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Patrollers everywhere agree that radio communications are essential for effective ski patrolling. The prompt investigation of reported accidents, the need for additional personnel and/or equipment at the scene, the coordination of transportation of the injured for further treatment...these are but some of the patrolling activities for which radio communications play a vital role.

The NSP telecom program assists the organization and its members by:

• Providing technical and general-interest information on radio communications through NSP publications, such as The Sweep and Ski Patrol Magazine;

• Responding to inquiries from members about telecom issues affecting ski patrols;

• Assisting other NSP advisers/program directors when radio communications are involved;

• Assisting patrols with FCC licensing and related regulatory matters;

• Monitoring NSP compliance with FCC regulations; and

• Interfacing with allied (EMS/rescue) organizations on radio regulatory issues.


In an effort to determine NSP's compliance with FCC regulations, you are requested to complete the NSP Telecommunications Survey for your patrol. Once you have gathered the necessary information, it will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The questionnaire requests information about your patrol's radio communications and other telecommunications technologies you currently use. In addition to determining our patrols' compliance with FCC regulations, the questionnaire will help guide the future of the NSP telecommunications program, webpages, and Ski Patrol Magazine articles.

The FCC can impose substantial fines for unlicensed radio system operation. Therefore, it is in your patrol's interest to ensure your operations are in compliance. We will be able to assist your patrol if it is presently noncompliant. The answers you provide via this questionnaire will create a starting point for assistance.

The survey asks questions that are somewhat detailed and technical. It should be completed by the patroller most knowledgeable in telecom matters. If you are not the "subject matter expert" for your patrol's telecom systems, please ask that person to complete the survey. We need only one response per patrol.

You will need to gather the following information in order to complete the questionnaire:

  • radio license call signs, frequencies, and tone squelch codes;
  • makes and models of radio equipment in use; and
  • frequencies and licensee names for channels shared with others (interoperability).

Click here for the Microsoft Word (.doc) format.

To submit your survey by e-mail:

  • Complete the survey on your PC.
  • Save the finished survey to your PC.
  • Attach the saved survey to an e-mail and send it to Dick Woolf

To submit your survey by fax or mail:

  • Complete the survey on your PC.
  • Save the .doc and print out the survey.
  • Fax the survey to (888) 528-6511, or mail it to the address listed on the last page of the survey.

You can also complete the survey by hand and fax it or mail it; print neatly if you do so.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in completing this important project.

If you have questions regarding the survey, please e-mail me.

NSP PowerWerx Radio Program Information Letter (updated 09/13)

Warning from Pieps

Winter 2014: "Radio and the Incident Command System"
Fall 2013: "Texting for Help"
Summer 2013: "Dialing 911"
Winter 2013: "Public Safety Channels"
Fall 2012: "Narrowband Issues"
Summer 2012: "Transitioning from 10-Codes to Plain Language"
Winter 2012: "Radio Licensing Hurdles"
Fall 2011: "Narrowbanding Deadline Approaches"
Summer 2011: "Summer Telecom Potpourri"
Winter 2011: "Radio Channel Narrowbanding: What Does It Mean?"
Fall 2010: "Radio Signal Coverage: Filling the Gap."
Summer 2010: "Analog vs. Digital Radios: What's the Difference?"
Winter 2010: "Narrowbanding: Three Years and Counting."
Fall 2009: "Readying Radios for Winter."
Summer 2009: "Telecom at PEC – Narrowbanding, Radio Licensing, Cell Phones and 911."
Winter 2009: "Interoperability with Public Safety Agencies."
Fall 2008: "Ski Area Fined for Operating Radios Without License."
Summer 2008: "COSPAS-SARSAT Goes Digital; Emergency Beacon Specs Changing."
Winter 2008: "Accident Reporting via Radios and Cell Phones."

March 2014 Telecommunications Update: FCC Prohibits Wideband
August 2013 Telecommunications Update: Radio License Changes
April 2013 Telecommunications Update: Summer Battery Storage Tips
December 2012 Telecommunications Update: Narrowband Rules Take Effect Jan. 1, 2013
November 2012 Telecommunications Update: Narrowband and Equipment
October 2012 Telecommunications Update: Narrowband FAQ
September 2012 Telecommunications Update: Three Months Left to Narrowband
July 2012 Telecommunications Update: Equipment Considerations
March 2012 Telecommunications Update: Narrowbanding Requirements
December 2011 Telecommunications Update: License Modification Prodedures
August 2011 Telecommunications Update: FCC backlog

TELECOM PROGRAM (NSP Policies and Procedures, Appendix L)
NSP FCC VHF Public Safety License Procedures
NSP FCC VHF Business License Procedures
NSP FCC License Modification Procedures
NSP FCC UHF Public Safety License Procedures
NSP FCC UHF Business License Procedures
NSP FCC Support Letter Information
Use of Division Radio Licenses

Radio Tips
Battery Storage
What is Citizens Band (CB) Radio?
What is the Family Radio Service?
What is the General Mobile Radio Service?
What is the Multi-Use Radio Service?
What is Frequency Coordination?
Locations Requiring Canadian Clearance
US-Canada Frequency Coordination Map
FCC Line A/Line C Calculator
About Antenna Structures

Transitioning from 10-codes to plain language
Transitioning from 10-codes to plain language: Instructor Guide
Plain Language FAQs
IAFC position on plain language
Federal Communications Commission
FCC Narrowbanding Info
FCC Public Notice July 13, 2011
Kenwood Narrowband Compatibility List
Multi-brand Narrowband Compatibility List
Motorola Narrowband Compatibility List
Ritron Narrowband Compatibility List
Vertex Narrowband Compatibility List 1
Vertex Narrowband Compatibility List 2

Dick Woolf
PO Box 333
Scarsdale NY 10583-0333
Home: 914-472-3456 Office: 718-543-1222

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