DEWG Director of Communications
Lt Col Sean McClanahan CAP
The mission of CAP communications is to meet the validated communications requirements of internal and external customers. This is accomplished by strong planning to organize and maintain a reliable, integrated, point-to-point, air-to-ground, and ground mobile radio capability in support of the missions of CAP. Internally, we provide the means for commanders at all levels to control their subordinate units and provide subordinate units with the means to communicate with their superiors.
Communications supports almost all other programs inside CAP, especially all three CAP missions:
- The heaviest user of communications within CAP is Emergency Services
- Communications provide both tactical and administrative support to Cadet Programs
- Communications also provide mostly administrative support to Aerospace Education, although tactical support is offered for AE events
There are three levels of Professional Development qualification for Communications, as with most other senior specialty tracks - Technician, Senior and Master - each with progressively advanced and difficult requirements for completion.
Communications is one of only four senior specialty tracks in which cadets can earn the badges by completing all requirements except those specifically for senior members.
In addition to the Professional Development tracks, there are two Emergency Services operations qualification levels for communications: Mission Radio Operator (MRO) and Communications Unit Leader (CUL). Both of these qualifications are open to cadets as well as senior members.
Delaware Wing Needs Communicators!
We need more CAP members who are interested in communications. Specifically, we need more members with CUL training, and we especially need members who have the ability to operate an HF radio (including the space to put up an antenna). If you can assist, or are interested in getting more information, please contact your squadron Communications Officer or the wing Director of Communications.
Many Emergency Services operations qualifications require Introductory Communications User Training (ICUT). ICUT is required to operate a CAP radio unsupervised. ICUT training is available online, and it is the suggested way to obtain the training. If a group needs ICUT training, it can be done as an in-person class as well.
There are three lessons, each with various quantities of videos and review quizzes. OP1 also requires a completion test. The other two will require you to be evaluated by a qualified and certified evaluator.
Evaluations take anywhere from ten to twenty minutes, depending on the student. Evaluations are done individually, but students are allowed to observe others being evaluated.
Communications training and evaluations must be accomplished by certified members of the Communications Directorate. Wing rules on who may perform evaluations supersede those listed in the regulations.
Communications Training Files and Links
800 MHz Radios - This training document outlines the general use requirements and restrictions for using the Delaware state 800 MHz radio system,
XTS-5000 800 MHz Radio Operations - This training document provides the operating instructions for using a CAP issued XTS-5000 radio on the Delaware state 800 MHz radio system.