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Communications No Matter What - Best Practices for HF Radio System Development

David Rudawitz  (Business Development Manager - Critical Infrastructure, NVIS Communications)

Ross Merlin  (Government Relations Advisor, NVIS Communications)

Lance LaBreck  (Business Continuity Manager, California Independent System Operator)

Budge Currier  (Public Safety Communications Director, State of California Governor's Office of Emergency Services)

Location: W230B

Date: Monday, March 25

Time: 11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Track: Incident Management, Utilities

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, Funding, IT & OT, Project Management, PTT, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Backup communications are critically important for both Emergency/Disaster Operations and Information Technology (IT). HF (High Frequency) radio systems provide a low-cost and low-maintenance capability for critical operations, situational awareness, network restoration, and email and file transfer capabilities that are independent of the vulnerable infrastructure that may impact operations and IT networks. Properly designed HF networks can sustain operations throughout any situation, even when all other conventional voice and data communications systems fail or are overloaded.

Creating an HF radio network takes more than just buying radios. Factors to consider include:
Mission
Relationships - who is in charge (operations, policy), mutual aid, interoperability
Responsibilities - licensing/authorization, scheduling, standards
Resources
Funding - Grants
Funding – Acquisition
Funding – Maintenance
Tests, Training, Exercises
Technical design – channels, radio parameters, standard/proprietary radio features
Program participant communications – email lists, newsletter

This combination presentation and panel discussion will explore best practices in HF system design and development as well as examine case studies and lessons learned. Panel members will share their insights about statewide, multi-state, and multi-sector HF networks.