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Last Updated: 11/25/2018 8:45:20 PM

Previous SEL Number: 06CP-01-PORT

Description: Individual/portable radio transceivers.

ImportantFeatures: Digital or analog capable.
Encryption capability.
Supports 12.5KHz channels (6.25KHz channels are becoming available).
Supports conventional or trunked systems.
Project 25 compatible (136-512, 800 MHz).
Project 25 required within 700MHz.
Optional waterproofing to allow use after complete immersion.
Can be intrinsically safe.
Multi-band, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth, Over The Air Reprogramming/rekeying (OTAR). TDMA Phase 2, FDMA Phase 1. Wifi (802.11 B/G/N)

Operating Considerations: See 47 CFR 90 FCC for applicable standard.
Portable radios may not be advisable in EOD operations - consider hard-line or other solutions.

Consider waterproof models for use in water operations/rescue environments, and ruggedized modes such as those built to MILSPEC standards. Further recommend an IP 56 rating under ANSI /IEC 60529.
Consider power options (rechargeable batteries versus clamshell versus alkaline).
Consider carrying strategy for individuals - belt holder, clip, etc.
Consider FIPS compliance if planning to interface with Federal Government resources.
Check compatibility of encryption features - not all encryption schemes are compatible. Multiple options are available, including ADP, AES, DES, DES-XL, DES-OFB, DVPXL; WIFI security: WPA2 WPA WEP. However, less expensive approaches such as ADP will not meet Federal grant requirements for compliance with the P25/AES standard. Also, DES and its variants are now considered to be insecure for many applications. In recent years, DES has been superseded by the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and DES has been withdrawn as a standard by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly the National Bureau of Standards). For encrypted interoperability, AES encryption is the only encryption that meets the P25 type 3 encryption standards for interoperability communications.
When implementing encryption, consider encryption key management, including encryption key generation, management, and rotation.

Training Requirements: Core Training: Per Manufacturer's Specifications
Initial Training: Minimal (<1 day)
Sustainment Training: Minimal (<1 day)

Mandatory Standards:

Applicable Standards and References:

  • HazMat: Response Team
  • Law Enforcement: Forensic Technician
  • Law Enforcement: K-9
  • Law Enforcement: Maritime
  • Law Enforcement: Mobile Field Force
  • Law Enforcement: Preventive Rad/Nuc Detection
  • Law Enforcement: SWAT/Tactical Team
  • Medical: Point of Dispensing
  • Mass Care / Shelter