CA USAR Radio

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I was out shooting the California USAR Task Force 7 getting ready for deployment to Haiti on Thursday and they said they were going to be operating on radio channel "USAR10" for the operation when they got into Haiti.

Does anyone know what frequencies these USAR radios are programed with?
 

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USAR Plan

I have attached an old USAR plan that I had. Communications is covered in section I. USAR 10 is 418.075
 

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Sorry... attachment would not upload...here is the text from the USAR Plan

4. Band Plan (406-420 MHz)
The primary operating band for task forces is in the Federal 406-420 MHz band. Ten frequencies have been set aside in a matrix of 16 channels for use by task forces. In addition, each task force and IST has been assigned a unique subaudible tone in Zone B to allow multiple task forces to share a frequency with minimal interference. Additionally, channels 1 - 8 will have a nationwide sub-audible tone (167.9) to allow task forces to communicate with each other.
TABLE I-1: US&R UHF Band Plan
US&R UHF BAND PLAN (406 - 420 MHz)
CHANNEL ZONE A CHANNEL ZONE B
Nationwide Tone 167.9 Team Sub-audible Tone
1* TAC 1 418.575 9 TAC 1 418.575
2 TAC 2 418.075 10 TAC 2 418.075
3 TAC 3 11 TAC 3
4 TAC 4 12 TAC 4
5 Command 1 Direct 418.050 13 Command 1 Direct 418.050
6 Command 1 Repeat 418.050 Rx 408.400 Tx


* Channel 1 [418.575 MHz (tone 167.9)] is to be monitored at all times by the Task Force Communications Center, and used as an initial contact frequency.
Radios should be programmed per the plan. The training and out the door contact frequency (in the absence of an alternate assigned frequency) will be 418.575 MHz. Each task force should use the assigned sub-audible tone for communications within the task force while training and upon activation. The Communications Specialists should monitor 418.575 MHz with national sub-audible tone when in the vicinity of the Point of Arrival (POA) and disaster area.
5. Band Plan (138-174 MHz)
Four frequencies in the 138-174 VHF-FM MHz band have been assigned for task force use in this band. These frequencies should be preprogrammed in the two fast force VHF-FM radios. Additionally, these frequencies can be used with equipment obtained from other Federal support agencies.
TABLE I-2: US&R VHF Band Plan
US&R VHF BAND PLAN (138 – 174 MHz)
CHANNEL ZONE A CHANNEL ZONE B
Nationwide Tone 167.9 Team Sub-audible Tone
1 TAC 1 164.8625 5 TAC 1 164.8625
2 TAC 2 165.6625 6 TAC 2 165.6625
3 Command 1 163.100 7 Command 1 Direct 163.100
4 Command 1 163.100 8 Command 1 Repeat 163.100 Rx 168.350 Tx
6. Band Plan High Frequency (HF)
Each task force is encouraged to acquire High Frequency, (2 to 30 MHz) transceivers to provide medium- and long-range communications. Many Federal agencies and DoD monitor HF channels through the Shared Resource (SHARES) HF Radio Program. They may be able to provide phone patch capability for task forces deployed to disaster sites. Additional HF equipment may be available to support communications at disaster sites.
Two national calling frequencies are to be used to contact FEMA Net Control [phone (703) 542-3447]: F-11 Calling Frequency 5211 kHz. and F-26 Calling Frequency 10493 kHz. When requested, Net Control will provide HF frequencies from the National Radio System (FNARS) for use by TF/IST/EST during training and deployment. Automatic Linkage Establishment (Federal Standard 1045) is recommended for HF transceivers. Task forces are encouraged to apply for inclusion in the SHARES HF Radio Program.
7. Band Plan (VHF-AM)
Two VHF-AM radios are specified in the task force cache for air operations. These channels, which are available now, are used for air-to-ground (rotary wing) frequencies. Additional channels may be requested through the IST Communications Support Officer.
TABLE I-3: US&R Band Plan
US&R BAND PLAN (VHF-AM)
CH Frequency Notes
1 123.025 Air-to-Ground only
2 123.075 Air-to-Ground only
3 122.975 Air-to-Ground only
 

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4. Band Plan (406-420 MHz)
The primary operating band for task forces is in the Federal 406-420 MHz band. Ten frequencies have been set aside in a matrix of 16 channels for use by task forces. In addition, each task force and IST has been assigned a unique subaudible tone in Zone B to allow multiple task forces to share a frequency with minimal interference. Additionally, channels 1 - 8 will have a nationwide sub-audible tone (167.9) to allow task forces to communicate with each other.
TABLE I-1: US&R UHF Band Plan <snip>
I note the document you took that from (listed in your next post) is a draft dated 2000. All of the frequency plans changed after 9/11/2001 and are now classified.

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In addition, I was told that USAR freqs are or will be encrypted in the near future.......
 

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Just out of curiosity, why does a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team need AES encryption?
 
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