency communicators. the frequencies it administers are not “federal frequencies” . local. and individuals. –1– . (2) National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications. a Federal Advisory Committee formed by the FCC to advise it on interoperability. commercial entities.USING THE NATIONAL INTEROPERABILITY FIELD OPERATIONS GUIDE What is the “National Interoperability Field Operations Guide”? The “National Interoperability Field Operations Guide” (NIFOG) is a pocket-sized listing of land mobile radio (LMR) frequencies that are often used in disasters or other incidents where radio interoperability is required. tribal.(1) the Public Safety National Coordination Committee. Terms used in this document: • FCC – Federal Communications Commission • FCC Rules – contained in Title 47. • NCC .S.they are administered for state/tribal/local governments. Government Agencies. Although the FCC is a Federal Government agency. “Federal Frequencies” refer to frequencies (channels) available for assignment to U. Code of Federal Regulations (47CFR) • Federal – used herein to differentiate between radio stations of the United States Government and those of any State.

ntia. 2010 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) .104. • Emissions on frequencies above 30 MHz are narrowband analog FM.pdf • NTIA – National Telecommunications and Information Administration • NTIA Manual – The NTIA “Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management” http://www.org/documents/ APCO-NPSTC-ANS1-104-1web. NPSTC continued NCC’s efforts to establish a common channel nomenclature. approved June 9.• NPSTC – the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council is a federation of organizations whose mission is to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership.see http://www.gov/osmhome/redbook/ redbook. –2– . APCO ANS 1. NPSTC channel IDs used in the NIFOG are based on the “Standard Channel Nomenclature for the Public Safety Interoperability Channels”. • CTCSS tone frequencies are in Hertz (Hz) or two-character Motorola codes. unless otherwise noted.html • Radio frequencies are in MegaHertz (MHz) unless otherwise noted.doc. After the charter for the NCC expired.1-2010.npstc.

rather than waiting until a disaster is imminent or occurring to do the programming.How is the NIFOG used? The NIFOG may be used by radio technicians when programming channels in radios. –3– . providing them with information on the interoperability channels most likely to be in the radios of responders from another discipline or jurisdiction. We recommend having these channels programmed in radios at all times. as permitted by the applicable regulations. The NIFOG also is a useful tool for emergency communications planners.

.S.407 dealing with communications during an emergency which disrupts normal communications facilities and §90.417).417(a) makes it clear that the exception applies only when the communications involved “relate directly” to the “imminent” safety of life or property. Because one overriding policy concern of the FCC is the prevention of harmful interference.Don’t I need a license for these channels before programming them into radios? If you are licensed under Part 90 of the FCC rules. –4– . Government radios. See also 90. and licensees are not allowed to exceed the bounds of those communications.. you may program frequencies that you are not licensed to use IF “the communications involved relate directly to the imminent safety-of-life or property” or “with U. note that 90.” Also. Government stations programming frequencies into U.S. There are no restrictions on U. the safety of life provision of 90.427 and 90. in connection with mutual activities” (see FCC rules 90. the transmissions shall be suspended as soon as the emergency is terminated.S. any exceptions to the general prohibition on using non-licensed frequencies are limited in nature to responding to an imminent threat to safety-of-life or property.411 dealing with civil defense communications. Government stations .403(g) requires that “[f]or transmissions concerning the imminent safety-of-life or property. However.

gov/uls/index.525(a) for 700 MHz. see FCC 87-112. see FCC rules 90. paragraph 34 (released December 18. frequency coordination is required. and 8CALL90-8TAC94D are covered by a “blanket authorization” from the FCC . You can check a location for Line A and Line C restrictions at http://wireless. paragraph 90 (released October 10. You or your employer may already have a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license or a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) authorization for some of the interoperability and mutual aid frequencies. 2000) for VHF and UHF. When above Line A or East of Line C the blanket authorization in paragraph 90 of FCC 00-348 applies only to mobile (including hand-held) stations operating with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 3 watts or less.“Public safety licensees . 1987).421. Line A and C are defined in 47CFR90.htm?job=line_a_c 3.421(a)(3) and 90. 2. You may operate on frequencies authorized to another licensee when that licensee designates you as a unit of their system.. UCALL40-UCALL43D. For FCC licensees.. At higher power levels. –5– . the 800 MHz interoperability channels.How can I use these frequencies if I don’t have a license for them? There are seven ways you can legally use these radio frequencies: 1.fcc. for 800 MHz. in accordance with FCC rule 90.7. the non-Federal National Interoperability Channels VCALL10-VTAC14 and VTAC33-38.” See FCC 00-348. can operate mobile units on these interoperability channels without an individual license.

U. you may operate a mobile station on the Federal Interoperability Channels only when authorized by the FCC (by license or STA) and only for interoperability with Federal radio stations authorized by the NTIA to use those channels. 2001. When necessary for the IMMEDIATE protection of life or property. the FCC may issue a “Special Temporary Authority” (STA) for such use in a particular geographic area. See FCC Public Notice DA 01-1621. released July 13. 7. 6. In extraordinary circumstances. You may not use these channels for interoperability with other State.3.4. FCC Part 90 licensees may use prudent measures beyond the specifics of their license. Government stations are authorized by NTIA rule 7.407. “Emergency communications”. If you are an FCC Part 90 licensee. regional. or local radio stations – these are not a substitute for your regular mutual aid channels. the NTIA may issue a “Temporary Assignment” for such use in a particular area. –6– . 5. tribal.6 to operate on any Part 90 frequency with the permission of the FCC licensee when such use is necessary for communications directly related to the emergency at hand.S. In extraordinary circumstances. See FCC rule 90.

1984] 90.407 Emergency communications. [49 FR 36376. Sept. earthquake or similar disaster. flood. Sept. 1984] –7– . The licensee of any station authorized under this part may.(FCC rules) 90. The Commission may at any time order the discontinuance of such special use of the authorized facilities. 17.411 Civil defense communications. [49 FR 36376. The Commission may at any time order the discontinuance of such special use of the authorized facilities. during a period of emergency in which the normal communication facilities are disrupted as a result of hurricane. transmit communications necessary for the implementation of civil defense activities assigned such station by local civil defense authorities during an actual or simulated emergency. 17. on a voluntary basis. utilize such station for emergency communications in a manner other than that specified in the station authorization or in the rules and regulations governing the operation of such stations. The licensee of any station authorized under this part may. including drills and tests.

. (b) Except for frequencies used in accordance with § 90.7.427 Precautions against unauthorized operation. with U. 90... (b) Any station licensed under this part may communicate with any other station licensed under this part.. Such units may be operated by persons other than the licensee . Government stations..421 Operation of mobile station units not under the control of the licensee.417. .(FCC rules ..417 Interstation communication. (a) . no person shall program into a transmitter frequencies for which the licensee using the transmitter is not authorized.continued) 90. –8– . service. and such communication must be permitted by the government that authorizes the foreign station.S. provided that where the communication involves foreign stations prior approval of the Commission must be obtained. and with foreign stations. include vehicular-mounted and handheld units. in connection with mutual activities. (a) Any station licensed under this part may communicate with any other station without restriction as to type. or licensee when the communications involved relate directly to the imminent safety-of-life or property. Mobile stations. as defined in § 90. 90.

7. when such use is necessary for communications with non-Federal stations and is directly related to the emergency at hand. Additional information regarding interoperable communications can also be found in the National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) ..16 of this Manual. Such use is subject to the following conditions: –9– . promulgated by the Department of Homeland Security. Emergency operations under such situations should continue only as long as necessary to ensure that the danger to human life or property no longer exists. 2.4 Emergency Communications for which an Immediate Danger Exists to Human Life or Property 1.3. State.3. In situations where immediate danger exists to human life or property. Emergency operations under these circumstances shall be reevaluated on a regular basis until such time as normal/ routine operations can be reestablished.. a Federal radio station may utilize any frequency authorized to a non-Federal radio station. an agency may operate temporarily on any regularly assigned frequency in a manner other than that specified in the terms of an existing assignment.6 Emergency Use of Non-Federal Frequencies In emergency situations. and tribal entities shall be in conformance with Section 4. under Part 90 of the FCC Rules and Regulations. local. Interoperable communications for disaster/emergency response involving Federal.3.(NTIA rules) 7.

to the FCC as soon as practicable. of NTIA’s IRAC (Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee)] representative. (5) The frequency 40. e. d.5. through the agency’s FAS [Frequency Assignment Subcommittee.. f. b.2 Frequencies Authorized by the FCC for Ship Stations Frequencies authorized by the Federal Communications Commission for ship stations may be used by Federal mobile stations to communicate with non-Federal stations in the maritime mobile service. A written report of each such use shall be provided. All operations are under the direct control of the licensee and shall be immediately terminated when directed by the licensee..3 Frequencies for the Safety of Life and Property .5 MHz is designated as the military joint common frequency. The non-Federal licensee has given verbal or written concurrence. – 10 – . c. Operations are conducted in accordance with the FCC Rules and Regulations. This frequency also may be used for search and rescue communications.5.a. Use is restricted to the service area and station authorization of the licensee. Operations do not exceed 60 days. Use of this channel is limited to communications necessary to establish contact when other channel information is not available and for emergency communications. 7. 7.

.. 13 Part A1.1.3 MHz may be used by ship stations to communicate with that coast station. or mobile earth stations. Does the NIFOG authorize me to use certain frequencies? NO. The NIFOG does not grant authority to operate on any radio frequencies. 156. § 6.4 Frequencies for Coordinating Search and Rescue Operations .) 7. (3) The frequency 156. and obtain help.5. engaged in coordinated search and rescue (SAR) operations. (See ITU Radio Regulation Ap. using G3E emission. using class A3E emission. in distress from using any frequency at its disposal to attract attention. Such authority can come only from the FCC or the NTIA.(6) The provisions of this Manual do not prevent mobile stations. make known its position. (2) The frequency 123.3 MHz [VHF Marine channel 6] may be used for communications between ship stations and aircraft stations. When control of the scene of a SAR incident is under a Coast Guard coast station.1 MHz. Is the NIFOG the national emergency communications plan? The NIFOG is the national guide for possible use in a situation where no other radio – 11 – . may be used by stations of the aeronautical mobile service and by other mobile and land stations engaged in coordinated search and rescue operations.

fcc.fcc. If you are dispatched to a disaster or incident scene and have no other information on how to make contact with other emergency responders.pl – 12 – . higher power requires frequency coordination with Canada.gov/fcc-bin/cesearch.fcc. or where emergency responders are unaware of such an arrangement. or regional emergency communications plan. Are the interoperability channels discussed in the NIFOG available nationwide? No.gov/oet/info/maps/areas/data/2000/README_FCCCNTY2K. local.txt and http://www.interoperability arrangement was promulgated by local authorities. tribal. In particular. For a detailed list of which counties are in which VHF Public Coast (VPC) area. or due to authorized on-channel uses that are different than the common uses described in the NIFOG. State.txt FCC online area cross-reference search: http://www. see: http://www. Other channels in this plan may not be usable due to the potential for adjacent channel interference in some areas. The NIFOG does NOT supersede any Federal.gov/oet/info/maps/areas/data/2000/FCCCNTY2K. Not all frequencies are available nationwide for use as described in the NIFOG. away from coastal areas and major waterways (see the map titled Counties Where VTAC17/VTAC17D May Be Used on page 28 for further details). Use of the VCALL/VTAC and UCALL/UTAC channels by mobiles (and hand-helds) North of Line A / West of Line C is limited to 3 watts ERP. the NIFOG provides useful suggestions for which frequencies to use to attempt initial contact. the “Non-Federal VHF Inland Interoperability Channels” may be used only in certain inland parts of the country.

as well as Federal assets supporting local disaster operations. At a Federally-declared disaster where a Joint Field Office (JFO) is established. or delegates the role of frequency manager. Wireless Communications Task Force Leader coordinates the use of radio frequencies used by Federal responders with State and local government authorities. “Communications” is under the Logistics Section and the Operations Section . including local first responders. The Wireless Communications Task Force provides direct access to the FCC and NTIA decision-makers. The DEC Branch may have personnel in the Tactical Communications Group. including authorization by a STA. – 13 – . assigning specific uses to available radio channels and coordinating with the FCC and NTIA for authorization to use additional channels as needed. Wireless Communications Task Force filling the role of Spectrum Manager. try the calling channels specified in the NIFOG at or near the command post. incident scene. is the focus of the Disaster Emergency Communications (DEC) Branch (ESF #2 Communications). If access to the COML has not been pre-arranged or is not working as planned. Communications for those affected by the disaster.doesn’t that contradict ICS? No. or staging area.Who do I contact to use interoperability channels? These channels can be used where licensed or authorized by FCC or NTIA. The COML (Communications Unit Leader) acts as. which is under the Logistics Section. which is in the JFO Operations Section. victims. Working with the Logistics Section Communications Unit Leader and the local COML responsible for the affected area. and local infrastructure. Communications for the personnel working in the JFO is the responsibility of the JFO Communications Unit.

Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau . and holidays) Communications and Crisis Management Center (CCMC) phone: 202-418-1122 email: disasterassistance@fcc.S. Government radio stations request temporary assignment or STAs via their agency representative to the Frequency Assignment Subcommittee (FAS) of the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC).8am EST/EDT. The telephone number for the NTIA Frequency Assignment Branch is 202-482-1132.5:30pm EST/EDT) Tracy Simmons . Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau phone: 202-418-1177 mobile: 202-520-4082 email: Mark.gov or FCC 24/7 Operations Center phone: 202-418-1122 email: FCCOPCenter@fcc.Simmons@fcc.phone: 717-338-2657 email: Tracy.gov U.STA Licensing (Part 90--Land Mobile and Public Safety). weekends.ULS http://wireless.] – 14 – .Stadnicki@fcc.How do I request a Special Temporary Authorization (STA)? FCC licensees request a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) from the FCC: During Normal FCC Business Hours (Monday through Friday. 8:00am .gov/uls/ then click on Online Filing “LOG IN” Outside of Normal FCC Business Hours (5:30pm . [See the previous page for requesting STAs when a Joint Field Office is operational for an incident.fcc.gov First Responders and Public Safety Entities with general STA inquiries Mark Stadnicki.gov or file electronically: FCC Form 601 .

based on local or regional use. Some radios have a switch for talk-around on a repeater channel. For some channels. Consider programming additional VHF Marine channels as possible interoperability channels (for use when properly authorized). and using this feature saves memory slots. Consider allowing the user to enable or disable CTCSS on receive by a switch or button. no CTCSS) should be used on receive. LE 1.see “NPSTC” on page 2. Recommended modes for using Federal Interoperability Channels: use analog for all Incident Response channels (CTCSS 167. CTCSS should always be transmitted on the analog channels.pdf for authorized channel uses and http://www. another channel may be programmed so both modes are available. There is no one-size-fits-all solution due to differing radio designs. LE B. see http:// wireless. navcen.gov/marine/vhfchanl. the standard nomenclature specifies a “direct” (“talk-around”) channel for repeaters which takes an additional memory slot. use P25 digital for the remaining LE channels. otherwise use CSQ on receive. In particular. The NIFOG uses the ANSI “Standard Channel Nomenclature for the Public Safety Interoperability Channels” for channel names .9 Hz). LE 10. if not.9 Hz) and Law Enforcement channels LE A.fcc. some radios may have a switch or button to enable or disable receive CTCSS. channels used by drawbridge tenders may be appropriate. – 15 – . NAC $68F. Similarly.uscg.Does the NIFOG specify exactly how to program channels? No.gov/?pageName=mtVhf for frequencies. but carrier squelch (CSQ. and LE 16 (CTCSS 167.

by just listening to radio traffic on one of these channels. the talk-around channel exists as a distinct channel on the radio. UCALL40. “NC 2” (direct: “IR 15”). you might establish contact on a dispatch or working channel. You may be able to learn what you need without transmitting.How do emergency responders use the calling channels? As you approach an incident scene or staging area. the Federal IR and LE calling channels are “NC 1” (direct: “IR 5”). and 8CALL90. try the “direct” or “talk-around” mode if your radio has that capability. or if your situation qualifies as “IMMEDIATE protection of life or property”. – 16 – . consider the wideband interoperability channels – if you are authorized to use them. For example. and “LE B”. If you are unable to make contact on these channels. In some cases. The talk-around for this repeater channel is known as “IR 5”. attempt to make contact on one of the designated interoperability calling channels. the VHF Incident Response Federal Interoperability Channel is known as “NC 1”. or if no channel was designated for this purpose. The non-Federal national interoperability calling channels are VCALL10. “LE A”. If it is a repeater channel and you get no response. If you can’t make contact.

How do Search and Rescue personnel on land. – 17 – . There is no VHF channel authorized and readily available to all three communities. and in aircraft need to be able to communicate with each other to coordinate rescues. Likewise. Also. as do most boaters. We encourage public safety entities to obtain licenses for this frequency to facilitate interoperability. VHF Marine channels shall not be used for conventional. we encourage SAR organizations with VHF radios to program the appropriate VHF Marine channels in their radios and to exercise great restraint in using these channels only when authorized. in boats.16 MHz is licensed to many SAR organizations. Some aircraft involved in SAR have VHF Marine radios. We recommend that SAR participants have the channels in this plan pre-programmed in their radios. terrestrial search and rescue operations – they are in this plan due to the likelihood of boats being involved in SAR in coastal areas. the VHF radios that many ground SAR groups use are capable of covering the VHF Marine frequencies. 155. on watercraft. and on aircraft coordinate by radio? Certain VHF Marine channels are designated in this plan for Search and Rescue (SAR) interoperability. Searchers on land.

agency or organization affiliation. and if assigned by the agency in control of the incident. but could be designated for other incident support if that would not hamper Law Enforcement activities. “Incident Response” (IR) means everybody – Fire.GOV and include your name. at NIFOG@HQ. Department of Homeland Security. EMS. Law Enforcement. as permitted by the applicable regulations. and your e-mail address.DHS.S. Interoperability may require crossing jurisdictional and functional lines. and vice versa? Yes. Rescue. etc.info – 18 – . How do I get copies of the NIFOG? The latest version of the NIFOG can be downloaded or ordered from http://publicsafetytools. Public Works. The “Law Enforcement” (LE) channels will be used “primarily” for Law Enforcement activities. On the Federal interoperability channels. How can I get answers to questions about the “National Interoperability Field Operations Guide”.Should Fire/EMS radios have the Law Enforcement interoperability channels programmed. Radios for public safety personnel should have as many of these interoperability channels programmed as possible. Office of Emergency Communications. or how can I offer suggestions to improve it? Please send your questions or comments to the U.

Law Enforcement channels – program all as P25 digital with NAC $68F except LE A. program all channels as analog and again as digital channels. If not. If your radio has a user-selectable option to enable/disable CTCSS on receive.Recommendations for Programming the Federal Interoperability Channels 1. LE 1. or local/local interoperability. If there is enough room in your radio. b. – 19 – . A Federal entity must be involved when these are used. you may choose to configure this option so that the user can enable the same CTCSS tone used on transmit for receive. program as follows: a. LE10. CSQ) 2. and LE 16 which are to be programmed analog with Tx CTCSS 167. Note on using the Federal Interoperability Channels: These channels may not be used for state/state. LE B. state/local.9 Hz (6Z) and no Rx CTCSS (carrier squelch. The default configuration should be CSQ receive. Incident Response channels – all analog.

For communications not covered by #1. your use of a radio frequency must be authorized by: a. LE B.” 2. use P25 Digital for the remaining LE channels. “License by rule” – a provision in FCC rules that authorizes use of a radio frequency under specified conditions without a specific license or authorization issued to the user c. The FCC and NTIA rules allow for some flexibility in frequency use by personnel directly involved in a situation where there is imminent danger to human life or property. NAC $68F. LE 10. LE 1. A “Special Temporary Authorization” provided by FCC or NTIA 3. and LE 16. – 20 – . which includes everyone. Your (or your agency’s) FCC license or NTIA authorization b. Default modes for using Federal Interoperability Channels: use analog for all Incident Response channels and Law Enforcement channels LE A. 4. Digital P25 operations on non-Federal interoperability channels should transmit the default Network Access Code (NAC) $293. Specify talkgroup $FFFF.Regulations and Guidelines for National Interoperability 1. This does NOT mean “In an emergency. anything goes. and receive with NAC $F7E (accept any incoming NAC).

2. The “VHF Incident Response (IR) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan”. These channels are restricted to interoperability communications and are not authorized for routine or administrative uses. 3. Extended operations and congestion may lead to frequency conflicts. Coordination with NTIA is required to resolve these conflicts. Only narrowband emissions are to be used on the Federal Interoperability Channels. The Federal Interoperability Channels are available for use among Federal agencies and between Federal agencies and non-federal entities with which Federal agencies have a requirement to operate. subject to the condition that harmful interference will not be caused to Federal stations. and the “UHF Law Enforcement (LE) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan” show frequencies available for use by all Federal agencies to satisfy law enforcement and public safety incident response interoperability requirements. – 21 – . 4. the “UHF Incident Response (IR) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan”.Conditions for Use of Federal Interoperability Channels 1. These frequencies will be referred to hereinafter as “Federal Interoperability Channels”. 5. the “VHF Law Enforcement (LE) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan”. The channels are available to non-federal entities to enable joint Federal/non-federal operations for law enforcement and incident response.

0875 MHz and 414.16 of the NTIA Manual. TIA/EIA 603-B for narrowband analog.3. Equipment used (transmitters and receivers) must meet the standards established in Section 5. b.3.6. The interoperability channels will be identified in mobile and portable radios as indicated in the Law Enforcement Federal Interoperability Channel Plans with Continuous Tone-Controlled Squelch Systems (CTCSS) frequency 167. 3.0375 MHz are designated as National Calling Channels for initial contact and will be identified in the radio as indicated in the Law Enforcement Federal Interoperability Channel Plans. Law Enforcement Plans 1. – 22 – . A complete listing of conditions for use by Federal users can be found in Section 4. Initial contact communications will be established using narrowband analog FM emission (11K25F3E). Use of these frequencies within 75 miles of the Canadian border and 5 miles of the Mexican border require special coordination and in some cases will not be available for use. TIA TSB 102.2 of the NTIA Manual: a.CAAB-A for narrowband digital 7.5. 2. 8.9 Hz and/or Network Access Code (NAC) $68F. Frequencies 167.

2375 MHz (paired with 419. 4.7125 MHz) and 410. The interoperability channels will be identified in mobile and portable radios as indicated in the “VHF Incident Response (IR) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan” and the “UHF Incident Response (IR) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan”. 2. To ensure access by stations from outside the normal area of operation.Incident Response Plans 1. Frequencies 169. Initial contact will be established using narrowband analog FM emission (11K25F3E).2375 MHz) are designated as the calling channels for initial contact and will be identified in the radio as indicated in the Incident Response Federal Interoperability Channel Plans.5375 MHz (paired with 164. 3. – 23 – . Continuous Tone-Controlled Squelch Systems (CTCSS) will not be used on the calling channels.

html – 24 – .doc.fcc.uscg. & MURS) Amateur Radio Service NTIA Rules and Regulations Title 47. Code of Federal Regulations.gov/?pageName=mtVhf Aviation Services Private Land Mobile Radio Services Personal Radio Services (includes GMRS.ntia. see http://www.html Part 80 Part 87 Part 90 Part 95 Part 97 Maritime Services For information on VHF Marine channels. FRS. Code of Federal Regulations.gov/rules. Parts 0-199 http://wireless.gov/osmhome/redbook/redbook.FCC Rules and Regulations Title 47. CB. Part 300 http://www.navcen.

and the user instructed how and when to enable/disable.8800 39.4800 39.4600 39.7 (5A) Fire (Proposed) LFIRE2D 39.7 (5A) LLAW1D 39.7 (5A) LLAW3 45.8600 CSQ /156. CTCSS transmit.4600 CSQ /156.7 (5A) Fire LFIRE4D 45.4600 45.8600 39.7 (5A) LFIRE2 39.7 (5A) Frequency 39.7 (5A) Fire (Proposed) LFIRE4 45. If the user can enable/ disable without reprogramming the radio.8800 CSQ /156.4600 CSQ /156.4800 45.8800 CSQ /156.8800 45.4800 CSQ /156. the indicated CTCSS tone also could be programmed for receive. Law Enforcement ± Default operation should be carrier squelch receive.7 (5A) Law Enforcement LLAW3D 45.4800 CSQ /156.INTEROPERABILITY CHANNELS Non-Federal VHF National Interoperability Channels Description Channel Name Mobile Receive Frequency Mobile Transmit Frequency CTCSS Tone ± VHF Low Band LLAW1 39. – 25 – .8600 45.4800 MHz is pending FCC assignment for exclusive fire intersystem use.8600 CSQ /156.

7375 Tac Rpt VTAC38 • 158. CTCSS transmit. All channels on this page are NARROWBAND only.5 (4Z) *VTAC11-12.4725 Tac Rpt VTAC37 * • 154.7 (5A) ± CSQ / 156.7375 Tactical VTAC14 159.7375 159.1375 151. Mobile Transmit Freq. and the user instructed how and when to enable/disable.7 (5A) ± CSQ / 156.7375 154.4725 Tac Rpt VTAC33 * • 159.1375 159.7525 Tactical VTAC11 * 151.5 (4Z) CSQ / 136. and VTAC36-37 may not be used in Puerto Rico or the USVI.5 (4Z) CSQ / 136.7 (5A) ± CSQ / 156.4725 151.4525 158.4725 CTCSS Tone CSQ / 156.7525 155.4525 Tac Rpt VTAC35 • 159.4725 158.7 (5A) ± CSQ / 136.7375 158. Limited to 3 watts ERP above Line A or East of Line C.5 (4Z) CSQ / 136. ±Default operation should be carrier squelch receive. Calling VCALL10 155.1375 Tac Rpt VTAC34 * • 158.5 (4Z) CSQ / 136. the indicated CTCSS tone also could be programmed for receive. VTAC33-35 should be used only when necessary due to interference.5 (4Z) CSQ / 136.Non-Federal VHF National Interoperability Channels VHF High Band Description Channel Name Mobile Receive Freq.4725 159. • VTAC36-38 are preferred.4525 Tactical VTAC13 158.7375 Tac Rpt VTAC36 * • 151.1375 Tactical VTAC12 * 154. If the user can enable/disable without reprogramming the radio. VTAC33-34. • VTAC33-38 recommended for deployable tactical repeater use only (FCC Station Class FB2T).4525 154. – 26 – .7 (5A) ± CSQ /156.

All channels on this page are NARROWBAND only.7 Hz(5A) transmit. If the user can enable/disable CTCSS without reprogramming the radio. For VTAC17/VTAC17D only: Base stations: 50 watts max. These channels use narrowband FM and are available only in certain inland areas at least 100 miles from a major waterway.8500 Default operation should be carrier squelch receive. and the user instructed how and when to enable/disable.2500 161. antenna HAAT 400 feet max. CTCSS 156. These channels use the same frequencies as VHF Marine channel 25. antenna HAAT 15 feet max. or authorized by STA. – 27 – . These channels are for tactical use and may not be operated on board aircraft in flight.Non-Federal VHF National Interoperability Channels VHF Inland Description Tactical – narrowband FM Tactical – narrowband FM Channel Name VTAC17 VTAC17D Mobile RX (MHz) 161.use of these channels must be licensed. which uses wideband FM. Limited to 3 watts ERP above Line A or East of Line C.8500 Mobile TX (MHz) 157. the indicated CTCSS tone also could be programmed for receive. See map on next page. “Blanket authorization” does not apply . Mobile stations: 20 watts max. interoperability communications have priority over grandfathered public coast and public safety licensees. Use only where authorized.8500 161. In these authorized areas.

371(c)(ii) TX Counties .see 47CFR80.see page 84 – 28 – .Counties Where VTAC17/VTAC17D May Be Used Numbers Indicate VHF Public Coast Station Areas .

– 29 – .8625 453. and the user instructed how and when to enable/disable.2125 453.7125 458.4625 453.8625 Default operation should be carrier squelch receive.7125 453.8625 453.7(5A) transmit.7125 453.7125 453. If the user can enable/disable CTCSS without reprogramming the radio.2125 458.4625 453. Limited to 3 watts ERP above Line A or East of Line C. CTCSS 156.Non-Federal UHF National Interoperability Repeater Channels Description Calling Calling Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Channel Name UCALL40 UCALL40D UTAC41 UTAC41D UTAC42 UTAC42D UTAC43 UTAC43D Mobile RX (MHz) 453. the indicated CTCSS tone also could be programmed for receive.4625 458.2125 453. All channels on this page are NARROWBAND only.4625 453.2125 453.8625 Mobile TX (MHz) 458.

49375 769.14375 770.89375 769.99375 769.24375 799.39375 769.64375 769.700 MHz Interoperability Channels FCC Channel (Subscriber Load) Receive Ch.74375 769.24375 800.14375 769.89375 799.24375 770.24375 769.64375 799.39375 799.99375 800.39375 – 30 – Primary Use General Public Safety Calling Channel EMS EMS General Public Safety General Public Safety Fire Fire General Public Safety General Public Safety Law Enforcement Channel Name 7TAC51 7TAC51D 7CALL50 7CALL50D 7MED65 7MED65D 7MED66 7MED66D 7TAC52 7TAC52D 7TAC55 7TAC55D 7FIRE63 7FIRE63D 7FIRE64 7FIRE64D 7TAC53 7TAC53D 7TAC56 7TAC56D 7LAW61 7LAW61D . Transmit Ch.74375 799.39375 770.14375 800. 23-24 983-984 23-24 39-40 999-1000 39-40 63-64 1023-1024 63-64 79-80 1039-1040 79-80 103-104 1063-1064 103-104 119-120 1079-1080 119-120 143-144 1103-1104 143-144 159-160 1119-1120 159-160 183-184 1143-1144 183-184 199-200 1159-1160 199-200 223-224 1183-1184 223-224 Transmit and Receive Frequencies 799.49375 799.14375 799.

49375 263-264 1223-1224 800.00625 641-642 773.89375 319-320 1279-1280 800.00625 657-658 1617-1618 803.49375 239-240 770.10625 657-658 773.60625 – 31 – Primary Use Channel Name Law 7LAW62 Enforcement 7LAW62D General 7TAC54 Public Safety 7TAC54D Mobile Data 7DATA69 7DATA69D Mobile 7MOB59 Repeater 7MOB59D Other Public 7GTAC57 Service 7GTAC57D EMS 7MED86 7MED86D General 7TAC71 Public Safety 7TAC71D Calling 7CALL70 Channel 7CALL70D EMS 7MED87 7MED87D Fire 7FIRE83 7FIRE83D General 7TAC72 Public Safety 7TAC72D .64375 279-280 1239-1240 800.FCC Channel Transmit and (Subscriber Load) Receive Frequencies Receive Ch.64375 263-264 770.74375 303-304 1263-1264 800.35625 697-698 773. Transmit Ch.50625 737-738 1697-1698 803.99375 319-320 770.25625 681-682 773.35625 721-722 1681-1682 803.25625 697-698 1657-1658 803.60625 737-738 773.89375 303-304 770.50625 721-722 773.74375 279-280 770.99375 641-642 1601-1602 803.10625 681-682 1641-1642 803. 239-240 1199-1200 800.

75625 Public Safety 7TAC75D 777-778 1737-1738 803. Frequencies 761-762 1721-1722 803.50625 Mobile 7MOB79 Repeater 881-882 774.10625 7TAC73D 841-842 1801-1802 804.25 kHz channels.35625 Law 7LAW82 857-858 774.60625 Public Safety 7TAC74D 921-922 1881-1882 804.85625 Fire 7FIRE84 777-778 773.apco911.85625 Other Public 7GTAC77 937-938 774.FCC Channel Transmit Channel (Subscriber Load) and Receive Primary Use Name Receive Ch.25625 General 7TAC76 841-842 774.35625 Enforcement 7LAW82D 881-882 1841-1842 804.85625 Service 7GTAC77D 12.50625 7MOB79D 897-898 1857-1858 804.5 kHz narrowband channels shown as odd-even channel pairs of 6.75625 Mobile Data 7DATA89 921-922 774. Ref: http://www.00625 Enforcement 7LAW81D 817-818 1777-1778 804.00625 Law 7LAW81 801-802 774.10625 General 7TAC73 Public Safety 817-818 774.60625 General 7TAC74 897-898 774.75625 7DATA89D 937-938 1897-1898 804. Transmit Ch.org/frequency/documents/700_NB_channel_centers.pdf – 32 – .75625 General 7TAC75 761-762 773.85625 7FIRE84D 801-802 1761-1762 804.25625 Public Safety 7TAC76D 857-858 1817-1818 804.

Wideband FM 20K0F3E before and after rebanding.ITAC4. is the frequency used before rebanding channel names were ICALL.7(5A) transmit.0125 (868.0125) 853.5125 (821. which is 15 MHz higher. and the user instructed how and when to enable/disable. – 33 – .0125) 851.5125) 808.0125) 851.0125) 852.0125) Mobile TX (MHz)* 806.0125) 852.Non-Federal 800 MHz National Mutual Aid Repeater Channels Description Calling Calling – Direct Tactical Tactical – Direct Tactical Tactical – Direct Tactical Tactical – Direct Tactical Tactical – Direct Ch.0125) 852.0125) 806.0125) Default operation should be carrier squelch receive.0125 (866.0125) 807.0125 (867.0125) 853.5125) 807.5125 (867.0125 (868. *The frequency in parenthesis.5125 (822.0125 (867.0125 (823. CTCSS 156.5125 (866.0125 (867. Name 8CALL90 8CALL90D 8TAC91 8TAC91D 8TAC92 8TAC92D 8TAC93 8TAC93D 8TAC94 8TAC94D Mobile RX (MHz)* 851.0125 (866.0125 (821.0125) 851. the indicated CTCSS tone could also be programmed for receive.0125 (822.5125) 852. ITAC1 .5125 (867.5125) 852.5125 (866.5125) 853.5125) 852. If the user can enable/disable CTCSS without reprogramming the radio.5125) 851.5125) 851.5125 (866.0125 (868.5125 (867.0125 (866.

4125 170. CTCSS 167.4125 170.0375 (S) *See “Conditions for Use of Federal Interoperability Channels” on pages 22 .0125 170.0125 (S) 170.9625 166.6875 (S) 173.3250 169.6875 173. All channels on this page are NARROWBAND only.2500 165.9/CSQ transmit.5750 167.4125 (S) 170.5375 170. If the user can enable/disable CTCSS without reprogramming the radio.5375 170.0125 170.24.VHF Incident Response (IR) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan Suggested Assignment (subject to availability & local plans) Incident Calling Incident Command Medical Evacuation Control Logistics Control Interagency Convoy Incident Calling (Direct) Incident Command (Direct) Medical Evacuation Control (Direct) Logistics Control (Direct) Interagency Convoy (Direct) Channel Name NC 1 IR 1 IR 2 IR 3 IR 4 IR 5 IR 6 IR 7 IR 8 IR 9 Note Calling Direct for NC 1 Calling Direct for IR 1 Direct for IR 2 Direct for IR 3 Direct for IR 4 Mobile RX (MHz) 169. the indicated CTCSS tone also could be programmed for receive. and the user instructed how and when to enable/disable. Default operation should be carrier squelch receive.6875 173. – 34 – .7125 165.0375 Mobile TX (MHz) 164.0375 169.5375 (S) 170.

2375 (S) 410. – 35 – .8375 413.2125 410.1875 413. If the user can enable/disable CTCSS without reprogramming the radio. and the user instructed how and when to enable/disable.8375 413.4375 (S) 410.4375 Direct for IR 11 410. the indicated CTCSS tone also could be programmed for receive.2375 419. All channels on this page are NARROWBAND only. Default operation should be carrier squelch receive.UHF Incident Response (IR) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan Suggested Assignment (subject to availability & local plans) Incident Calling Ad hoc assignment Ad hoc assignment SAR Incident Command Ad hoc assignment Interagency Convoy Incident Calling (Direct) Ad hoc assignment (Direct) Ad hoc assignment (Direct) SAR Incident Command (Direct) Channel Name NC 2 IR 10 IR 11 IR 12 IR 13 IR 14 IR 15 IR 16 IR 17 IR 18 Note Calling Direct for NC 2 Calling Direct for IR 10 410.4375 410.9/CSQ transmit.6375 410.2375 Mobile TX (MHz) 419.4375 419.8375 (S) *See “Conditions for Use of Federal Interoperability Channels” on pages 22 . CTCSS 167.2125 (S) 410.6375 Direct for IR 12 410.2375 410.8375 Mobile RX (MHz) 410.6375 419.1875 (S) 413.6375 (S) 410.24.

7500 168.2500 (S) 167. else CSQ.7500 (S) 168.0875 162.4625 Mobile TX (MHz) 167.0875 (S) 162.0875 167. – 36 – .4625 167.4250 167.7500 168.1125 (S) 168.1125 168.24.2500 167.8375 163.9 Tx.2625 162.2875 163. CSQ Rx $68F $68F $68F $68F $68F $68F $68F $68F *See “Conditions for Use of Federal Interoperability Channels” on pages 22 .9 Tx.0875 167.VHF Law Enforcement (LE) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan Description Calling Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Channel Name LE A LE 1 LE 2 LE 3 LE 4 LE 5 LE 6 LE 7 LE 8 LE 9 Direct for LE 2 Direct for LE 3 Direct for LE 4 Direct for LE 5 Note Analog Analog Mobile RX (MHz) 167.4625 (S) CTCSS or NAC 167. CSQ Rx 167.2500 167. CTCSS on receive only if user selectable.1125 168. All channels on this page are NARROWBAND only.

else CSQ.9 Tx. CTCSS on receive only if user selectable.3125 414.1875 (S) 410. CSQ Rx $68F $68F $68F $68F $68F 409.Analog Direct for LE 11 Direct for LE 12 Note Analog Analog Mobile RX (MHz) 414. – 37 – .6125 414.9 Tx.9 Tx. All channels on this page are NARROWBAND only.1875 419.9875 410.3375 409.3125 (S) 414.9875 410.1875 410.0625 (S) 414.6125 Mobile TX (MHz) 418.3375 (S) CTCSS or NAC 414. CSQ Rx 410. CSQ Rx 167.0375 (S) 167.0375 409.6125 (S) $68F $68F *See “Conditions for Use of Federal Interoperability Channels” on pages 22 .UHF Law Enforcement (LE) Federal Interoperability Channel Plan Description Channel Name Calling Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical Tactical LE B LE 10 LE 11 LE 12 LE 13 LE 14 LE 15 LE 16 LE 17 LE 18 Direct for LE 10 .1875 410.6125 414.0625 414.24.9875 (S) 167.9875 419.

8TAC94D for 8TAC94.8625 458.0125 before rebanding) before rebanding) 156.8625 853.Federal / Non-Federal SAR Command Interoperability Plan Channel Name* IR 12** VTAC14 Mobile RX (MHz) 410. – 38 – . UTAC43D for UTAC43. 17 is wideband FM.7 Rx if user selectable) 156. CSQ Rx (156. CSQ Rx (156. emission 16K00F3E.24.7 Rx if user selectable) 156.7 Rx if user selectable) none UTAC43 8TAC94 (ITAC4 before rebanding) VHF Marine Ch. 17*** 453.7 Tx.8500 (this use requires FCC STA) 156.0125 (823. **See Conditions for Use of Federal Interoperability Channels on pages 22 .9 Tx. CSQ Rx 156.7 Tx.4725 Mobile TX (MHz) 419.8375 159.0125 808.8375 159.4725 CTCSS 167. substitute the corresponding talk-around channel: IR 18 for IR 12.8500 (this use requires FCC STA) * If a repeater is not available. CSQ Rx (156.0125 (868.7 Tx. ***VHF marine ch.

23A.0 MHz AM for initial contact only. Non-maritime use of any VHF Marine channel requires FCC Special Temporary Authority or appropriate license. 83A alternates as specified by local USCG Sector Commander) ** 157. VHF marine channels use wideband FM.850 (south or west sector) & 122. This table does not convey authority to operate.150 (VHF Marine ch. then move to appropriate working channel as directed by local USCG Sector Commander.Federal / Non-Federal VHF SAR Operations Interoperability Plan Suggested SAR Function Ground Operations Maritime Operations * Air Operations – civilian Air Operations – USCG/Military Air rescue assets to air rescue assets (deconfliction) Ground to Air SAR working channel Ground to Maritime SAR working channel Maritime/Air/Ground SAR working channel * EMS / Medical Support Hailing* & DISTRESS only Maritime/Air/Ground Frequency (MHz) 155.3400 narrowband FM 156.).150 81A=157. 81A.1750 Direction from USCG. or FAA overrides information in this table.900 MHz (north or east sector).800 VHF Marine channel 16 * * Use VHF Marine ch. 81A alternates as specified by local USCG Sector Commander) ** 157.050 or 157.100 MHz AM (may not be used for tests or exercises) 345.800 21A=157. – 39 – .21A or 23A) as specified by USCG Sector Commander 123.050 22A=157.850 may not be used for tests or exercises 157.050 21A (23A. 122.175 83A (21A.8 MHz AM or other working channel As charted on standard air chart or MULTICOM 122.125 83A=157. FCC. 23A. then move to 282. or as specified by FAA. emission 16K0F3E ** VHF Marine channels: 16=156. 81A alternates as specified by local USCG Sector Commander) ** 155.16 to make contact (30 seconds max.100 23A=157.1600 narrowband FM 157.075 82A=157.175 83A (21A.

28 of this document.3025 155. availability varies.2875 154.2725 154. Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Rules for use of these channels are contained in 47 CFR 90. Not available in Puerto Rico and the U.2650 mobile 154.3400 base/mobile 155.4825 Usage Search and Rescue Common Fire Mutual Aid Fire Mutual Aid Fire Mutual Aid Narrowband ID SAR NFM VFIRE22 VFIRE24 VFIRE21 VFIRE25 VFIRE23 VFIRE26 VMED28 VMED29 VLAW31 VLAW32 Note Not designated by FCC.3.3.S.2950 mobile 154. – 40 – . Virgin Islands. See also “Non-Federal VHF National Interoperability Channels” and “Non-Federal VHF Inland Interoperability Channels” on page 26 .20 and NTIA Manual Section 4.3475 155.6.VHF Public Safety Mutual Aid and Common Channels Frequency (MHz) 155. Fire Mutual Aid EMS Mutual Aid May be designated for EMS Mutual Aid.2800 base/mobile 154.4750 base/mobile 155.1600 154. May be designated for EMS Mutual Aid.11 & 7.

UHF MED (Medical, EMS) Channels
Base & Mobile TX 462.950 462.95625 462.9625 462.96875 462.975 462.98125 462.9875 462.99375 463.000 463.00625 463.0125 463.01875 463.025 463.03125 Mobile TX 467.950 467.95625 467.9625 467.96875 467.975 467.98125 467.9875 467.99375 468.000 468.00625 468.0125 468.01875 468.025 468.03125 Channel Name MED–9 * MED–91 * MED–92 * MED–93 * MED–10 * MED–101 * MED–102 * MED–103 * MED–1 MED–11 MED–12 MED–13 MED–2 MED–21 Bandwidth W,N,U U N,U U W,N,U U N,U U W,N,U U N,U U W,N,U U

* Used primarily for dispatch; may be used for mutual aid. 47CFR90.20(d)(65).

Direct mode: receive & transmit on “Base & Mobile TX” freq.; Repeater mode: transmit on “Mobile TX” freq., receive on “Base & Mobile TX” freq. CTCSS as required by local plan. Bandwidth: W=wide, N=narrow, U=ultra-narrow (6.25 kHz). Add “D” to channel name when operating in “Direct” mode.
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UHF MED (Medical, EMS) Channels
Base & Mobile TX 463.0375 463.04375 463.050 463.05625 463.0625 463.06875 463.075 463.08125 463.0875 463.09375 463.100 463.10625 463.1125 463.11875 463.125 Mobile TX 468.0375 468.04375 468.050 468.05625 468.0625 468.06875 468.075 468.08125 468.0875 468.09375 468.100 468.10625 468.1125 468.11875 468.125 Channel Name MED–22 MED–23 MED–3 MED–31 MED–32 MED–33 MED–4 MED–41 MED–42 MED–43 MED–5 MED–51 MED–52 MED–53 MED–6 Bandwidth N,U U W,N,U U N,U U W,N,U U N,U U W,N,U U N,U U W,N,U

Direct mode: receive & transmit on “Base & Mobile TX” freq.; Repeater mode: transmit on “Mobile TX” freq., receive on “Base & Mobile TX” freq. CTCSS as required by local plan. Bandwidth: W=wide, N=narrow, U=ultra-narrow (6.25 kHz). Add “D” to channel name when operating in “Direct” mode.

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UHF MED (Medical, EMS) Channels
Base & Mobile TX 463.13125 463.1375 463.14375 463.150 463.15625 463.1625 463.16875 463.175 463.18125 463.1875 463.19375 Mobile TX 468.13125 468.1375 468.14375 468.150 468.15625 468.1625 468.16875 468.175 468.18125 468.1875 468.19375 Channel Name MED–61 MED–62 MED–63 MED–7 MED–71 MED–72 MED–73 MED–8 MED–81 MED–82 MED–83 Bandwidth U N,U U W,N,U U N,U U W,N,U U N,U U

Direct mode: receive & transmit on “Base & Mobile TX” freq.; Repeater mode: transmit on “Mobile TX” freq., receive on “Base & Mobile TX” freq. CTCSS as required by local plan. Bandwidth: W=wide, N=narrow, U=ultra-narrow (6.25 kHz). Add “D” to channel name when operating in “Direct” mode.

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U. CG-TAC-S (VHF P25 Multicast Voted System) (continued) – 44 – CHICAGO .S. 2013.gov. state. CG-COM-S (VHF P25 Multicast Voted System) CG-TAC-N. who are not currently participating in the 25 Cities effort. contact Rob Zanger.598.2000 or robert. CG-COM-C. Department of Justice. All agencies interested in using these frequencies.zanger@usdoj. and tribal voice communications interoperability. Each metropolitan area has agreed upon policies and procedures regarding use of these channels. Information as of January 8.m. and Washington DC (DCIO2LE2). CG-TAC-C. Boston (BS IO LE4). should contact the local FBI Radio Manager prior to programming any equipment. CITY ATLANTA BALTIMORE BOSTON CHANNEL NAME ATL FIO (VHF P25 Voted System) BAFIOLE3 (VHF P25 Voted System) BPD FIO (VHF Voted System . Please note that three 25 Cities channels are on VHF Law Enforcement (LE) Federal Interoperability Chanel pairs: Baltimore (BAFIOLE3). Most 25 Cities VHF channels are accessible by non-VHF users via permanent or ad hoc patching capabilities. Wireless Management Office at 202.25 Cities Project Federal Interoperability Channels The 25 Cities Project Federal Interoperability Channels were developed through the Department of Justice “25 Cities” project to support local. federal.Analog) BS IO LE4 (VHF P25 Voted System) CG-COM-N. For frequencies and programming details or other questions regarding the project.

DEN IO-S. CT – 45 – . DEN IO-C. DEN IO-E. CFedcom-S. EP FIO-E (VHF P25 Multicast Voted System) HRN FIO (VHF P25 Voted System) CFedcom-N. CFedcom-E (VHF P25 Multicast Voted System) HNL FIO (VHF P25 Stand Alone 125 watt repeater) HONOLULU HNL FIO2 (VHF P25 Stand Alone 125 watt repeater) LE 4 (VHF P25 Transportable 125 watt repeater) HNL FIRE (VHF Voted System – Analog) (continued) DENVER EL PASO HAMPTON ROADS – NORFOLK HARTFORD. DEN IO-W (VHF P25 Multicast Voted System) EP FIO-W.25 Cities Project Federal Interoperability Channels CITY DALLAS CHANNEL NAME DFW EAST (VHF P25 Voted System) DFW WEST (VHF P25 Voted System) DEN IO-N.

NYC FIO-S (Central NJ) (VHF P25 Multicast Voted system) NYC FIO2 (VHF P25 Voted System) ORLANDO PHILADELPHIA ORL FIO (VHF P25 Voted System) PH FIO (VHF P25 Voted System) (continued) NEW YORK – 46 – .25 Cities Project Federal Interoperability Channels CITY HOUSTON JACKSONVILLE LOS ANGELES MIAMI MINNEAPOLIS/ST PAUL NEW ORLEANS CHANNEL NAME HOU CMD (VHF P25 Voted System) HOU PAT (VHF P25 Voted System) JAX FIO (VHF P25 Voted System) LA FIO1 (VHF P25 Voted System) LA FIO2 (VHF P25 Voted System) LA FIO3 (VHF P25 Voted System) MIA FIO (VHF P25 Voted System) FEDCOM-MP. FEDCOM-SP (VHF P25 Multicast Voted System) NOLA FIO (VHF P25 Voted System) NYC FIO (NYC). NYC FIO-E (Suffolk). NYC FIO-N (OrangePutnam).

(continued) – 47 – .25 Cities Project Federal Interoperability Channels CITY CHANNEL NAME STL CALL (VHF P25 Voted System) 8CALL90(800 MHz Simulcast Voted Repeater System) ST LOUIS STL TAC (VHF P25 Voted System) 8TAC91 (800 MHz Simulcast Voted Repeater System) All of the above repeaters can be networked together.

SF FED-ES.Analog) SAN FRANCISCO 8TAC94 (800 MHz Stand Alone 125 watt repeater. SF FED-ED.Analog) CLEMARS 7 (LLAW1) (Low Band repeater) SF MA T-A (UHF-T Band Stand Alone 125 watt repeater .25 Cities Project Federal Interoperability Channels CITY CHANNEL NAME SF MA U-A (UHF Stand Alone 125 watt repeater .Analog) SF MA V-A (VHF Stand Alone 125 watt repeater .Analog) SF FED-V (VHF P25 Stand Alone 125 watt repeater) SF FED-U (UHF P25 Stand Alone 125 watt repeater) All of the above repeaters can be networked together. SF FED-ET. SF FEDEW (VHF P25 Multicast Voted System) TAMPA WASHINGTON DC TAM FIO (VHF P25 Voted System) DC IO-1 (VHF P25 Voted System) DCIO2LE2 (VHF P25 Voted System) – 48 – .

425 Marine 21B WX8 WX3 162.listing and report form at http://www. These channels should be programmed as wideband FM (16K0F3E) RECEIVE ONLY.500 WX6 162.gov/nwr/outages.php or call 1-888-886-1227 – 49 – . Some radio manufacturers number the US weather channels in the order they came into use. others number them in frequency order. WX8-WX9 Canada Marine Weather) WX1 162. For programming in land-mobile radios. forecasts and other non-weather related hazard information 24 hours a day. channels WX8-WX9 are used for Canada Marine Weather broadcasts in some areas. Channels WX1-WX7 are used in the US & Canada.650 161.450 WX4 162.NOAA Weather Radio “All Hazards” Broadcasts NWR broadcasts National Weather Service (NWS) warnings.400 WX2 162. frequency order is recommended.775 NOAA Weather Radio outages or transmitter problems . watches.475 WX5 162.525 WX7 162.550 Marine 83B WX9 161.nws. Weather Radio Broadcasts – Receive Only (WX1-WX7 US & Canada.noaa.

..........................org Main Number ..................................................gov ARC American National Red Cross 24-hr Disaster Operations Center ......... 1-888-225-5322 FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency.................. emergency@arrl.............................. 202-282-8000 NOC Senior Watch Officer .................................................................................... 800-526-3571............................. 202-418-1122............................................................ FEMA-NRCC@dhs............................ -2813 FAX General info (1-888-CALL-FCC) ...gov .............. National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) ...... 860-594-0268 DHS – 50 – ...... 860-594-0200 -0259 fax Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager ................................................... 703-235-5080 SHARES HF Radio ........................COMMON COMMUNICATIONS REFERENCES Operations Center Telephone Numbers Main Number ........ 202-646-2828 (general number for all ESFs – see next page) ......... 202-282-8101 NCC Watch .............. 860-594-0222 Radio Station W1AW .. 703-235-5080 FCC Federal Communications Commission Operations Center e-mail FCCOPCenter@fcc........................................................................ 202-303-5555 ARRL American Radio Relay League .

and Human Services ESF #7: Resource Support ESF #8: Public Health and Medical Services ESF #9: Urban Search & Rescue ESF #10: Oil & Hazardous Materials Response ESF #11: Agriculture and Natural Resources ESF #12: Energy ESF #13: Public Safety and Security ESF #14: Long-Term Community Recovery ESF #15: External Affairs Telephone number for all ESFs 202-646-2828 – 51 – . Housing.Emergency Support Functions (ESF) ESF #1: Transportation ESF #2: Communications ESF #3: Public Works and Engineering ESF #4: Firefighting ESF #5: Emergency Management ESF #6: Mass Care.

MS. ND. American Samoa (AS) 1-510-627-7100 Region X: AK.1-425-487-4600 FEMA Headquarters. WI . NY.1-215-931-5500 Region IV: AL. CA. TX . IN. CNMI. RI. ID. MN. NC.1-617-956-7506 or 1-877-336-2734 Region II: NJ.1-312-408-5500 Region VI: AR. Washington DC: 1-202-646-2500 FEMA Disaster Assistance: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) – 52 – . MT. PA. NM. SD. RMI. MI.FEMA Regions . MA. OK. VA. WY .1-303-235-4800 Region IX: AZ. MD. WA . FL. DE.States and Territories Region I: CT. WV . OR. GA. Guam (GU). HI.1-816-283-7061 Region VIII: CO. VT . KS. NH. MO. Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands NJ and NY: 1-212-680-3600 PR and USVI: 1-787-296-3500 Region III: DC. FSM. ME. OH. LA. KY. NV. SC. NE .1-940-898-5399 Region VII: IA. TN . UT.1-770-220-5200 Region V: IL.

PR New Orleans. LA Cleveland. WA Honolulu. GU Juneau. OH Alameda.U. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers 24 hour Regional Contacts for Emergencies Last Modified 4/29/2009 RCC Atlantic Area SAR Coordinator RCC Boston RCC Norfolk RCC Miami RSC San Juan RCC New Orleans RCC Cleveland Pacific SAR Coordinator RCC Alameda RCC Seattle RCC Honolulu Sector Guam RCC Juneau Location Portsmouth. FL San Juan. MA Portsmouth. VA Miami. HI Santa Rita. Alaska Phone Number (757)398-6700 (617)223-8555 (757)398-6231 (305)415-6800 (787)289-2042 (504)589-6225 (216)902-6117 (510)437-3700 (510)437-3700 (206)220-7001 (808) 535-3333 (671)355-4824 (907)463-2000 – 53 – . CA Seattle. CA Alameda. VA Boston.S.

4 WA 151.5 1A 8 210.3** WZ 141.0 XB 156.3 4A 13 71.firescope.8 3B 3 254.4 5Z 14 77.2 5B 15 82. http://www.pdf ** 69.8 6A 88.7 5A 6 79.7 M4 114.8 7A 16 97.6 M5 123.8 M6 127.5 4Z 4 69.5 YB 179.1 9Z 118.0 1Z 9 206.9 XA 146.5 8Z 103.2 7Z 94.9 6B 91. used by NIFC and CA fire agencies Ref.4 ZB 203. (Hz) Motorola Code NIFC & CA Fire * 67.8 2B 233. (Hz) Motorola Code NIFC & CA Fire * Freq.9 6Z 7 85.5 YZ 167.4 in some radios – 54 – .1 M3 110.9 2Z 1 225.org/macs-docs/MACS-441-1.CTCSS Tones and Codes Freq.7 M2 107.1 0Z * California FIRESCOPE tone list.3 M7 131.8 2A 11 229.7 WB 162.2 1B 10 218.2 4B 5 74.5 ZZ 186.3 3A 12 250.8 ZA 192.4 YA 173.5 M1 100.0 3Z 2 241.0 XZ 136.

325 331 332 343 346 351 364 365 371 411 412 413 423 431 432 445 446 452 454 455 462 464 465 466 503 506 Inv. 155 156 162 165 172 174 205 212 223 225 226 243 244 245 246 251 252 255 261 263 265 266 271 274 306 311 315 Inv.DCS Codes Normal 023 025 026 031 036 043 047 051 053 054 065 071 072 073 074 114 115 116 122 125 131 132 134 143 145 152 032 Inverted 047 244 464 627 172 445 023 032 452 413 271 306 245 506 174 712 152 754 225 365 364 546 223 412 274 115 051 Nor. 731 265 503 251 036 074 263 356 134 122 411 351 025 072 523 165 462 446 732 205 156 454 065 145 071 664 423 – 55 – Nor. 516 523 526 532 546 565 606 612 624 627 631 632 654 662 664 703 712 723 731 732 734 743 754 Inv. 432 246 325 343 132 703 631 346 632 031 606 624 743 466 311 565 114 431 155 261 371 654 116 . 526 465 455 532 612 243 131 125 734 226 143 054 315 723 516 043 255 053 266 332 252 026 331 662 162 073 Nor.

P25 Digital Codes NAC – Network Access Codes $293 default NAC $F7E receiver will unsquelch with any incoming NAC $F7F a repeater with this NAC will allow incoming signals to be repeated with the NAC intact TGID – Talkgroup ID $0001 default $0000 no-one. talkgroup with no users – used for individual call $FFFF talkgroup which includes everyone Unit ID $000000 no-one – never associated with a radio unit $000001-$98767F for general use $989680-$FFFFFE for talkgroup use or other special purposes $FFFFFF designates everyone – used when implementing a group call with a TGID3 – 56 – .

7 is the signal ground. 1 is the protective ground. looking at the front of the female connector (rear of male): 5 9 4 8 3 7 2 6 1 same for DB25. – 57 – DB9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 . The following is a view of the pins.1.RS-232 Connectors (DB25 and DB9) “Front” refers to the ends with the pins.14 (left to right) DB25 Signal 8 Carrier Detect 3 Receive Data 2 Transmit Data* 20 Data Terminal Ready* 1. bottom 25 .7 Ground ** 6 Data Set Ready 4 Request to Send* 5 Clear to Send 22 Ring Indicator * An output from the computer to the outside world. “rear” refers to the end with the cable. except top pins 13 . ** On the DB25.

RJ-45 Wiring Pin 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pair T568A (less common) Color Name T568B (more common) Color Name 2 white/ green RecvData+ white/orange TxData + 2 green RecvDataorange TxData 3 white/orange TxData + white/green RecvData+ 1 blue blue 1 white/blue white/blue 3 orange TxData green RecvData4 white/brown white/brown 4 brown brown Note that the odd pin numbers are always the white-with-stripe color. – 58 – .

Telephone Connectors Pin numbers are from left to right. holding the plug with the contacts up and looking at the side that does not have the spring clip. “T” and “R” indicate “Tip” and “Ring”. Pin 1 2 3 4 5 6 Circuit T1 R1 T2 R2 T3 R3 T4 R4 RJ25 T3 T2 R1 T1 R2 R3 Twisted-Pair Colors White/Blue Blue White/Orange Orange White/Green Green White/Brown Brown – 59 – RJ14 T2 R1 T1 R2 RJ11 R1 T1 25-Pair Colors White/Blue Blue/White White/Orange Orange/White White/Green Green/White White/Brown Brown/White Solid Colors Green Red Black Yellow White Blue Orange Brown .

23 49.24 25.8 34.3 29.20 21.6 32.4 5.28 29.24 50.Telephone Block Wiring Tip.34 35.48 49.6 7.15 41.21 47.38 39.25 66 or 110 Block Position 1.10 11.12 13.11 37.36 37.32 33.8 9.18 19.50 .7 33.17 43.12 38.2 3.2 28.44 45.14 15.40 41.16 17.18 44.26 27.42 43.4 30.22 48.10 36. Ring 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Tip Color (reverse for Ring) White/Blue White/Orange White/Green White/Brown White/Slate Red/Blue Red/Orange Red/Green Red/Brown Red/Slate Black/Blue Black/Orange Black/Green Black/Brown Black/Slate Yellow/Blue Yellow/Orange Yellow/Green Yellow/Brown Yellow/Slate Violet/Blue Violet/Orange Violet/Green Violet/Brown Violet/Slate – 60 – 50 Pin Position 26.30 31.5 31.46 47.13 39.19 45.14 40.9 35.20 46.22 23.16 42.1 27.

gov – 61 – . The NCC Watch can be reached 24x7 at 1-703-235-5080 or e-mail NCC@hq.S.html Cellular Telephone Emergency Response Some cellular telephone companies have transportable cell sites (Cellular On Wheels – COWs. Cellular on Light Trucks – COLTs. Department of Homeland Security – National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications will assist jurisdictions with referrals to corporate level contacts for wireless/wireline service provider representatives if needed. and special events.Southwest Asia DSN Directory .dhs.CONUS 314 .Alaska 319 .Canada 313 – Caribbean 315 . Local jurisdictions are encouraged to coordinate with their established service provider representatives for local events. emergencies.Telephone Keypad Letters 1:(QZ) 2:ABC 3:DEF 4:GHI 5:JKL 6:MNO 7:P(Q)RS 8:TUV 9:WXY(Z) * 0 # DSN Area Codes Defense Switched Network .Europe 317 .Global Operator – 1-719-567-1110 (DSN 312-560-1110) 312 .Pacific 318 . the U.) that can be deployed during disasters.Global http://www. etc. however.disa.mil/dsn/directory/global.

752.xxxx (US phone number) To an Iridium phone directly 00 + 8816xxxxxxx (Iridium Phone Number) To an M4 phone directly 00 + 870 + 76xxxxxxx (Mobile Number) Test call .xxx.Cannot call Toll-Free numbers] To a US Phone number: 00 + 1 + (10-digit US phone number) + # To an Iridium phone directly 00 + 8816xxxxxxx (Iridium Phone Number) + # To an M4 phone directly 00 + 870 + 76xxxxxxx (Mobile Number) + # From an Iridium provisioned commercially To a US Phone number 00 + 1 + xxx. at prompt 12-digit Iridium number To an Iridium phone directly as an International Call 011 + 8816xxxxxxx (Iridium Phone Number) To an Iridium phone via toll call to Chandler AZ (“two-stage dialing”): 1-480-768-2500. follow prompts to enter Iridium phone number To an M4 phone directly as an International Call 011 + 870 + 76xxxxxxx (Mobile Number) From an M4 or BGAN: [Note .no airtime charge: 00 + 1 + 480.Satellite Phone Dialing Instructions Iridium PIN (default) is 1111 (enter when powering-on the Iridium Subscriber Unit) From a US Landline Two-Stage Dialing: 1-480-768-2500.5105 – 62 – .

8816 763-xxxxx) INMARSAT Country Code All INMARSAT satellite telephones now use country code 870. e.international direct dialing from USA to London.g. Domestic 00 + 697 + (U.S..From an Iridium provisioned by DOD ISU (Iridium Subscriber Unit) to DSN 00 + 696 + (DSN Area Code) + (DSN 7-digit number) ISU to U.S. Area Code) + (7-digit US number) ISU to International Long Distance (ILD) 00 + 698 + (Country Code) + (“National Destination Code” or “City Code”) + (Subscriber Number) ISU to INMARSAT 00 + 698 + 870 + (INMARSAT subscriber number) ISU to Local Hawaii 00 + 699 + (7-digit local commercial number) 1-800 toll-free 00 + 699 + 1+ 800 + (7-digits) ISU to ISU. handset-to-handset 00 + (12-digit ISU subscriber number. The Ocean Region Codes were discontinued January 1. United Kingdom: 011 44 20 7728 1030 – 63 – . 2009: 871 Atlantic Ocean Region – East [AOR-East] 872 Pacific Ocean Region [POR] 873 Indian Ocean Region [IOR] 874 Atlantic Ocean Region – West [AOR-West] Inmarsat Customer Care Helpline .

INMARSAT-M Service Codes 00 11 12 13 14 17 20 23 24 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 41 42 43 57 6x 70 91 911 92 Automatic Calls International Operator International Information National Operator National Information Telephone Call Booking Access to a Maritime PAD Abbreviated Dialing Post FAX Maritime Enquiries Medical Advice Technical Assistance Person-to-Person Call Collect Call Credit Card Call Time and Duration Medical Assistance Maritime Assistance Meteorological Reports Navigational Hazards and Warnings Ship Position Reports Retrieval of Mailbox Messages Administration. Specialized Use Databases Automatic Line Test Emergency Calls Commissioning Tests – 64 – .

enter PIN At prompt.gov GETS test #: 1-703-818-3924 GETS call from a commercial phone: 1-710-NCS-GETS (1-710-627-4387) 1-888-288-GETS (ATT) 1-800-900-GETS (MCI/Verizon) 1-800-257-8373 (Sprint) Optional: specify long-distance carrier 1010+288 (ATT) 1-710-NCS-GETS 1010+222 (Verizon) 1-710-NCS-GETS 1010+333 (Sprint) 1-710-NCS-GETS Listen for tone. listen for dial tone Optional: specify long-distance carrier ATT: 1010+288 Verizon: 1010+222 Sprint: 1010+333 Dial 1-710-NCS-GETS (627-4387) Wait for GETS operator Give your PIN and 10-digit destination number – 65 – . Emergency Telecomm. http://wps. Service User Assistance: 1-800-818-GETS. monthly and usage charges apply.ncs.Govt. enter 10-digit destination number GETS call from a rotary or pay phone: Get outside line.Wireless Priority Service (WPS) Authorized phones only.ncs. 1-703-818-GETS http://www.gov/ Dial *272 + destination number [send] GETS .

ca number@cwemail.com number@gocbw.com number@messaging.com Continued .phone .suncom.us number@messaging.com or number@metropcs.net number@mmst5.com number@qwestmp.sprintpcs.nextel.com number@mymetropcs.sms.com number@omnipointpcs.com number@csouth1.att.bellmobility.com or number@message.com number @page.blackberry Centennial Wireless Cellular South Cincinnati Bell Metro PCS Nextel Omnipoint Qwest Southernlinc Sprint Suncom T-Mobile TracFone – 66 – number@txt.tracfone.alltel.ca number@txt.com AT&T Bell Canada (Mobility) .bell.southernlinc.Text Messaging Selected US & Canadian Cellular Text Messaging Carriers “number” is the 10-digit telephone number Alltel number@ alltelmessage.com number@tms.net or number@mms.att.net number@txt.com number@tmomail.

net Globalstar Iridium See http://en.S.net number@vtext. (GCI) Puerto Rico Centennial Wireless Claro TracFone number@cwemail. – 67 – .acsalaska.S.com number@mmst5.telus.com number@mmst5.wikipedia. Virgin Islands Centennial Wireless TracFone number@cwemail.org/wiki/List_of_SMS_gateways for more.gci.com Worldwide number@msg.com number@mobile.tracfone.com Alaska Alaska Communications General Communications Inc.com number@msg.uscc.com number@vtexto.sprintpcs.com number@messaging.com number@msg. Cellular Verizon Virgin Mobile number@msg.iridium.com number@email.Text Messaging (continued) Telus U.com U.tracfone.globalstarusa.

Height (ft) Height (ft) 150 200 300 400 500 750 1000 5. Rx Ant. Rx Ant.5 .5 – 68 – Range (miles) 21 23 28 32 35 42 48 Tx Ant. Height (ft) Height (ft) 10 20 30 40 50 75 100 5.Line-of-Sight Formulas Visual Line-of-Sight Approximate distance in miles = 1.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.33 x √ (height in feet) Radio Line-of-Sight D = √(2Hr) + √(2Ht) Where: D = approximate distance (range) to radio horizon in miles Hr = height of receive antenna in feet Ht = height of transmit antenna in feet Range (miles) 8 10 11 12 13 16 17 Tx Ant.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.

075 U 122.975 U 123.075 U Air-to-Ground A – Helicopter air-to-air.925 M 122.9 SAR Secondary and Training 123. F – Fixed-wing air-to-air.1 SAR 122.975 U 123.025 A 123.975 U 123.5 (flight training). All frequencies on this page use AM (emission designator 6K00A3E).075 U 122. – 69 – .COMMONLY USED FREQUENCIES Aviation Frequencies 121.975 U 123.925 M 122.3 or 123.075 U Rotary Wing 122.850 M 122. fish and game management and protection and environmental monitoring and protection.850 M 122. air traffic control operations. M – Multicom.850 M 122.925 M 122.850 M 122.025 A 123. Typical Uses Air-to-Air Fixed Wing 122. U – Unicom.925 – for use only for communications with or between aircraft when coordinating natural resources programs of Federal or State natural resources agencies. including forestry management and fire suppression. Ask FAA/FCC for emergency use of 123.5 Emergency & Distress 122.925 M 122.750 F 122.

S.47 CFR 80. NONCOMMERCIAL . COAST GUARD . 78A. Typical uses include fishing reports. 72. 23A. rendezvous. Government vessels and U. 679.Environmental protection operations.S.This channel is a working channel for U. Messages must be about the needs of the ship. 83A 81A 82A 96.Use this channel to talk to the Coast Guard (but first make contact on Channel 16).S. 69. 804 – 70 – . 718.VHF Marine Channel Listing This chart summarizes a portion of the FCC rules -.Use this channel to get the attention of another station (calling) or in emergencies (distress and safety). Appropriate Channels * 16 6 22A 21A.Working channels for voluntary boats. U.S. 81A. 79A4.These channels are Coast Guard working channels. Government . not available to commercial or non-commercial vessels for normal use. INTERSHIP SAFETY . scheduling repairs and berthing information.68.373(f) Type of Message DISTRESS SAFETY AND CALLING . COAST GUARD LIAISON . Government .371(c) and 80. Use Channels 67 and 72 only for ship-to-ship messages. Government coast stations only.Use this channel for ship-to-ship safety messages and for search and rescue messages to ships and aircraft of the Coast Guard. U.

14. Messages must be about the operational handling movement and safety of ships. 26. 20. You must keep your messages short. 12. 25. Use channels 8. 28. 84. Channels 11. 635. This is also the main working channel at most locks and drawbridges. must be about business or the needs of the ship. Channel 77 is limited to intership communications to and from pilots.Type of Message Appropriate Channels * COMMERCIAL . In certain major ports. 19A. 7510. 77 13. 677. you can make and receive calls from telephones on shore. Except for distress calls. Your power output must not be more than one watt. 8. 11.Use these channels to call the marine operator at a public coast station. 7A. public coast stations usually charge for this service. 73. 79A. By contacting a public coast station. PORT OPERATIONS . 74.7610. 10.) This channel is available to all ships. for example. 67 . – 71 – 24. 80A. 88A1 PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE (MARINE OPERATOR) . Messages 15. locks or waterways. Messages must be about ship navigation. 66. 53. NAVIGATIONAL . 635. 86 15. 85.Working channels for working ships only. 65. 72 and 88A only for ship-to-ship messages.These channels are used in directing the movement of ships in or near ports. 18A. 67. Use channel 20 only for ship-to-coast messages. passing or meeting other ships. 9. 12 and 14 are not available for general port operations messages.(Also known as the bridge-to-bridge channel. 27.

2. DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING .Use this channel for distress and safety calling and for general purpose calling using only digital selective calling techniques. ship.On these channels you may receive weather broadcasts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 4. Only for use In the Great Lakes. and Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its approaches. Available only In the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Available only in the Houston and New Orleans areas. St. Footnotes Appropriate Channels * 17 70 WX-1 through WX-7 1. – 72 – . 3. Messages must pertain to regulation and control. You cannot transmit on them. or assistance to ships. Available only in the New Orleans area. St Lawrence Seaway. Available only in the Great Lakes. and coast general purpose calling by noncommercial ships.Type of Message MARITIME CONTROL . Available for intership. WEATHER . 5.This channel may be used to talk to ships and coast stations operated by state or local governments. Not available in the Great Lakes. Lawrence Seaway. These channels are only for receiving. 6. 7. boating activities. or the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its approaches.

830 3. Coast Guard designated VTS radio protection area of Seattle (Puget Sound).800 MHz (Channel 16) – 73 – .Radiotelephone (HF. 4125. Maritime freqs.htm?job=service_bandplan&id=ship_stations Shipboard repeaters: 457. 8291.S. * “A” indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit frequency of an international duplex channel. assignable to aircraft: (HF) 2. Output power limited to 1 watt. 10.575 457.16K00F3E) 156.Type of Message Appropriate Channels * 8. Available for port operations communications only within the U. USB . waters only. Available for navigational communications only in the Mississippi River/ Southwest Pass/Gulf outlet area.225 MHz (foreign vessels may use +10.525 457. Normal output must not exceed 1 watt. waters).600 MHz Inputs are +10.gov/services/index. 16420 kHz (VHF.125 5. 6215. Maritime Distress Frequencies .023 4. Available for navigation-related port operations or ship movement only.0 MHz offset – not permitted in U. 2010 Adapted from http://wireless.2K80J3E) 2182. FM wideband .379 for restrictions.550 457.680 MHz (VHF) channels 6 8 9 16 18A 22A 67 68 72 & 88A See 47CFR80.S. 9. December 21. Used in U.fcc.S. 12290.738 2.

600 156. – 74 – .300 156.400 156.550 156. New Orleans and Seattle areas Intership Safety Commercial Commercial (Intership only) Boater Calling.500 156.uscg.navcen. VTS.250 156.400 156.VHF Marine Channels & Frequencies Source: http://www.350 156.500 156.450 156. VTS in selected areas 05A 6 07A 8 9 10 11 12 156. Commercial and NonCommercial Commercial Commercial.600 * “A” indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit frequency of an international duplex channel. Used in U.300 156.S.550 156. Available only in New Orleans/Lower Mississippi area Port Operations or VTS in the Houston.050 Use Port Operations and Commercial.050 Ship Receive MHz 156.gov/?pageName=mtVhf Channel Number * 01A Ship Transmit MHz 156.350 156.450 156. waters only.250 156. VTS in selected areas Port Operations.

State & Local Government Maritime Control Commercial Commercial Port Operations (duplex) Port Operations U.950 157.Channel Number * 13 Ship Transmit MHz 156. Ships required to carry radio. – 75 – .700 -156.750 156. waters only.800 156. and most coast stations maintain a listening watch on this channel.900 156.850 156.600 157. Safety and Calling.000 157.700 156.650 Ship Receive MHz 156. Used by Class C EPIRBs. USCG.050 * “A” indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit frequency of an international duplex channel.900 156.000 157. VTS in selected areas.050 156. Port Operations.S.000 157.S.800 17 18A 19A 20 20A 21A 156. Coast Guard only 14 15 16 156.950 161. Used in U.650 Use Intership Navigation Safety (Bridge-tobridge). Environmental (Receive only).850 156. Ships >20m length maintain a listening watch on this channel in US waters. International Distress.

300 157. waters only.175 65A 66A 67 156. Used for bridge-to-bridge communications in lower Mississippi River.150 161.800 161. VTS.400 156.275 156. Broadcasts announced on channel 16. Coast Guard only Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Port Operations and Commercial.275 156.250 157.325 156. 23A 24 25 26 27 28 63A 157. Port Operations Port Operations Commercial.375 156.Channel Number * 22A Ship Transmit MHz 157.325 156.000 156.200 157.S.100 Ship Receive MHz 157.350 157.900 161.150 157. Intership only.850 161.175 157. Available only in New Orleans/Lower Mississippi area.375 * “A” indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit frequency of an international duplex channel. – 76 – . U.950 162.S.100 Use Coast Guard Liaison and Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts. Used in U.

675 156.975 157.575 156.425 156. Government only .525 156.475 156.S.525 156. waters only.925 156. Used in U.025 157.675 156. Non-Commercial in Great Lakes only U. Government only * “A” indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit frequency of an international duplex channel.075 157.725 156.625 156. U.425 156. Non-Commercial in Great Lakes only Commercial.Environmental protection operations.025 157.875 156.625 156.125 Use Non-Commercial Non-Commercial Digital Selective Calling (voice communications not allowed) Non-Commercial Non-Commercial (intership only) Port Operations Port Operations Port Operations (intership only) Non-Commercial Commercial.925 156.075 157.725 156.125 Ship Receive MHz 156.475 156.875 156.575 156. – 77 – .S.Channel Number * 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 77 78A 79A 80A 81A 82A Ship Transmit MHz 156.S.975 157.

6215.425 161.S.225 157. waters only.575 457.875 161.125 5. Automatic Identification System (AIS) Automatic Identification System (AIS) * “A” indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit frequency of an international duplex channel. Shipboard repeaters: 457.825 161.023 4.800 MHz (Channel 16) – 78 – .275 157.Channel Number * 83A 84 85 86 87A 88A AIS 1 AIS 2 Ship Transmit MHz 157. Maritime freqs.925 157.379 for restrictions. assignable to aircraft: (HF) 2.025 Ship Receive MHz 157. 8291. 4125. 12290. FM wideband .225 MHz (foreign vessels may use +10.975 162.680 MHz (VHF) channels 6 8 9 16 18A 22A 67 68 72 & 88A See 47CFR80. Used in U. 16420 kHz (VHF.830 3.600 MHz Inputs are +10.375 157.425 161.175 157.S.375 157.Radiotelephone (HF.2K80J3E) 2182.738 2. USB .175 161.550 457.16K00F3E) 156. intership only. waters).525 457.025 Use U.975 162.325 157.0 MHz offset – not permitted in U. Maritime Distress Frequencies .S. Coast Guard only Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Public Correspondence (Marine Operator) Commercial.

External gain antennas may be used (must be no more than 60 feet above ground or 20 feet above the structure on which it is mounted).820 MHz 151. Narrowband or wideband on the 154 MHz frequencies.940 MHz 154. F2B. A2B. Equipment must be certificated per FCC rules Part 95.880 MHz 151. Voice or data. A2D. – 79 – . F2D.Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) 151. Subpart J. Narrowband on 151 MHz frequencies.600 MHz (shared with business band) Maximum power output 2 watts. Personal or business use. F1D. A3E. G3E. No license required. except: no store-and-forward packet operation no continuous carrier operation no interconnection with the public switched network no use aboard aircraft in flight Authorized emission types: A1D. F3E.570 MHz (shared with business band) 154.

467.345 27.725 * nationwide traveler’s assistance.GMRS Frequencies Repeater outputs (inputs are +5 MHz): 462.650.185 27.5625 /5875 /6125 /6375 /6625 /6875 /7125 (shared with GMRS) 467.235 27.255 24 27.155 27.3 Hz.700.335 34 27.650 462. small control stations limited to 5 watts.195 .325 33 27.575 462.965 27.5625 /5875 /6125 /6375 /6625 /6875 /7125 CB Frequencies Ch 1 6 11 16 21 26 31 36 * MHz 26.700 462.305 27.700 may not be used.295 27.600 462.985 4 27. FRS Frequencies (Channels 1-14) 462.105 13 27.315 27.015 27.065 27.7125 (shared with FRS) North of Line A / West of Line C: 462.265 27.005 27.285 29 27.650. try 141.045 * 27. if CTCSS is required.025 27.375 38 27.6125 .6625 .995 Ch 2 7 12 17 22 27 32 37 * MHz Ch MHz Ch 26.075 27.385 39 27.6875 .205 27.405 27. not more than 5 watts): 462.245 27.395 27.085 27.145 Ch 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 * MHz 27.125 27.225 23 27. 467.5625 .175 19 27.095 * * Remote Control Channels – 80 – MHz 27.165 18 27.035 8 27.055 9 27.625 462. Simplex prohibited on repeater inputs.135 27. 462.675* 462.115 14 27.355 27.365 26.275 28 27.550 462. Interstitial frequencies (simplex.975 3 26.5875 .215 27.6375 .

8750 467.5700 154.550 if repeater. Itinerant 35 w.9550 152. J DOT K DOT SILVER STAR GOLD STAR RED STAR BLUE STAR Simplex or input to 464.8700 154.8000 464. Itinerant 35 w.4000 451.5000 464.500 if repeater.9000 467. YELLOW DOT Itinerant 35w. max .8000 456.0400 151.7625 467.49 35.04 43.5500 467.5050 151.8125 467.6000 158.6250 151.5500 IB IB IS IS IB IB IS IB IB IS IS IS IB IB IB IB IB IB IB IB IB IB – 81 – Itinerant Itinerant Itinerant Itinerant RED DOT Itinerant PURPLE DOT Itinerant BLUE DOT (also MURS) GREEN DOT (also MURS) Itinerant Itinerant Itinerant BROWN DOT Itinerant 35w.Common Business Frequencies IS=Special Industrial IB=Business 27. max Simplex or input to 464.9250 469.5000 469.8500 467.

325 452.475 / 457.8375 .050 160.875 / 452.810 159.875 452.97).775 452.900 452.375 / 457.425 / 457.Railroad Frequencies 160.low power (telemetry / remote control / remote indicator frequencies omitted) – 82 – .565(ch.8875 .900 / 457.775 / 457.205 Railroad Police Mutual Aid (Wideband: channel 73.8500 452.185 160.375 452.5 kHz.825 / 457. 2-6 are used in Canada only: 159.low power 452.low power 452.8625 . 161.325 / 457. every 15 kHz Interstitial narrowband channels between ch. narrowband: channel 073) Ch.425 452.200 452.7)-161.930 160.215(ch.825 452.475 452. 2-97 are offset 7.

475.50 wideband FM US Army/USN SAR 138. . 16) DISTRESS and calling 156. 9.9 MHz SAR secondary & training 123.825. 15.200.280. 22A) Coast Guard Liaison VHF Marine Channels 6.295 If CTCSS is required try 127.0 MHz AM initial contact.160. are: 155.300 (VHF Marine ch.220.475. 149. 150. .5 MHz emergency and distress 122. or .SAR (Search And Rescue) Frequencies Land SAR Typical freqs.800 (VHF Marine ch. 09) Non-commercial supplementary calling 156. 83A USCG Auxiliary 138. 5680. 16. 17) State & Local Government Maritime Control 157. . 143.450 (VHF Marine ch. 23A. 142.700 USCG/DOD Joint SAR 345.265.175.100 (VHF Marine ch. . 8364 kHz upper sideband (lifeboat/survival craft). .850 (VHF Marine ch.205. 81A.750 AM USAF SAR – 83 – .450 AM. 282. 138. 4125 kHz upper sideband (distress/safety with ships and coast stations) 121.1 MHz SAR primary Water SAR 156. Air SAR 3023. 06) Safety and SAR 156.235.3 Hz (3A).8 MHz AM working Military SAR 40. . 21A. 22A (USCG Liaison).

TEXAS COUNTIES WHERE VTAC17/VTAC17D MAY BE USED (see page 28) Andrews Armstrong Bailey Borden Brewster Briscoe Callahan Carson Castro Childress Cochran Coke Collingsworth Concho Cottle Crane Crockett Crosby Culberson Dallam Dawson Deaf Smith Dickens Donley Ector Edwards El Paso Fisher Floyd Gaines Garza Glasscock Gray Hale Hall Hansford Hartley Haskell Hockley Howard Hudspeth Hutchinson Irion Jeff Davis Jones Kent Kimble King Kinney Knox Lamb Lipscomb Loving Lubbock Lynn McCulloch Martin Menard Midland Mitchell Moore Motley Nolan Ochiltree Oldham Parmer Pecos Potter Presidio – 84 – Randall Reagan Reeves Roberts Runnels Schleicher Scurry Sherman Sterling Stonewall Sutton Swisher Taylor Terrell Terry Tom Green Upton Val Verde Ward Wheeler Winkler Yoakum .

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