a. General. The following applies:
Railroad operations shall have its own dedicated frequency, and no other
organization at the installation shall use the railroad's assigned frequency.
Radios and radio frequencies assigned to rail crews shall only be used for the
conduct of railroad operations.
As required by NAVSEA OP 5, all radios used in railroad operations around
ordnance shall be HERO-certified (Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to
Ordnance). A sticker indicating HERO certification shall be attached to the radio.
No person shall use a radio without the HERO certification sticker.
Employees shall keep radios in the "on" position with the selector switch set for
proper channel, and the volume adjusted to receive communication.
Each radio shall be tested before being used to support railroad operations. The
test shall consist of an exchange of voice transmissions with another station. The
other station will advise the station conducting the test of the quality and
readability of its transmission.
Before transmitting, an employee shall listen to ascertain that the channel is not in
use. Any radio found to be functioning improperly shall be reported to the railroad
dispatcher or designated authority.
Employees shall not knowingly transmit any false emergency communication, any
unnecessary, irrelevant, or unidentified communication, nor utter any obscene,
indecent, or profane language via radio.
All transmissions on the radio shall be clearly made in a concise manner to avoid
confusion and excessive transmission time.
To indicate that a transmission is ended and that a response is expected, the
transmitting employee should say "over." To indicate that a transmission is ended
and that no response is expected, the transmitting employee should restate his
identifications and say "out."
All transmissions should start with a clear identification of who is making the
transmission (name and position), the location and train identity (if applicable)
from which the transmission is being made, and to whom (name and position, and
location and train identity, if applicable) the transmission is directed.
After positive identification is established, employees may use abbreviated
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