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Overview of the Telecommunications Program

Auxiliary communications are not bound into a rigidly structured operational system but rather consist of those radio-equipped vessels and aircraft,  fixed land stations, land mobile stations and direction finder stations that have been accepted by the Director of the Auxiliary as facilities.

The primary purposes of the Auxiliary communications network are:

  • Coordinating authorized Auxiliary activities in support of Coast Guard Operations
  • Augmenting the Coast Guard communications system, when required   
  • Communicating urgent matters of official Auxiliary business
  • Training
  • Assisting national resources in time of disaster
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In general, Auxiliarists will operate radio facilities in conjunction with authorized surface and air missions. They will, at that time, use authorized government frequencies.

In order to stand watch at a Coast Guard or an Auxiliary communication facility, a Basically Qualified Auxiliarist must complete either the Auxiliary Communications Specialty Course (or the equivalent)  or the Coast Guard Watchstander Qualification Program.

New Auxiliary Telecommunications PQS


A new Personal Qualifications Standard (PQS) for Auxiliary Telecommunications has been developed by the Operations (Response) Department and approved by the National Board and CG Headquarters. The Chief Director of the Auxiliary has announced the implementation of the new personal qualification standard (PQS) for a Telecommunications Operator (TCO) specialty. Effective 1 August 2008, all new applicants for fixed land or land mobile radio facility certification and/or operation must be certified as a TCO. Current AUXCOM-rated members will continue to be eligible for facility ownership and operation indefinitely, as long as their AUXCOM was earned prior to August 1, 2008.

Details of the new Auxiliary Telecommunications PQS [Link]

The new Auxiliary Telecommunications PQS [Link]

You can download a copy of the Coast Guard Auxiliary HF Telecommunications Program Policies and Procedures here (PDF):


Other useful links: [Click Item]

Rescue 21
Rescue 21 - Information
Auxiliary Communications Specialty Course (AUXCOM-online)
AUXCOM Exam (on-line)
FORCECOM Radiotelephone Handbook
Radio Facility Photograph Requirement
Telecommunications Home Page

Forms: [Click Item]

Radio Inspection Form (Note: As of 01/01/07 form 7004 replaced form 2736A. All 2736A forms will be rejected and returned to the member.)
Member Activity Log
Member Activity Report - Mission
Offer to Tow Government Vehicles - Trailers
Operations Policy Manual (Auxiliary)**
Uniform Distribution Center

Radio Facility

An Auxiliary radio facility does not require a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license when operating while assigned to duty or performing a mission directed or scheduled by the U S Coast Guard.

A radio facility may be offered for use by an Auxiliarist and, if it meets requirements for that type of facility, it will be accepted by the Director of the Auxiliary. The facility owner must arrange for an initial inspection of the facility and, thereafter, a re-inspection every three years from the date of acceptance for use. Radio equipment used on a surface or air facility is considered and inspected as part of that facility. In general, the operator of a radio facility must maintain radio logs and formal message logs. Under ordinary conditions, Auxiliary radio facilities operate according to the Telecommunications Manual, COMDTINST M2000.3 and only on the frequencies listed in Appendix J of that manual.

Additional Communications Information

1. Auxiliary Working Frequencies. Below are the working frequencies designated in the Eleventh District (NR) for official Auxiliary use. They may be used by Auxiliarists only when conducting SAR, emergency operations, official Coast Guard Auxiliary business, communications, or when directed by competent Coast Guard authority.

Channel Frequency Use Under orders the working frequency is VHF CH 21A (157.050) with a secondary of VHF CH 16 (156.800). The alternate frequency is VHF CH 83A (157.175)

Effective the end of January 2007 all Coast Guard Auxiliary mobile and fixed land facilities that utilize the repeater system will be transmitting in Narrow Band per the National Telecommunications Policy. The frequency will not be published to the public. Each qualified communicator will be given the frequencies upon written notification.

Repeater Use Authorization

Contact the ADSO-CMR (as listed in the Eleventh District (NR) Auxiliary District Website) for requesting authorization to utilize this frequency. The ADSO-CMR will obtain written permission from District Communications Officer (DSO-CM) , Eleventh Northern Region Coast Guard District.

2. Land Mobile Patrols.

a. The facility must be currently inspected and be issued orders through POMS.

b. The Operator must be a qualified Communications Specialist.

c. All patrols should be scheduled through the Assistant District Staff Officer-Operations Patrol Area Coordinator Land Mobile (ADSO-OP/PAC/LM)

d. Land Mobile Patrols are reported under, Categories 01A, 02, 03, or 20A, for Scheduled Mobile Patrols and Category 25, SAR Call Out, on the Activity Report -Mission ANSC 7030 on the POMS site. All completed 5132 and 7030 forms must be sent to the Coast Guard Sector or Group Liaison.