Radio and Communications for Polar Operations
Use, maintain and understand communication protocols with a VHF and/or UHF radio
1.1 Understand the advantages and limitations of VHF and UHF communications systems.
Range: environmental conditions, geography, technology.
1.2 Use the control features of a given radio.
Range: turn radio on/off, use squelch, lock and unlock channel features, change channel, change power, PTT button.
1.3 Radio care.
Range: charging, cleaning, disassemble aerial, remove battery and check contacts for corrosion, display method/s of hands free carry.
1.4 Messages are sent and received using radio protocol as required by the organisation.
Range: speaks clearly, releases talk button after speaking, international radio protocol, phonetic alphabet used and understood.
1.5 Messages are communicated or relayed under difficult conditions.
Range: understands range and function relative to distance and obstacles poor radio reception or difficult environmental conditions (noise, rain, snow, wind), use of phonetic alphabet; (evidence of two difficult conditions is required)
1.6 For ship based operations – use and protocol of Bridge radio.
Range: as per 1.1, 1.3 but with the vessels Bridge radio
1.7 For operations with a Base Station and repeaters.
Range: as per 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Radio Operations is aimed at all field staff/operators working in polar regions shore-based or on a ship. It is a basic safety management competency that all field staff should have.
- Range – Very High Frequency (VHF), or Ultra High Frequency (UHF), using base or hand-held equipment. It is an assessors responsibility to specify prior to an assessment which radio/s and frequencies are to be tested. A note is made by the assessor what was tested for the candidates Pro-file.
- Indecent language over the radio could be prosecuted by the nation involved.
- Different organizations will have different protocols and use of international standards.
- Lectures 2
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Self