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RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

NCTTRAC’s Radio Communications program is focused on developing an all inclusive communications network throughout HPP partners in TSA-E.  NCTTRAC supports hospitals and other HPP partners communications systems by providing radio equipment, hosting training courses, and running monthly communications drills.  Hospitals under the HPP agreement can contact NCTTRAC to receive amateur radios, public safety radios, antennas, and coax cable for installation.  NCTTRAC hosts radio-focused courses at least once per quarter, and works with the North Central Texas Council of Governments to help bring in courses such as COM-L and COM-T.

Staff

Crisis Communications Coordinator

Nate Davidson
(817) 607-7026

ndavidson@ncttrac.org

AMATEUR RADIO TRAINING COURSES

Ham Radio Technician Licensing Course

The Ham Radio Technician Licensing Course is designed to prepare students to take the FCC Technician License Exam.  The course lasts for three days: the first two days are instructor-led lectures based on the content covered by the FCC Technician License Exam, and on the third day students will take the FCC Technician Licensing Exam.

Upcoming Courses

Coming Soon

Licensed Ham Radio Operator Course

The Licensed Ham Radio Operator Course is a half-day course designed to give ham radio operators hands-on, practical training in actually operating an amateur radio.  All students must hold a Technician License or higher prior to the start of the course.  Instructors will guide students through actually communicating on a ham radio, troubleshooting basic problems, and understanding ham radio structure and systems in TSA-E.

Upcoming Courses

Coming Soon

COMMUNICATIONS DRILLS

    NCTTRAC Communications Drill – Expanded Format

 

In order to more effectively test regional communication methods, the NCTTRAC Monthly Communications Drill is expanding its reach.  While the majority of the drill will stay the same, there are a few additions.

Here is what is staying the same:

  • The normal radio net will still be conducted on the last Friday of every month (with the exception of December, where the radio net will be conducted on December 13th).
  • Though there are many available methods of participation, facilities/agencies only have to execute one to receive participation credit for the month.
  • For hospitals who are part of the Hospital Preparedness Program, participation is tracked and reported on a quarterly basis.

Here is what is being added:

  • Every other month, there will be a different method of participation utilizing WebEOC or EMResource. These methods are designed to improve user familiarity and competence with crisis applications while also helping keep pertinent information listed in our crisis applications up to date.

Please see below for the available methods of participation each month.  For the additional crisis applications-related methods of participation (such as “Update Facility Contact Information in EMResource”), a detailed explanation will be included in the monthly reminder email.

 

 

Monthly Methods of Participation

 
August 2019 (Q1)

Friday, August 30th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, August 30thth: Update Facility/Organization Contact Information in EMResource

 

September 2019 (Q1)

Friday, September 27th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, September 27th: Post in the Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                              October 2019 (Q2)

                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday, September 25th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday, September 25th:  Update/Confirm hospital capabilities in EMResource and post “Completed”

                                                                                                                                                                                     in the Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

                                                                                                                                                                              november 2019 (Q2)

                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday, November 29th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday, November 29th:  Update/Confirm hospital capabilities in EMResource and post “Completed”

                                                                                                                                                                                     in the Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

                                                                                                                                                                               december 2019 (Q2)

                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday, December 13th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

                                                                                                                                                                                     Friday, December 13th:  Update hospital bed availability in EMResource and post “Completed”

                                                                                                                                                                                     in the Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

If you have questions or concerns, please contact ndavidson@ncttrac.org or 817-607-7026

NCTTRAC hosts a Regional Communications Drill on the last Friday of every month.  Hospitals who are part of the Hospital Preparedness Program are required to participate in at least one drill per quarter, but all health care coalition partners are encouraged to participate. These drills are designed to help health care coalition members test various redundant communications methods to ensure that their equipment is operational and interconnected to regional communications systems.  The intent is for all health care entities to be able to communicate with one another in the event of phone and email failure. Redundant Communications Drills are held on the last Friday of every month from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.  Exceptions are made in November and December, when holidays force the NCTTRAC to schedule the drills in the middle of the month.  Please see the “Drill Dates” tab for upcoming drills.

  • Jurisdictional Commercial Radio – If you have a commercial radio to test as part of the monthly communications drill, please make prior arrangements with your local jurisdiction to arrange the test.  Your jurisdictional representative will need to send an email to jseil@ncttrac.org  confirming the date and method that contact was made (with you copied into the email).
  • Amateur Radio – Amateur radio testing will be conducted via a directed radio net through NCTTRAC.  Please see the table below.  We will be conducting a Roll Call by county at the beginning of each group’s time slot and using Tactical Call Signs for facility identification.
  • DFW-Wide – If you have a DFW-Wide system you may contact either us or your local jurisdiction.  If you contact your local jurisdiction then the rules for credit are the same as for the Jurisdictional Commercial Radio. DFW-Wide will check in using the assigned time slots listed in the table below by County.
  • DFW-Connect – If you have the DFW-Connect Overlay, you may check in with us on the NCTTAR-C Talkgroup, or you can check in with your local jurisdiction and have them email us at jseil@ncttrac.org.
  • Satellite Phones – For those testing satellite phones, contact NCTTRAC EMCC at 817-607-7020 during the drill (10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.).
  • MSAT – For those that have MSAT systems please contact NCTTRAC EMCC on the NCTTRAC1 talk group. Please do not use the MSAT to dial 817-607-7020 for drilling purposes.
  • WebEOC – Log-in to the NCTTRAC Server of WebEOC (https://webeoc.ncttrac.org/eoc7/default.aspx), find the incident for the Redundant Communications Drill, and create a post in the “Local Medical Events” board that contains your name, facility/agency, and a line confirming that you are checking in to the Redundant Communications Drill.
August 2019 (Q1)

Friday, August 30th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, August 30thth: Update Facility/Organization Contact Information in EMResource

 

September 2019 (Q1)

Friday, September 27th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, September 27th: Post in the Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

                                                                                                                                                                             
 October 2019 (Q1)

  Friday, September 25th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

   Friday, September 25th:  Update/Confirm hospital capabilities in EMResource and post “Completed”

   in the Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

  november 2019 (Q1)

   Friday, November 29th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

    Friday, November 29th:  Update/Confirm hospital capabilities in EMResource and post “Completed”

    in the Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

    december 2019 (Q1)

       Friday, December 13th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

      Friday, December 13th:  Update hospital bed availability in EMResource and post “Completed”

       in the Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

                                                                                                                                                                               If you have questions or concerns, please contact ndavidson@ncttrac.org or 817-607-7026

Check-In Times
  • Group A: 10:00 – 10:30
  • Group B: 10:30 – 11:00
  • Group C: 11:00 – 11:30
  • Group D: 11:30 – 12:00
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