New HF network planned

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to establish a HF radio network to link up medical facilities in case of an emergency that knocks out other communications


The Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Acquisition Center (SAC) intends to award a five year firm fixed price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. This will include equipment, installation, testing, certification, warranty and training to guarantee a fully functional "turnkey" resilient Emergency High Frequency Radio Network.

The HF Network shall be comprised of 400-watt "backbone stations" designed to receive and automatically relay communications among 125-watt stations and 125-watt mobile vehicle based stations located at approximately 200 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. The HF Network shall provide emergency HF two-way radio communication, linkage to the PSTN, data transmission, cellular and IP telephone networks enabling radio-to-telephone communication and automatic link establishment (ALE).

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