800 MHz Voice/Radio MCFRS Technology Training
Page Scan Sel Dir Call Model II Portable Radio & W4 Mobile Radio
7 A DISP MUTE ZONE SCAN Portable Radio Overview Mode Select Keypad Lock Power On/Off Volume Control Emergency Zone Select Display Light Call Response/Direct Nuisance Delete Push-To-Talk (PTT) Button
Status Icons Program Direct Battery Status Monitor Secure Private Call Scan
LED Status • Red • Solid • - PTT is pressed, radio is transmitting • Flashing • - Radio is receiving • - Weak battery while transmitting • Green • Solid • - Self-test being performed • Flashing • - Incoming Private Call RED LED GREEN LED
Charging the Battery • Memory effect is a phenomenon that causes a loss in battery capacity or voltage due to repetitive shallow discharging or long-term overcharging. • It is still recommended that you discharge your battery as much as possible before recharging it. Recharging after each shift is good standard practice. • Turn the radio off to ensure a full charge. • Note: Each EMS unit has a charger on board.
Remove the Battery: Turn off the radio. Hold the radio with the back of the radio facing upward. Push the battery release button on the bottom of the radio. Lift the battery away from the radio and remove. Reverse this process to install a radio battery. Changing the Battery
Transmit: Turn the radio on. Proceed with your call if the talkgroup is clear. Press the PTT button to transmit and wait for the Talk Permit tone. When speaking, keep the microphone 1-2” from your mouth. Release the PTT button to listen. Transmitting Push-to-Talk (PTT)
Select a Zone: Move the switch up or down to select zones: 7 (A) 71 (B) 72 (C) Zone Select Switch (ABC Switch) Zone Switch
Lock the Keypad: Rotate the Keypad Lock Concentric Switch to the locked position (Ø). Unlock the Keypad: Rotate the Keypad Lock Concentric Switch to the unlocked position (Ο). Keypad Lock (Concentric Switch) Concentric Switch
Select a Mode: Select the desired zone. Rotate the 16-position knob to the desired position. The new group name will appear on the display. Mode Select (Knob) Mode Selector 7 A DISP MUTE ZONE SCAN Radio Display
Select a Zone: Ensure the mode selector is in position A and the concentric switch is in the unlocked position (Ο). Press the key below ZONE. (The talkgroup will flash.) Press either arrow key until the desired zone name appears. Press the HOME key. (The talkgroup will stop flashing.) Zone Select (Menu) 7 A DISP MUTE ZONE SCAN Push-to-Talk (PTT)
Activate the EB Button: Press the Emergency button and hold for three seconds A tone will sound. (Note: This will not work on FDTA.) Cancel an Emergency: Press and hold the Emergency button until you hear a continuous exit tone. Notify ECC as needed. Remember to do this quickly if you initially launched the EB button accidentally. Emergency Alarm (EB Button) Emergency
Turn the Light on: Press the Display Light button. The light will turn off automatically after five seconds. Turn the Light off: Press the Display Light button if you prefer not to wait five seconds. Display Light (Top Side Button) Display Light Button
Answer a Private Call: Press the One Dot Button. The last ID number received appears on the display. Press the PTT button to talk and release to listen. Press the HOME button or the One Dot Button to exit the call. Call Response (One Dot) Button CALL RECEIVD MUTE ZONE SCAN LED Call Response Button Push-to-Talk (PTT)
Mute Keypad Tones: Press the key below MUTE. Press the key below ON. The radio automatically returns to the Home display. Turn Keypad Tones On: Press the key below MUTE. Press the key below OFF. The radio automatically returns to the Home display. Keypad Tones (On or Off) 7 A DISP MUTE ZONE SCAN
Turn Scan on: Press the button below SCAN. Press the button below ON. The Scan icon will be displayed. Turn Scan off: Press the button below SCAN. Press the button below OFF. The Scan icon will no longer be displayed. Scan On or Off (Menu) 7 A DISP MUTE ZONE SCAN
View the ID List: Press the button below VIEW. The display shows the Lists available for viewing: SCAN and PAGE. Press the button below the option desired. The programming icon will display. Press the left or right arrow key to scroll within the ID list. Press the HOME button to exit the feature. View ID Lists Channel Select Knob 7 A DISP SCAN PAGE Zone Switch
Send a Call Alert Page: Press the key below PAGE. Press the HOME key to exit the call. Call Alert Page – Send (Menu) ID: HCH PAGE Push-to-Talk (PTT)
Select an ID from the Call List: Press the key below PAGE. Press the button below LIST, or the right arrow button, to enter the Call List. Scroll through the list of programmed IDs by pressing either arrow button. Press the PTT button to dial the displayed number. Call Alert Page – Send (Menu – Continued) ID: HCH LIST Push-to-Talk (PTT)
View your ID number: Press the button below PAGE. The last incoming or outgoing ID appears. Press the left arrow key until you see the words MY ID flashing. Press the HOME key to exit and return to the main display. View Your ID Number MY ID: 701234 LNUM
W4 Mobile Radio Overview • While the Portable and Mobile radios are very similar in function, the actual use of the radios differs slightly in a few areas. • The following slides detail only those differences.
Page Scan Sel Dir Call Mobile Radio Overview Emergency Button Home Button 7 B OPS Volume/Power PTT Button Mode Selector
Page Page Scan Scan Emer Sel Emer Sel Dir Call Dir Call 7 A DISP 7 A DISP LED Status • Red • Solid • - PTT is pressed, radio is transmitting • Yellow • Flashing • - Talkgroup is busy
Page Scan Sel Dir Call Home Button Home Button 7 B OPS • Return to 7A (FIRE Units) or 72A (EMS Units) by pressing the Home button at any time.
Page Scan Sel Dir Call Zone and Mode Selectors Zone Arrows 7 B OPS Mode Selector • Change zones using up and down Zone Arrows. • Switch modes (A-O) using the Mode Selector.
Page Scan Sel Dir Call Call Alert Page Page Button Home Button HCH Mode Selector • Go to the desired hospital’s designated talkgroup. • Press the Page button. • Use the pre-stored ID list by turning the Mode knob to the desired hospital ID. • Press the Sel button or the microphone PTT button. • Press the Home button.
Page Scan Sel Dir Call MCFRS Radio Template Navigation
Units and Stations monitor the Dispatch Talkgroup (DISP TG). When dispatched on an incident units will be assigned to the Operations Talkgroup (OPS) unless assigned to an Incident Talkgroup (INC) by ECC. Dispatch and Operations Talkgroups
Unit personnel should switch back to DISP (without advising ECC) to await their next incident. Dispatch and Operations Talkgroups
Complex Incident Talkgroup Blocks • A complex incident is assigned to an Incident Talkgroup Block at the time of dispatch. The block contains three talkgroups for the Incident Commander to assign at his discretion. • ECC only monitors the first Talkgroup in the block. • The Incident Commander is responsible for monitoring the other Talkgroups assigned. • The Announce Talkgroup broadcasts across the entire block to communicating to everyone simultaneously.
Multiple Talkgroup Blocks • The additional incident TG blocks function similarly. • The 7K-7M block is slightly different, as there are only two talkgroups plus one announce talkgroup. ECC often assigns 7K and 7L for business-related chit-chat instead of assigning incidents there. • Multiple sets of incident talkgroups can be assigned to a single very complex incident (e.g., train wreck).
Zone 71 • Zone 71 contains the INC30 and INC40 series as well as the two chit-chat talkgroups (K and L).
Zone 72: EMS • The CALL Talkgroup (72C) enables you to contact EMRC. (Note: Inform EMRC that you are using an 800 MHz radio.) • After contacting EMRC a Consult Talkgroup (CNSLT) will be assigned by EMRC.
Zone 72: EMS • Zone 72 is the EMS default zone, where all EMS personnel begin. • The INC 50 and INC 60 series are also here.
FDTA Channel and OPS Talkgroup • The Fire Department Talk-Around channel is O (across 7-71-72) and is for use when the trunked radio system is out of range. • This channel cannot be heard by ECC. • All radios should be set to scan FDTA so any possible vocal emergencies may be heard. • The OPS TG is repeated in the last position on the Talk Group dial so that it is easy to reach help - either end of the dial.
7-71-72N: What is VRS? • What: VRS is short for Vehicular Repeater System – All the Battalion Chiefs’ buggies have had repeaters installed in them and a few engines in border areas. • Why: With a VRS on-site, we can add to existing coverage by bringing a conventional channel to the repeater. • Where: The VRS may be used in areas where coverage is weak for portable radios, including near the river and (to some degree) parking garages and other underground structures. • When: The VRS won’t be needed very often, but it provides another tool for life safety.
How Does the VRS Work? User switches to the VRS Channel (Repeat Mode)
What Happens If You Can’t Reach the VRS? User Switches to Direct Radio Receives on Direct Mode Like the Scan Feature User Switches back to Repeat User Switches to Direct
VRS Channel • Similar to FDTA, VRS is a simplex channel on which you can talk with other personnel on direct mode. • This channel cannot be heard by ECC. • This channel is only scanned by other radios on 7N, 71N, 72 N.
How to Switch between Repeat and Direct Modes? • The concentric ring switch (the key pad lock/unlock ring) will enable you to toggle between direct and repeat modes • 7-71-72N (November) Concentric Ring Switch Repeat Mode Direct Mode
Zone 79: Hospitals • Zone 79 is for direct communication with the hospitals. • 79G is a Talkgroup shared by all of the hospitals.
Zone 79: Hospitals • 79J and 79K are on the Montgomery County system (not DC’s radio system) and you are not required to be within DC’s range to use these talkgroups. • 79H allows communication with all in-county hospitals simultaneously. All Hospitals listed to the right of 79H are outside Montgomery County so the radio must be in coverage of the respective system. • Note: When switched to an out-of-County Talk Groups the radio is not visible to the County system.
Zone 74: Major Incident Zone • Zone 74 is intended to be used on major incidents that involve numerous agencies and senior County leadership. • This zone would normally be used by senior County managers to coordinate multiple County, State and Federal resources.
Zone 75: Coordination Zone • Zone 75 is used for intra-county coordination between agencies. • The Public Safety Talkgroups are available to all MCG public safety users (Fire/Rescue, Police, Sheriff and Corrections) via ECC. • The most common uses for Zone 75 involve 75 K-L-M, the Special Events Talkgroups. These are used for events such as the golf tournament and the fair.
Zone MA: Council of Governments • Zone MA is the National Mutual Aid 800Mhz system. Any jurisdiction in Canada, the United States or Mexico that has 800Mhz capability can utilize these talkgroups to communicate with each other. • These talkgroups are monitored by a State level agency; Maryland is monitored by MEMA (Maryland Emergency Management Agency).
Zones 76: Administrative and 73: Police • Zone 73 enables users to monitor the primary dispatch talkgroups of County and Municipal law enforcement agencies. • You can only listen to these talkgroups; the radios will not let you be heard.