interoperable VHF-FM and HF radio
communications network consists of 11,500
fixed and mobile radios, which help make the
organization a sought-after partner for
disaster relief operations.
HF radios have been important to
missions throughout its history.
multimillion-dollar interoperable VHF-FM and HF radio communications network consists of more
than 11,500 fixed and mobile radio
stations, 806 high-frequency digital
radios and 5,461 mobile radio stations.
In the late 1990s, CAP embraced
the Federal Emergency Management
Incident Command System
for emergency services mission management and training. At that time
National Operations Center
was established. It
approval for thousands of annual said Malcolm Kyser,
chief of communications.
In 2006, CAP received $10 million
from the U.S. Air Force to switch
radios and repeaters operating on federal government frequencies from
wideband to narrow-band VHF-FM,
allowing double the number of channels active at the same time. Several
hundred land-based repeaters, extend42 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer
ing the range of enduser radios, are packaged in weather-resistant aluminum
boxes. They can easily be deployed to
the top of a tall building and quickly
set up. When operated from an aircraft, they can extend VHF radio conversations for hundreds of miles.
In 2009, CAP received millions of
dollars in Air Force funding to update
its entire inventory of VHF-FM communications equipment. The upgrade
included nearly 6,000 VHF base and
mobile radios, about 2,500 VHF
portable radios, more than 500 landbased VHF repeaters and more than
150 airborne/transportable VHF
repeaters all of which are securecapable in addition to more than
10,000 UHF Intra-Squad Radios used
by ground teams.
Recently, CAP embarked on a fiveyear initiative to spend about $14 million on HF-SSB radios that provide
long-range communications coast-to-
coast and around the world. The
equipment also has Automatic Link
In 2007 CAP spent $2.5 million on
nearly 250 HF-SSB base stations with
antennas, power supplies and coaxial
cables, 100 HF-SSB mobile radios
with automatic antenna couplers and
16-foot whip antennas, and 67 HFSSB Rapid Deployment Packages
complete HF-SSB radio stations in a
suitcase that can be set up quickly in
remote sites with an onboard antenna
coupler and a wire antenna.
For airborne fleet, traditional
panels and dozens of
dials belong to the past.
Garmin G-1000 glass cockpit technology in Cessnas integrates critical flight
and navigation data on two 10.4-inch,
high-definition screens that present