Saturday, August 19, 2006

New Government Public Health HF Net

The National Public Health Radio Network (NPHRN)

The National Public Health Radio Network (NPHRN) is a collaborative initiative between CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness (COTPER) and the National Center for Health Marketing (NCHM). In summary, the NPHRN will provide CDC, state, territorial, and local health departments with non-infrastructure dependent redundant communications capability – a “back up” method of communication when all else fails. Utilizing specific frequencies within the High Frequency (HF) spectrum, the NPHRN provides CDC and the 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Pacific Island Jurisdictions (American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia), and the localities of Chicago, Los Angeles County, New York City, and Washington, D.C. with a wireless redundant communications capacity. When participating in the NPHRN, CDC and public health partners will have the capability to transmit and receive vital information in the event that traditional infrastructure dependent communication media (telephone, internet, cellular) are damaged, overloaded, or destroyed thus preventing effective and reliable communication. (from CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement)

Frequencies (ALE):
4442.0 (USB) 4757.0 (USB) 5820.0 (USB) 8023.0 (LSB) 8023.0 (USB) 9414.5 (USB) 10202.0 (USB) 11485.0 (LSB) 11485.0 (USB) 12164.0 (USB) 13488.0 (USB) 15658.0 (USB)18264.0 (USB) 20659.0 (USB)

Frequency information courtesy of Jack Metcalfe.