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(817) 607-7020

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

NCTTRAC’s Radio Communications program is focused on developing a redundant communications network throughout HPP partners in TSA-E.  NCTTRAC helps hospitals and other HPP partners develop their own redundant communications systems by providing radio equipment, hosting training courses, and running monthly redundant 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

Jacob Seil
(817) 607-7010

jseil@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

Thursday, October 18th, 2018, 9:00 – 12:00 – Register here

Thursday, December 6th, 2018, 9:00 – 12:00 – Register here

Friday, February 8th, 2019, 9:00 – 12:00 – Register here

Thursday, April 25th, 2019, 9:00 – 12:00 – Register here

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019, 9:00 – 12:00 – Register here

REDUNDANT COMMUNICATIONS DRILLS

NCTTRAC Redundant Communications Drill – Expanded Format

 

In order to more effectively test regional communication methods, the NCTTRAC Monthly Redundant 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 14th).
  • 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.
  • On the first Wednesday of each month, TDEM will be hosting a Region 1 Resource Request drill. Each month, hospitals can participate in this drill to receive credit for the Monthly Redundant Communications Drill.

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

September 2018

Wednesday, September 5th: TDEM Resource Request Drill

Friday, September 28th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, September 28th: Update Facility Contact Information in EMResource

 

October 2018

Wednesday, October 3rd: TDEM Resource Request Drill

Friday, October 26th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, October 26th: Post in Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

November 2018

Wednesday, November 7th: TDEM Resource Request Drill

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

Friday, November 30th: Create fake patient record in NCTTRAC Regional Patient Tracking Toolkit in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

December 2018

Wednesday, December 5th: TDEM Resource Request Drill

Friday, December 14th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, December 14th: Post in Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

January 2019

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

Friday, January 25th: Find a regional deployable asset in EMResource and post its contact information in the Local Medical Events board in the NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

February 2019

Wednesday, February 6th: TDEM Resource Request Drill

Friday, February 22nd: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, February 22nd: Post in Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

March 2019

Wednesday, March 6th: TDEM Resource Request Drill

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

Friday, March 29th: Update Emergency Communications Status Fields in EMResource

 

April 2019

Wednesday, April 3rd: TDEM Resource Request Drill

Friday, April 26th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, April 26th: Post in Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

May 2019

Wednesday, May 8th: TDEM Resource Request Drill

Friday, May 31st: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, May 31st: Create fake patient record in NCTTRAC Regional Patient Tracking Toolkit in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

June 2019

Wednesday, June 5th: TDEM Resource Request Drill

Friday, June 28th: Radio Net (Ham Radio/DFW Wide/DFW Connect/MSAT/Sat Phone)

Friday, June 28th: Post in Local Medical Events board in NCTTRAC WebEOC server

 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact jseil@ncttrac.org or 817-607-7010

NCTTRAC hosts a Redundant 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.
Friday, July 28th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, August 25th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, September 29th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, October 27th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, November 17th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, December 15th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, January 26th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, February 23rd, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, March 30th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, April 27th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM (Complete) Friday, May 25th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM – Upcoming Drill Friday, June 29th, 2017, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
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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